When music fans make lists of great rock movies that should be on DVD but aren't, The T.A.M.I. Show is usually at the top of the list -- or rather, it was until Shout Factory finally gave the film its first authorized home video release ever in March 2010. The T.A.M.I. Show documented a stellar rock & roll variety show held in late October 1964, and the talent roster still raises eyebrows decades after the fact -- James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Supremes, Leslie Gore and more, all on one bill and playing for a packed house of screaming (and we do mean screaming) fans. The T.A.M.I. Show was extensively bootlegged on video for years, and copies taken from TV broadcasts or battered 16mm rental prints were a not uncommon sight at used record stores or collectors' shows, so after decades of fans assuming the film was murky and poorly photographed, the Shout Factory edition of the film is a revelation. The high-definition transfer of The T.A.M.I. Show (presented in it original aspect ratio of 1.78:1, letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for 16:9 playback) reveals a wealth of visual detail that had probably gone unnoticed since the film played theaters on its original release. Through the source print is one or two steps short of flawless, the images are sharp and the compositions are often surprisingly thoughtful for a concert film of the era, and being able to actually see the faces of the fans when the camera turn to the audience or to really get an eyeful of the frantic go-go dancers wiggling up a storm behind the bands adds a whole new level of enjoyment to the film that's already packed with excitement. The DVD also does a great job with the audio; mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo but retaining the original monophonic soundtrack, the sound is impressively well recorded for the era, with few audible flubs despite the lack of overdubs and plenty of punch. The songs are performed in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options. Among the bonus materials, the highlight is a commentary track featuring director Steve Binder (whose credits also include Elvis Presley's 1968 comeback special) and music historian Don Waller, with Waller drawing out Binder as he discusses the challenges of capturing this event on videotape in a single day, working with musicians and his career in music and television. (Waller also wrote an extensive and entertaining essay for the accompanying booklet which goes into detail about the movie and its history.) Also included are four radio ads created to promote the film and the original theatrical trailer (which can be viewed with or without a commentary by filmmaker John Landis, who was one of the fans in the audience the day the show was filmed). The T.A.M.I. Show is still one of the most exciting rock & roll films ever released, and if it took a long time for it to finally arrive on DVD, there's no arguing that Shout Factory did it right, and anyone who loves rock and soul from this era will have a blast with this disc.