I've already pitched in my tuppence-worth on The Who's 'Kids are Alright' Blu-Ray, so was pleasantly surprised by this more sober take on The Who's mythology. That's not to say there isn't some very funny stuff and ear-bleeding music in there, but there is an overarching melancholy to the film. Both Moonie and John Entwhistle are remembered with love, respect, and loving disrespect by Pete and Roger who find themselves playing the role of 'keepers of the flame'. It leaves the viewer with a feeling that we are witnessing the 'Twilight of the Gods', the like of which we'll never see again.
As a project, this video was clearly designed to be a more considered retrospective than 'Kids are Alright', and doesn't pull it's punches. It also avoids duplicating too much material from that movie, but sometimes sails a little too close to the 'South Bank Show' approach to band biographies, betraying a certain nervousness in the band about their place in rock history.
That said, the main sins on this DVD are technical. There is a annoying level of video hatching over a (recently-filmed) Pete interview - but worse still, the audio is about four frames behind the pictures, making the lack of lip sync quite distracting and the music out of time, which some might find difficult to take. I tried it on different make of DVD player to check if it was the player at fault - but no, it was still there. Other details like video editing gaffs (yes, I realise some of them are deliberate, but some definitely not), incorrectly-spelt captions and a bit of temporary voice-over inadvertently left in the final edit suggests this was produced on a much smaller budget than 'Kids'. Perhaps that's why it's being sold at such a low price - and with that in mind, it's easier to forgive it's flaws. Perhaps they'll address these on a future Blu-Ray release - and if they did, I'd buy it.
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