- Format: DVD-Video, PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: UNIVERSAL MUSIC ITALIA SRL
- DVD Release Date: 6 Nov. 2006
- Run Time: 60 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000HT383A
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,247 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Who: Who's Better Who's Best [DVD] 
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Apparently there were licensing problems this time. It's not a big deal that the compilers of this DVD could only use one song from Shepperton 1978, and opted to omit "Baba O'Reilly", since that performance of "Baba O'Reilly" is easily available elsewhere on DVD(On "The Kids Are Alright")
The most irritating thing about this DVD is what happened to "I Can See For Miles". The song, as seen on the original VHS & Laserdisc releases of this program, is a composite of a Smothers Brothers show T.V. performance(for the first half of the song), and some offstage footage for the second half of the song. Apparently legal problems have developed over the use of that offstage footage, and so, rather than give us the Smothers Brothers footage of the entire song, "I Can See For Miles" abruptly cuts off during the guitar solo.
And furthermore, several of The Laserdisc bonus tracks ("5:15" & "Relay") are also omitted. This disc is a bitter disappointment. Universal music is counting on the idea that many younger consumers don't own the original releases,and won't know what's missing.
By the way, the original uncut Laserdisc program(with the 5 bonus tracks) can be had on a technically legal Brazilian DVD, simply titled "The Who", which can be found here on Amazon.com
And expect more disappointment from Universal Music's upcoming(March 2009) 2-DVD reissue of "The Who-30 Years of Maximum R&B", where, despite the addition of an entire second disc of previously unreleased material(a 1979 concert in Germany), the main disc won't be a complete reissue of the original VHS & Laserdisc program(the 3 Live at Tanglewood 1970 tracks will be omitted due to legal problems).Even a 6-month postponement from the intended fall 2008 release date did not resolve this problem, since ownership of the Tanglewood footage changed over the years, and the present-day owner refuses to license it. In short, the lawyers win and the fans lose.
Who's Better, Who's Best is a rather primitive collection of video clips of The Who performing some of their best known songs in various venues at different periods in their career. These videos, some quite amusing, others quite electrifying span almost two decades from 1964 to 1982. On these, you can witness the development of the band as a performing unit and the abundant energy which made them one of the most acclaimed live acts in the world. After viewing this DVD several times, I certainly came away with a greater appreciation for The Who, both as performers and as songsmiths. Just watch and see how manic they are even in the early days, particularly drummer Keith Moon and guitarist Pete Townshend.
Viewers are treated to a generous twenty different songs. Some of my favorite Who songs come alive here:Substitute, The Kids Are Alright, I Can See For Miles, Pinball Wizard, I'm Free, a raucous Won't Get Fooled Again, Another Tricky Day, and a driving Eminence Front.
There is a disclaimer on sound and video quality in the liner notes following the song list. To me, it is OK because I expect archived material to have some flaws. What drops a star from my rating is how several of the songs are truncated right at the point where they start to gain traction. This is particularly annoying where Townshend is cut off right as he begins to play the part in I Can See For Miles that makes it such a great song.
That complaint aside, I recommend this DVD not just to fans of The Who, but to anyone who loves great rock and roll. You'll see here just why the band has the kind of timeless appeal that still resonates with the young today!