Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who

Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who

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Director: Paul Crowder, The Who, Murray Lerner, Pete Townshend

Cast: Paul Crowder, The Who, Murray Lerner, Pete Townshend

     
 
Paul Crowder and Murray Lerner's excellent documentary on the history of one of Britain's greatest rock bands has been given an admirable presentation in this DVD release from Universal Home Entertainment. Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio on conventional televisions and

Overview

Paul Crowder and Murray Lerner's excellent documentary on the history of one of Britain's greatest rock bands has been given an admirable presentation in this DVD release from Universal Home Entertainment. Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors, and the film looks very good indeed; the new interview footage is well photographed and reveals a subtle but broad color balance, and the archival material looks as good as current technology permits, with a number of clips boasting better image detail than in their previous appearances on home video. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and the mix is bracing and well detailed, especially on the more recent material, though the archival footage sounds surprisingly strong. The interviews and performances are in English, with optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired but no multiple language options (which makes the presence of a "Language" page on the main menu rather odd). The feature appears on disc one, while disc two is devoted to bonus materials. The "Six Quick Ones" feature offers individual profiles of the four original members of the Who, with noted musicians discussing their style and techniques, as well as a look at how the influence of contemporary art impacted the group and a short documentary on the recording of 2004's "Real Good Looking Boy," which was the first new Who track in twenty-two years. The disc also includes some outtakes from Amazing Journey, including manager Bill Curbishley's thoughts on the 1979 Who concert in Cincinnati, Ohio that claimed the lives of eleven fans, and a truly remarkable story of a prank John Entwistle pulled on a drunken Keith Moon. And finally, this edition features some recently discovered film of the Who performing in London in 1964 during their brief period as the High Numbers, which looks and sounds terrific. Amazing Journey is a great film biography of the Who, and this DVD release presents it in high quality that should please longtime fans of the group.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Like that of a lasting marriage, the story of a long-established rock band is necessarily laden with drama. The Who, now in their fifth decade, have had their share and more -- almost, it seems, from Day One of their existence. Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who takes us through a tale of rich artistic growth, as well as severe internal dissention, ego explosions, outrageous behavior -- onstage and off -- substance abuse, and death. This thoughtful and searingly honest documentary sheds light on the how of the Who: what kept this legendary band functioning and creatively evolving even as circumstances threatened to tear it apart. The use of stunning archival footage, which follows the nascent band from their early years in small clubs to the arena-plus venues in which they now perform, captures the monolithic rock attack that the Who perfected over the years. Yet it's the candid observations of the band's surviving members, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey -- as well as former manager Chris Stamp, present manager Bill Curbishley, and other associates -- that best provides the insightful context and in-depth revelation of the Who's group sound, image, and recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2007
UPC:
0025195019347
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
3:57:00

Special Features

The Story of the Who: ; Exclusive footage of the band!; Insightful interviews with rock icons!; And more!; ; Six Quick Ones: ; Roger, John, Pete, Keith; Who Art You?; Who's Back; And more!

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who
1. Overture (Main Titles) [2:41]
2. When I Was a Boy [6:58]
3. He Is Your Leader, He Is Your Guide [3:56]
4. Young Man Blues [2:09]
5. Who the Fuck Are You? [5:53]
6. Dressed Right for a Beach Fight [4:05]
7. In Your Hand You Hold Your Only Friend [3:55]
8. I'm the Guy in the Sky [5:57]
9. So Sad About Us [6:20]
10. They Tried and Tried and Tried [6:52]
11. Substitute Me for Him [4:00]
12. I Can See for Miles and Miles [2:08]
13. Teenage Wasteland [2:42]
14. The Music Must Change [3:07]
15. What Is Happening In His Head [10:46]
16. No One Knows What It's Like [4:49]
17. I'm Remembering Distant Memories [6:04]
18. Can You See the Real Me? [2:23]
19. You Only Became What We Made You [2:44]
20. I Don't Suppose You Would Remember Me? [4:20]
21. Just Want to Be Making Daily Records... [7:03]
22. Rock Is Dead They Say... [3:49]
23. Let Your Tears Flow, Let Your Past Go [4:16]
24. The Past Is Calling [3:50]
25. Pick Up My Guitar and Play [4:16]
26. End Titles [4:33]

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a thrilling behind the scenes look at one of the greatest bands ever. All new footage and a great pace from beginning to end.
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