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Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who

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Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who and Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones are two exhilarating feature films about one of the greatest rock bands in the world! Spanning four decades, this authorized and definitive anthology of The Who relives their journey from humble beginnings to their meteoric rise to rock legend status in a 2-film DVD set. Filled with all-new interviews with band members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend and music icons Sting, The Edge of U2, Eddie Vedder and more, this must-have collection also features electrifying rare and unreleased concert footage in mind-blowing 5.1 surround sound. David Wild, a contributing editor of Rolling Stone, says it's "brilliant…an exceptionally smart and intimate portrait." For music that spoke to generations of fans, and refused to be classified, the answer is - and always will be - The Who.

Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who is a very satisfying, two-disc set anchored by an excellent documentary directed by Murray Lerner (The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival), whose 1970 footage of the band in concert appears in Lerner’s Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival. Lerner’s new film includes recent and extensive interviews with surviving Who members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, who candidly recall every chapter of the group’s career, from childhood to the premature deaths of drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle, and beyond to Daltrey and Townshend’s continuing, now-autumnal collaboration. Much of what is said and captured in Amazing Journey has been noted before in myriad ways (including the Who’s 1979 autobiographical feature The Kids Are Alright), but the older Daltrey and Townshend get, the richer their insights into Who history. Lerner’s organization of sub-topics and material also makes Amazing Journey powerful and resonant, including the Who’s earliest period as an emerging club band (called the High Numbers) emphasizing rhythm and blues, and Townshend’s gradual transformation into a songwriter trying to break traditional pop forms. Key relationships are examined and explored, but of special note is Daltrey’s and Townshend’s separate, fascinating assessments of the former’s evolution as a vocalist and frontman. (Each maintains that it was Daltrey’s personal connection to the central character in Tommy that turned him into an expansive, charismatic singer.)

A second disc contains superb outtakes from Amazing Journey, with an emphasis on the wisdom of Daltrey and Townshend, both in their 60s, examining their individual artistries. Who fans and musicians alike will certainly enjoy an exciting analysis, from the likes of the Edge, Simon Townshend (Pete’s brother and member of the Who’s backing band) and Eddie Vedder, of Townshend’s gifts as a guitarist. A wonderful mini-documentary co-directed by D.A. Pennebaker (Don’t Look Back) captures a recording session from 2003, and footage of the High Numbers in a 1964 performance (from an aborted film by the Who’s late co-manager, Kit Lambert) is a remarkable artifact. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • The Scrapbook
  • The High Numbers at The Railway Hotel

  • Product Details

    • Directors: Murray Lerner, Paul Crowder
    • Writers: Mark Monroe
    • Producers: Nigel Sinclair, Robert Rosenberg
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 2
    • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
    • Run Time: 208 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000VLOKQI
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who" on IMDb

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    First, the misses - I wish they would have included full concerts, or at least four or five full songs from the 1970s shows (the way McCartney's new DVD allegedly will). That would have made this perfect.

    However, what is here is great. More footage of the Kilburn 1977 show than I thought I'd ever see, to hear how the band supposedly hated the gig/Jeff Stein's footage of that show. We see part of a great, pre-album (almost by a year) version of "Who Are You" live at Kilburn, with Moon and Entwistle jamming underneath Pete's guitar. Pete sings the chorus by himself (!), even the "Who the f ...." part, and Daltrey later joins in. It's wonderful to see Moon playing drums on a live version (other than the live-in-the-studio take in "The Kids Are Alright." The Who, from the clips seen in this DVD, sounded pretty stinking good at Kilburn. Moon actually looks like he was in better shape and less tired than the 1978 Shepperton footage in "TKAA." Don't get me wrong, I love the two Shepperton clips in "TKAA," but Moon seems more firey and hits the drums and cymbals faster (and with less effort) on the Kilburn clips. Good footage of Entwistle's crazy fingers on the bass at Kilburn, although a couple segments don't quite match up with his fingers, but nonetheless, it's great to see 1970s footage of the Ox cuttlng loose on the bass. This happens at the end of "Dreaming from the Waist" at Kilburn. Unfortunately, we only see the end of the song, but it's great to see John wailing on four strings.
    it's also great to see The Who clowning around in the studio while trying to do the backing vocals to "Pictures of Lily," and there's a quick segment of Pete laying down the electric guitar for the track.
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    I speak with extreme prejudice when I write this because The Who is my utmost favorite band in the history of modern music. That said, for people that already love The Who, will love them even more at the conclusion of viewing this collection of films. Those who are not fond of The Who, will be if they view these films.
    The main film is cut up nicely into chapters, and each chapter is titled with a line from a Who song that pertains to stories described in that given chapter. Which many of the stories talked about in these film can be truly quite moving.
    The end of the main two hour film has the most emotional parts. They describe trying to move on after the death of Keith Moon. Pete Townshend gives much heartfelt praise about John Entwhistle, and goes to talk of his death and moving on thereafter. The film also talks a lot about the Cincinnati tragedy, better than they ever had in the past. They even get brave enough to tackle Pete's legal problems he faced regarding the Child Pornography incident. In fact Pete speaks more clearly and eloquently in these films than I have ever heard before.
    The second disc has short films that are collectively called "6 Quick Ones" which has mini-documentaries about the main four members. They even speak of Pete's guitar techniques witch is quite interesting as a guitar player myself.
    This is a great piece to be viewed by anyone whether or not they think they are interested. It is captivating film for anyone.
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    This is a very interesting and entertaining documentary, placing the Who in the context of their social era, their conflicting personalities, and their drive for musical success. The bottom line though, is if I want to introduce a friend to the Who, the essence of the Who's spirit, I will show them the Kids Are Alright.

