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Endless Harmony: The Beach Boys Story (2000)

The Beach Boys  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: The Beach Boys
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color, Dolby, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 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: Capitol
  • DVD Release Date: March 14, 2000
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RETT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Track Listing: All Alone, All I Have To Do Is Dream, All I Wanna Do, Cool Cool Water, Long Promised Road, Loop De Loop, Sail On Sailor, Surf's Up, The Night Was So Young, Til I Die, Back In The U.S.S.R., Barbara, California Saga: California, Brian's Back, Cotton Fields, California Girls, Darlin', Do It Again, Friends, Fun Fun Fun, God Only Knows, Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, Heroes And Villians, I Get Around, I Just Wasn't Made, In My Room, Kiss Me Baby, Little Deuce Coupe, Our Prayer, Wonderful, Wouldn't It Be Nice, Do Ya Wanna Dance, Endless Harmony, Good Timin', Happy Days, Sloop John B, I Can Hear Music, Kokomo, Soulful Old Man Sunshine, Surfer Girl, Surfin', Surfin' Safari, Surfin USA, The Things We Did Last Summer
  • Five DVD-only Bonus Video Clips: Surfin' USA/Things We Did Last Summer, Little Deuce Coupe, In My Room, Sloop John B, Friends
  • Seven DVD-only Bonus 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio Mixes: California Girls, Kiss Me Baby, God Only Knows, Surf's Up, Long Promised Road, Sail On Sailor, Do It Again
  • Features Never-Before-Seen Archival Footage

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

On DVD, The Beach Boys: Endless Harmony is further augmented by five complete, bonus music clips and seven complete audio tracks remixed for 5.1 surround sound by the same production team that supervised the ambitious stereo restoration for the group's masterpiece, Pet Sounds. That evident, and admirable, care does raise a possible cavil for fans who revere the lush, mostly mono approach integral to Brian Wilson's own production style: in attempting to reassign tracks to display the full surround array, there's a tradeoff in terms of impact and coherence. We also found that certain DVD players may experience a slight dropout on the very entrances of the 5.1 audio tracks. --Sam Sutherland

Product Description

This VH-1 documentary probes the story of the Brothers Wilson, exploring the notorious tensions that lay behind those heavenly harmonies. You'll encounter Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson as well as Glen Campbell and Elvis Costello, and see clips of Surfin' U.S.A.; Little Deuce Coupe; Sloop John B , and more. The CD soundtrack is loaded with desirable rarities (most never released): demos for Breakaway and Heroes and Villains ; live rehearsals of God Only Knows and Good Vibrations , early versions, alternate takes and more!

