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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...
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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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Special Features

Interviews with Roger Daltrey and director Jeff Stein; Full length audio commentary; Never before released footage; Multiple camera angles; Isolated John Entwistle audio track; Documentary look at the restoration; Video/audio showdown: old vs. new; The Who's London: interactive tour; Games; Slide show; 5.1 mix of the album version of "Who Are You"; Collectable 32 page booklet; On screen liner notes and subtitles; Hidden features
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Twenty-year-old Who fan Jeff Stein had a dream -- to create the ultimate rock film on the most explosive rock & roll band in history. With unprecedented help from British gents and five years of digging through reel after reel of footage, Stein's dream became a reality and, in 1979, The Kids Are Alright premiered in theaters to raucous fans around the globe. Filled with wild television appearances and searing concert footage spanning 15 years of their career, the film traces the growth of the Who's early destructive years through their artistic Tommy days and eventually to the pinnacle rock album Who's Next era. Starting off with the legendary guest spot on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (where Townsend apparently lost the first bit of his hearing from fireworks blasted from Keith Moon's bass drum) and ending with the special Shepperton Studios gig filmed especially for the production, the clips bounce back and forth through time as you view both the band's musical and visual style change from their initial mod days to the hardened and worn veterans seen by the end of the film. At the time of release, the highlight was undoubtedly their infamous version of "A Quick One" from the Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus -- then still unreleased, as ordered by the reportedly embarrassed and shown-up Stones at the time. (Truncated versions of this segment would not appear on home video for years, until Pioneer restored and reframed it with their amazing Kids Are Alright DVD in 2003.) Other spotlighted moments include brief skits Ringo Starr drunkenly joking around with Moon and a glorious archived bit with an enraged Ken Russell relating the Who's rock & roll movement to the insipid and decadent English culture of the time. In the end, the film is a testimonial to the group's initial lineup which remained intact given their chaotic personalities and various changes in modern rock music and cultural climates. Sadly, the film became the final capper for Moon, who tragically died just days after screening the film. In fact, their Shepperton footage marks the last time the band performed together with its original lineup. Their final rousing and blistering version of "Won't Get Fooled Again" couldn't have been a better send-off, as the track comes out of the gate aggressively and crescendos in a visually stunning laser light display before the song howls and rages to its feverish and feedback-laden climax. Stein most assuredly achieved his goal, for the film embodies whom and what the band was and cements its memory forever in the annals of rock music. Long live rock.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • UPC: 013023210394
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Rating:

  • Source: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • Presentation: Special Edition 2 DVD set
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pete Townshend
Roger Daltrey
John Entwistle
Keith Moon
Rick Danko
Steve Martin
Keith Richards
Tom Smothers
Ringo Starr
The Who Participant
Russell Harty Participant
Melvyn Bragg Participant
Technical Credits
Jeff Stein Director, Associate Producer, Screenwriter
John Albarian Producer
Bill Curbishley Executive Producer, Producer
Roger Daltrey Score Composer
John Entwistle Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Zoran Hochstätter Cinematographer
Tony Klinger Producer
Keith Moon Score Composer
Peter Price Production Manager
Partick Rand Editor
Richard Evans Art Director
Tony Richmond Cinematographer
Sydney Rose Executive Producer
Robert Rosenberg Executive Producer
Ed Rothkowitz Associate Producer, Editor
Pete Townshend Score Composer
Tim Van Rellim Production Manager
Norman Wexler Cinematographer
The Who Score Composer, Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
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]
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Side #1 --
   Audio Set Up
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      DTS 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
         Hammersmith 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
         Nazareth House
         St. Mary's Ballroom, Hotham Road, Putney
         Olympic Studios, 117 Church Road, Barnes
         Ramport Studios
         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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST for any Who fan!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Moon and The Who were the greatest rock band in the world

    This is a must see to understand just a little of what true rock music is about.

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