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The Who -- The Kids Are Alright Special Edition (2 discs) [DVD]
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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 Wont 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 2s 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 Included are numerous photographs of the band, including many previously unpublished images.
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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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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Great to be able to own another copy of this film. Have had the album since the early 80's but had trouble getting the film.Published 8 months ago by J. E. Parry
Some amazing footage of an amazing band,could have had a lot more deleted scenes considering it was a special edition.Published 17 months ago by David Lane
just amazing!! if you are a fan of the who, just buy this now!!Published 17 months ago by Stephen Q.
classic film absolute must for anyone who appreciates great music and musiciansPublished 21 months ago by mr angry