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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rock Movie Ever?
One of the first, but still one of the very best rock movies. This non chronological approach to the history of The Who was originally fortuitously released at exactly the right time following the death of Keith Moon, which signalled for many the death of The Who itself.
The balance of speech and music is just right. Pete Townshend was always one of rock's most...
Published on 7 May 2004 by D. Evans

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2.0 out of 5 stars The Kids are disappointed!
As a great fan of The Who this HAD to be the first disc that I bought after getting a DVD player. What a disappointment!!! Each 'track' is in 4:3 ratio and the picture isn't really any better than a standard video. The sound is certainly no better than on video, especially during the Isle of Wight live stuff where the original tape can be heard hissing and wowing all...
Published on 25 Oct 2000


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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rock Movie Ever?, 7 May 2004
This review is from: The Who -- The Kids Are Alright Special Edition (2 discs) [DVD] (DVD)
One of the first, but still one of the very best rock movies. This non chronological approach to the history of The Who was originally fortuitously released at exactly the right time following the death of Keith Moon, which signalled for many the death of The Who itself.
The balance of speech and music is just right. Pete Townshend was always one of rock's most interesting interviewees and Moonie's natural wit is evident from the opening sequence featuring the band's legendary appearance on the Smothers's Brother's show, and reaches full fruition on the wonderful Russell Harty interview sequence, snatches of which are scattered throughout the film.
The music naturally speaks for itself, and unlike modern videos it isn't interrupted by speech. Also unlike even more modern videos the viewer isn't sent dizzy by cameras cutting ridiculously from one shot to the other every two seconds - see the Coldplay Live for a prime example of this irritating tendency.
I have loads of music DVD's, including recent ones by the likes of the aformentioned Coldplay, U2, REM, Red Hot Chilli Peppers -decent bands all. However, it was only when I saw 'The Kids Are Alright' again that I remembered that despite the often incredible modern special effects, the modern filming, and the modern hype, that ultimately non of these bands could actually hold a candle as a live act to The Who in their heyday.
The only other music videos which can even be compared to this are: The Beatles Anthology, as classy a product as everything associated with the Fabs; the Rolling stones Four Flicks, although great as this is I'd still have preferred a really good video of the Stones in their prime (when are they going to release 'Gimme Shelter' in the UK?), Led Zeppelin's DVD, musically fabulous, but Zep never had anything like the wit, warmth and personality of The Who, and The Who's other essential video 30 Years Of R n B, although this contains too much post Moon stuff.
No, for me 'The Kids Are Alright' remains just about the greatest rock music film ever.
The superior sound and picture quality on this DVD release, together with the second disc of extensive and interesting extras, makes it worth buying even for those of you who like me have the old VHS version.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, DVD not good value, 3 May 2001
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You can't go wrong with the contents. This is vintage Who, with some literally smashing performances. All of them are on top form: John's bass playing is very under-rated, and truly stunning; Roger's voice is perfect; Keith is unique and brilliant; and Pete is the great Intelligent Yob. This film captures them from their early, fairly embarrassing moments as a Mod band, to the magnificence of their mid-70's performances. The film reminds us of what a pioneering band they were, and make the punks who came after them look like the pale imitators they were. Bands like The Damned smashed their equipment, but not with Pete and Keith's determination. I still can't understand how he could whack his guitar about and then still play it in tune afterwards (as on Sparks). Negative points? There's no cohesion in the film, no attempt to tell a story - it has all the appearance of someone sticking bits of film together at random. And as others have said, there's no additional footage on the DVD, nothing extra. Still, that's what happened with CDs when they first came out - they were just records copied onto CD, and this is a video copied on to DVD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best rock movie?, 25 May 2007
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Jeremy Walton (Sidmouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Who -- The Kids Are Alright Special Edition (2 discs) [DVD] (DVD)
There aren't many contenders for this dubious title, but I can't think of any other film that does a better job of conveying the appeal and depth of its subject. I saw it at the cinema when it was first released in 1979, and this version on DVD (somewhat expanded, extensively restored and cleaned up) brings back happy memories of the way it commemorated the band at the height of their powers (Keith Moon died while the film was being edited). There's an extraordinary collection of film from TV shows, interviews, amusing vignettes and concert performances, which all show the way the band was continually striving for new sounds, thinking about their significance and influence and worrying about the relationship with their followers and critics. The culmination is a brilliant 1978 performance of "Won't Get Fooled Again", and the culmination of *that* is a slow-motion shot of Townshend sliding across the stage on his knees as the band crashes back in at the climax: pure showbiz, but it has me in tears every time I see it - that, and the way he hugs an ecstatic fan who jumps on stage at the end.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally alright, 26 Nov 2000
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This compilation, originally surfaced at the same time as the untimely death of Keith Moon. It has become his epitaph. There are two elements to the film which have to be taken into account: one is the music. Nothing wrong here! There are several rare archive clips of marvellous performances of some of their most loved songs. The other thing to take into account is the humour and fun within the band; something rarely seen in rockumentaries like this. The Who gallop headlong through a rehearsal of the Beach Boys 'Barbara Ann' with Moon singing and then promptly collapse into hysterics and their inadequacy at playing it ten years on from recording it. The group start to undress during a TV interview with a terrified Russell Harty. Perhaps the best clip is the opening 'My generation' from the Smothers Brothers US TV show, where Moon has added to the explosives in the drum kit and Townshend smashes the bewildered hosts acoustic guitar, just as he is about to sing to the audience.
Most of us never got to see The Who in their full glory. There's lots and lots of it here. This is an essential watch for all Who fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film of a great band, 3 May 2004
This review is from: The Who -- The Kids Are Alright Special Edition (2 discs) [DVD] (DVD)
'The Kids are Alright' has always been a classic film but has suffered from a poor vhs release that has been difficult to find in the past. The new DVD release certainly does it justice in terms of picture and greatly improves the sound quality for sterio (although I am unable to comment on the 5.1 mix).
It is unusually in that unlike other music DVDs (such as the excellent Led Zeppelin set) it is not a direct copy of concert footage, nor is it chronological. It skillfully uses interviews, TV spots and live concerts to create a snapshot of one of the most anarchic and destructive bands to have existed.
The special features are myriad and really compliment the film. They are exemplary both in terms of quantity and quality. The two standout features are the documentary on the restoration process and the issolated John Entwistle Bass tracks. It would have been nice however to have had some interviews with Pete Townshend and footage of the original premiere (if it is in existance).
Ultimately 'The Kids are alright' is a passionate and hilarious film that will hopefully get watched by a new and wider audience as a result of this excellant release. A must for any fan of the who or just good rock music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'orrible 'Oo on Blu-Ray, 13 Feb 2012
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Say what you like about the haphazard way this movie intercuts vintage footage with more recent stuff, and how chronology goes out the window. The Who always gave the impression of a band in complete and utter chaos - even though they were anything but. You don't get to be one of the top three rock bands in the world by being full-time chaotic.

