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The Rolling Stones: Rock And Roll Circus [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [NTSC]

Liev Schreiber , Hoss Allen , Robert Levi , David Espar    Exempt   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Liev Schreiber, Hoss Allen, Al Aronowitz, Joan Baez, Jeff Barry
  • Directors: Robert Levi, David Espar
  • Writers: David Espar
  • Producers: David Espar, Elizabeth Deane
  • Format: DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish, German, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0003HGWPW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,813 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Unavailable at all for nearly three decades, then issued in a VHS edition in 1996, the Rolling Stones' legendary Rock and Roll Circus finally gets the full treatment with this DVD release documenting the 1968 event. The Stones were reportedly unhappy with their performance (hence the long delay), and it isn't their finest moment; performing "Jumping Jack Flash" and a variety of songs from their then-new Beggars Banquet album, Keith Richards is game, but Jagger's preening (especially on "Sympathy for the Devil") is over the top, and guitarist Brian Jones looks dissolute and well on his way to his death the following year. A certain weirdness permeates some of the other musical acts as well: Jethro Tull lip-syncs unconvincingly, Taj Mahal and band were obliged to perform before the circus set was completed and the audience had arrived, and John Lennon's outing with impromptu supergroup the Dirty Mac (with Richards, Eric Clapton, and drummer Mitch Mitchell) is hampered by Yoko Ono's caterwauling, although their version of the Beatles' "Yer Blues" is cool. Still, the Who are brilliant, Marianne Faithfull is beautiful, the various circus acts are fun, and the crowd clearly loves it.

The DVD comes with some fascinating bonus features, including three extra songs by Mahal, some lovely classical piano by Julius Katchen, and a "quad split-screen" version of "Yer Blues". Best of all are a new interview with the Who's Pete Townshend and the various commentary tracks added for the DVD--especially those by Tull's Ian Anderson, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and Stones Jagger, Richards, and Bill Wyman (who dryly attributes Jagger's reluctance to issue the show to his dissatisfaction with his own performance, not the band's). Flaws notwithstanding, this is a treat. --Sam Graham

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful rock nostalgia 14 May 2010
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alright, the film quality wasn't HD, the sound was raw and the performers were unbelievably young, but this film is a must for anyone who is old enough to remember marathon bars before they were snickers, and some of those who grew up on tizwas might enjoy it too. Don't miss the interview with a grown-up Pete Townshend either - he gives a fascinating perspective to the whole thing.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's drink to the hard working people! 8 Nov 2004
A fascinating document of the UK music scene in 1968. Worthy of purchasing for fantastic performances from The Who and The Dirty Mac Band but what really tugs at your heart strings is the shaky handed Brian Jones wrestling beautiful blues licks during No Expectations and the lost far-away look in his eye as he vainly attempts to remember the words to Salt of the Earth.
Also quite poignant is seeing Mick at the shows close, stealing Marianne Faithfull's hat and forcing her into shot, as she giggles nervously.
But folks you should purchase this for one reason only: - the arresting sight of the 5 Stones standing on a cramped stage, looking cooler than a roomfull of Fridge Freezers, laying down solid, funky versions of Jumping Jack Flash and You Can't Always Get What You Want.
Only bands of this calibre come along once in a lifetime, so buy this DVD now - Mick....can I have a fiver now please?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well I think it's great 21 Jan 2010
I always find it weird the comments that the rock and roll circus gets. I remember being about 16 and it was boxing day and this came on BBC2 at about midnight. I watched it and it was like a revalation, and to this day it is by a mile my favourite concert video. I agree that the Who are brilliant, but The Dirty Mac is raw perfection, I even buzz off Yoko's mad wailing, it sounds like John Cale's viola! And Clapton's playing with them is just garage band blues at it's best...I can't believe he's the same person he is now, and seeing him on this still makes me want a red 335.

