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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2013
Firstly, this is a 'film' for the fans. It's not a film in the sense Human Highway was a film, but it is a gig interspersed with Neil on a journey through his childhood. It doesn't shed much light on him as a person, but it absolutely sheds an incredible energy, and musical diversity to the otherwise overlooked Le Noise album.

The gig contains a number of songs performed in 2011-12 using the synthetic Le Noise effect. The songs performed include new takes on Gold Rush, I Believe in You, Out of the Blue and Ohio. There's even a couple of otherwise unreleased songs for good measure. But what knocked me back was the performance of the Le Noise songs... Sign of Love, Hitchhiker, Love and War and Rumblin' are here. All good songs on the album cut, frankly (which you prefer, will be down to preference), but have a life and energy here which I would find hard to believe anyone would be able to turn away from. Two songs, however, stand above the rest. Peaceful Valley Boulevard is haunting and the finale, Walk With Me, hits notes he rarely did back in 'the day'.

Some will dismiss this on the grounds of the album it supports, but don't. Live at Berlin was a follow up to otherwise monotone Trans album, and is one of his most eye opening releases. This does the same for Le Noise, and really doesn't disappoint.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2012
Two great puzzles with Amazon product reviews:
* Why do people post a "review" of a product they've neither listened to / watched, or bought?....then distort ratings by giving it 1 star or 5 stars?
* Why do amazon mix reviews from different versions of a product (eg, blu-ray v dvd / cd v sacd) when they're sometimes several years apart in release date & mastering?, and in the case of blu-ray v dvd, sometimes quite different in content/extras?

Anyway.....a clue to the lack of a UK release date for both blu-ray & dvd lies with the word "Sony". The film is on cinema release, and not scheduled to make the rounds (smaller "art" cinemas most likely) of UK cinemas until Jan/Feb, according to NY fanzine sites. The product release dates will likely be a month or so after that. If the film was on an independent label, maybe this would be different.

For long-term NY fans, I suspect this is likely to be considered a 5-star review of his pension-age life (so far), looking back on a journey through his childhood, in the small "town in North Ontario", and his much-loved Massey Hall in Toronto. The concert footage is from his solo Le Noise tour, and includes a few gems from his past, with yet more variations in the arrangements.

There are some excellent detailed reviews of this blu-ray disc from (should appear below these UK reviews), so I won't repeat that detail here. For me, a couple of recent albums (incl Le Noise) have been a little disappointing, but Neil's always been unpredictable & always liable to hit the heights again just when some think he may be on a downhill slope.

I made the choice to buy a code-free panasonic blu-ray player (via amazon), having relied on code-free dvd players for years, to let me buy some of the commercially obscure music I like, which sometimes isn't released here. So, just over £16 for this disc from moviemars (arrived in a week), one of half a dozen region A blu-rays I've "had to" buy already. For me, this justifies the additional cost for a code-free player, but I appreciate a lot won't share this view.

Neil may well have grown into a charicature of the "Old Man" he once wrote about, but his music still stands out when he's in the mood, and the opportunity to observe the character as well as his material is certainly worth adding this to the superb Heart of Gold film by the same director, as a further chapter in NY's career.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2013
This film is a journey into Neil Youngs early life in Canada inter-spread with some great music that at times is very emotional and moving. the camera angles are very daring with several performances very close to Neils face that gives us a different way to see and hear Neils music. Johnathan Demme has a way to bring out the best in Neil Young and this film is yet another example of great music, great film making and of course Neil Young.
I was lucky to see Neil in concert this year and it is one of the best concerts I have seen, this DVD is one of the reasons why.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2013
this film is so well made its as if you are there with the great man
a masterful performance by the master,poignant in places riveting at times
a must for neil young fans
one of musics all time greats,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Johathon Demmie really knows how to get the real Neil Young on film, 'Heart of Gold' was a wonderful movie cum concert that if you haven't got then do yourself a favour, live in Nashville at the Opry House, full of great performances throughout.
To this new one Neil returns to his Canada roots, we take a tour around with him at times joined by his brother, with solo performances from his 'En Noise' tour. If you are sort of Neil fan this is unmissable stuff, Demmie's genius is gettinbg us to know the man more as he drives around, as he visits an old boyhood fishing spot, how things have changed in town, the ministers house, the various halls he's played there in his early days, right upto the songs throughout live loud and absolute magic (shame there's not a CD of these performances as well).
Neil Young is one of music's legendary greats but he's still moving the music forwards,still full of ideas and passionate about his music as he ever was.
This is a release of very rare and enjoyable quality, Demmie has caught the man and his music and has come up with a film to treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2014
A very well produced DVD with mixture of songs and documentary footage of Neil Young visiting areas in Canada where he grew up.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2013
Young at his best on and off stage,
brilliant camera presentation together with thoughtful edit
great journeys in the Canadian way
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2013
We loved this dvd....we are huge fans of Neil Young. His concerts are amazing and this dvd didnt disappoint us.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2013
as good as HOG, will be wonderful when the trilogy is completed on trunk show release , the interviews complete and answer so many questions
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on 6 April 2015
This dvd is for the fans, but it really good viewing. I really enjoyed this dvd with it's mixture of clips around the area where Neil Young grow up and the concert footage. If I had any dislikes I must say that some of the filming was a bit hit and miss and this up-set the enjoyment of the songs - we do not need to see the very close up shots of Neil mouth! Apart from this, it was great.
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