At 6pm on April 20th 1992 Roger Taylor Brian May and John Deacon the surviving members of Queen took the stage of London's Legendary Wembley Stadium to announce the start of one of the biggest events in rock history organised by Queen themselves to pay tribute to their former colleague - the incomparable Freddie Mercury. The atmosphere of emotion mixed joy and sadness shared by stadium audience worldwide television viewers and performers alike was an experience that will n
The three-day Woodstock music festival in 1969 was the pivotal event of the 1960s peace movement, and this landmark concert film is the definitive record of that milestone of rock 'n' roll history. It's more than a chronicle of the hippie movement, however; this is a film of genuine historical and social importance, capturing the spirit of America in transition, when the Vietnam War was at its peak and antiwar protest was fully expressed through the liberating music of the time. With a brilliant crew at his disposal (including a young editor named Martin Scorsese), director Michael Wadleigh worked with over 300 hours of footage to create his original 225-minute director's cut, which was cut by 40 minutes for the film's release in 1970. Eight previously edited segments were restored in 1994, and the original director's cut of Woodstock is now the version most commonly available on videotape and DVD. The film deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and it's still a stunning achievement. Abundant footage taken among the massive crowd ("half a million strong") expresses the human heart of the event, from skinny-dipping hippies to accidental overdoses, to unpredictable weather, mid-concert childbirth, and the thoughtful (or just plain rambling) reflections of the festive participants. Then, of course, there is the music--a non-stop parade of rock 'n' roll from the greatest performers of the period, including Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Canned Heat, The Who, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Sly & The Family Stone, Santana, and many more. Watching this ambitious film, as the saying goes, is the next best thing to being there--it's a time-travel journey to that once-in-a-lifetime event. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box (3-Disc DVD set) A wizard weekend for all the family is guaranteed with his carefully curated assortment of tasty cinematic treats from the Children's Film Foundation: Britain's best-loved and longest running producer of quality cinema entertainment for kids of all ages. It's fun and adventure all the way from the feisty Fifties to the electric Eighties with this bumper box set, lovingly loaded with nine fab, fast, furious full-fat vintage features and a brand-new documentary. Switch off your phone, grab the duvet and hit the sofa-'cos it's time to bed down for a binge-watch bonanza! Stand well back for 1960s bonfire-night fun in Peril For the Guy, have a classic kick-about with George Best and Bobby Charlton at Manchester United in Cup Fever and share your orange squash with an incredible invisible rabbit in Mr Horatio Knibbles. Take your seats in the Big Top for circus hi-jinx with Anoop and the Elephant, befriend the world's only ice-lolly-loving Yeti in The Zoo Robbery and become a young 1970s eco-warrior for The Battle of Billy s Pond. Attempt the avert nuclear disaster in the nail-biting One Hour to Zero, chase cockney crooks down London's canals as you join 4D Special Agents and enlist The Who's Roger Daltrey to back your 1980s reggae band on Brighton Pier in Pop Pirates! Take doggie delight in Rover Makes Good, Juno helps Out and To The Rescue three 1950s canine crackers from the CFF vaults, guaranteed to make you roll over, woof and wag your tail. Do your film-history revision fun-style with a new interview with veteran CFF writer John Tully (16 mins) and The Children's Film Foundation Story (84 mins) a fabulous new feature-length documentary telling the true tale of the Foundation and the talents who worked there. Featuring interviews with CFF luminaries including John Krish, Harley Cokeliss and a cast of thousands!
Written by the late, great Jimmy Sangster (The Revenge of Frankenstein, Taste of Fear), this supernatural riff on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None is a gruesome, hugely entertaining chiller. Two American architects (real-life couple Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott, who met on the set of this film) are holidaying in England and find themselves trapped at a country mansion where the various guests become victims in a series of unexplained and increasingly violent deaths. Director Richard Marquand (Return of the Jedi, Jagged Edge), making his feature-film directing debut, deftly balances horror and grisly black humour. The film also boasts sumptuous photography by the great Dick Bush and Alan Hume, a wonderfully eccentric score by Michael J Lewis and a superb supporting cast which includes Charles Gray, Margaret Tyzack, Ian Hogg, John Standing and The Who's Roger Daltrey. Extras: High Definition remaster Original mono audio Audio commentary with Kevin Lyons, editor of The Encyclopaedia of Fantastic Film and Television Theatrical Trailer TV and Radio Spots Between the Hammer and the Anvil (1973): Marquand's acclaimed documentary short film, made for the Central Office of Information, about the Liverpool police force Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Julian Upton, an overview of contemporary critical responses, archival articles, and film credits Limited Edition of 3,000 copies All extras subject to change
A businessman rents a cottage on the enchanted Emerald Isle which is occupied by a family of leprechauns.
