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Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper - Live 1973 - Billion Dollar Babies Tour (1973)

Alice Cooper , Dennis Dunaway , Joe Gannon  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Alice Cooper, Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce, Neal Smith, Glen Buxton
  • Directors: Joe Gannon
  • Writers: Joe Gannon, Shep Gordon, Fred Smoot
  • Producers: Joe Gannon, Herb Margolis, Shep Gordon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • 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: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BCKXT0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper - Live 1973 - Billion Dollar Babies Tour" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Featuring 13 Alice Cooper classics recorded live in concert:
  • Hello, Hooray
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • Elected
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Raped And Freezin'
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy
  • My Stars
  • Unfinished Sweet
  • Sick Things
  • Dead Babies
  • I Love The Dead
  • School's Out
  • Under My Wheels
  • And a studio performance of The Lady Is A Tramp
  • Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Alice Cooper
  • Play-Concert-Only Option
  • Deleted Scene and Outtakes
  • Original Theatrical Trailer and Radio Spots=20
  • Poster Gallery With Original Promotional Material
  • Band Biographies
  • DVD Easter Eggs

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Product Description

And now, America's own Billion Dollar Babies ... the legendary ALICE COOPER!

The original Rock ’n’ Roll Spectacle. The groundbreaking tour. The five original members of the Alice Cooper group captured live. The 1973 Billion Dollar Babies show was the first of its kind. No other band had ever brought a more expensive, elaborate theatrical production to the rock stage -- and rarely has any since.

Now available for the FIRST TIME since it hit theaters in 1974, Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper -- the film made during the Billion Dollar Babies tour that combines stunning concert footage with an outrageous story and also features the band’s acting debut — has been transferred in high definition and now includes a new 5.1 Surround Sound mix.

The crunching music, the snake, the guillotine, the makeup, the hatchets, mannequins and dolls, the money, the whips -- it all started here. Alice Cooper kicked the door down. All the other artists followed behind.

Featuring 13 Alice Cooper classics recorded live in concert:

Hello, Hooray
Billion Dollar Babies
I’m Eighteen
Raped And Freezin’
No More Mr. Nice Guy
My Stars
Unfinished Sweet
Sick Things
Dead Babies
I Love The Dead
School’s Out
Under My Wheels
And a studio performance of The Lady Is A Tramp

Plus These Special Features:
*Audio Commentary by Alice Cooper
*Play-Concert-Only Option
*Deleted Scene and Outtakes
*Original Theatrical Trailer and Radio Spots
*Poster Gallery With Original Promotional Material
Band Biographies
*DVD Easter Eggs
*Anamorphic Widescreen & 5.1 Surround Sound

They billed it as "the film that outgrosses them all," but if some of the antics on display in Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper - Live 1973 seem fairly mild some thirty years after the fact, that's mainly because people like Marilyn Manson and some of the more lurid punk and metal acts copped many of their moves from Cooper in the first place. This movie, which combines footage from the band's Billion Dollar Babies concert tour with what might charitably be described as a storyline, had a brief theatrical run in the mid-'70s but has been mostly unseen until this DVD release, which features a high definition transfer and a new sound mix. The group (with its namesake singer joined by original members Michael Bruce and Glen Buxton on guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass, and drummer Neal Smith) was in the midst of a nice run of hits at the time; "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "Eighteen," and "School's Out" are all ably performed here, but it's the stage show in all its Grand Guignol glory that's the prime attraction. Clockwork Orange-style violence, necrophilia, decapitation via guillotine, humping mannequins, sticking baby dolls with swords: that and more is on display here, all in the name of what Cooper, whose commentary track is the major bonus feature, describes as "performance art." Well, maybe. Most of it comes off as little more than a hodgepodge of disconnected images--some vile and vulgar, some merely silly--designed to thrill the kids and piss off the parents, which it most certainly did… and ain't that what rock & roll is all about? As for the "story" (something about a crazed film director out for vengeance after Alice ruins his masterpiece) that's intercut with the concert numbers, the best that can be said about it is that viewers have the option of choosing the "play concert only" option. --Sam Graham

Customer Reviews

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
By scotbot
If Charles Manson killed the hippie's "Summer Of Love", Alice Cooper mocked and humped the corpse. There could have been no better time for Alice Cooper to appear than in the early 70s. I was just a child at the time, standing around shadowy corners of the schoolyard where second hand stories of Alice's gory live act were whispered and traded like gruesome little folklore tales. Our parents tried to protect us, but we would spend amazing amounts of effort sneaking albums and 8-track tapes of Alice around, secretly listening to the forbidden musical gems. Anybody who saw the band live at this time must have sensed that they were witness to a historical moment in time... a moment that represented American pop-culture's bogus innocence being deflowered. These lovely blood spattered memories are now ours to cherish forever with the DVD release of "Good to See You Again Alice Cooper", available for the first time ever on home video.

