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Brian Wilson - I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (1995)

Brian Wilson , John Cale , Don Was  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brian Wilson, John Cale, David Crosby, Daniel Harrison, David Leaf
  • Directors: Don Was
  • Producers: Don Was, Anne-Marie Mackay, David Passick, Jonathon Ker, Ken Kushnick
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 1999
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JLV7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,590 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brian Wilson - I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" on IMDb

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As the undeniable force behind the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson led the group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Through a richly woven tapestry of candid interviews with family, friends, peers and Wilson himself, I Just Wasn't Made For These Times chronicles his remarkable, tumultuous life. This insightful documentary captures the playfulness, genius and unconquerable spirit of an American pop visionary. Includes trailer.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird, arty appreciation September 26, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
What is this video? It is part first-person documentary, and part appreciation, made in the mid-90s when Wilson finally seemed to be finding the peace of mind that stays with him today. (His obviously devoted new wife stays beside him for much of the footage. Dr. Landy, who basically saved Brian's life according to Brian's 1991 autobiography, is now out of the picture and is never mentioned by name.) The entire thing is filmed in very arty, hard-lit black-and-white. There is no narration except for that of the inteviewees, and not much archival footage of the Beach Boys. What we get instead is Brian himself giving us brief, converstional summaries of periods of his life and songwriting inspiration, supplemented by comments from his mother, his ex-wife Marilyn, and his brother Carl (who died a few years after this film was made in the mid-nineties.) There are also some enlightening musical analysis from someone (I'm not sure who he is), and appreciative comments from fellow musicians ranging from Wilson collaborators Tony Asher and Van Dyke Parks, to David Crosby, John Cale, Tom Petty, and Linda Ronstadt. Wilson's daughters also comment briefly on their relationship with their Dad, and sing with him at the end. Throughout the film, certain excellent old songs of Brian are briefly discussed and then we get good footage of Brian performing the songs with a new studio band in Hollywood. (The performances, produced by Don Was, are very good, and fans might want to consider buying the soundtrack CD of this film. Fans expecting to hear the original Beach Boy recordings will not find them here. Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply outstanding January 17, 2001
This documentary captures Brian Wilson as he is today -- mature, brilliant, still disturbed but clearly holding it together and still making music. Brian comes across as human and vulnerable, a modest man who quite literally changed the world. The unabashadly glowing tributes afforded him by such rock luminaries as David Crosby, Graham Nash, Tom Petty, Linda Rondstadt and others demonstrate the high regard Brian is held in by people who understand rock and roll music and its impact on our culture. These folks know the score and they're here to tell you that Brian Wilson is the man.
Any Brian Wilson or Beach Boys fan should enjoy this wonderful film. More to the point, anybody who thinks Brian Wilson or The Beach Boys are lightweight or irrelevant should invest a couple of hours watching this film. It is simply outstanding.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Brian Wilson-The Heart and Soul of one of the greatest american rock bands of all time, the Beach Boys. Though the Beach Boys stand among rock's elite enshrined forever within the Rock N' Roll of Fame, It was Brian WIlson's genius, his vision and his dictatorial quest of perfection thats what gotten them there.
Brain Wilson, an ubused child, grew up in the hedonistic environment of sunny California, were the 50's and early sixties placed california not only as a state-but as a state of mind. In time, Brian Wilson obtained the knack of songwriting and in return gave us timeless music; "surfer Girl", "I Get around", "California Girls", "Good Vibrations" and the monumental songcycle Pet Sounds-just to name a few. What he got in return was dissension, pain and mental illness. Though he has made a somewhat recovery from his illness, he still suffers today. Though still spirited and active, it is painfully obvious that his best days and work are clearly behind him. He has made brief well-produced efforts: his first self titled solo album (1989) and the recent Imagination (1998). This Video also has an improptu performance of wilson and Van Dyke Parks with "Orange Crate Art" from the 1995 album of the same name. Don Was captured wilson as a tired, but enlightened old warhorse, his looks and voice now more mellow, more tattered than the adrenilene-drenched 21 year old whose pristine voice, four-part harmony, and inventive bass patterns propelled him and his band to legendary status.
