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Definitely Enjoyable but not Definitive
on 3 February 2012
When it comes to the Beatles or ex-Beatles products, no-one can please everybody, whether it's on CD, in print or on film.
Unless this DVD were 10 hours long and featured the entire interviews with all the key people, thoroughly covered all aspects of his unique life and included all available unreleased film, it couldn't hope to please everyone. Indeed, for some people who are merely interested but not fanatics, it might even be seen as too long.
If you've read most Beatles related books, have all the albums and own `Anthology', there won't be that much fresh stuff in the film. There are some new interviews, such as those with Klaus Voormann and Olivia, which shed some new light on George the person, but overall, most of it's been heard or seen before. You'll probably find more interesting material on Youtube.
The film reminds me of the 1973 `Film About Jimi Hendrix' in that it's a collection of film and music clips, interviews and photos which provide a good `rockumentary' rather than a satisfying film experience; and, sadly, its subject is no longer with us.
Reviewing this DVD presents somewhat of a challenge:
* assuming purchasers are George Harrison fans, is there sufficient quality and quality of footage to present the story of his life (no). For example, far too much of the film is devoted to George Beatle;
* as a film, does it hang together and flow (no). Rather like the 1973 Hendrix film, it comes across as a collection of clips in which different themes are mixed up with each other;
* does it measure up to other Martin Scorsese music films such as No Direction Home and The Last Waltz (no);
* are there `holes' in the story about which need to be filled (yes, several, such as the key role of religion in George's life, his latter records and career, his relationship with Pattie etc);
* are the sound and picture of good quality (they're OK, bearing in mind the source material, although the sound level can vary even within the same clip);
* is watching it an enjoyable and moving experience (yes, although Concert for George has a higher lump-in-throat count);
* does not going ape over this film mean that you're not a George Harrison fan and no longer love his music (no).
Conclusion: if you're a Harrison fan, you'll want it regardless of its shortcomings and enjoy it as long as you don't expect too much. But it does keep you wanting much more.