The Who: The Kids Are AlrightDirector: Jeff Stein, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle
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After years of pouring over their terrible-quality VHS copies, fans can finally sink their teeth into Pioneer's full-blown special edition of The Who: The Kids Are Alright DVD, and boy, was it worth the wait. With over a year of remastering under their belt, the people behind this disc have successfully given the ultimate Who film a complete face-lift, and one that should last well-beyond their years. Unbelievable in both picture and sound, the 1.85:1 widescreen image has been restored and enhanced frame-by-frame as the technicians brought brilliant colors and clarity vaguely seen even on the big screen upon its release. By the same token, the audio will blow any hardened rock & roll audiophile's mind away with its multiple options and ranges -- two 5.1 tracks await you as you pop the disc in, of which both have been carefully created and remastered from heavily damaged originals and neither disappoint (stereo track is also available). In fact, if you really want to be impressed, skip to the second disc and check out the "Getting in Tune: Audio Showdown" and "Trick of the Light: Picture Showdown" side-by-side comparisons of the original's quality compared to now....Once you've picked your jaw off the floor, slide on over to the "Miracle Cure: Restoring the Film for DVD" and see just what it took to bring all of the elements together and the extensive and exhausting tweaking that was required for building the film back up from square one. From hunting down rare film stocks to realigning the audio synch with the original master tapes on most of the old TV appearances, there can be no doubt that this is quite possibly, one of the most documented and criminally well-done remastering jobs to hit the DVD shelves. With so much time spent on how they breathed life into an old classic, it's nice to skip on back to disc one and hear the memories on making the film itself from director and professed lifelong Who fan Jeff Stein on the audio commentary track. Along with the associate producer of the disc, Martin Lewis, and the senior producer in charge of the special edition's production, John Albarian, the talk mostly belongs to Stein as he lays out the fascinating story of how the band agreed to letting some kid with no experience like him bring his vision of the ultimate rock movie to life. It's a rare and intimate look at the loudest and most raucous rock & roll band in history and quite an amazing tale, considering the years it took to complete and the untimely death of Keith Moon right after production was finished. Disc two's immense coverage continues with such fantastic extras as a few John Entwistle isolated bass tracks (taken from their last show together at Shepperton) that are out of this world. If you've never understood why the bass maestro was called "The Ox," simply select "We Won't Get Fooled Again" and sit back in amazement as he effortlessly lays down intricate and funky bass lines in his calm corner of the stage. Next, head on over to "The Who's London: Tour of Important Who Places in London" to be treated to a tour of London that lays out the major events of the band's history through an interactive map of the city. Two Q & A sessions are also supplied -- one, a sit-down with Roger Daltry, and the other with Stein covering a slew of even more topics not brought up in the commentary. Add to that two different trivia games (both of which have special surprises for the winner), a multi-camera-angle feature for the performance of "Anytime You Want Me" at Shepperton, and a handy 32-page booklet packed with liner notes, and you've basically survived this mammoth of a disc -- all of which is interesting and worth checking out. If The Kids Are Alright had lost any spotlight because of its poor handling throughout the years, this release should cement it in the upper echelon of rock film documentaries and home video DVDs. Highest recommendation possible!