Best known for his pioneering Quatermass stories and harrowing adaptation of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four, as well as later TV triumphs like The Stone Tape and The Woman in Black, Nigel Kneale is widely regarded as one of Britain's greatest scriptwriters. Making his name at the BBC in the 1950s, he subsequently wrote acclaimed dramas for ITV over the following decades of which three are presented here. The plays on this set showcase some of Kneale's most enduring themes: a deep sympathy for the plight of the individual facing an unimaginable threat; the unease and paranoia of the Cold War era, and fears of an uncertain near-future; and the volatility and potential menace of the crowd. THE CRUNCH stars Harry Andrews as a prime minister attempting to avert a nuclear catastrophe in London; Maxwell Shaw, Anthony Bushell and Peter Bowles are among his co-stars. LADIES' NIGHT is a chilling story of misogyny as members of a gentlemen's club turn on a woman who ridicules them; a strong cast includes Alfred Burke, Ronald Pickup and Bryan Pringle. GENTRY stars Roger Daltrey in a blackly comic suspense drama in which a couple buy a shabby house in an up-and-coming area but find themselves drawn into the aftermath of an armed robbery.
Recorded live on November 27 2000 at the Royal Albert Hall London. Features the tracks 'Baba O'Riley' 'Won't Get Fooled Again' 'Pinball Wizard' 'Substitute' 'Behind Blue Eyes' 'So Sad About Us' 'I'm One' 'The Real Me' 'Who Are You' 'See Me Feel Me' 'You Better You Bet'.
The Who: Live at the Royal Albert Hall commemorates a remarkable charity gig in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Roger Daltrey does allow himself a smirk as he declaims his famous hope that he'll die before he gets old, but other than that, The Who are to be commended for playing their reunion entirely straight. Their souped-up rhythm'n'blues was always propelled by a self-belief as fervent as it was absolute; had any irony been allowed to impinge on proceedings here, the spectacle of three men well into their 50s delivering a set of what remain definitive hymns to youth and its attendant furies would have been wholly preposterous. As it is, the three surviving members of The Who (Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Jon Entwhistle) combine with keyboardist John Bundrick and drummer Zak Starkey (son of Ringo Starr) to altogether engaging effect. There is, obviously, nothing wrong with the songs "Pinball Wizard", "The Kids Are Alright", "You Better You Bet", and they all get the treatment they deserve here. In fact, the only downsides are the many guest performances, which are either redundant, like Noel Gallagher's rhythm guitar on "Won't Get Fooled Again", or actually detrimental, like Kelly Jones' dreadful braying of "Substitute".On the DVD: The widescreen DVD is enhanced for 16:9 TVs. The second disc of extras includes backstage and rehearsal footage, the option to watch the performance of "Pinball Wizard" from a variety of angles, and an interview with Roger Daltrey, which he devotes principally to his work for the Teenage Cancer Trust, who were the beneficiaries of the concert. Also included is a derisory booklet of hopeless out-of-focus photos of the show taken by Bryan Adams, who would be well advised, on this evidence, to stick with the day job. --Andrew Mueller
If you've ever wanted to hear Jack Nicholson sing or marvel at the sight of Ann-Margret drunkenly cavorting in a cascade of baked beans, Tommy is the movie you've been waiting for. The Who's brilliant rock opera is sublimely matched by director Ken Russell's penchant for cinematic excess during the peak of his filmmaking audacity. Tommy revolves around the 'deaf, dumb, and blind kid' (Roger Daltrey) who survives the childhood trauma that stole his senses to become a Pinball Wizard in Pete Townshend's grandiose attack on the hypocrisy of organised religion. Tommy's odyssey is rendered through wall-to-wall music, from the bloodstream shock of Tina Turner to Elton John's towering rendition of 'Pinball Wizard' and Daltrey's epiphanous rendition of 'I'm Free'. Other star performers include Eric Clapton and the Who's drummer Keith Moon in this classic of creative rock cinema.
