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Dennis Wilson Forever

2.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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NTSC/Region 0. Three years in the making a first time on DVD, this powerful full-length documentary was produced by the late great Beach Boy's brother-in-law Billy Hinsche. This DVD, released to coincide with the reissue of his Pacific Ocean Blue album and the 25th Anniversary of his death, includes plenty of interviews with the people who knew him best and serves as a real insight into the life of this musical legend. The film includes never-before-seen footage of Dennis and the Beach Boys from 1974. This full-length feature film includes vintage black & white photos and footage of Dennis and the Beach Boys of 1974. The soundtrack incorporates Billy's song "One in a Million" (written for Dennis) into the body of the film. (approx. 82 mins.) Sony/BMG

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dennis Wilson
  • Directors: Billy Hinsche
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony/Bmg Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B11L14
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Hopefully they will soon make a better documentary on Dennis than this.Hopefully when they do so they wont use a camcorder in the most ridiculous settings to record their interviews.(without the kids or ringing phones in the backround,lol)Maybe they will also include some of his original music in it as well.I want so badly to be able to buy a dvd about Dennis Wilson that truly deserves five stars.This does not.Some of these interviews are boring while others are embarrasing and the song by Billy Hinsce at the end sounds like it was written the night before he finished the project.Too much attention is given to his role as a sex symbol,focus on his music more.And I dont just mean the Sunflower classic "Forever".More attention needs to be given to "P.O.B.", and especially the "Bambu" tracks which finally are available.I would not be surprised if some of the people being interviewed here were unaware of the fact that these interviews would actually be used for a "finished documentary".Quite honestly I dont care what John Stamos has to say about Dennis Wilson.Al Jardine and the other members of the wilson family here make a little more sense as they have some memorable stories to tell about a person they actually knew.I hope there is another documentary in the works right now.Anyone who appreciates his music would jump at the chance to buy it.Inluding me.One final comment;One of the people interviewed here says"She misses Dennis's soul".Wow.I don't know about anyone else but when I listen to Dennis Wilson's music,his soul is RIGHT THERE.
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Wow, Horrible. I am a huge Dennis Wilson/ Beach Boys fan but PU! This film/home movie is like those horrible wedding videos when the guy walks aroung table to table asking to record your thoughts on the bride and groom. There is 2 minutes of bad quality black and white film of Dennis at the end but nothing more here. I really don't care what all his High school friends thought the first time they saw him, yuk. Believe me, thats 99% of this. It is poorly done with phones ringing in the background, kids talking in the background, poor lighting etc. Like a very bad school project. Somebody please present a better doc. on Dennis then this! Real footage, real interviews , how about a song of his PLEASE!
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This video is very poorly done. The sound quality is very poor. There is no background music with the interviews. It is nice to hear stories about Dennis, but this is just so poorly done that its hard to get through. I will not be watching it again anytime soon.
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Don't get me wrong...there are a few interesting insights and anecdotes shared by those interviewed regarding the subject. for example, it was cool to hear what mike love and bruce johnston had to say about their deceased bandmate in a new interview. however, i think i would have enjoyed more a proper documentary including archival footage and interviews with dennis himself (there are a some that exist...just check on youtube). fans of dennis should search out the book Dumb Angel...To me this is a definitive tribute to his legacy. Also, pick up his solo record , Pacific Ocean Blue. Although, i reckon you already have that music if you're reading this review.
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This film should have either been called "Dennis Wilson:White-Washed," or it could have also been called
"Dennis Wilson: Eulogy-30 Years in the Making."

I've been a lifelong Beach Boys fan, I grew up listening to them from the earliest recordings, all the way to the Stars & Stripes "country" album. And everything in between. I've read all I could get my hands on, regarding TBB, and while I think Brian WAS the brains of the group, I do realize the entire band had talent in massive amount.

That said, this documentary was really just a bunch of random interviews with friends, family, musicians and acquaintances, all talking about how wonderful Dennis was. After about a third of the way into this doc, I realized I'm in for some propaganda. Nowhere is mentioned his friendship with Manson, his chronic drug use/abuse, his being near homeless by choice in the mid-late 70's or even his death by drowning. It was just a happy horse-s**t doc with everybody telling goofy antidotes about how silly Dennis was or what a great drummer Dennis was. Half way through the film, it did kinda take on a "Eulogy" feeling. When all you say are the good things, when you idealize the person, rather then a frank, "warts `n' all" documentary, which I foolishly thought I would see.

One more gripe: There isn't ONE NOTE heard of ANY Beach Boy tunes OR Dennis Wilson tunes. The only footage of Wilson found is at the very end, where you get a few minutes of B&W stuff from 1974.
Seeing how this film was made by those who knew & loved Dennis Wilson, it's a shame they couldn't put some music on this thing... There's a wealth of old 70's TV footage loaded with Dennis singing lead with the Beach Boys... Just spend a lil time on Youtube.

I LOVE The Beach Boys, individually and collectively... I did not care for this "documentary" al all.
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A SMASHING new 60 minute documentary film on the life of Dennis Wilson has been created for the BBC4 Legends series. The film titled 'Dennis Wilson - The Real Beach Boy' premiered in the UK February 26th 2009. The documentary features previously unseen footage and rare archival materials. New interview segments with David Marks, Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, Michael Wilson, Carl B. Wilson, Gregg Jakobson, Ed Roach, John Hanlon, Jeffrey Foskett, Tom Murphy, Ron Swallow, Jo Ann Marks, Taylor Hawkins, Mike Kowalski, Jon Stebbins and others give the film a fresh perspective on Dennis' life and legacy.

The documentary is produced by Lime Pictures of Liverpool in association with Dusty Slider films and BBC Wales. Matt O'Casey is credited as director and co-producer, executive producers are Tony Wood and Paul Bullock, Jon Stebbins is the film's U.S. producer, and Howie Edelson is program consultant. The documentary is narrated by noted British DJ Mark Radcliffe who is also a drummer and a longtime fan of Dennis Wilson.

Available for viewing on the web and also on DVD. Search for it!!!
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