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  • Actors: The Seekers
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EMI Catalogue
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00014W9UE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,524 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This collector's edition brings you The Seekers at the height of their fame and popularity, and preserves forever this monumental group. It was filmed on location and takes the group on a sightseeing tour of Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Surfers Paradise and South Australia's Borossa Valley. 15 of the group's most popular songs are featured, including 'Turn Turn Turn', 'Red Rubber Ball', 'The Times They Are A Changin' and 'The Water Is Wide'.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By P J Horan on 12 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
This DVD is a must for any Seekers fan. The chances are you have never seen these two programmes especially in the UK, I never have. All the big hits are included and a great selection of famous B sides and other fine material. Judith Durham looks lovely throughout (as usual)and sings like an angel accompanied by "The boys" with their impeccable harmonising and instrument playing. The programmes contain nice scenes including one of the group singing Morningtown Ride on an old steam train. The quality of the picture and sound is very good considering they were recorded in the sixties. One is in black and white and the other in colour. You won't be disappointed with this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
This DVD is a great release because you can get a snapshot of tv history. It firmly places you into the world of the mid 1960`s. These days pop groups have promo videos of their songs. But back in the 1960`s it was rare to find a promo film for a pop song. But these classic programmes provide mini films to enhance their pop songs. Much like a promo video. Most of these actual songs and film are directed well and work in their 1960`s way. However the rest of the shows are very dated. The interview bits and the seekers talking, all sounds very stilted and staged. However I agree with the general mood of the other reviewers that this is a gem of a dvd release. The only thing I disagree with is that the sound is not very good. I understand that they have preserved the original sound of the programme for historical acuracy, (and probably some legal contractual reason) but when you consider that most of the song sequences are not recorded as a live performance, and that the seekers are on location film with the sound of the songs dubbed over them, you would have thought they could have re dubbed the sound using the remastered original audio STEREO mixes as used on the various compilation CD`s and albums on CD. Its only the same recordings they used on the actual sound of the original tv shows. (at the time of recording the tv shows the stereo mixes were available on LP but wouldnt be on the tv shows because of the lack of stereo tv sound. But it could have been included on this DVD) And for the purists that think everything should stay "historical" (mono) they could have given us this better sound as an extra feature. I think it was a missed chance to create a truly great modern Video collection of their greatest hits. However I still think this is a good DVD release for any fan of the wonderful Seekers
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Hards on 2 May 2009
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I remember seeing the "At home" documentary on the BBC when the group were in their heyday and the print is a bit spotty, but the sound is great. They never tried to be "cutting edge", which is probably why their music has an enduring quality - and they certainly quit while they were ahead. They have proved in recent years that they can still fill the largest concert venues. Some of the footage in the "Down Under" part looks a bit contrived, but that was the style of the time. A good buy for both the fans and anyone who likes simple, tuneful music immaculately performed by people with real talent. The high spot for me was Judith Durham's rendition of "The Olive Tree" - a song written specifically for her I believe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2011
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This DVD gives us a great selection of the Seekers music, comprising two separate programmes produced in Australia.

THE SEEKERS DOWN UNDER - (1967) in 1967 Australian television was still Black and White but this was shot in colour for the overseas market, taking age into account the technical quality is good except for the occasional artefacts (black specks) in brilliant blue skys.

The majority of the programme is a travelogue with the seekers enjoying themselves and singing in some beautiful countryside.

THE SEEKERS AT HOME - (1966) shot in black and white video the tapes have either degraded over the years or the original was very poor, there is noise across the full screen for the entire program, and any effort I made to mitigate the problem resulted in very faded pictures. Also the sound is variable but mainly acceptable.

However if you are a Seekers fan this is a worthwhile DVD enabling one to see them live in some great settings, and quite soon the spotty black and white picture quality is overlooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Campbell on 1 April 2011
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To be honest I've seen better Seekers stuff on YouTube, particularly performances from their farewell appearance.

This DVD is OK as far as it goes, but really the lack of quality imagery lets the whole thing down.

Worth watching once, but that's it, in my humble opinion.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Francisco on 31 Oct. 2004
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First of all an introduction to The Seekers and why someone my age would be interested in them.
The Seekers were (are still?) a group from Australia who made it big in the UK in the 60's. For instruments they used two guitars, a double bass and a tamborine. They had a folk sound and played a mixture of folk music, their own music, covers and gospel music. For modern equivalents think of something like: The Corrs or The Cranberries. They're more my parents thing, but some of it has rubbed off on me.
Their most well known songs are:
A World of Our Own,
Someday, One day,
I'll Never Find Another You
The Carnival is Over
Georgey Girl
and
Morningtown Ride
There are two programmes on the DVD: "Seekers Down Under" and "Seekers at Home" (in the 60's they lived in Britain)
Seekers Down Under:
This programme is filmed in colour. The commentary (what little there is) is very stilted and formal. However the joke about Government would probably have been very risque in that era. Overall it feels like a very long advertisement for Australia. One of the songs was filmed at an incomplete Sydney Opera House.
The track list for this programme is:
We Shall Not Be Moved
Isa Lei (I think this song is in Maori but I'm not sure)
Myra
The Olive Tree
With My Swag All On My Shoulder
A World of Our Own
The Times They Are A Changin'
The Water is Wide
Someday, One Day
Turn, Turn, Turn
Red Rubber Ball
Come The Day
Morningtown Ride
The Carnival is Over
Georgey Girl
Seekers at Home:
This was filmed in Black & White. There's a bit more commentary and it's delivered with friendly humour.
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