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Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same [1976] [DVD]

Robert Plant , Jimmy Page , Joe Massot , Peter Clifton    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Peter Grant
  • Directors: Joe Massot, Peter Clifton
  • Writers: Peter Clifton
  • Producers: Peter Grant
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 15 May 2000
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D34H
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,779 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Bombastic, pretentious and narcissistic, Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains the Same is also one of the best concert films of the 1970s, capturing the greatest rock band of the decade in full flight at Madison Square Gardens in 1973. The notorious "fantasy sequences" punctuate the musical action but don't, fortunately, interrupt it. Playing true to their self-indulgent rock & roll personas, each band member has his own segment, as does legendary larger-than-life manager Peter Grant. Only John Bonham's is reasonably down-to-earth: during his mammoth drum solo ("Moby Dick") he is seen driving his custom car, his Harley chopper, and a drag racer at Santa Pod, as well as inspecting bulls and doing a bit of building work. Well, what else would a working-class lad from Birmingham do with his millions? Elsewhere, John Paul Jones is a demented Phantom of the Opera with an unfeasibly large organ ("No Quarter"); Robert Plant is a quasi-Arthurian knight errant rescuing a suitable rock-chick damsel in distress ("The Song Remains the Same/Rain Song"); while Aleister Crowley acolyte Jimmy Page goes in for sorcery and mysticism as he encounters the wizard from the cover of Led Zep IV ("Dazed & Confused"). But the real magic is the onstage footage: Page wields his Gibson Les Paul as if he is indeed enchanted (the violin bow becomes his magician's wand in "Dazed & Confused"), while Plant preens and prowls his way around the stage, the very image of the rock idol; and quite how Jones and Bonham managed to be such a behemoth of a rhythm section is still a mystery. For all its many faults, this remains an essential document of an era when rock dinosaurs still walked the earth.

On the DVD: No extra features to speak of at all, which is extremely disappointing given the wealth of archive material concerning the band and this movie that must be available. The picture and sound are respectable without being exceptional. --Mark Walker

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Rock collossi Led Zeppelin are captured live at Madison Square Garden in 1976. As well as interviews with band members and glimpses of backstage shenanigans, the film features definitive versions of 'Stairway to Heaven', 'Whole Lotta Love', 'Dazed and Confused' and many more.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zep At Their Best !!! 27 Nov 2007
Well, the wait was worth it, I have had the original release (on VHS ) since it was first released and although I was impressed the first time round, this is special!! It was like listening again for the first time and the sound quality is excellent. If like me you had the oppertunity to see Zep in the 1970's you will remember them in all their glory, if you didn't then this is a fine example of Zep live and unharnessed. To be picky, I would have liked the extra tracks on disc 2 to have been in their original concert running order, but apart from that this is as good as you will get. Thanks to Jimmy Page for an exeptional remix, " Its been a long time since I Rock n' Rolled this much !!!!!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is not a Video and it is not just a live concert it is actually unique being ,as far as I know, one of a kind. The main part of the DVD is a live concert filmed in 1973 at Madison Square Gardens. The unique parts are the fantasy sections woven in and around the live sections. In places it is almost a documentary and in others sections it is almost a feature film. My favourite bit, apart from the live music parts, is called "Who's responsible" This is where the bands manager Peter Grant gives a telling off to some venue official about pirate posters being sold on the premises. It is this section that gives part of the reason Led Zeppelin got to the top in the first place by Grants force of personality. The musical sections are a must for any Zep fan and are of course magic. The only fly in the ointment for me is the cutting of the solo from Heartbreaker. This is a small point when you consider that Dazed and confused is about 20 minutes long. As a DVD the film has great picture and sound quality but no extras such as "The making off" or interviews with the band members. Now this is a shame it looks like it has just been copied and put out quickly which means a couple of years from now it will be re-released with all the extras on. OH well it's still worth it.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Huge Improvement 19 Nov 2007
By Crazy Bald Heid VINE VOICE
Speaking as the first reviewer to actually see the rereleased disc - this is an absolutely massive improvement on the dreadful original DVD release of the film. The sound and picture are nicely cleaned up I cannot vouch for how good the 5.1 works but I would imagine that Jimmy Page wouln't let quality slide now. The set is realistically priced, and not over elaborately packaged, just a bog standard DVD box.

