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Oil City Confidential [DVD]

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: The Cadiz Recording Co.
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sep 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003RU0XCK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,439 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This documentary about pub rock band Dr Feelgood is director Julien Temple's third film in his trilogy on 1970s British music. Formed in the Canvey Islands in 1971, Dr Feelgood released their first track 'Roxette' three years later and went on to find UK chart success during the mid to late '70s. The film features input from, among others, Joe Strummer, Glen Matlock, Jools Holland and Alison Moyet.


A rip-roaring account of one of the best bands Britain ever produced by a film-maker who looks increasingly like our very finest rockumentarian. -- Mark Kermode, The Observer, July 18, 2010

Recommended, unreservedly - ****
Winner of the MOJO Vision Award 2010
--MOJO, August 2010

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock docs don't come any better 8 July 2010
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A mate of mine sneered when I raved about Dr Feelgood. Then he watched this, and now he's "obsessed with those Life On Mars-lookin' dudes!" Which is the reaction most people have.

I have listened to Dr Feelgood for over 30 years, returning to them periodically, always happily surprised at how well the music had stood the test of time. Quality is quality: simple as that. And now there is this wonderful film.

This is far most interesting than most rock docs, not just alternating shots of footage/interview ad nauseum. It's intelligent, HILARIOUS, moving, and a giant piece of work. I can't recommend this highly enough. I have spent 3 decades being occasionally mocked, enduring blank looks and head-scratching, and confusion with Dr Hook (??????!!!!) whenever I mentioned this band.

Maybe, MAYBE now my life will be a little easier.

If you think you know the history of rock and roll, and you don't know Dr Feelgood, you don't know nothin'. Time to fact up.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight Ahead, No Bends 4 Aug 2010
By Acker
This is a dead-set 5-star job! I've loved Dr Feelgood from the start so this full-on insight is a real special, celebrating the band's straight ahead, no bends, style of R&B and the rootsy image to match. A brilliantly crafted film that portrays all this and so much more. Humour and pathos abound and in their interviews the lads come across as great blokes, salty characters.
Not enough to affect my 5-star rating but my copy has a rather disconcerting level difference between the under-recorded interviews and the very powerful level of the musical segments.
I's designed to show off the band's live impact but I'd be happier with a more even sound level and crank it up for myself. Anyone else of the same view?
Whatever, it's a terrific film about a wonderful band. Congratulations to all concerned, 100% recommended!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Feelgood - Oil City Confidential [DVD] [2009] 19 Oct 2010
Julien Temple, has done a very good job on the Feelgoods. I saw the documentary on TV so I pre-orderd my copy of the DVD when It first came out. The first part of the DVD plays fine but on the second part the picture breakes up now this has happend on the DVD that I got on Amazon and three copies from other well known shops. I don't think Amazon is at fault in this case It is possible that the prodution team accidently used some really bad DVD's which is a shame so that's why I gave it four star's Ps I would like to know if there are any decent copies out there to be had.This is an exceptional document that deserves to be preserved.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on Wilco! 14 July 2012
By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE
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This is a joyous, even moving celebration of one of Britain's greatest, though criminally underrated groups. Dr Feelgood were practitioners of no-nonsense, in your face, beer glasses at the ready Rhythm'n'Blues. Wilco Johnson, Lee Brilleaux and their gang narrate the whole amazing, funny, remarkably honest story with the help of some phenomenal film footage.

You just want to hug Wilco Johnson. This lovable, earthy, funny, honest and quite brilliant man deserves an award for being the rough gem at the heart of Canvey Island, itself a rough and somewhat misunderstood part of Essex. His relationship with Lee Brilleaux throbbed with affectionate energy on stage, but disintegrated under the pressure of over-work, writing difficulties and substance/alcohol abuse. As self-penned material grew harder to supply, Lee Brilleaux's mum wrote some songs! Touchingly, she displays great pride in her only son's acheivements, a life lived to the full in just 41 years.

Julian Temple has made yet another beautifull, moving, exciting, funny and intense film about Pub-Rock/Punk heroes. Oil City Confidential stands up proud next to Filth and the Fury and The Future is Unwritten. God bless the Feelgoods - and if there's anyone in Canvey who'll dare to, give Wilco a hug from me!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great - buy it 12 Nov 2010
By Fanshaw
I bought this thinking that it would destroy my memories of the great Dr Feelgood but I was instantly dragged back to all the small clubs where I'd Wilko machine gunning the crowd and reliving Riot in Cell Block Number 9.

A great sense of place and some poignancy for lost youth (and lost people) but most of all it will have you digging all the tracks out of itunes and dancing around your living room. Who knew that Canvey Island had so much going for it?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They came from 'The Thames Delta'. . . . 7 Sep 2010
This is just what the doctor ordered - if you're a Dr.Feelgood/Wilko fan then you must buy this DVD. It's packed full of unmissable stuff and is a real insight into the life and times of the band. If I had to have a second mother, Lee's mum would do nicely - ain't she lovely ?
Got my first shot of R&B when they held a surgery at Lewisham Odeon in '75, staggered out with me ears ringing and never looked back (well, only to buy their back catalogue !).
Julien Temple and team have done a wonderful job with this, it'll become a classic - believe me. You shouldn't call the doctor if you can't afford the bills, but buy this and I've a sneakin suspicion you will watch it again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAD 4 Mar 2012
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As a teenager I used to go to my local record shop and ask what should I buy? On one visit, the owner told me I should listen to this and handed me a copy of "Down by the Jetty".I listened to it in the booth & that was it-a Feelgood fan for life! Had the privilege of getting a ticket for the premier at the Koko in Camden, and it was a magical occasion. This is a brilliant DVD, that not only represents the Feelgoods roots and rise to fame, but also the great pub-rock era, that emerged out of Essex at the time. The band died with Lee, but Wilko does the homage well, both in this treasure, but also with his own band.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Canvey Island's favourite sons.
Is this the best music film ever made? Certainly ranks high. Watch it!
Published 13 days ago by A. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Feelgood
An excellent DVD and worth adding to your collection. Dr Feelgood the iconic and hardworking band and this paints the story of how they rose to fame very well!
Published 4 months ago by Why oh Why
5.0 out of 5 stars History
This is a "Must Have" for anyone that listens and loves the music
of Dr Feelgood in the 70's Buy!
Published 4 months ago by C. G. Palin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
Loved the way this has been filmed.
Really enjoyed watching it. Wilko is a joy to listen too.
Buy will not be disappointed.
Published 5 months ago by Take the 5th
5.0 out of 5 stars feels gooood
great dvd from Julian temple of the great doctor feelgood - arrived in double quick time like the urgent pulse of the feelgoods at their best. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Anthony J. Hume
5.0 out of 5 stars replacement
this was a replacement for a copy that i lent to a friend which never came back( he will not borrow this copy)
Published 10 months ago by COLIN HATTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest example of it's genre
Whether you like(d) Dr Feelgood or not, this is excellent. Temple brings to life the feeling of the times. Read more
Published 13 months ago by peter r bunch
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish there were Six Stars.
This DVD has a place in my top Five in my collection as it gives a definitive insight into not only the lives of the band members but also their families and most importantly their... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Yaya
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb documentary
I have to be careful about reviewing this as the director is related to me, but he has done a smashing job here on the life and times of the Feelgoods. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sam Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Canvey Island in a different Light
Great story of this band in documentary form but do not let that put you off as the music is great.
Shared this with many friends and they have watched it twice.
Published 18 months ago by Ian From Rochester
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