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His first headlining solo tour of North America and Japan is chronicled as you see excerpts of Fun, Fun, Fun; God Only Knows; Do It Again; Sail On Sailor , and more by a joyful Brian and his fantastic band. This 2003 film also features his interactions with Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Pete Townshend, Patti Smith, Ronnie Spector and more!

The Mozart of pop? A one-man Lennon and McCartney? The comparisons aren't extravagant when you're talking about Brian Wilson, subject of this captivating 77-minute documentary (with interviews, live performances, behind-the-scenes footage, etc.). The fact that the wunderkind architect of so many Beach Boys classics is still around at all in 2003, let alone largely recovered from his well-chronicled emotional and physical problems, borders on the miraculous. The DVD is a celebration of Wilson's life and work--not simply by the likes of Paul McCartney, Neil Young, and Pete Townshend but by Brian himself, who with each performance becomes stronger and more at ease on stage. And it's great to hear his songs, including both the obvious ("Good Vibrations," "Fun Fun Fun") and the unexpected ("Lay Down Burden," Brian's tender tribute to his late brother Carl), performed with such joy by Wilson's brilliant band. More than a comeback, this is an ongoing, encouraging success story. --Sam Graham

Special Features

  • Meet the Band
  • Brian on the Beatles
  • Postcards from the Road

Product Details

  • Actors: Brian Wilson, Sheryl Crow, Roger Daltrey, Emmylou Harris, Paul McCartney
  • Directors: John Anderson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • 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: Sanctuary Records
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008NJFR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brian Wilson On Tour" on IMDb

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Charles Hagee on May 27, 2003
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Clocking in at a mere 77 minutes, this DVD provides a nice (if somewhat bland) overview of Brian's transformation from Beach Boy to solo entity, but it's brevity certainly raises some significant questions.
If Brian is truly "back", then why is almost every chapter of this DVD so heavily edited? Why are we presented with so many snippets of songs instead of fully realized productions? Why is the concert footage only culled from the 1999 and 2000 tours?
As it is, "Brian Wilson On Tour", is simply a sanitized PBS-oriented documentary. There is no Beach Boy pathos here, just fun (and art!) on the road. And while it does sometimes feel contrived, this DVD does provide the fan with occasional spontaneous human moments from Brian. My personal fave scene is where Brian is asked to name his favorite tune from different groups ... very cool. However, be warned that this DVD does not offer much in the way of complete songs.
In fact, that's my biggest gripe with this disc: there is not enough unedited concert footage. Almost everything is offered in piecemeal fashion. Heck, even "Saturday Morning In The City" - a "new" track which is advertised on the outside of the package - is presented as a miniscule 30 second piano snippet! VERY MISLEADING PACKAGING!!!
Much like 1995's "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times", "Brian Wilson On Tour" is yet another fixed perspective look into Brian's world. How much of this documentary is truth and how much is revision is left up to the viewer to decide.
Only the overworked editor knows for sure.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2004
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Some misconceptions about this DVD here. Let me clear them up.
1.) Although it was released in 2003, this documentary was filmed in 1999 and 2000, on the very first leg of Brian Wilson's very first solo tour.
2.) The editing has been done at least partly to cut out Joe Thomas and Steve Dahl, both of whom accompanied and (kind of) played with Brian on the first leg of the tour. They both left after BW's trip to Japan.
3.) The best stuff was yet to come. Brian followed this up with the Pet Sounds tour, a summer series of shows with Paul Simon, more Pet Sounds shows in England, and now the SMiLE tour. This DVD is about him coming into his own as a concert performer.
4.) The man isn't exactly magnetic on stage. Sometimes he's dull to watch, esp. in this first tour when he kept his hands on the keyboard. So some creative editing can be excused. Take a look at the Pet Sounds Live DVD to see much more straightforward footage.
5.) This is obviously not the highest budget production. It's mainly filmed on digital video. It gives us a close look at Brian making his music. That's its charm.
If folks stop wanting this DVD to be something it isn't, and accept it for what it is, they'll find a wonderful portrait of a frazzled, eccentric, but still very alive and musical man.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bert-Jan van Oel on March 25, 2003
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Those who saw Brian Wilson perform on his 2002 European Tour must have been in doubt whether the former Beach Boys genius was realy happy to be back on stage. Wilson looked sometimes scared and insecure and his great band the Wondermints backed up for him in more than one way. But we see a different Brian Wilson in this DVD. One who is enjoying the appreciation of the public and other musicians like Neil Young and Pete Townsend. Brian is loose and looks happy in this Tour film and seems surrounded with love. Playing some of his and Beach Boys greatest tunes and building up confidence. After the CD's Brian Wilson Live at the Roxy and Pet Sounds Live and the Tribute DVD, this new DVD is another landmark in the attempts to give Brian Wilson the credits he derserves but did not get for his wonderful music from the sixties and seventies. There are beautiful tracks on this DVD and charming backstage views, like Neil Young trying to learn how to play Good Vibrations. Good to see all this happen.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Nasti on December 7, 2003
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I admittedly had very high hopes when I purchased this dvd at a store in New Jersey. I sat through the whole thing and ended up kind of unhappy. I know I'm probably not going to get a lot of "helpful" votes for this review, but this is solely my opinion, and I'm sure a few people will agree with me.

First up, I was expecting a full - blown concert dvd, like the superior "The Beach Boys : Good Timin' - Live At Knebowrth", which featured a low - profile Brian at his worst, but he and the rest of the band gave a pitch - perfect performance. Instead, this is a documentary featuring less than a handful of complete live performances and even the rehearsal footage of some songs are butchered to mere snippets. I was also looking forward to hear Brian perform "Vegetables" in concert. I thought thsi song was so complex and produced nobody could pull it off in concert, and I really looking forward to hearing how Brian did it. Imagine my frustation when it was just shown as a brief a capella performance in a Vegas hotel lobby. I was also mad that my favorite song that Brian sang with the Beach Boys, "Don't Worry Baby", is performed as a joke in brain's dressing room by Ronnie Spector. And the new song on the dvd, "Saturday Morning In The City" is just Brian at the piano singing a 30 - secodn recognition of the song. How's that for your money ? If they really wanted to make a documentary of an artist on tour with some rehearsals and interviews thrown in, they should have done one in vein of the two Elvis documentaries ( "That's The Way It Is" and "Elvis On Tour" ), both of which featured some intervieews and rehearsal footage but mainly focused on Elvis's stage performances.
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