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Townes van Zandt - Be Here To Love Me (OmU) [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EuroVideo
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017M4P7E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,473 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 Aug 2009
If you are a fan of the music this thoughtful documentary is a must see. The footage of Townes through out his life is interesting and of course the music is wonderful. Very worthwhile.

Heartworn Highways is an excellent companion- with some share of the footage but still worth watching as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Townes bless him 6 May 2010
By Sloozy
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only having recently discovered TVZ on youtube I wanted to find out all I could about him.This dvd was very enlightening and I very much enjoyed watching it(several times lol).
Would reccomend it to any fan of his.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story 16 Jun 2014
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Excellent story about an excellent but troublesome musician. Great songs and a straight forward narrative about van Zandt's contribution to country music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Aug 2014
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very good,thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your Heroes Always Let You Down... 21 Mar 2006
By B. Bowman - Published on
I had the date for this DVD's release on my calendar for months. I had read reviews of its insights, and those combined with all the stories I heard about Townes Van Zandt over the years had me literally counting the days until I could see this documentary. I discovered Townes' music ten years ago, and as someone who plays guitar and writes songs I have always found his music to be some of the most inspiring I have ever heard. For years I have read about his legendary drinking and gambling, so I knew that this would be touched on in the film. However, I was unprepared for the sheer self destructiveness that plagued Townes Van Zandt's life. Even more disturbing to me was the senselessness of it all. I had always wondered what Townes was up to in the years from the late seventies to the late eighties, when his discography suggests that he literally disappeared. This film touches on this but never really answers the question. The film is clear that Townes began a follow up to "The Late Great Townes Van Zandt" which was titled "7 Come 11" (and should have given him the push into superstar status he deserved), and Townes' producer Kevin Eggers acknowledges that he did not release "The Nashville Sessions" until twenty years after it was recorded, but the exact reasons as to why were not made clear. This inexplicable failure to promote Townes Van Zandt's music is something that really bothers me, especially since it seems that he did nothing but begin a downward spiral creatively and personally from that time on. Steve Earle remembered witnessing Townes playing russian roulette on his porch in the late seventies with a .357 Magnum, and expressed his dismay and anger throughout the film at witnessing what was the world's greatest songwriter (and his hero) being so callous about his talent and his life. It seems that these "lost years" contributed to his decline, although one gets the sense that Townes didn't know what he was looking for or what he wanted to achieve. When questioned in an interview about what his goals were, it seems Townes had never thought about it (or didn't have any), and he struggles with the question until he answered that he would like to write a song that no one would understand, including himself. As the film nears its end, the shocking transformation of Townes into a skeletal alcoholic was especially disturbing to me, as was the obvious deterioration of his guitar skills and voice in the later live footage shown. Although Townes was definitely a complex individual and obviously a very funny man (the bonus interviews have a few stories that really cracked me up), this documentary left me feeling sad. I never realized that all these years of listening to his music had made me care so much about Townes. I guess it goes along with what Steve Earle said in the film, that it's always your heroes that let you down. Maybe it's because you find out that they are human beings with faults just like everyone else, but Townes Van Zandt had a gift for music that not many possess, and I'm sorry that his demons took him so early.
46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tortured Artist 6 April 2006
By Smallchief - Published on
Townes Van Zandt was a manic-depressive, an alcoholic, and a great songwriter. He played a guitar and sang his songs, although the best-known versions of the songs are by others: Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Emmylou Harris to name a few. The songs "Tecumseh Valley, Poncho and Lefty, If I Needed You, and Waiting Around to to Die" are as good as any you'll find. Steve Earle, another Texas singer/songwriter, said TVZ was the greatest songwriter in the world.

This documentary features TVZ singing many of his songs while we witness his deterioration. He died at age 52 of complications following a broken hip and (probably) an overdose of alcohol. Nobody was suprised. Guy Clark says at his funeral that he "booked this gig 30 years ago." TVZ never made any money nor sold many records, but it's a pretty good guess that people will be singing his songs for the next 100 years. They're that good.

Among the people talking about TVZ in this film are his wives (three), children, and a host of other singers: Kris Kristofferson, Willie, Emmylou, Clark, Earle, and a bunch more. It's a touching and a frightening story. The story of TVZ is a bit like that of Vincent Van Gogh: immensely talented artists --but nobody envies them for their lives.

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This story has been told before... 6 Sep 2007
By Bruce E. Newlin - Published on
Van Gogh, Hank Williams, Janis Joplin, Townes Van Zandt. Why are the greatest artists often so disturbed and self-destructive? I saw Townes play live once or twice around 1971 in Austin, and although I later became a music publisher and saw hundreds of singer-songwriters perform, I always rated Townes the best. He was young, happy, funny, chatty, and rolled out tunes that were captivating , stunning, hilarious, amazing. In the restroom with a grin on my face, the hippy next to me said, "Are you digging Townes?" Yeah, I was digging Townes. 25 years rolled by and I wondered what ever happened to him. I heard some of his songs on the radio but I never saw him play live again. Rumors had it that he had an alcohol problem, and when he died his friends didn't seem surprised. Another 10 years later, I saw this film on the Sundance channel and it broke my heart. If you were expecting a concert, well, go live your life a while and then come back, because it's not so much about music or even about Townes, it's about all of us and what it means to be human and our need to be connected to others, and about mental illness, and how lucky we are to survive each day, and how badly we need people like Townes to inspire us and show us the truth.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "there's purgatory, hell, then the blues..." 15 Oct 2006
By Phaede - Published on
I was in Austin in '74-'81 when Townes Van Zandt was already a legendary songwriter, was really cool, but was gradually "losing his voice". I loved his songs and loved listening and dancing to his music. Now I've subsequently found that I really knew nothing about this tremendously talented, fragile songwriter. What a wonderful but crushing experience it was to watch this documentary. Heartbreaking and captivating, Margaret Brown has captured an essence of Townes' songwriting and life that is so personal, so raw and sensitive, that one feels they are personally hanging with him in the "double-wides", the pickups, and the clubs that provided the backdrop for his too, too short life. Wow, what a great flick! (and then check out Townes' live CD - "Live at the Old Quarter, Houston Texas").
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a potrayal of an oft overlooked songwriting genius 3 Nov 2006
By Jason Haywood - Published on
Townes Van Zandt is revered in the music community for his ability to distill the essence of a song with a deftly picked acoustic guitar and brilliant lyrics that cut to the soul.

This biopic shows all sides of the songwriter; the genius, the alcoholic, the friend, the father, and the troubled soul.

I would highly recommend this for anyone who is a fan of Townes and anyone who wants a glimpse into the mind of a true musical visionary.
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