The Who: The Kids Are Alright

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Jeff Stein's superb documentary on the sound and fury of the Who gets a fine presentation for this release on DVD. The Kids Are Alright has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and the audio is presented in two mixes, one in Dolby Digital 5.1 and another in Dolby Digital 2.0. Bonus material includes a commentary track from director Jeff Stein, as well as an interview from the filmmaker and "liner notes" which appear on ...
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Jeff Stein's superb documentary on the sound and fury of the Who gets a fine presentation for this release on DVD. The Kids Are Alright has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and the audio is presented in two mixes, one in Dolby Digital 5.1 and another in Dolby Digital 2.0. Bonus material includes a commentary track from director Jeff Stein, as well as an interview from the filmmaker and "liner notes" which appear on screen as the film plays.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Jeff Stein; Remixed audio in 5.1 & DTS; On-screen liner notes and subtitles; Collectable 32-page booklet
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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: 013023211698
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • Presentation: Deluxe Edition
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • 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
2. I Can't Explain
3. Russell Harty #1
4. Baba O'Riley
5. Shout and Shimmy
6. Russell Harty #2
7. Young Man Blues
8. Melvin Bragg #1
9. Drum Kit Mayhem
10. The Keith Ringo Knows?
11. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
12. Ringo & Keith: On Roger
13. Pimball Wizard
14. Ummm...Jah
15. See Me, Feel Me
16. Melvin Bragg #2
17. Me Generation Conclusion
18. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
19. Russell Harty #3
20. Success Story
21. Pete: On the Beatles
22. Substitute, Pictures of Lily, Magic Bus
23. Happy Jack
24. Melvin Bragg #3
25. A Quick One
26. A Circus Act?
27. Ringo & Keith: Joining the Who
28. Cobwebs and Strange
29. Russell Harty #4
30. Ringo & Keith: On Pete
31. Pete: On Doing His Job
32. Sparks
33. Babara Ann
34. Roadrunner/My Generation Blues
35. Pete: The Power of Volume
36. Russell Harty #5
37. Who Are You
38. Russell Harty #6
39. My Generation
40. Final Words
41. Won't Get Fooled Again
42. Long Live Rock
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Menu

Side #1 --
   The Who: The Kids Are Alright
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   Chapters
   Audio Set Up
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      DTS 5.1
      Stereo
      Commentary With Director Jeff Stein
      Guitar & Pen: English Subtitles: On
      Guitar & Pen: English Subtitles: Off
      Eyesight to the Blind: Track by Track Liner Notes: On
      Eyesight to the Blind: Track by Track Liner Notes: Off
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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

    THE GREATEST DVD EVER REALEASED

    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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    Posted March 15, 2010

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