Keith Moon: Final 24 - His Final Hours

Keith Moon: Final 24 - His Final Hours

Director: Peter St. Laurent

Cast: Peter St. Laurent, Danny Wallace, Michael Rode, Jesse Baskin

     
 

MVD Visual has given this installment of the television series Final 24 chronicling the last hours of the life of Keith Moon of the Who a straightforward release on DVD. Keith Moon: Final 24 -- His Final Hours has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed at 1.85:1 on conventional televisions and enhanced for 16:9 playback on widescreenSee more details below

Overview

MVD Visual has given this installment of the television series Final 24 chronicling the last hours of the life of Keith Moon of the Who a straightforward release on DVD. Keith Moon: Final 24 -- His Final Hours has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed at 1.85:1 on conventional televisions and enhanced for 16:9 playback on widescreen monitors. The image is sharp and colorful, and most of the archival footage looks strong while the new material is pristine (though the reenactments sometimes betray their low budgets). The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo and the fidelity is quite good, if not exceptional. The dialogue is in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options included. No bonus materials are included in this release, and Who fans who recorded this when it was initially broadcast may not feel the need to upgrade to this release, but the DVD presents this material as well as anyone could expect.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
The producers of the Canadian television series Final 24 often walk a fine line between documentary realism and tabloid TV sensationalism, the latter of which should come as no surprise since the show deals with dead celebrities and viewers know at the outset the grim fate of our subjects. Thankfully, the Final 24 episode concerning Keith Moon, the drummer with The Who and a man who partied harder than any rock star of his generation, doesn't dig as deep into potential scandal or sordid storytelling as it might given Moon's reputation, and it displays an admirable restraint, finding a note of tragedy in Moon's premature death and the demons that drove his appetite for booze and drugs. While neither Pete Townshend or Roger Daltrey were interviewed for the film (which should come as no surprise to fans), a few members of Moon's inner circle do speak on camera, including his daughter Amanda De Wolf, his friend and personal assistant Peter Butler, and Annette Walter-Lax, who was Moon's girlfriend at the time of his death, and they bring a welcome gravity to the episode, though Butler also recalls Moon's well-documented funny side. (Another one of Moon's friends who was interviewed for the documentary is Kenny Jones, who would become the Who's drummer after his passing.) The reenactments look a bit cut rate and the actor who plays Moon doesn't bear much of a resemblance, but thankfully this episode doesn't rely on them too strongly and it presents the facts of Moon's death at the age of 32 in a clear and straightforward manner. Longtime Who fans aren't likely to learn a lot about the band or its groundbreaking drummer from Keith Moon: Final 24, but it tells this sad tale with unexpected intelligence and restraint and is just good enough to qualify as a pleasant surprise.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2010
UPC:
0760137498094
Original Release:
2008
Source:
Cineflix
Region Code:
0
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:00:00
Sales rank:
53,232

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Disc #1 -- Keith Moon: Final 24 - His Final Hours
2. Chapter 1 [8:49]
3. Chapter 2 [8:04]
4. Chapter 3 [1:55]
5. Chapter 4 [8:40]
6. Chapter 5 [8:34]
7. Chapter 6 [5:10]
8. Chapter 7 [4:58]
9. Chapter 8 [:32]
10. Chapter 10 [:00]

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