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- Geneon [Pioneer]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Jeff Stein||Director,Associate Producer,Screenwriter|
|Bill Curbishley||Executive Producer|
|Roger Daltrey||Score Composer|
|John Entwistle||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Keith Moon||Score Composer|
|Peter Price||Production Manager|
|Richard Evans||Art Director|
|Sydney Rose||Executive Producer|
|Robert Rosenberg||Executive Producer|
|Ed Rothkowitz||Associate Producer,Editor|
|Pete Townshend||Score Composer|
|Tim Van Rellim||Production Manager|
1. My Generation [5:39]
2. I Can't Explain [2:30]
3. Russell Harty #1 [1:03]
4. Baba O'Riley [5:18]
5. Shout and Shimmy [2:03]
6. Russell Harty #2 [1:08]
7. Young Man Blues [3:43]
8. Melvin Bragg #1 [1:14]
9. Drum Kit Mayhem [:26]
10. The Keith Ringo Knows? [1:15]
11. Tommy Can You Hear Me? [1:32]
12. Ringo & Keith: On Roger [:34]
13. Pinball Wizard [2:25]
14. Ummm...Jah [:49]
15. See Me, Feel Me [5:12]
16. Melvin Bragg #2 [:33]
17. My Generation Conclusion [2:17]
18. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere [2:55]
19. Russell Harty #3 [:29]
20. Success Story [1:32]
21. Pete: On the Beatles [:35]
22. Substitute, Pictures of Lily, Magic Bus [4:46]
23. Happy Jack [2:40]
24. Melvin Bragg #3 [1:48]
25. A Quick One [7:43]
26. A Circus Act? [:45]
27. Ringo & Keith: Joining the Who [:50]
28. Cobwebs and Strange [2:44]
29. Russell Harty #4 [1:32]
30. Ringo & Keith: On Pete [:38]
31. Pete: On Doing His Job [:45]
32. Sparks [4:38]
33. Barbara Ann [3:00]
34. Roadrunner/My Generation Blues [5:13]
35. Pete: The Power of Volume [1:09]
36. Russell Harty #5 [1:48]
37. Who Are You [5:11]
38. Russell Harty #6 [1:11]
39. My Generation [3:50]
40. Final Words [:56]
41. Won't Get Fooled Again [9:11]
42. Long Live Rock [3:55]
Audio Set Up
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital Stereo
Commentary With Director Jeff Stein
Guitar & Pen: English Subtitles On/Off
Eyesight to the Blind: Track by Track Liner Notes On/Off
Special Features (Disc 2)
Side #2 -- Special Features
Miracle Cure: Restoring the Film for DVD
Getting in Tune: Audio Showdown
Let's Hear It!
Trick of the Light: Picture Showdown
Let's See It!
The Ox: An Isolated Track of John's Bass Feed
Play Baba O'Riley
Play Won't Get Fooled Again
The Who's London: Tour of Important Who Places in London
Take the Tour!!
Central Middlesex County Hospital
Ealing Art College, St. Mary's Road, Ealing
35 Sunnyside Road, Ealing
Acton County Grammar School
Goldhawk Social Club, 205 Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush
BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane
113 Ivor Court, Gloucester Place, London
Hammersmith Odeon, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith
St. Mary's Ballroom, Hotham Road, Putney
Olympic Studios, 117 Church Road, Barnes
12 Curzon Place, Mayfair
The Marquee, 90 Wardour Street, London
100 Club, 100 Oxford Street
59 Old Compton Street
Soho, In General
Bush Hall (then New Carlton Irish Club) 308-310 Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush
EMI Recording Studio, 3 Abbey Road
Behind Blue Eyes: Q&A With Roger Daltrey
Anytime You Want Me: Multiple Camera Angles
Play Baba O'Riley - 4 Angles
Play Won't Get Fooled Again - 6 Angles
Pure & Easy: A Warm Up for the Casual Fan
Its Hard: 21 Correct Answers Wins the Prize
See My Way: Q&A With Jeff Stein
Play Them All!
When Did You First Hear The Who?
When Did You First See Them Live?
Why Did You Want to Make The Kids Are Alright?
How and When Did You Convince Them to Let You Make It?
What in Particular Convinced the Band to Let You Make the Film?
Was There Concern That You Were a First Time Filmmaker?
Did Pete Offer You Any Advice?
How Did You Come Up With the Funding?
What Were Some of Your Fondest Memories While Making the Film?
How Did You Compile All of the Material for the Film?
At First Pete Didn't Want to Film Any New Live Material. Why Do You Think That Was So?
You Shot Their Performance at Kilbum, Yet Nothing Was Used From It. What Happened?
What Was the Meeting Like When You Asked the Band to Perform Again at Shepperton?
Why Was it So Important to Have a New Performance From the Band?
Did You Get What You Wanted From the Shepperton Performance?
Tell Us About the Premiere.
How Did Your Relationship Change as You Moved From Fan to Filmmaker?
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The Kids Are Alright is a MUST-HAVE for any Who fan or for anyone wanting to learn about the world's greatest rock and roll band. The segments with John and Keith are especially poignant.
This is a must see to understand just a little of what true rock music is about.
Buy this DVD. The restoration and addition of missing scenes make this DVD stand out, and the special features are sure to please even the most hard-core Who fan. Long Live Rock!