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Mad Dogs & Englishmen - Joe Cocker (2005)

Joe Cocker , Rita Coolidge , Pierre Adidge , Sid Levin  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joe Cocker, Rita Coolidge, Bobby Keys, Leon Russell, Carl Radle
  • Directors: Pierre Adidge, Sid Levin
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English (DTS ES)
  • Subtitles: German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, English
  • 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: A&M
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B8IANU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

One of the greatest rock films of all time, Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen gets digitally overhauled and released on DVD for the very first time! This film captures one of the most exciting concert tours ever and defines the spirit of a generation in much the same way as Woodstock and The Last Waltz. Joe Cocker and friends, among them rock legend Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge, cut loose with close to two dozen incredible songs. Mad Dogs & Englishmen stands today as one of the most dramatic visual records of a tour and a time, with backstage footage, fan interviews and electric performances. Remastered in 5.1 surround and stereo, this DVD also includes a Personal Playlist, allowing the viewer to sequence & play this film’s full-length, classic live performances like "Delta Lady," "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window." As an added bonus, the package comes with a 24-page Pressbook from the original theatrical marketing of the film in 1971. TRACKS: ALBION INTRO. FROM THE ANGLO-SAXOPHONE WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN DELTA LADY FEELIN’ ALRIGHT CHANGE IN LOUISE DARLIN’ BE HOME SOON GOING TO NEW YORK CITY SUPERSTAR WE LOVE YOU CONRAD PLEASE GIVE PEACE A CHANCE SHE CAME IN THROUGH THE BATHROOM WINDOW LET IT BE THE LETTER STICKS AND STONES LAWDY MISS CLAWDY BIRD ON A WIRE HONKY TONK WOMAN SPACE CAPTAIN SOMETHING WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS THE BALLAD OF MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN BONUS MATERIAL: DTS 5.1 SURROUND SOUND DOLBY 5.1 SURROUND SOUND DOLBY STEREO PERSONAL PLAYLIST 24-PAGE PRESSBOOK

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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Cocker, Leon Russell and The Whole Gang! October 29, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Who would ever have thought that Joe Cocker would still be recording and touring 35 years after the release of "Mad Dogs and Englishmen. This 35th anniversary edition DVD has one big advantage over the original release, and that is superior sound and picture quality. This film captures the frenzy and energy of one of the greatest rock tours ever. Cocker and a 43 member entourage stormed across America for several weeks, playing to packed houses and rave reviews. Although this event nearly ruined Joe Cocker, it never the less captures a young Joe Cocker in his wired prime, belting out such favorites as "The Letter", "Feelin Alright", "Delta Lady", "Space Captain", "With A Little Help From My Friends", "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window", "Honkey Tonk Woman", and a heartfelt rendition of George Harrison's "Something", just to name a few. This film captures a hippie commune circus with back stage footage, interviews etc. To music fans today, this will seem somewhat dated, but to us baby-boomers, this was cutting edge rock music of the times, when we had a proliferation of AOR radio playing this music everyday. I highly recommend this Dvd to all classic rock fans, as well as the companion 35th anniversary cd, which is loaded with 10 bonus tracks, which has now displaced the original recording as obsolete. Hopefully, the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame will wake up, and realize that COCKER POWER is alive and well, and induct this deserving rock legend.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a show! March 19, 2006
Format:DVD
I didn't know what to expect from this DVD; the reviews have been mixed at best. I was half expecting this to be an essential part of my collection, watched once then placed on a stack of DVD's that I would point at, impressing others with the completeness of my collection. I had heard the sound was bad (compared to the Concert for Bangladesh) and that it was horribly dated. I was then pleasantly surprised to find that the sound if not excellent, was very good, and the overall quality of the DVD was just a fraction below the aforementioned Concert for Bangladesh at half the price. Fans of Joe Cocker should consider this essential, and those who just like a wild, raw, show should consider this as well.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Rock Documentary 1971. March 7, 2003
Format:DVD
In 1970, Joe Cocker's Maddogs and Englishmen was one of the biggest rock n roll events of the year. This rockumentary of that tour, is a time capsule not to be missed. Cocker, along with a forty piece band, which included Leon Russell, Chris Stainton, and Rita Coolidge, stormed across America in 2 1/2 months, playing to packed houses and rave reviews. The movie was made in the same format as Woodstock, utilizing split screen visual techniques. Cocker is caught in his absolute young prime belting out tunes like the "Letter", "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Space Captain", Feelin Alright, "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" and "Delta Lady" just to name a few. The tour from a personal point of view, was a diaster for Joe Cocker. The tour entourage was too big to support playing 3000 seat venues. Joe and Leon Russell were not getting along by midway into the tour, and it is quite obvious in the film that Cocker was becoming very withdrawn from it all. One can see all the hanger ons who were there for a free ride sponging off of a young Joe Cocker who could not say no to any of them. That put aside, this rock film captures the frenzy, of one of the most exciting tours in rock history. This dvd picture and sound quality is good but not spectacular. Keep in mind this was filmed over 30 years ago, so this is as good as it gets from that era. Joe Cocker continues to make music and tour at the age of 60, the same cannot be said for many people who were with him during that time period. After watching this film, you will understand why Joe Cocker is truly a rock n roll survivor.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars RE-ISSUE - SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER February 19, 2006
By Mark
Format:DVD
I was keen to see this film in its newly re-issued format but was horrified with the sound quality. So many rock doco's of the past have been beautifully remastered (eg Concert for Bangladesh, Elvis - Thats the way it is, to name just two) and yet this opportunity to blast what was a spectacular musical journey right into the new millennium fails to deliver.

