Motown: The DVD

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Some of Motown's finest moments come together in this nostalgia-inducing retrospective, featuring 18 memorable television performances by the label's top artists: Martha & The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, and many more. ~ Carly Wray
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Some of Motown's finest moments come together in this nostalgia-inducing retrospective, featuring 18 memorable television performances by the label's top artists: Martha & The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, and many more. ~ Carly Wray
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Special Features

Berry Gordy Teen Town Interview; ; Vintage Interviews From Motown Greats Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight & The Pips ; ; Motown Picnic - Special, Never Before Released Footage with Narration; ; 1959 - An Entertaining Reviews of News, Entertainment and Advertisements from the Year in Which Motown Records was founded
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/2009
  • UPC: 602517955271
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Motown
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,597

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Motown: The DVD
2. The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman [3:16]
3. The Contours - Do You Love Me [2:33]
4. Marvin Gaye - Hitch Hike [3:00]
6. Brenda Holloway - Every Little Bit Hurts [2:25]
8. Martha & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street [1:33]
10. The Tempations - My Girl [2:36]
11. Martha & The Vandellas - Nowhere To Run [2:03]
13. Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) [2:02]
15. The Supremes - Back In My Arms Again [2:26]
16. Kim Weston - Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) [3:01]
17. Marvin Gaye - Ain't That Peculiar [3:07]
18. Stevie Wonder - Uptight (Everything's Alright) [4:11]
19. The Marvelettes - Don't Mess With Bill [4:18]
20. Jimmy Ruffin - What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted [1:12]
22. Glady Knight & The Pips - I Heard It Through The Grapevine [2:38]
23. David Ruffin - My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) [3:04]
24. Edwin Star - War [3:01]
26. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - The Tears Of A Clown [2:54]
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Disc #1 -- Motown: The DVD
      Play Songs Only
      Berry Gordy Teen Town Interview
      Motown Picnic
      1959 - Year In Review
      Audio Options
         Remastered Stereo
         Dolby 5.1
         Remastered Mono*
         A Cappellas*
         Original Broadcast
      Subtitles: None
      Brazilian Portuguese
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Why "MOTOWN-The DVD" triumphs in some areas, but fails in others.

    The premise of this DVD is to celebrate Motown's 50th Anniversay by presenting selected artists and their hit records from these prosperous years. The producers of this DVD seemeed to overlook the fact that these artists: The Supremes, The Temptations, The Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye and a host of other hit making acts depended heavily on the Motown house band known as The Funk Brothers to achieve their incredible chart runs.
    Many of the 18 full-length performances contained here are "Live". It was common knowledge in the music industry that the "Motown Sound" couldn't successfully be translated to live performances.
    The songs on this DVD which feature the artists "lip-syncing" along with the original records therefore shine!
    So Martha Reeves & The Vandellas wailing on their monster hit "Dancing In The Streets" backed by Ed Sullivan's Orchestra didn't quite cut it!
    The hit making group was there to see, but the famous sound was watered down because the original recordings were crafted in a small Detroit studio by skilled producers like Smokey Robinson; Holland-Dozier-Holland(who created 10 #1 records for The Supremes); and many other talented people working at Motown, including probably the tightest R&B-Pop band in the entire record industry.
    In two interviews, one in Australia with Gladys Knight & The Pips and another with the Four Tops, the cameras were so close to their subjects it looked as though the lenses were in their nostrils!This was a bit hard to watch.
    There were a few highlights:
    The Marvelettes (thankfully) lip syncing to Motown's first #1 chart hit; "Please Mr. Postman". Brenda Holloway lip syncing her first huge chart hit: "Every Little Bit Hurts". Kim Weston doing "Take Me In Your Arms" (later to become a Top 10 hit for The Doobie Brothers).
    I was amazed that on the Hullabaloo segment featuring The Marvelettes doing their Top 10 hit "Don't Mess With Bill", they seemed to be in dark shadows for the first 1/3 of the song, then miraculously the lights came up and you could clearly see this talented group and their wonderful choreography.
    The bonus features with Berry Gordy, Motown founder on the Detroit TV show "Teen Town" were interesting. Cameras were inside the 2648 West Grand Blvd. headquarters of Motown showing producers and artists at work doing what they did best: making tons of great music that inspired an entire generation.
    The Beatles covered 3 Motown songs in their first LP: "Money"; "Please Mr. Postman" and "You Really Got A Hold On Me".
    I've seen better Motown clips in passing on YouTube. Most of the Motown acts that performed in black & white on Detroit's "Teen Town" show were clear, crisp and great to see; but surprisingly absent from this DVD.
    Now, if in their year-long 50th Anniversary releases Motown chooses to release the entire 1963 Motor-Town Revue at New York's Apollo......I for one will overlook the backing band. In this case the 'show itself' is historical!
    The better Miracles tunes are not here, nor are the better Temptations songs.
    The DVD is not is just a little disappointing.

    Bobby Lauser

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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