Even by the standards of a genre not characterised by restraint, the 1974 rock opera Tommy is endearingly barmy, a bizarre combination of Pete Townshend's disturbed inspiration and director Ken Russell's wildly eccentric vision. Even if you gamely try and read allegorical meaning into it, the story is frankly odd: a child becomes psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind after witnessing the murder of his father by his stepdad and goes on to become rich and famous as the world pinball champion (since when was pinball a world-class competitor sport?), before setting himself up as a latter-day messiah. It's about the travails of the post-war generation, the disaffection of youth, the trauma of childhood abuse, the sham nature of new-age cults, and many other things besides. At least, that's what Townshend and Russell would have you believe. But what's really important is the many wonderful, utterly bonkers set-pieces--effectively a string of pop videos--that occur along the way, performed by great guest stars: Tina Turner as the Acid Queen, Eric Clapton as the Preacher, Keith Moon as Uncle Ernie, Elton John's mighty rendition of "Pinball Wizard", even Jack Nicholson doing a turn as a suave specialist. Roger Daltrey is iconic in his signature role, and Oliver Reed makes up for a complete inability to sing with a bravura performance as his sleazy stepdad, but best of all is Ann-Margret as Tommy's mother Nora: her charismatic presence holds the loose narrative together and she richly deserved her Academy Award nomination; the sight of her in a nylon cat suit being drenched in baked beans and chocolate from an exploding TV set is worth the price of admission alone. On the DVD: Tommy comes to DVD in a two-disc set, with the feature on disc one accompanied by three audio tracks: Dolby Stereo or 5.1 surround, as well as the original "Quintaphonic" surround mix--a unique experience with effectively two pairs of stereo tracks plus a centre track for the vocals. The anamorphic picture adequately recreates the original theatrical ratio. The second disc has a series of lengthy and illuminating new interviews with the main (surviving) players: Townshend, Russell, Daltrey and Ann-Margret, in which we learn among other things, that Daltrey wasn't Townshend's first choice for the role, that Stevie Wonder was the original preference for the Pinball Wizard, and that Ken Russell had never heard of any of these rock stars before agreeing to helm the movie. There's also a feature on the original sound mix and its restoration for DVD. All in all, a satisfying package for fans of one of the daftest chapters in the annals of rock music. --Mark Walker
Finally on Blu-ray! Ken Russell's cinematic telling of The Who's psychedelic rock opera about a deaf dumb and blind kid. Roger Daltrey Oliver Reed Elton John Ann-Margaret Eric Clapton Keith Moon Jack Nicholson and Tina Turner star! Special Features: Audio Commentary with Ken Russell and Mark Kermode Ken Russell on Tommy Pete Townshend Interview Roger Daltrey Interview Ann-Margret Spills the Beans The Story of the Sound Theatrical Trailer
Sentenced to 23 years: he won't accept a day of it! This is the incredible true story of John McVicar - a man who took on the entire prison system and refused to surrender. Roger Daltrey gives a powerful performance as McVicar in a film that is shocking brutal and full of gritty violent realism. The film strongly depicts the brutal aspects of British prison life and follows McVicar into his eventual rehabilitation.
Ken Russell's flamboyant treatment of The Who's rock opera about a deaf dumb and blind boy who develops an extraordinary ability at pinball. Under his sinister stepfather's influence he achieves fame and a cult following but his almost messianic status also spells the beginning of his destruction... Featuring musical contributions from a host of rock stars including Elton John Eric Clapton and Tina Turner.
Written by the late, great Jimmy Sangster (The Revenge of Frankenstein, Taste of Fear), this supernatural riff on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None is a gruesome, hugely entertaining chiller. Two American architects (real-life couple Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott, who met on the set of this film) are holidaying in England and find themselves trapped at a country mansion where the various guests become victims in a series of unexplained and increasingly violent deaths. Director Richard Marquand (Return of the Jedi, Jagged Edge), making his feature-film directing debut, deftly balances horror and grisly black humour. The film also boasts sumptuous photography by the great Dick Bush and Alan Hume, a wonderfully eccentric score by Michael J Lewis and a superb supporting cast which includes Charles Gray, Margaret Tyzack, Ian Hogg, John Standing and The Who's Roger Daltrey. Extras: Two presentations of the film: the US theatrical cut, presented in widescreen from a High Definition master (100 mins); the UK theatrical cut, presented open matte from a Standard Definition master (102 mins) Original stereo audio New and exclusive audio commentary with Kevin Lyons, editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television An Editing Legacy (2015, 14 mins): award-winning editor and second unit director Anne V Coates recalls her work on the film The Make-up Effects of The Legacy' (2015, 11 mins): Robin Grantham discusses his specialist make-up creations for the film Ashes and Crashes (2019, 4 mins): interview with second unit director Joe Marks An Extended Legacy (2019, 11 mins): an analysis of the differences between the US and UK cuts Between the Anvil and the Hammer (1973, 27 mins): The Legacy director Richard Marquand's acclaimed documentary short film, made for the Central Office of Information, about the Liverpool police force Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
Double bill of films featuring the Who. 'Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who' (2007) details the highs and lows of the career of British rock band The Who. The film-makers speak with surviving band members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend who discuss the group's origins and influences and how they have gone on to become rock legends in spite of the excesses and tragedies which have plagued them over the years. 'Quadrophenia' (1979) follows Jimmy (Phil Daniels) a young Mod looking for pills thrills and a sense of identity in 1960s London. His increasing reliance on the buzz provided by the gang mentality of his friends reaches its height in the Brighton Bank Holiday confrontations with the Rockers. An inevitable comedown follows when he is expected to return to the plodding banality of everyday life.