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83 of 90 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In That Soulful Old Man Sunshine March 6, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This documentary features interviews from Brian, Alan, Mike, Bruce, and some older footage of the late brothers Carl and Dennis (and Hal Blaine, David Marks, and Glenn Campbell all of whom were involved in the Beach Boys' circle).
You really can't tell the whole story (1961-98) in just 2 hours, but still this is well documented. It includes some interesting insights from Elvis Costello (probably the best outside observances). One thing I wish they had mentioned (which they totally forgot) was the short-time membership of Ricky Fataar (who would later become a Rutle) and Blondie Chaplin (who sang lead on the Beach Boys' "Sail On Sailor"). It touches lightly on dubious characters like Van Dyke Parks (who did manage to contribute the surreal lyrics to "Heroes and Villians") and Eugene Landy (who helped Brian get well again but became codependent on Brian himself). But it's mostly about the music (Pet Sounds, Smile, Sunflower, Till I Die, Good Vibrations, Smile, and the surf and turf classics of 1961-65)! If you're a fan interested in their personal story, you'll like this documentary. I had to dock it 1 star because I think they talked too much about the Wilsons' infamous father Murray and Brian's health (Brian's Back indeed!).
And while you're at it, check out the CD of the same name (full of rarities and gems you won't find on any of the original albums)!
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overstated harmony... March 28, 2002
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Worth watching for the rich array of audio/video clips and stories from throughout the years. The soundtrack, too, offers some little-known gems such as Dennis Wilson's "Barbara."
However, the group's interpersonal "harmony" was overstated from the beginning. In this video, the ever-grandstanding and odious Mike Love gets entirely too much time to thump himself on the back for his "positivity." Bear in mind that Mike Love was the band's principal mouthpiece for Capitol Records' desire that the Beach Boys not "f**k with the formula" by exploring the new dimensions, beyond summer and cars and girls, that Brian Wilson sought in "Pet Sounds" and the aborted "Smile" album, pressure that helped contribute to Brian's breakdown. Mike Love has been coasting on the Wilson brothers' collective genius for nearly forty years now... retire, Mike! (Wouldn't THAT be nice?)
I would have liked to have seen more about Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar and other sidesmen who played an integral part in BB history.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Of The Beach Boys In Their Own Words December 23, 2003
Format:DVD
After years of slipshod hits packages and 2 excellent boxed sets, Tje Beach Boys have finally sat down and talked two interviewers about their career an why they love what they do. It features interviews with all 6 Beach Boys (Brian included), as well as musical historians and their many associates.
This dvd paints an intimate portrait of America's Band. Brian Wilson is espcially good here, never showing his personal problems and giving mini performances of songs at the piano. Each Beach Boy gets equal screen time. You even might shed a tear when you realize that this documentary was the last public tv appearance by Carl Wilson, who died of lung cancer just months later.
The music is really good. The live performances are mostly just snippets, but also includes a heartwrenching montage of Carl performing "God Only Knows" and a Mike Love - driven "California Girls". Also featured are two Dennis Wilson ballads, "All Alone" and "Barbara".
I would highly recommend this dvd. However, I suggest that if you are a casual Beach Boys fan, you should wait until a little later to get this dvd, because while it's comprehensive & insightful, you ought to get the albums first. Happy Holidays.
Anthony Nasti
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
If, like me, you are new to the mighty Beach Boys, than this is a pretty good introduction to the most (benevolently) influential group in rock history; although, being an official history, it is often more euphemistic than hard-hitting (an exception, the damning evidence of Murry Wilson's abusive managerial style, is already an established part of the myth; he obviously can't give his side of the story).
Full of fantastic footage (live and studio), weird promos (I particularly relished the forest film with Mike Love wandering as a despised tramp) and archival interviews, the documentary traces the band's strange path from clean-cut all-Americans to bloated beardies; from harmonious California mythologisers to barmy psychedelic adventurists ('Good Vibrations' was apparently influenced by Brian's mother's dog); from draft-dodging hippies to friends of the Reagans.
Celebrity cameos are kept to a merciful minimum, and the latterday interviews with surviving Beach Boys are incredibly revealing, especially those with Mike Love who, after all these years, sees the group's major work, 'Pet Sounds', 'Smile', 'Friends' et al, as a bit of an aberration. Dennis emerges as a bit of a silent hero, Carl as the band's sensible soul, and Brian...well, who can top 'the Mozart of rock and roll'? Plus hours and hours of endless harmony, the most exhilerating, most melancholy, most inventive, most yearning, most literally fantastic pop music you'll ever hear. (One complaint: the backroom goon who disses Phil Spector, aka the Shakespeare of pop).
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
The beach boys movie was really a great but love the acting and the music. Love Denise Wilson and sad watching his end but still all in all great movie
Published 11 days ago by J. M. Thomas-anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love their music, this concert was one I hadn't seen so I enjoyed it. Would recommend others purchase it if you haven't already seen it.
Published 4 months ago by Deborah J. Mackenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous DVD
I highly recommend this DVD to anyone who is a Beach Boys fan. It's wonderful to have for your collection. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tandymonium
5.0 out of 5 stars THE '60'S WERE MY TIME AND THESE GUYS WERE MY GUYS!
Growing up in the 60's, and living in So California, spending all my summers at Newport Beach, my girlfriends and I always brought our radios with us, and when the Beach Boys music... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dee Thurman
4.0 out of 5 stars No English Subtitle for Non-English Literature People
At least this DVD contains the most important Beach Boys life story outline. But as a boy whose very small english literature would make a difficulty during watching. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Smart Bedjo
1.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles but no way to stop them
I was really wanting to see this doc. I have loved the Beach Boys music and while I don't listen constantly, I do occasionally put them on when the mood hits. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brian D Jennings
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I lpve the beach boys and we really enjoyed this tape of earlier times. They will always be remembered greatly!
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Published 17 months ago by Paul G. Gentrup
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love?
So glad I could find it in DVD. Perfect condition. Love the extras. What can you say about a perfect product, great seller, super fast seller, great price. All good. Read more
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