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History of the Eagles (2013)

Eagles  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (698 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eagles
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Jigsaw Productions
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (698 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BSBUZPK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,127 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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History of the Eagles
• 3 Disc DVD in 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo
• Packaged in a six-panel digipak with accompanying photo booklet.
• 4 hours of never before seen material from the past 40 years.
• Disc One: Part One explores the creation and rise to fame in the 1970’s through their breakup in 1980.
• Disc Two: Part Two details the band’s reunion in 1994 through the Hell Freezes Over tour to present day.
• Bonus Disc: Exclusive concert, Eagles Live at the Capital Centre March 1977.
• Directed by Alison Ellwood, along with Producer and Academy Award-winning documentarian, Alex Gibney.

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261 of 284 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I first caught this documentary on the Showtime channel in one setting (Parts 1 & 2). It was originally broken down in 2 parts. The first part shows the band members in their formative years and ends with their eventual breakup in 1980. The shorter part 2 deals with their lives afterwards, ending with their Farewell 1 Tour in 2005. Together the film runs a little over 3 hours. Certainly for Eagle fans, it is time well spent. Even if you're not a fan, it chronicles the seeds of a rock band in the 1970's.

The early lives of writing partners Don Henley and Glenn Frey is well detailed including some interesting home videos. We see an early association with Jackson Browne and a brief time backing up Linda Ronstdat. We get a no holds barred look at the inner turmoil that comes with the growth of a rock band. We see the early comings and goings of band members leading up to a bitter breakup with lead guitarist Don Felder.

One thing that comes through is the success of the group has transcended generations like few others. Their strength comes from some great song writing, often at the hand of Henley and Frey and some of the great 4 or 5 part vocal harmony. We get some first person detail of booze and drug binges, especially those of Joe Walsh.

So what's missing? Well, certainly family and wives are tipped toed around and we see virtually nothing of them. We don't any of the juicy sexy-time stories which are all but ignored. How about some celebrity union stories? Still this is an entertaining journey through the lives of one of America's musical treasures.

Available in April, the Blu ray package includes 3 discs in 1080p video resolution with a DTS-HD Master Audio option.
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154 of 174 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quintessential American Band March 15, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Love them or hate them, The Eagles are a band that ran up a string of hits through the seventies that defined much of the decade. They've been accused of being narcissistic, overtly mellow, egotistical, and other things not all that complimentary. "The History Of The Eagles" spells all this out in detail, which makes it almost indispensable for fans of the bands or for folks who wonder how a seventies band made it though the music industry.

While the band was centered around the songwriting axis of Glenn Frey and Don Henley, every band member, past and present, gets a say. It's a warts and all approach, often unflattering but frequently compelling. Managers, producers, album cover artists and fellow musicians (Bob Seger, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne and more) get their say. The music drives the narrative, sticking closely to the evolution of tha band as they release their consecutive albums, up to the acrimonious split around 1980.

However, the movie is broken into two parts, and the second half details the members as they seek separate careers and the reunion that takes place 14 years later. Again, the footage is not always flattering to the band (Don Felder gets so frustrated that he walks out of one of his segments), but the Eagles get, As Henley puts it, "that rarest of things in America, a second act." This covers the period from "Hell Freezes Over" to the independently released "Long Road Out Of Eden." The whole deal clocks in at 3hrs and 15 mins, making the documentary as exhaustive as can be.

Loaded with plenty of vintage (those seventies haircuts!) and never before seen clips to add to the attitude of the movie.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
By Treviso
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is an incredible documentary, but a missed opportunity on several levels with this release. First, the official release should have had extra unseen footage and interviews not seen in the early Showtime release earlier this year. Give us die hard fans a little bonus for going out and buying the big package. Second, have some additional "bonus" side footage or lost footage not seen in the documentary and not part of the documentary. We want to see it badly. This documentary should stand as the "official" historical document for the band...make it count. Finally, the Capital Theatre footage should have been the entire concert. It is the most amazing footage I have ever seen regarding The Eagles...beautifully shot on film with just the most incredible hi-fi sound imaginable. This band was so good it was just stupid...they were stupid good! Give us the entire show for Christ's sake... This was the band at the zenith of their career. If you think you know good...you simply don't if you haven't seen this Capital Theatre footage. They redefine excellence.
Ok, so what they did do right was give us the classic line-up with with Randy Meisner on bass. What an incredibly underrated musician and singer. The man played the most incredible bass lines and sang like an angel all whilst locking in with Henley and anchoring the band into a cohesive 747 Jetliner. Too bad he didn't hold on for just a little longer as the Eagles only lasted three more years. They were never the same after he left. You can only replace so many members of a group before you lose the essence and energy of what you once had and what made you special. The loss of Don Felder is another example. How can you replace Don Felder? It simply isn't possible and while the new guy plays the parts...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the live version of 'hotel california' is worth the price of admission!
Published 1 day ago by Teresa
2.0 out of 5 stars Money grab; Not a real Concert Disc; Randy had the best voice.
While the documentary part is good, it didn't tell me anything that I already didn't know about them.
It was advertised as having a 1977 "Concert" as the third disc. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ted
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this documentary, which I viewed on TV first. I'm buying some copies for my friends too.
Published 2 days ago by L Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video!
One of my favorite videos from one of my favorite bands!
Published 3 days ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great seller! Product exactly as advertised.
Published 3 days ago by justin cobis
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved having a peak at what goes on behind the ...
Took us back in time. Loved having a peak at what goes on behind the scenes, and old clips of performances are wonderful. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't say enough about this collection! We recently saw ...
Can't say enough about this collection! We recently saw the Eagles in concert (3rd. time) and just had to get this DVD. Read more
Published 7 days ago by linda bentz
5.0 out of 5 stars This is absolutely AWESOME! Brought back sooo many memories
This is absolutely AWESOME! Brought back sooo many memories. If you are an Eagle fan, I highly recommend this DVD, you won't be sorry!
Published 10 days ago by Linda B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Add if You Are a Die Hard Eagles Fan
Must have for hard core Eagles fans. I still like the Farewell Tour I DVD best for the music performance, but this DVD gives you lots of new information about the band while... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars This is something that even the casual Eagles fan will enjoy and learn...
Saw this first on HBO, tried to DVR it but he scheduling was wrong, so I went looking for it and found it available. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Wiseguy
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History of Eagles DVD - 3rd Concert Disc
I'm surprised and disappointed that the set doesn't include the two songs performed by seven of the Band at the 1998 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, or are they available elsewhere? Certainly couldn't find them on any of the R&R HoF DVDs. Nevertheless I'll be keenly waiting for the deluxe... Read More
Apr 26, 2013 by Robert Hatto |  See all 6 posts
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