But the film enjoyably reflects and plays up to that image by throwing footage at the screen from all over the archives, cutting to and fro with no apparent logic. But it's The Who. Being mad bastards was part of the stage act, which tragically started to seep into their real lives. The Stones? Great band, but boring. The Who never got the same recognition, but this mess of a movie somehow enhances the band, in spite of itself.

Having previously owned the DVD, the Blu-Ray is a worthwhile step up in quality. Obviously, some of the vintage video-sourced material from the 70's still looks bleary, but the Shepperton Studio-filmed concert footage looks (and sounds) incredible, having been lavishly restored on state-of-the-art computers. Footage that was previously included on the VHS version at the wrong speed has been adjusted. Film damage has been fixed. The sound has been remixed into the best possible quality (there's a good doco in the extras that describe the process).

Most will put the disc in the player and go straight to 'Won't Get Fooled Again' - good choice. Turn it up loud and enjoy. Then play the rest of the movie and enjoy it again. We might get a 'South Bank Show' type documentary on The Who in the future, but do we need it? Nah - this will do nicely.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kids Are Better Than Ever, 29 April 2004
This review is from: The Who -- The Kids Are Alright Special Edition (2 discs) [DVD] (DVD)
one of the Special Features displays the differences between the "old" andrestored sound and picture quality, and I have to say there's radicalimprovement. Best of all is the comparative clarity of the new picturewith rich colours.
The sound has been bettered too, and mostimportantly the tape speed adjustments make the Who sound like themselvesintstead of Chipmunks.
The optional subtitles are a big help too, for us foreigners and those whocan't quite keep up with the zanier interview moments.
The package isvery attractive and come with an illustrated booklet of liner notes.
More on the Special Features: they're a plenty, ranging from "makingof"-type of features to Trivia Games. A remarkable section is dedicated tothe musical genius of John Entwhistle: marvel at his bass virtuosowatching him in action and listening to a separated bass feed. Brilliant!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true insight!!!, 19 Nov 2005
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D. L. Titchmarsh (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Who -- The Kids Are Alright Special Edition (2 discs) [DVD] (DVD)
I held off from buying this as a naieve late comer to the Who but I have to say this is the real insight to the passion of Pete Townsened.Ok my spelling is crap but you need to see this as it gives you a true feeling of the passion Pete put into his writing. It was a shock to me as I credited Roger Dawltrey for all the great things of the Who but with all due respect to him as the best man to act the part this DVD shows the true passion of the writer (Pete).
If you have recently discovered "The Who" then you need this DVD to show you how incredible Pete was and Keith Moon.
On a bonus note you have the chance to sample "Thunder Fingers" on the Bass guitar in a special angle / sound feature that I would pay £50 for on its own (after seeing it). I think to sum up if you are evren slightly interested in the who or any member of them this is well worth buying. If not then this is worth buying to see how Rock and Roll used to and should be.
I love The Who 100 x more after seeing this, need I say more???
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Success Story or what?, 20 May 2004
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Mr. G. Jones "sheepbone" (North Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Who -- The Kids Are Alright Special Edition (2 discs) [DVD] (DVD)
This is less of a film and more of a TV clip show, however, it is absolutely brilliant. If you've ever wanted to see a Bass player machine gun his lead singer's solo records then this is the film for you.
Whether one thinks that the 30 Years of Maximum R&B Live film or this one is the best is imaterial, The Kids Are Alright proves that The Who are far superior to all of their generation counterparts.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Kids are disappointed!, 25 Oct 2000
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As a great fan of The Who this HAD to be the first disc that I bought after getting a DVD player. What a disappointment!!! Each 'track' is in 4:3 ratio and the picture isn't really any better than a standard video. The sound is certainly no better than on video, especially during the Isle of Wight live stuff where the original tape can be heard hissing and wowing all over the place!
To cap it all, the track listing on the back of the DVD packaging beared no resemblance to what was actually on the disc! The way I see it is if you're gonna issue stuff on DVD then make it worthwhile - no widescreen, no decent sound and no worthwhile extras make this a 'complete-ists' purchase only. This is NOT what the DVD format is all about surely?
Save yourself a few quid and stick with the video.
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