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The Who: The Kids Are Alright [DVD] [2009]

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  • Directors: Jeff Stein
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sanctuary
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb. 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NHZ2KM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,053 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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Format: DVD
One of the first, but still one of the very best rock movies. This non chronological approach to the history of The Who was originally fortuitously released at exactly the right time following the death of Keith Moon, which signalled for many the death of The Who itself.
The balance of speech and music is just right. Pete Townshend was always one of rock's most interesting interviewees and Moonie's natural wit is evident from the opening sequence featuring the band's legendary appearance on the Smothers's Brother's show, and reaches full fruition on the wonderful Russell Harty interview sequence, snatches of which are scattered throughout the film.
The music naturally speaks for itself, and unlike modern videos it isn't interrupted by speech. Also unlike even more modern videos the viewer isn't sent dizzy by cameras cutting ridiculously from one shot to the other every two seconds - see the Coldplay Live for a prime example of this irritating tendency.
I have loads of music DVD's, including recent ones by the likes of the aformentioned Coldplay, U2, REM, Red Hot Chilli Peppers -decent bands all. However, it was only when I saw 'The Kids Are Alright' again that I remembered that despite the often incredible modern special effects, the modern filming, and the modern hype, that ultimately non of these bands could actually hold a candle as a live act to The Who in their heyday.
The only other music videos which can even be compared to this are: The Beatles Anthology, as classy a product as everything associated with the Fabs; the Rolling stones Four Flicks, although great as this is I'd still have preferred a really good video of the Stones in their prime (when are they going to release 'Gimme Shelter' in the UK?
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You can't go wrong with the contents. This is vintage Who, with some literally smashing performances. All of them are on top form: John's bass playing is very under-rated, and truly stunning; Roger's voice is perfect; Keith is unique and brilliant; and Pete is the great Intelligent Yob. This film captures them from their early, fairly embarrassing moments as a Mod band, to the magnificence of their mid-70's performances. The film reminds us of what a pioneering band they were, and make the punks who came after them look like the pale imitators they were. Bands like The Damned smashed their equipment, but not with Pete and Keith's determination. I still can't understand how he could whack his guitar about and then still play it in tune afterwards (as on Sparks). Negative points? There's no cohesion in the film, no attempt to tell a story - it has all the appearance of someone sticking bits of film together at random. And as others have said, there's no additional footage on the DVD, nothing extra. Still, that's what happened with CDs when they first came out - they were just records copied onto CD, and this is a video copied on to DVD.
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By Jeremy Walton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 May 2007
Format: DVD
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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This compilation, originally surfaced at the same time as the untimely death of Keith Moon. It has become his epitaph. There are two elements to the film which have to be taken into account: one is the music. Nothing wrong here! There are several rare archive clips of marvellous performances of some of their most loved songs. The other thing to take into account is the humour and fun within the band; something rarely seen in rockumentaries like this. The Who gallop headlong through a rehearsal of the Beach Boys 'Barbara Ann' with Moon singing and then promptly collapse into hysterics and their inadequacy at playing it ten years on from recording it. The group start to undress during a TV interview with a terrified Russell Harty. Perhaps the best clip is the opening 'My generation' from the Smothers Brothers US TV show, where Moon has added to the explosives in the drum kit and Townshend smashes the bewildered hosts acoustic guitar, just as he is about to sing to the audience.
Most of us never got to see The Who in their full glory. There's lots and lots of it here. This is an essential watch for all Who fans.
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