Two nights of Alice Cooper's notorious 1973 Billion Dollar Babies tour (April 28th in Dallas and April 29th in Houston) were filmed to create this rare 1974 midnight matinee film, and it's a great testament to the riotous live act that made the Alice Cooper Group a threat to concerned parents everywhere. This DVD contains the original cut of the film which includes the band starring in charming little skits scattered amongst the astonishing live footage (The more common version of the film shown in theaters included old film and newsreel footage instead of the skits). A highly amusing moment among these skits features the band playing "The Lady Is a Tramp". Shout! Factory lovingly provides this release with a new high-definition film transfer along with a new Surround Sound mix created from the 16-track master tapes.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Alice!!! November 12, 2005
By Tom
Great to see some vintage early Alice on DVD!!! There are 4 Hidden Easter Eggs total. Here is how to open them Song Selections/"Animal Road"- Left Click 2. Song Selections/"Sick Things"- Right Click 3. Bonus Features/Deleted Scene- Left Click 4.Audio Setup/Alice Cooper Commentary- Right Click I Highly Recommend this DVD!!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
It has taken over 30 years for this movie, in its original version, to finally be officially released! and what a special gem this is, but...

WARNING - i must suggest that ANY new viewer of this movie should firstly watch this movie WITH Alice Cooper's commentary, otherwise you most likely will not fully enjoy it, may even hate it and may never give it another chance which would actually be a pity. why?...

firstly... hard-core Alice fans, who have endured many years of watching average quality versions of the 2nd version of this movie (which saw limited theatrical release in 1974 and had most of the 'comedy' story parts replaced by Alice press conference footage and clips from old Hollywood movies - overall, aside from the live footage, not a very enjoyable viewing experience) and dire quality versions of this original version, will certainly marvel at the quality of this release... and everyone else may complain about the at-times sketchy print, dull picture, or crackly sound. it's sharp and completely watchable, but be prepared for imperfections - this release is from movie prints that have sat unplayed and decaying in some vault for over 30 years! it may as well be antique...

secondly... the live footage, though too darkly filmed, is superb and effectively captures the meyhem of the Billion Dollar Babies show and Alice Cooper's character as a drunken socialist punk of the times. but the movie as a whole - with a 'comical' story line, weaved between the concert footage, of a mentally-deranged German film director (Herr Director) out to seek revenge on the 'Cooper gang' for trashing his film set and walking out on him leaving all hopes of him making a brilliant ground-breaking movie to trash - just doesn't work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars " I Used To Like This Song" February 4, 2006
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To quote the wife after I dragged her into the den to watch this delight...During No More Mister Nice Guy she uttered

"I used to like this song..." I was already laughing just watching this dvd treasure...that sealed it. Gold standard.

Amazing...This band would get more criticism in Bush's America than it did back then....WAIT A MINUTE! ANOTHER PLUS!! Groundbreaking then, groundbreaking today. Buy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in one critical aspect February 10, 2007
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I understand this is an Alice Cooper concert. This Dvd is really a Vincent Furnier show. With Alice Cooper (the band) as his backup. Alice Cooper was originally the collective name of 5 guys in a band. Vince happened to be the lead vocalist.

Let me get to my point. There is practically no close-up footage of Glen Buxton or Michael Bruce(except for when Michael "attacks" Vince during a song). There is a little bit of Neil Smith on drums, very little. You get a little footage of Dennis Dunaway on bass because he is running around a bit and happens to get in frame with Vince. No I'm not a complaining little punk kid. I truly love the Alice Cooper albums with the original 5 guys! I own them all and have played them many, many times over the years. They rank in my top ten bands in my 650 plus cd collection. I really wished the director and camera people would have gotten close footage of the entire "band" here. Also, it is known that a very talented guitarist named Mick Mashbir did ALOT of guitar work on Billion Dollar Babies and Muscle of Love. He is also on this dvd and doing a fantastic job. Again, no close-ups of him. A keyboardist rounds out the ensemble.

As a guitar player I was hoping to see the fingerwork too.

But, having said all this, the audio quality is pretty good here. The separation of the guitarists is nice, and the old classics really do sound good! Get this dvd, lay back and close your eyes and enjoy a truly great BAND playing really good music!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD, with stuff I have never seen before
Great DVD, with stuff I have never seen before, great intro, and excellent concert as Billion Dollar Babies was always one of my favs!
Published 2 months ago by Marilyn Westhoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to see original band again.
The amazing Randi has some good stories about doing the tour, can probably find that interview on YouTube or somewhere similar. Read more
Published 3 months ago by zzzjavazzz
4.0 out of 5 stars "Ridiculous!"
In recent months, I have become a crazy Alice Cooper fan, listening to "Billion Dollar Babies" especially on repeat. Read more
Published 4 months ago by GGG
5.0 out of 5 stars The extras in the DVD let you watch the concert only scenes which lets...
I just play the concert mode. Forget the stuff in between fo show! The extras in the DVD let you watch the concert only scenes which lets you bi pass the stuff in between which I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase.
Excellent transaction. Excellent condition. Perfect all around. A great item at a fantastic price. Words cannot describe my experience on Amazon as of late. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Loralie Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars For fans of vintage Alice
I remember seeing "Dead Babies "on t.v. . As always Alice was very entertaining and ahead of his time. What more can be said.... .
Published 6 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Alice Cooper
This concert only played at midnigh Features movie concert series and I missed it.Now after 42 years I got to see it!!! Read more
Published 6 months ago by MGlidden
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Excellent movie. GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT. Very informative and interesting. It was a very pleasant surprise. Glad I bought it.
Published 8 months ago by TERESSA30
2.0 out of 5 stars Concert Movie??
I wanted more has Monty Python style bits between music...then I remembered that I seen it in the theater when it first came out.
Published 8 months ago by SP
4.0 out of 5 stars ONLY WOMEN BLEED
Published 9 months ago by GOBBLYGOO
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