As for the film itself its all there in its glory including the risible, self indulgent fantasy sequences. The live footage whilst not perfect in the first place - due to the well documented continuity gaffes -represents a decent document of the band at the peak of their powers. Part of me would like a "no fantasy sequences" option but I have a feeling that not all of the concert footage was available to offer this.

There is no revisionism here but the remaster is sympathetic and more suited to modern media than the scratchy old DVD.

The extras are a nice grab bag of bits and pieces lying around from that era, news pieces, a good interview with messrs Plant & Grant, trailers etc and of course here is the addition of the unearthed Misty Mountain Hop, The Ocean, Celebration Day(cutting copy) and Over the Hills and Far Away.

A one star disc is now 4. Not perfect but now pretty damned good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 6 Jun 2004
Ok, the 'fantasy' sequences are horribly cheesy (except for Bonham's which is quite funny really) but then again it must be said, it was made in the 70s, by people who are rock stars, not movie directors. The live stuff is mind blowing though.
And yes, its not as good as the newer box set, in both flow and sound quality, but the box set is remastered, also this gives you live songs which don't appear on the box set, like No Quarter, and also you get the firey gong, which is worth buying the dvd just for that!
All that can be said is, buy both, then you get a complete picture of zeppelin on stage.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a Led Zepp Fan 19 May 2003
By J Reid
A couple of months ago my dad's friend at work lent us this video. I am 13, so as a young Led Zeppelin fan I had never seen footage of them moving, let alone performing.
I din't get the first bit, but soon understood it was Peter Grant's fantasy sequence, as some freaky gangster. Yes, all of the fantasy sequences are weird: John Bonham driving so reall weird old car and riding a Harley; John Paul Jones riding a gorse throught the night as the phantom of the opera in a REALLY ugly mask; Jimmy Page recreating the scene from the inside cover from their fourth album (I'm guessing it has something to do with magic, being him); oh, yes, and Robert Plant, being Robert Plant, being a knight in medieval clothes and tight trousers having a sword fight to save a damsel in distress in a castle. Hmm, interesting, but not what I was waiting for.
When you get to the live stuff, it's great. They start with Rock n Roll. They all get the audience going, and look as if they're a great time. Robert Plant is prancing around the stage, Jimmy Page looking fantastically cool in a black outfit with silver stars on it, John Paul Jones looking rather stupid in a shirt with apples hanging off it, and Bonzo, is just an animal.
Anyway, the music. Jimmy Page plays fantastic guitar solos, and is amazing with the bow. Robert Plant's singing is 99% brilliant.
So, if like me, you never got to see the Zeppelin live, buy this for a great taster. I want to give it more than five stars, but I can't.
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Great dvd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !!
Fantastic !! They don't make 'em like this anymore !! - no X-Factor on here lol....
Published 21 days ago by VJKK
5.0 out of 5 stars Had it on DVD - better on Blu-Ray
This was my first ever DVD purchase (years ago now!) so I thought it was high time to upgrade to DVD. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars mauro bagestero
Wow! The transfer to the blue ray is very, very good. The sound quality is excellent and the picture quality is amazing when you consider that this was originally filmed in wet... Read more
Published 3 months ago by mauro
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy !!
Classic rock from 1973 !! Led Zep at their best with all the classics played "live" in Madison Square Gardens !! A film as well....not just a concert !! Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. F. M. Low
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Gods
Wow!! The transfer to blue ray is very very good. The sound quality is superb and the picture quality is unbelievable when you consider that this was filmed on wet film originally. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars Led Zeppelin DVD
Led Zeppelin were and still are legelds. This DVD is a musical version of their LP The Song remains the Same
Published 6 months ago by Noel Synnott
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and not dated
Four stars is the least that this band deserve and I am happy to recommend this DVD again to anyone
Published 7 months ago by Simon Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Live concerts
Having seeing this in the cinema when it first come out,I like the way it was re-mastered.any rock fan will enjoy this.
Published 7 months ago by Hendrix
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