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The Who -- The Kids Are Alright Special Edition (2 discs) [DVD]

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  • Directors: Jeff Stein
  • Format: Dolby, Box set
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sanctuary
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001FYRLM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,079 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Capturing the individual band members’ musicianship and personality through live performance footage and interviews, The Kids Are Alright chronicles the development of The Who from angry early sixties mod upstarts to worldwide rock icons in the late seventies.

The Special Edition 2-disc set benefits from state-of-the-art picture restoration, remixed Dolby Digital 5.1, and dts audio. It also includes the bonus disc Won’t Get Filmed Again. Clocking in at around two-and-a-half hours of rare material, this disc contains brand new interviews with key participants Roger Daltrey (Behind Blue Eyes) and director Jeff Stein (See My Way), a virtual tour of London, trivia games and a multi-angle performance segment. All the titles of the segments are playfully drawn from Who song titles. Most of disc 2’s supplementary material is dedicated to detailing what went into the restoration of this project, from both a philosophical standpoint as well as a technical one, making it fascinating for movie fans as well as fans of The Who.

The 2-Disc Special Edition comes complete with a 30-page collectible booklet featuring a new in-depth introduction by director Jeff Stein and new notes by leading ‘Who-ologist’ – Brian Cady. Included are numerous photographs of the band, including many previously unpublished images.

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Devotees of the Who, who haven't availed themselves of Jeff Stein's thrilling, self-mocking 1979 documentary The Kids Are Alright, shouldn't wait another minute now that the film has been painstakingly--perhaps heroically--restored to its theatrical-release length from original elements. The sound is clearer than on previous video releases, images are once more crisp and colour-rich, and adjustments in tape speed make the band sound like themselves again, particularly in vintage television performances and filmed club dates from as far back as the band's sonically thrilling, early R&B period. Special features are extensive, including, among many other delights, multiple-angle footage, an insightful interview with Roger Daltrey, a feature about the film's restoration, and a mesmerising, isolated John Entwistle audio track. --Tom Keogh

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1. My Generation
2. I Can’t Explain
3. Russell Harty
4. Baba O’Riley
5. Shout And Shimmy
6. Russell Harty
7. Young Man Blues Pete Townsend
8. Keith Moon footage
9. Ringo Starr
10. Tommy Can You Hear Me? (Beat Club)
11. Ringo and Keith
12. Pinball Wizard (Woodstock)
13. Pete (Beat Club)
14. See Me, Feel Me (Woodstock)
15. Pete (Second House programme)
16. My Generation (Woodstock)
17. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (Ready Steady Go)
18. Russell Harty
19. John Entwistle at home
20. Pete (A Whole Scene Going)
21. Substitute (promo), Pictures of Lily (Beat Club), Magic Bus (Beat Club)
22. Happy Jack
23. Roger’s home
24. A Quick One (R n R Circus)
25. Pete at Roger’s home
26. Keith and Ringo
27. Cobwebs and Strange promo
28. Russell Harty
29. Keith and Ringo
30. Pete (Tonight)
31. Sparks (Woodstock)
32. Barbara Ann
33. Road Runner/My Generation Blues
34. Series of Pete, Keith and John
35. Russell Harty
36. Who Are You promo
37. My Generation (Monterey)
38. Won’t Get Fooled Again
39. Long Live Rock
40. End Credits
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The Who - The Kids Are Alright (Single Disc Edition) [DVD].......An Incredible Retrospective Of The First 15 Years Of The Who, Right Up Until The Tragic, Untimely Death Of Keith Moon.....All The Classics Are Here....." Baba O' Reilly" Is Powerful, Stunning And Surely Must Be The Definitive Version, " A Quick One ( While He's Away)" Is Magical," My Generation" Is Intense And Very Funny, " Young Man Blues" Just Flies Out Of The Screen...The End Of " Wont Get Fooled Again" With Moon & Townshend Still Brings A Smile & Tear To The Eye.......There Are Classic Black & White " Shindig" , " Ready, Steady, Go!" & " Beat Club" Performances Also...There Are Guest Appearances From Melvyn Bragg, Ken Russel, Ringo Starr, Russel Harty...To Name A Few.....The Interviews & Snippets Give A Very Clear Picture Of The Respective Era.....The Late Keith Moon's Insanity Is Apparent & Totally Hilarious Throughout....His Drumming Is The Best I Have Ever Witnessed , As Is The Deadpan Dryness And The World Beating Bass Playing Of The Late Great John Entwistle...And As Ever, Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend Work Off & Against Each Other With Musically Stunning Results....The Remastering Job Is Perfect, With Brilliant Sound & Vision.......My Words Can't Profess Just How Complete & Perfect This Movie Is....A Must Own!!!
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Simply put, we owe everything in rock to the who. The video proves the point.
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I got this very quickly. Very pleased.
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in great condition at a great price
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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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I've been reading and watching a lot about The WHO lately - starting with a random find of a book about Keith Moon. One thing led to another, and I managed to get this film, which I think is excellent for anyone who likes The Who. There is an especially good feature where you can watch any of the four doing what they do all through a song, and I found this great for getting a bit more of an understanding of how hard it actually is to be good in a band, and how good each of them is individually. It's always in my head now in terms of when I will watch it again. Could be today!
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By Jeremy Walton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 May 2007
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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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