I really don't think the stones had the show stolen from them here. Jagger looks like he's coming down from a four day bender with chapped lips, pallid almost green skin and wild eyes, while the rest of the band don't crack a smile throughout and are deadpan amazing. Keith Richards solo on sympathy for the devil is at least as mercurial and wild as the recorded version....upon first watching this I started learning to play guitar. I think it either rings your bells or it doesn't, but I struggle to understand why this is not adored by everyone x
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Time Capsule 16 July 2008
By nm1270
Ignore the negative reviews about this film.Admittedly the trapeze artists and fire eater are a pointless waste of time and The Rolling Stones may have been unhappy with their own performance but 'Rock 'n' Roll Circus' is actually quite good and captures an interesting period in British Rock music (1968).Of the acts appearing here Jethro Tull were beginning their recording career,The Beatles(John Lennon appears) were ending theirs,The Who and Rolling Stones were reaching their peak.
As for the performances Jethro Tull (with Toni Iommi on guitar!) kick off the show with the brilliant 'Song For Jeffery' with Ian Anderson standing stork-like on one leg and pulling numerous faces,The Who are up next with a blistering performance of the mini-opera-'A Quick One'.This is the best performance of the whole film,every member of the band is top form but keep your eye on the lunatic that is Keith Moon,his drumming is like a firework display.
Taj Mahal puts in a great appearance and so do John Lennon,Eric Clapton,Keith Richards and Mitch Mitchell as 'The Dirty Mac' with a gritty version of The Beatles 'Yer Blues'.Unfortunately they are joined by Yoko Ono who screeches her way through four and a half minutes of jamming called 'A Whole Lotta Yoko'.Marianne Faithful on the other hand is elegant and beautiful.
The Rolling Stones are the final act and perform six tracks,four of these from their most recent album at the time 'Beggars Banquet'.Mick Jagger controls the show,he's simply engaging and easily the most focused of the five members.The rhythym section of Watts and Wyman are quite solid but Keith Richards although keeping things together is compelled to make up for the struggling Brian Jones.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the Who please.......!!! 20 July 2005
Fantastic DVD, no thanks to the Stones.
A flat performance all round from them. Carrying an ill and addled Brian Jones through lacklustre shapes. Only the mighty "Sympathy for the devil" takes them anywhere near their incendiary best. Even then, Jagger becomes hard to watch in a sublimely hysterical performance. I waited for "No expectations", expecting beauty, it was flat, lacking the great finesse of the original. The whole gig coulda been so much better.
However, in return for your money you get the magisterial Who. They manage to carpet bomb all before them with an insane take on "A quick one while hes away". Moon, flailing away like a gurning Methadrine crazed Dervish, water rising from the Snares like licking flames, as if he about to consume himself in his own mentalness. Townshend shines here giving that Gibson a good kicking, producing a great chaotic wall of noise. All rock n roll bands should be like this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not go quality
I bought this dvd to see the Stones before Brian Jones left. It was quite a bad quality film, but the sound was okay. But I am glad i have it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jane eyre
5.0 out of 5 stars Stones at their best
I can't believe that an intellegent man like Mick Jagger was worried about being out-shone by The Who. Read more
Published 14 months ago by cattango
5.0 out of 5 stars The Who only do a quick one but steal the show.
Worth buying for one of the greatest live performances ever - The Who performing 'A Quick One' - and one which was only surpassed by The Who themselves. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Benny Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
I had seen this before and I really enjoyed it so I was well pleased to get hold of a copy
Published 16 months ago by H
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Hat
Very old and not such a good recording, almost as bad as my orriginal video and that was not very good either. Good for the archives though.
Published 18 months ago by Mr. J. D. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars For a brief moment, it seemed Rock & Roll would INHERIT THE EARTH
Most people who watch "The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus," a TV program that the Stones put together for the BBC in December '68--but that was never aired--will likely be... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lord Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars cool
different songs from great bands ,brilliant ,worth it just to see keith moon on drums ,
and lennon n jagger having a laugh together
Published 18 months ago by TP
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd was spot on
the service was exerlant came on time the packeging was good and the dvd was very good will use amozon again no probs
Published 18 months ago by stephen littlewood
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus (DVD)
Arrived in good time. Excellent quality.
Interested in the group, their history and the music of that period. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Michael Fowler
3.0 out of 5 stars What a Circus!
What a blast from the past! So nostalgic to see these boys in their prime, and feel all that excitement again. Read more
Published 23 months ago by DoctorWonky
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