The video recounts the Beach Boys heyday, culminating with the 1966 Melody Maker poll of the band being the "number one world's best band" over the Beatles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average Stupid Pet Tricks July 18, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
This is a stark, disturbing, and ultimately, an enlightening look at one of the greatest musical minds of the 20th Century. Has a tendency to gloss over things a bit (relationships with other Beach Boys, family members, etc) but provides many interesting aspects on how his creative process works. And to think that he did it by dissecting Four Freshmen records note by note!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, gut-wrenching look at a musical genius February 11, 2000
I'm just young enough to have missed the Beach Boys when they hit big the first time around, but was right on schedule when the double LP, "Endless Summer" recharged their careers. Now they've gone through how ever many different incarnations, and Brian Wilson has been tabloid fodder many times over the past 10 years or so.
Famed music-producer Don Was decided it was his honor to pay tribute to a man who, indeed, was a musical genius, a man who's artistry influenced so, so many, both in the music business, and beyond.
In different ways, Keith Richards, through `Hail, Hail, Rock and Roll' (the life of Chuck Berry), and Bruce Springsteen, with his `Roy Orbison, A Black and White Night' made wonderful, lasting tributes to men who's musical contributions were cornerstone to a generation. After watching this film, I find Brian Wilson no less deserving.
The film is honest and fairly raw. There are many generous tributes from incredible stars, as well as recounts from family and friends. The framework is Wilson himself, telling his story, and this, of course is many times difficult to watch just due to the deterioration Wilson has experienced over his life. He seems lucid, and his memory is strong, but he struggles with speech and his focus is not real sharp at times.
It's a wonderful tribute, lovingly crafted. Music buffs and documentary hounds should lap this one up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As close to knowing Brian as we'll ever get
All documentaries should be this good. Comprised of a number of interviews, with Brian Wilson, his mother Andrea and ex-wife Marilyn, song collaborators Peter Asher and Van Dyke... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ricardo Mio
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Autobiography as well!
Years ago I read Wilson's very touching autobiography "Wouldn't it be nice", so when I discovered this documentary, I just had to watch it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Mathieu
4.0 out of 5 stars God Only Knows How I Feel About You
'I Just Wasn't Made For These Times' is a very good documentary about Brian Wilson, composer and arranger, and an original member, of The Beach Boys. Read more
Published on December 6, 2008 by C. CRADDOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional New Performances of old songs
This a fine video document. Special for me because he re-records and performs one of my favoites "And When I Die" which would have fit so well on Smile to me. Read more
Published on March 30, 2006 by rick hoffman
4.0 out of 5 stars Aaron Jaffee: I Was Made for These Times
Powerful and riveting documentary. I was captured by his youth and it kept me interested throughout. Read more
Published on July 24, 2001 by Aaron Jaffee
2.0 out of 5 stars not what i was expecting
okay, here we go. i just got this and watched it for the first time last night and unfortunately, i was terribly unimpressed and bored throughout most of it. Read more
Published on January 10, 2001 by gabe
2.0 out of 5 stars not what i was expecting
okay, here we go. i just got this and watched it for the first time last night and unfortunately, i was terribly unimpressed and bored throughout most of it. Read more
Published on January 10, 2001 by gabe
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Brink of Something
Outstanding documentary finds this troubled genius "on the brink of something..." Mike Love is conspicuously absent from the roster of interview subjects, and the... Read more
Published on May 31, 2000 by C. Manson
4.0 out of 5 stars Brian Wilson-"I Just Wasn't Made For These Times"
A stunning yet disturbing portait of a true musical genius. Paul and John had eachother, Brian had only himself, with little group participation other than critisism. Read more
Published on May 5, 1999
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