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5.0 out of 5 stars Still not fading away... Buddy and The Crickets on DVD
This 50th Anniversary Edition DVD is basically the same as the 2005 Universal DVD release, but without the 14-track DVD Jukebox feature, the 20-track bonus CD (neither exactly vital), and the 28-page colour booklet.

What is included is the original documentary which runs to around 105 minutes, the 3 black-and-white TV clips of The Crickets on the Ed Sullivan...
Published on 24 Feb 2009 by The Country Grumpkin

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2.0 out of 5 stars Well "just about" Alright!
The footage of Buddy on the Ed Sullivan Show is great and the background as to who was in The Crickets,who left who came back and who played on what recordings is well done but the interview footage is lacking contributions from Holly's widow and family members and also his contempories and those he influenced.Norman Petty's misappropriation of his dosh isn't mentioned...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still not fading away... Buddy and The Crickets on DVD, 24 Feb 2009
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This 50th Anniversary Edition DVD is basically the same as the 2005 Universal DVD release, but without the 14-track DVD Jukebox feature, the 20-track bonus CD (neither exactly vital), and the 28-page colour booklet.

What is included is the original documentary which runs to around 105 minutes, the 3 black-and-white TV clips of The Crickets on the Ed Sullivan Shows, That'll Be The Day and Peggy Sue from December 1957, and Oh Boy! from their second appearance in January 1958, which run to something over 5 minutes. Parts of the first and last clips are also seen in the documentary.

The documentary is narrated by Paul Gambaccini as the story of Buddy's musical career is told in the words of various friends and associates through anecdotes and film clips of some of the events and locations that featured in his life story. These include, for example, scenes from Lubbock and Clovis, the 'motorcycle' film taken by JI's brother, and some cine film shot on tour in England in early 1958 by Norman Petty. There is also a very brief clip of the Angelic Gospel Singers whose stunning version of I'll Be Alright inspired Buddy's True Love Ways. And a lot more.

Additionally, parts of the interviews not seen in the documentary are shown as a separate feature of another 37 minutes or so. Some of this footage, not included in the 2005 DVD, shows Peggy Sue Gerron, Gary and Ramona Tollett, George Tomsco, Sonny Curtis and John Pickering (of The Picks) talking about how they heard the news of the plane crash. A longer interview with Tommy Allsup covers his recollection of events in Clear Lake and the following day. We also see those interview clips of Peggy Sue, JI, Carl Bunch, Sonny, George, Joe B and Ray Rush (of The Roses) from the 2005 DVD.

Notably absent are contributions from Maria Elena, Larry and Travis, Buddy's elder brothers, and Bob Montgomery, though several others who knew Buddy do take part, including Jack Neal, veteran DJ Larry Byers, Sonny West - and our own Des O'Connor, with an amusing little story about trying to pull Buddy out of bed one morning during The Crickets' tour of England.

The artwork is a minimal 4 pages, listing the various DVD credits, and showing the same 3 photos featured in the recent anniversary CD booklet.

The DVD has a total running time of just under 150 minutes. The picture quality is very good considering the age of some of the film used, and the sound is very good too. Though most of the material has been available before it is still a most welcome release, is ideal for anyone not that familiar with the story of Buddy Holly and The Crickets, and is excellent value at the modest price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but not quite as definitive as claimed, 26 Nov 2009
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This DVD is very good in that as others have commented it gets behind what really did happen in Lubbock and Clovis in those early years with contributions from many who worked with Buddy Holly from the start and as his career took off. The contributions of Jerry Allison, Sonny West and Tommy Allsup in particular shine for their comprehensiveness and honesty but the sheer range of all interviewed including the lady who was the original inspiration for Peggy Sue and many instructive comments on Norman Petty's studio and recording techniques is what impresses. In addition it is all very well edited together plus a good narration by Paul Gambaccini as scripted by Barry Barnes. Also the ultimate tragedy of the ill organised 1959 Winter Tour in the mid west and how it really was for the performers, is covered in much more detail than I have ever seen before, including the immediate after effect of Buddy's death as felt by all those who are still alive. If anything the whole story in its two hours captures brilliantly how everything happened so quickly and then was over leaving a big void that in truth only became fully recognised much later.

Many have commented that the three live performances from the Ed Sullivan show included are well known and there is little new live material here. The sad truth seems to be that there is little if much else to capture. From the US all other film recordings I have seen are amateur recordings without sound and one assumes there is nothing from the Australian Tour. UK television who during their UK tour televised the group's appearance on the Sunday Night at London Palladium (the UK's closest equivalent to Ed Sullivan) was guilty of a dire short term view with the endless reusing of tapes meaning this and many other historic early rock and roll shows televised in the UK were permanently lost for ever. However that is offset by many home movie images of life in Texas, New Mexico and the Winter Tour that bring to life the story being told.

Yet at the end having watched this DVD a few times now and while agreeing it is easily the best film biography to date on Buddy Holly, the claim in the title that it is the definitive story is hard to accept. This is because of the lack of appearances by any close members of the Holley or Petty families, other contemporaries mentioned in the film who are still alive (Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Dion and the Belmonts), or Buddy's widow Maria Elena, and little coverage of the business dealings that plagued Holly as he sought to break free of Clovis and led to the need for him to accept the fatal Winter tour to survive financially in 1959. Many of these matters are referred to briefly in passing but without their inclusion for me they deny this DVD being the full story from all I have read on Buddy Holly's life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable., 30 April 2009
This review is from: Buddy Holly: The Definitive Story [DVD] (DVD)
would have liked more footage of buddy live in concert i feel sure there is more someware out there.never the less it was very in formative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Holly DVD, 20 Mar 2009
This review is from: Buddy Holly: The Definitive Story [DVD] (DVD)
Excellent DVD for any fan.Enjoyable and great songs for old and young as well as details of the story behind the man.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUDDY HOLLY: THE DEFINITIVE STORY, 1 May 2009
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As i was fortunate enough to have seen Buddy Holly in concert in London back in 1958 i found this DVD to be very nostalgic. It brought back some great memories of those days,and i thought it was very good seeing some of his old friends and music contemporaries remembering him and the times that they played with him.
As a lifelong Buddy Holly fan I thought this DVD was well worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Boy, 25 Nov 2010
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This was ok, but dealt mainly with his music, with some background stuff. But if you are looking for a documentary type experience which I was then this is probably not for you. The songs in it are good and some of the interviews with people who knew him are quite interesting
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Holly - the definitive story, 16 Mar 2009
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Buddy Holly - the definitive story. Well worth watching - anything is good with this star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Had to have it !!!, 6 Dec 2012
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As an ardent Buddy Holly Fan since 1957 I just had to buy this and have no regrets whatsoever, anything on Buddy...his life ..his music is just wonderful for me.....if you grew up with Bussy's music then you have to get it, I thought I'd seen everything on him but some additions on this to other DVD's was worth having
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well "just about" Alright!, 4 Feb 2013
This review is from: Buddy Holly: The Definitive Story [DVD] (DVD)
The footage of Buddy on the Ed Sullivan Show is great and the background as to who was in The Crickets,who left who came back and who played on what recordings is well done but the interview footage is lacking contributions from Holly's widow and family members and also his contempories and those he influenced.Norman Petty's misappropriation of his dosh isn't mentioned at all or the reasons behind the fatal plane crash.The whole dvd felt padded out with frankly for the most part not particularly illuminating interviews.
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