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on 17 March 2004
The life of Jimi Hendrix cannot be covered in one dvd. His songs can't be, neither can his idiosyncrasies. Therein lies the "fault" of this dvd. It's more like a dictionary entry than a full length feature, because there is so much to say and presumably so much to show. In other words, once your'e through watching the dvd, your'e just warming up to the subject. Scratching the surface.
So don't look at this dvd as authorative. But if you look at it as a snapshot, a brief moment in the life of, this dvd succeeds.
The image quality isn't great. It seems as if everything was filmed on home movie cameras. But that's okay, because this all did happen in the sixties, remember? But what does bother, is the sound quality. One underestimates the importance of sound quality when half a dvd consists of interviews, but what's the point of an interview if you can hardly hear what the "cats" are saying anyway. (Am I supposed to READ all those subtitles?)
And yet: this is a good dvd. It has entertainment value, but is not half as informative as I hoped it to be. This is probably not a good starting point for a Hendrix noob, but could be required viewing for fans. If you're a noob, check out "Jimi Hendrix plays Monterey" (and weep). Now 'Scuse me