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Behind the Player (2010)

Ace Frehley , Leon Melas  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ace Frehley
  • Directors: Leon Melas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alfred Music Publishing
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,303 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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*Ace documentary discussing his life as a guitar player, including rare photos and video footage from Ace himself
*Guitar lessons from Ace for KISS classics Shock Me and Cold Gin
*All-star jam session featuring Ace playing with George Lynch, John 5, Matt Sorum, Chris Wyse and Tommy Clufetos

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jendell's Favorite Son Explains All February 17, 2010
It would seem as if Ace Frehley is right where he needs to be with his career and his life right now.

Within the past year, he has been staying in touch directly with his fans through social networking sites & small venue performances.

In 2009, he released his best album to date, "Anomaly." It couldn't have come at a better time and it definitely gave a shot in the arm to the rock music community.

In the spirit of giving the fans what they want, Ace is front and center in this new DVD release, "Behind the Player."

The beauty of this DVD is that it stays true to its title, "Behind The Player." This is about the man, where he came from, his personal stories, a very brief synopsis of the early days in KISS and where he is now with his life. There are no lurid stories from the KISS tours and no tell-all tales about Gene or Paul.

The DVD also contains tutorials by Ace for two of his songs, "Cold Gin" and "Shock Me." He explains his inspiration for the songs and then breaks them down piece by piece during the instructional part of the DVD.

But the absolute best part of the DVD is the jam session with Ace and the musicians he inspired, including Matt Sorum & George Lynch.

This DVD delivers to the Frehley fanatics and to the musicians who want to learn techniques by a Les Paul legend.

Thanks to Ace Frehley and all of those involved with this release. "Behind the Player" is definitely worth its weight in gold.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good fun...big fans may rate it higher January 19, 2010
This is a pretty fun DVD. Big fans may find more to love than myself, being a casual fan of Ace and KISS. It isn't that expensive and for the money you get a nearly half hour sort of biography piece that is fun and interesting with a bit of history and a bit of good tech talk about guitars and amps etc. Ace also teaches a couple of tunes Cold Gin and Shock Me. The bonus performances and solos and promo for his latest album are nice extras but hardly revelatory. Its well produced for the most part and there are other musicians on the project to add their 2 cents like Matt Sorum and George Lynch that don't add that much in my opinion. Ace really looks shot to heck and ready to join ANVIL but he seems in good spirits and comes across and a sort of cool dude.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace is back! January 19, 2010
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I've been playing guitar for a while and Ace was the # 1 reason I play. I could already play Cold Gin and Shock Me but seeing Ace teach them the way he wrote them sounds truer to any tab or lesson I found online or in print before. Thanks Ace!

I only wish there were a few more songs. Forget the biography and give us an Ace Frehley Rock Clinic. Fractured Mirror, Rock Soldiers, Ghengis Khan, etc... I'll pay good money for that.

With that said this is a great DVD for the price, especially if you want to learn those two songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Ace Fans October 14, 2013
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Must have for all true Ace fans, got this for my Dads birthday and he loved it, matter of fact he's watched it several times in the passing weeks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected September 9, 2012
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Overall the dvd was ok. Who doesn't like Ace. But basically you are paying to learn to play Cold Gin and Shock me from Ace. I expected a better interview and more and different live footage than what was in the decription of the dvd. Other than that enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace Frehley Behind the Player January 15, 2011
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I purchased this for my husband as a gift and in his words "I found the video very informative, helpful and enjoyable... have watched it over many times" Ace Frehley sits and talks as if he were sitting in a room and talking to you, it did not appear as if it was scripted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ace Frehley on Lead Guitar. March 8, 2010
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Ace is an icon. Watching him describe how to play "Cold Gin" and "Shock Me" is awesome. Ace presents these songs but what comes across the most is his love for crunchy guitar and that you have to go for "feel". Stop worrying about open chords, barre chords, power chords, etc and just go for the tone you hear in your head.
Ace Rocks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Being a kiss fan is one reason why I highly recommend it, Ace Frehley in particular is my favorite of them all. I am happy that he is going solo in his career and bringing out products like this i especially liked the guitar lesson would love to see more of it, was well worth the money I can see myself playing guitar again one day! My only dislike is to see more products coming out and an album too. David R Edmonton, AB, CANADA
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my all-time favorites so underrated! !'!!!!!!!!!!!!! ace...
I love this video ace is the most underrated guitar player in the hole world ace my not no but I saw a Itinterview with gene simmons they said to him alright who your guitar from... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charles Heer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Michael W.
5.0 out of 5 stars ace fan for life
If you like ace you need this tape. You get the story from the man himself. Just like being in the room with him telling you his story. A must have.
Published 2 months ago by jim beasley jr
5.0 out of 5 stars I love everything Ace!
I love everything Ace! I do wish he'd do away with the sunglasses. I liked watching the video, but still haven't mastered the songs.
Published 3 months ago by David Ledferd
To start I am a die hard KISS fan since my childhood so getting this was a must for me. Im also a musician and guitar shredded thanks to ACE, JAKE E. LEE and AL DI MEOLA. Read more
Published on August 2, 2012 by Ray St John
1.0 out of 5 stars Sucks, but glad he got Sober!!!! Way to go Ace!
Terrible and boring.I love Ace,he is the guitarist that gave me the passion to play as a kid, but give me a break, I expected something more than this. Read more
Published on October 25, 2011 by Brian S. Ringler
1.0 out of 5 stars negative
I still have not received my item... I'm still waiting. Hopefully I'll get it soon,Maybe, we'll see... So far, this vender get a negative review
Published on October 18, 2011 by James M
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Ace Fans!!
Fun to watch, a little lit on the instuctional side, but Ace is the man!! There are 1,000,000s of 40-50 year old guitar players out there because of Ace!! Enjoy!!
Published on October 10, 2011 by Lawrence Z. Rosenbaum
3.0 out of 5 stars good to see ace sober
I enjoyed it, and he was good at teaching the two songs. The sunglasses really need to go. Im sure he is weathered around the eyes, but who cares. Hes Ace, the rock god. Read more
Published on June 26, 2010 by Rick Mcmillan
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