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Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution  [DVD] [NTSC]
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Documentary retrospective on the music and career of the German electronic music pioneers. Formed in the late 1960s, Kraftwerk has influenced everyone from David Bowie and Coldplay to Siouxsie Sioux and Radiohead. The group's clinical, computer-driven sound has also been directly responsible for the development of the electronica, techno and synth-pop genres, to name but three.
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anyone who isn't happy with this product must be impossible to please - What I mean by this is that I saw comments elsewhere saying the Title of the DVD was a little misleading. It is about the history of serious electronic music AND how Kraftwerk fit into this history. There is a huge chunk of the 3 hours devoted to Kraftwerk.
Also someone complained some of the archive film was a bit grubby... I would say the sound and vision throughout this documentary are Excellent!! You cannot take old footage of a club filmed IN THE 1960's (!) and make it look like it was filmed for IMAX cinema today no matter how hard you try.
I have been a fan of Kraftwerk from the day I bought Autobahn in the mid 1970's and I would recommend this DVD. The extras are interesting, too.
First, the disc is in 4:3 format - fine if you have a square telly, but on a widescreen telly with the top and bottom chopped a bit (to avoid black bars left and right) the captions for interviewees are chopped a bit.
Second, some of the videos for the songs are of poor quality. I know this is old film from the 70s but surely there are better prints available?
OK, so whinges out of the way, on to the good stuff. This is an excellent documentary. The first hour or so sets the scene, with the historical setting and also the way German musicians (and youth) handled the post-war years. This is followed by the beginnings of electronic music (not just in Germany, although there is that bias) with interviews with a lot of the early musicians (Klaus Schulze and Conrad Schnitzler amongst others) as well as various music journalists and technical staff. All good stuff, but if you're waiting for the Kraftwerk bit then it is a bit tedious.
Finally we get to Kraftwerk and the context of their music, working through all the albums from Tone Float to Computer World (almost no Electric Cafe - pity - and a very small mention of Tour De France Soundtracks) with contributions from Karl Bartos and Rusty Egan, amongst others. This concentrates on the earlier albums - up to and including The Man Machine - in great detail and is informative, if a little long.
The opinions from the interviewees are interesting and varied, and in the Extras there is a little (5 min) feature about Dusseldorf vs Berlin electronic music, as well as an extended interview with Karl Bartos.Read more ›
The DVD is a comprehensive review of the genre. It is 3 hours long and is an excellent documentary of the times, the music, the people. I found it to be fascinating and (it) filled in many, many wide gaps of my musical knowledge from my youth.
Absolute 5 Stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not just Kraftwerk, but the whole German music scene after WW2.Published 15 months ago by Margaritis Nikellis
I love Kraftwerk, I have seen them live once and got all of the albums. But this DVD is long and boring; 180 mins. With too many interviews. Read morePublished on 16 July 2013 by Freddie Cox
Delivered to time and cost.
Wonderful look at Kraftwerk. Major influence on the music scene through the decades.
Recomend especially to fans of the band.
Fans of Can, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and others will really enjoy this DVD.
I came to it as a Kraftwerk fan and have since listened to many of the albums by the other... Read more
It would have been nice if Ralph and Florian had participated. Overall though it is a very interesting look at Kraftwerk and Krautrock in general.Published on 7 Oct. 2012 by Rob Guitar
the other dvd minimum maximum just buy it. trust me. i played it on 50inch with 5.1 surround. just amazing. loved it.Published on 15 July 2012 by tango
I FOUND THIS DVD VERY INTERESTING BUT A BIT OVERLONG THE COVERAGE ON KRAFTWERK
COMES LATE ON IN THE FILM. Read more
Only 5 reviews. Wow, nice to see that Kraftwerk, at least on DVD, are still a minority interest.
If you need my creds, well "Computer Love" makes me cry, "Neon Lights" makes... Read more