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Kinks - Paris 1965 (1965)

Kinks  |  NR |  DVD
1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kinks
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMV BLUELINE
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008I5OIF2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,933 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The Kinks live on television in 1965 with all their hits and classics: You Really Got Me, Louie Louie, All Day And All of The Night etc.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
If you are looking for the best quality video of the 1960s band, the Kinks, performing at the height of their career, and are just a casual fan, this DVD is probably not the first one you'll want. But, if you are a Kinks "completist" - you probably haven't seen this performance before and might want to check it out. I found it fun to watch, more for the shots (and there are many) of the audience of fans, jumping and screaming (though the crowd noise does not overpower the vocals as on many early Beatles performances.

But here is some additional info you should know going in:

1) This 1965 performance was probably filmed for French Television (though there are no "credits" and location of the venue is not given). The introduction by an announcer is in French (which I don't speak). The camera angles are strange as most shots are from either the back of the theater or the back of the stage. There are quite a few close-ups of Ray Davies but his hair is in front of his face on many shots. And the sound appears a bit out of synch when you see these close-ups.

2) The DVD is short - just 20 minutes - with eight songs (indexed by chapter), including their hits ("All Day And all of The Night", "You Really Got Me") and a cover of "Louie Louie".

3) The sound is acceptable - not hi-fi by any means - and the both the sound and the black and white images are what you usually find in newsreel footage of the era.

So, I'm giving it three stars - (Amazon's rating for "It's OK) - for general entertainment value. Again, it depends on how big a Kinks fan you are and how much of a "completist" you want to be in my rock history video collection.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid! Out-of-synch audio and video! September 29, 2012
This is the same French TV footage available on YouTube, and XXL Media must have just taken a direct rip from that source. The DVD suffers the same problem as the YouTube clips: The audio and video do not synch up. It's most disconcerting on the (many) closeups of Ray and Dave singing. Avoid this until some reputable company puts it together properly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it November 24, 2012
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I'm an old Kink lover. Got most of evertything they put out from the beginning on vinyl (those pops and scratches bring back party memories). Lots of CD's, when they came out, and several DVD's which, as you know if you follow the trail, are usually poorly-recorded/lip-sync crap. This DVD is worse than the worst of anything ever put out. This sorry mess sounds like it is recorded on a cheap machine by a fan(?) at an unidentified location that looks like a school auditorium. The video component is worse. The short intro to the band is in French. The band plays 6 songs (I think. I can't even bring myself to look back at the box and check.) There is no ANYTHING accompanying the DVD: just the disc in the case (ever seen that before?) and the list of songs on the back.. The vocal is off-sync with the video, there are few shots of the band while playing, mostly the camera dwells on the young semi-detached/bored/bemused (French?) audience. Sound quality is non-existent. The camera work is so amateurish and ill-informed that we are treated to a loving video caress of a pretty French boy all through Dave's famous guitar shred during All Day and All of the Night. I could find not find one reason to ever watch this again. Waste of money. I should have known, since it was so cheap, but video of this great British Invasion band is so hard to come by, I hoped for an undiscovered find. Pass.

Well, it's a year later and Phil Everly just died. As I searched my music DVD collection for the Everly Reunion Concert in Royal Albert Hall (10 Stars!) to somberly remember this great duo, I stumbled upon this Kinks DVD again. Caught in a weak moment, I gave it another try. Have the folks at XXL Media been apprehended yet and prosecuted for stealing from unsuspecting buyers? I hope so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Concert, but... October 24, 2012
By kwl
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I'd rate the concert portrayed here as very good for it's day. I don't know of other legitimate video releases that cover this period; therefore it does have worth to longtime Kinks fans. I do enjoy the show, weird camera angles and all. The original recording was probably very good; I'd love to see a better copy of it.

Now, on to THIS DVD. It is terribly out of sync, which is a HUGE distraction.

This can't be sanctioned by the band. There is no mention of any of their usual record or video labels. There are ZERO liner notes or credits. I suppose it's in public domain by now.

SO... since the Kinks likely get nothing from us purchasing this poorly reproduced video, I'd suggest you save your money and download the thing from youtube in identical quality. If this were only avilable here, I'd be forced to give it a higher rating, but as I said; get it elswhere...

And if you run into Ray Davis, ask him to put out some quality material from this era. I'd buy it... wouldn't you?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars KINKS IN PARIS December 16, 2012
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I was really disappointed in this one guys! What really bothered me was, look at the four guys on the back of the package. It's not THE KINKS. Besides. I heard from other reviews that the quality is poor, and the sound is just as bad. My honest opinion. Get "ONE FOR THE ROAD''. Got to be THE KINKS Best! Good luck.
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