    The "Six Quick Ones" are the highlight. They provide entertaining and illumaniting views into each bandmember (prompting my wife to comment, "Wow, I never really appreciated how awesome Keith was as a drummer"). The movie iteself moves at a good pace and has some interesting tidbits, but very little that the serious Who fan would find new or surprising.

    The most frustrating aspect of the movie is that we never see a song in its entirety. The Who's power as a creative force is not apparent in 20 second clips (a scissor kick or a windmill or a lunatic drum bit is now a rock cliche -- what makes one appreciate the Who is seeing that these were not poseur moments, but part of a constant, all-out assault on the senses in each song driven by passion and competition).

    The Kids Are Alright, by contrast, is a fan's love letter, the uber-mix tape to show why this band is great musically, and generates such passion amongst its fans. The full-length clips, interspersed with interviews from assorted literati, cogniscenti, and roustabouts paint a picture (albeit an Impressionistic one) of the Who's unique and self-contradicting blend of utter seriousness about the saving power of music, pop-art self-mocking, and all-out joyous abandon. I dare you to watch Baba O'Riley or the montage of "Cobwebs and Strange", and at least not walk away with the impression that this band is something special, worth investigating further... Amazing Journey is a good one to watch to learn more.
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    i just bought the bestbuy store exclusive 3 dvd set of amazing journey. it includes the chicago show of dec.8.79. as bonus disc 3. the show is not complete. missing songs are...who are you, see me, my generation, i can see for miles, won't get fooled, dancing in the street,dance it away, young man blues, roadrunner, and big boss man. 10 songs missing. i have a bootleg of this show and those songs were played. the audio is very good. the video looks like a commercial vhs transfer a little dark, grainy and some color bleed. but for a free bonus you can't complain.
    the other discs are great stuff. for a fan the 10 minute railway hotel show as a bonus to disc 2 is worth the 22 bucks. i can't believe how tight and strong they sounded as just kids in their first moving images. the documentary itself is well done also. people are comparing this to the kids are alright, "kids" had great footage, introduced you to the band and told you a little about them. this tells you their whole story from day one til now by them, unlike the many other docs that are third person.
    if you just recorded the two shows on vh1 there are a few more things on the discs, like all of disc three. one more thing, the bestbuy sets are priced wrong from the distribution center. the limited 3 disc set is marked 32.99 the regular 2 disc sets are marked 33.99, but they all ring 22.99 at the register.
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    I can't believe they ditched the 1969 London Coliseum and Kilburn '77...
    I agree that I would like to see more complete shows from various periods. A lot of people think that Pete's "white boiler suit" period from 1969 to 1971 was The Who's live stage zenith. But some others beg to differ. The Ox contended that the band hit their live peak in 1976. It all... Read More
    Oct 27, 2007 by Carl A. Johnson |  See all 33 posts
    That was Leeds in disc one, yes?!?!?
    What makes you think Townshend and Daltrey won't release these full clips on future releases? They already put 3/4 of the Chicago 1979 gig as a bonus disc on the Best Buy version. I'm sure, with the band's new Web site launching this month with their music and videos going online, that some of... Read More
    Nov 21, 2007 by bass boy |  See all 6 posts
    6 quick ones?
    There's not really any complete concert clips on the second disc, just pieces when talking about the guys' individual instrumental talent. The only complete concert clips is two songs (complete) from a hotel gig in 1964, which is pretty cool. The individual segments about the individuals' talents... Read More
    Nov 4, 2007 by bass boy |  See all 5 posts
    Buyer "Best" beware - 90 minute bonus concert DVD
    The bonus third disc at BB has 93 minutes of The Who's Chicago 1979 concert. It has 15 of that night's songs, but is missing 10 songs from that concert. For some reason, Townshend and Daltrey (and manager Bill Curshibley) only wanted the bulk of the show on the DVD. "Won't Get Fooled... Read More
    Nov 2, 2007 by bass boy |  See all 5 posts
    London Coliseum and Kilburn
    Hey Eric,

    I would love to hear that too, the details. Maybe the one who posted that info works for Universal, or is somehow close to The Who's management. With the band's new Web site launching recently and all of their music/videos available - or soon to be available - on the site, I wouldn't... Read More
    Dec 20, 2007 by bass boy |  See all 15 posts
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