The Who: The Kids Are Alright [DVD] 
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A visual exploration of the great performances and maniacal events that constitute the legend that is The Who. Includes interviews with band members Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon and John Entwhistle, plus cameo appearances by Ringo Starr, Keith Richards and comedian Steve Martin.
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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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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
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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