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Doin' It Again [Blu-ray]
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2012
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This has been the summer of the Beach Boys for me. I have re-acquainted myself with their music, they have always seemed to be my first love. I got to see them in concert and was blown away by how powerful an experience it was, and have been listening to them nonstop. It is fitting then, that this should arrive at my door during the last week of summer, to sort of bookend the experience.

This show chronicles the creation of the band and features interviews, live footage, and behind the scenes looks at the production of their new album. It offers a very simplistic view of the band, there is no mention of the internal strife, lawsuits, breakdowns, etc. This is about the Boys and the music they make. It serves its purpose of showing us just how talented they are and have always been, and it truly is a joy to watch. For me, the highlight was the newly found footage of the sessions that gave us the greatest pop song ever recorded, "Good Vibrations".

This is not an in depth anthology or history of the band, nor is it a full live performance of their 2012 tour. It really only serves as a teaser for what I am sure will be an imminent live release.

I've watched it twice since it arrived today, and although it is extremely brief, it is very enjoyable. Yet for some reason, chapter selection is completely absent from this Blu-ray. I was baffled by this, it would have been nice to have the option to jump to particular moments or songs, but I suppose it's so brief it really isn't an issue. I just think they deserved a more substantial release to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Fans will enjoy this, as I did. You won't learn anything new, but you might get swept up in nostalgia. And if you haven't been exposed to their new album, "That's Why God Made The Radio", I think this will make you want to check it out.

Add some music to your day, and give this a spin.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 26, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Before you pre-order, note that this is basically an hour-long documentary about the reunion. It is not a concert video, although it apparently does include some concert footage.

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"The hour-long DVD features exclusive 2012 interviews with The Beach Boys, live performances from the band's 2012 world tour, never-before-seen footage from the 1966 "Good Vibrations" recording sessions, moving tributes to founding members Carl and Dennis Wilson and behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions for their new That's Why God Made the Radio CD."

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
As another reviewer said, this is little more than an "advertisement" to let people know "the beach boys have reunited". What you get almost defies categorization. We open with a glimpse of a recent concert, then a group interview where the Beach Boys discuss the reunion, then reflect on their past. From there, this is almost a documentary of the history of the band. But not quite. There are discussions of the formation of the band, their first recordings, a few partial vintage TV clips, chat about the progression of the band to California girls and Pet sounds, recently discovered original footage of the band recording Good vibrations, and then we wrap it up with another glimpse of a recent concert. If you didn't know any better, this would seem the imply that the band broke up in 1966, and reunited in 2012.

Some of the discussion is interesting. But the problem is, it's too short for what it is. Actually, I'm not quite sure what it is. It's not a complete documentary of the band's history, it's not a documentary of the reunion, and it's definately not a music or concert video.

What WOULD have been nice is if they did a 4 DVD package: 1) 2 hour Documentary of the history of the band 2) A DVD of vintage TV performances/videos etc. 3) Documentary of the reunion and recording of the new album and preparation for reunion tour 4) Full recent concert.

This DVD is a little of each of those ideas combined and condenced into 50 minutes. So, like I said in my review title, this is better than nothing. But it could have been better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2012
Format: DVD
As much of a Beach Boys fan as I am, I don't quite "get" this DVD. Unlike the title implies, it is not entirely a concert video feauring performances from the group's 2012 reunion.
Although it focuses on their reunion somewhat, it seems to be more of a documentary on the early history of the band, from their formation to "Good Vibrations" in '66. There are a couple of problems with this, one of them being that most if not all of the group's longtime fans (especially ones who have been following them right from the beginning) probably already know their early history as well as their post-'66 history. Thus, a documentary --- or whatever this truly is --- on the group's early history (or for that matter, ANY of their history) probably isn't going to shed much if any new light on that history for longtime fans.
Also, for the folks who are just getting into the Beach Boys and don't know their history (or at least not their later history) and are unfamiliar with much (or most) of their music (especially their post-'60s material), this DVD simply doesn't provide enough information on the group's career overall. It would seem to say, "After 'Good Vibrations,' The Beach Boys fell off the face of the Earth, and didn't reappear until this year."
The group's history from the latter part of the '60s onward, is ignored except for their 2012 activites --- that's the thing that I don't get about the DVD. It's under an hour long; it isn't like they couldn't have fit more onto it.
For the group's newer fans, the DVD may be informative enough to make it worth buying for 10 bucks or less, but otherwise, I personally wouldn't recommend it. The footage of the group recording "Good Vibrations" may be cool, but in my opinion that's not enough to warrant buying the DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2012
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I have been a beach boy fan since day one, I have all there albums on CD and vinyl even have them on laser disk! So I have seen it all over the years, but be forewarned this is not a total concert disc. Mostly consist of interviews, about stuff I already know about or heard before. About one quarter of it are taken from their 50th anniversary tour which I enjoyed, but there wasn't enough of it . Sorry guys but if I were you I would wait for the concert DVD, to come out. The quality of the Blu-ray And sound was excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2013
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"Doin' It Again" DVD is a must have documentary for every Beach Boy fan. Despite Mike Love's participation in the film, I found Brian and the boys to be in top form for a group of guys in their 70's. Most of the history of the group is intact, except for some of the darker moments...which doesn't reflect badly on the film. Good blend of music and narrative by all members of the group. Inclusion of Dennis and Carl tributes was a nice touch. Still proves that good music has no time limit. Very well done and highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2012
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The DVD contains very good background on The Beach Boys band that I haven't seen before and different members roles in the band. It contains about half of the material from their final 2012 50yrs Tour which was great but I must admit I was just enjoying it and looking forward to the other hits they played on Tour and it suddenly ended. For me it contains material that I haven't seen before, like the story of Mrs Wilson learning to play the piano on the kitchen table and then she could play a real piano straight off when she finally got the chance. PIty they didn't find a spot for her in the band. Some of the early material is nostalgic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2012
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Of course I bought this Blu-ray because I have been a Beach Boys fan for over 30 years. But as others have said, it is lacking. It is not even close to a full concert. There is alot of talking and if you're a big fan, you already know most of their story. There is more studio footage of good vibrations than of their new album. I actually saw more studio footage of the new album before it was released. The bottom line is, I did watch it and I did enjoy it. It may be just worth buying it to see Brian singing "Sail On, Sailor". It's to bad that a band that has been around for 50 years has so few dvd releases. (hint) Maybe release The Beach Boys 25 years together or the 4th of July concerts at the Washington Monument.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2012
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I enjoyed the dvd but I only hope they release a full concert with new tunes added in on dvd in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2012
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This DVD of the Beach Boys prep for their 50th tour, which includes sound checks, practice sessions, and actual performances, is a must-have for any Beach Boys fan. As the title says, they're still "Doin' It Again." Do it with them over and over as you watch this DVD with family and friends.
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