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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Chrome Dreams
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TK2ADU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,498 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jimi Hendrix is unquestionably the greatest guitarist to have emerged during the Rock Era. He remains the most important influence on up-and-coming players, and with his flamboyant stage show and psychedelic lyrics, he proved to be the ultimate icon for the Love Generation. But the story of Jimi Hendrix is much more than that of a drug taking hippy who knew his way around a fretboard, and this film shows it all. Using exclusive interviews with his closest friends, associates and fellow musicians, this fascinating documentary finally reveals what was behind the greatest musical talent of our time.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jason Lynn on November 7, 2005
Format: DVD
Beware of this money-sucking stunt, "by those who knew him best." What a joke, even were this being offered for free.

Not one of Jimi's band-mates is interviewed, nor any of his closest and most beloved girlfriends, and most criminally, this so-called documentary leaves out the elegant, aristocratic Linda Keith, who falling in love with Jimi as well launched the chain of causes that made him into a star. The phrase "those who knew him best" is an outright lie.

What the film does unwittingly expose is the severity of the infestation of the leeches, users, and music-industry philistines (who bled Mr. Jimi and kept bleeding him onto death), who all then get a magical glint in their eyes recounting what "good friends" they were with a being who in ancient times would've been considered a Demi-God and who held onto his dignity, despite the forms of human life swarming and swamping him.

It's tragic the Hendrix Estate itself doesn't issue more footage, both musically and philosophically, but Ms. Janie
Hendrix afflicted with the Christian neurosis and ever-sprouting puritanical impulses is thereby incapable of telling the truth about her half-brother's personality and life, and is constantly trying to "clean up" his biography and fake his history: nothing needs to be "cleaned;" Jimi Hendrix had more nobility and humaneness than the Dali Lama, Pope, et al., and neither this cheap film, nor the Estate propaganda convey the character of Mr. Hendrix. Anyone who wants more insight into who he was would be better served by the interview included as an extra in the new (2005) Jimi at Woodstock Dvd, as well as the Film About Jimi Hendrix.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy James on October 21, 2009
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I was hoping for an insiders' view of Jimi's life and career.

This film did not deliver.

The interviews are pieced together with sealing-wax and string. In some instances, the interviews are factually incorrect or, at best, misleading.

Example: anyone who has read about Jimi's life knows that he went into the Army because he got caught stealing cars, and it was either the Army or the Hoosgow for Jimi. This fact is passed over by Brother Leon, who suggests that Jimi woke up one morning and just decided to enlist. Pshaw !!

I felt ripped-off by this film -- mediocre interviews, bad narration, and bad music. Move on to your next selection, and don't look back.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian T. Day on March 14, 2005
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Interesting interviews with brother Leon, Mr. Mayer (effects wizard), and others that merely echo the common sentiment that when Hendrix died, everyone was VERY sad. An interesting statement was made by one of the interviewees that states "The day Hendrix died, Eddie Kramer was crying at Electric Ladyland Studios as were most of his colleagues. Musicians and fans were excited about having someone during their lifetime that they could follow and see where his music was going, he was that innovative" All Hendrix fans agree. Nuf said.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LadyR on April 24, 2009
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I enjoyed this documentary very much, particularly the interview with Leon Hendrix. Great to see him and hear his feelings on Jimi. The one thing that was lacking, of course, was Jimi's music, as this documentary was not authorized by the Experience Hendrix L.L.C., which of course holds the rights to all of Jimi's music. But aside from that, I would certainly recommend Jimi fans to add this to their collection.
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