LAMBERT & STAMP tells the remarkable story of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert aspiring filmmakers from opposite sides of the tracks who set out to find a subject for their underground movie leading them to discover mentor and manage the iconic band that would become known as The Who. Inspired by the burgeoning 1960s youth culture they found in the ‘High Numbers’ a rebellious restlessness that was just what they were looking for. Rechristening them 'The Who' they quickly scrapped the idea of making a movie and imbued into the process their unusual chemistry filmic ideas stylish dress and outrageous performance. They forged a complex and moving relationship deeply tragic and brilliantly comedic fuelling the band's artistic development and leaving an indelible imprint on its time and generations to come. LAMBERT & STAMP is charged with a mad concoction of noise love rebellion artistry and hilarity. Starring Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert featuring Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend director James D. Cooper takes us along on the surprising ride of two men who shaped one of the most exciting bands of all time and on a universal search examining the sensitive and frightening bonds that make it possible to create.
Twiggy. Roger Daltrey, Paul Daneman, Jimmy Jewel and Stratford Johns star in this Emmy-nominated musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's poignant tale. One of the definitive Christmas stories, this well-loved version of The Little Matchgirl features the immortal festive hit Mistletoe and Wine, co-written by Jeremy Paul for the stage play, Scraps, on which this production is based.Christmastime brings little joy to the poor of Victorian London. Cold and hungry, with no gifts to exchange, they cannot afford to stop work, even on Christmas Day. Life is like that for the Little Matchgirl. She roams the streets selling matches for a penny a bundle, and those pennies have to keep her and her ragged father. They have known better times; but her mother, a singer in the music halls, died when the Matchgirl was very young, and life has since treated her harshly.Then, one day, she strikes one of her matches to keep warm and discovers in the flame a magic world. A world where she can go anywhere, and do anything... even fall in love.
In 1970 600 000 people came to the Isle of Wight to attend a music festival. 2 A.M. August 30th The Who appeared and gave one of the most memorable performances of their career. Tracks Included are : Heaven & Hell I Can't Explain Young Man Blues I Don't Even Know Myself Water Shakin' All Over Spoonful/Twist & Shout Summertime Blues My Generation Magic Bus Overture It's a Boy Eyesight to the Blind Christmas The Acid Queen Pinball Wizard Do You Think It's Alright
Shot during the group's 35th Anniversary European Tour, Yesspeak offers a 169-minute documentary about the classic progressive rock band Yes, together with an audio-only presentation of their 2003 set. The feature, narrated by Roger Daltrey, is a refreshingly straightforward affair, with a near three-hour running time allowing rather more depth than the usual rockumentary. Divided into 10 chapters the programme systematically covers the background, history and outlook of the group before an extended interview with each of the five members of the classic line-up: Jon Anderson (vocals), Steve Howe (guitar), Chris Squire (bass), Alan White (drums), and Rick Wakeman (keys). Finally there are more general sections on touring and the band's music. Archive material and glimpses of the 2003 tour are interwoven with the interviews, but this is very much a documentary, not a concert (to see Yes at their modern best watch Yes: Symphonic Live, 2002). The documentary puts a positive spin on a sometimes chequered past, and it's clearly aimed at long-term fans, but for those who have followed Yes through the decades this is satisfyingly comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable; from Steve Howe's famous but still entertaining guitar/Concord story, to Rick Wakeman's tea break during a typically expansive prog-rock solo. On the DVD: Yesspeak comes as a two-disc set. Disc 1 offers the first five chapters and 89 minutes of the documentary, while the remaining 80 minutes are featured on Disc 2. The picture is an excellent amamorphically enhanced 16:9 widescreen presentation, though by necessity the archive material is of variable quality. Switches into black and white and slow motion are a typically unnecessary distraction of the rock documentary format, but the DVD handles them well. There are excellent Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS soundtracks and optional French, Dutch, Italian and Spanish subtitles. Disc 2 also showcases 126 minutes of concert audio. This is accompanied by concert photos but the sound is only Dolby Digital 5.1, without a DTS option. Although the sound is good it does not match the crystal clear quality of the same music as heard in fragments during the documentary itself. Presumably a DVD of the concerts will follow with much better sound, and the audio here will simply serve as a trailer for that release? --Gary S Dalkin
Thirty years ago half a million flower children set sail for the Isle Of Wight in search of peace love and understanding. They also witnessed one of the greatest ever rock festivals with legendary live performances from well known greats of the era. This DVD tells the story of the great event from backstage banter to the terrific live performances. Featuring performances by: The Doors - 'When The Music's Over' The Who - 'Young Man Blues' Jimi Hendrix - 'Machine Gun' Joni
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