The CD soundtrack gets it right (sort of) but the DVD is poor and there can surely be no excuses. I feel for Joe Cocker because this event whether he enjoyed the experience or not captured him at his peak and this re-issue should have been a modernised legacy of what a great showman he was in his prime.

I put this on expecting my surround sound to fill the room with this great music but regrettably it simply doesnt have the spark.

Buy it for novelty value but dont expect the Space Captain to fill your room with a wall of sound.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars back in the day June 5, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Back in the day there were two theatrical-release rock concert films--Woodstock, and Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs. If ever there was a candidate for full screen DVD digitization, this is it. Don't waste you money on the VHS scan and pan Mad Dogs. You won't get half the effect of the original film, much less the multiple screen images of the fabulous band, put through their paces by Leon Russell and Chris Stainton. In the meantime, while you're waiting for them to rescue the original print, clean it up, and stamp out the DVDs, you can get a sense of the film's great soundtrack with the Mad Dogs CD, though with a slightly different selection of songs by Joe and a supporting cast of around forty.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock Music.
Video quality was not good and Sound Quality wasn't that great either.
Performance were recorded in similar fashion to Woodstock with Split screens of the performances. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Samuel P. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Music
My husband ordered this and enjoyed it very much! I enjoyed the music, but didn't enjoy the rest of it very much.
Published 1 month ago by P. Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars CD Backup to the vinyl
CD backup to my well worn vinyl.....usual comparable sound quality problem (vinyl vs CD) .... .... .... WHEN WILL THE MOVIE BE OUT ON Blue Ray??
Published 2 months ago by Mick French
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Era, Classic Mad Dogs!
This DVD documents alot of the Lifestyle of this great Touring Circus, besides the Shows. I love the Music and all the classic Artists involved. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MoreMusicPlease
4.0 out of 5 stars Depends on what you want
A great backstage look at the show. Fascinating time machine view of the era. Unfortunately, inconsistent sound quality, faded color film and an unsteady 'steadycam' detract from... Read more
Published 4 months ago by James Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars The absolute best Cocker DVD ever!
One of the best Joe Cocker chronicles ever. Leon is the master of this band! Leon Russell, Chris Stainton, Bobby Keys and Rita Coolidge…who could ask for more? A CLASSIC!
Published 4 months ago by rocky46
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock and Roll Classic
A time capsule of the American tour that nearly destroyed Joe Cocker in the early 70's. The performances are all good, and the background activities between the musical numbers... Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. McNutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I had an earlier version that only had stereo sound.

The sound and picture are much better on this new disc. Read more
Published 6 months ago by eel
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock at its Finest
Leon Russell managed to get more than twenty musicians together for this classic musical Documentary. Leon and Joe Cocker were both at their absolute best! DO NOT MISS THIS,
Published 6 months ago by Colby
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss
Gotta love the incredible energy onstage, the well-rehearsed songs, the fun behind -the-scenes footage. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Glenn L. Olson
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