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NEW Sunshine Superman (DVD) (2008)

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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)


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  • Format: PAL, DVD
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SPV 2008
  • Run Time: 180.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E45SR6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The ultimate life story of 60's folk-pop phenomenon Donovan. A unique success story - A career, spanning more than 4 decades. A film full of anecdotes about colleagues, musical collaborators and friends. Deluxe double-DVD set contains classic 60's film and TV appearances, rare archive footage and never-before-seen material as well as 5 previously unreleased songs and all of the hits. With appearances by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Mickie Most, Rick Rubin, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Franco Zeffirelli, David Lynch and many more. 40-page booklet incl. informative liner notes and exclusive photo material Format 2x DVD-9 PAL Duration approx. 315 minutes (180 min. Doc. / 135 min. Bonus) Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely essential for Donovan fans!!! October 7, 2008
Format:DVD
First off ...let me say that unlike the loads of "Unauthorized" documentaries on rock artists appearing on DVD by the truckload....this IS not such...its a legit life story with brilliant interviews and lots and lots of footage! I can't say enough about the absolute wonder that this is...the feature on disc one is 3 hours long! And the second disc has at least a couple hours more! If you are a fan you will be delighted..buy with absolute confidence that this is a legitimate history of Donovan supported by the man himself and he is the central character interviewed throughout!
I need to add I've finally made it through this huge wonder of goodies...wow..music videos, rare performances, recent unreleased video performances of new songs....its as though he took his entire store room of video and history of his life and crammed all the good bits onto these two DVDs..seriously hours of fun...loads of info...and a real interesting look inside the life and career of someone...who is interesting enough to warrant it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than Mellow Yellow January 6, 2009
Format:DVD
The first disc, the actual documentary, is very interesting and most insightful. Donovan is an amazing man with a great, loving heart. You have to respect a man who stands up and speaks, sings, lives his life so completely and honestly.
The second disc is filled with extras; videos made before we called them that, songs from concerts, interviews, short films, wow! Thanks, Donovan! I am going to get as many of Donovan's concerts as I can hunt down. Not only has he made some of the most adventerous music of the sixties and seventies, but he still is with us creating music to help us think and laugh and love. (Check out his "Sutras" album for a great example of his newer music.)
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunshine Superdoc October 12, 2008
Format:DVD
For any Donovan fan or person interested in the reality of a rock stars life this beautifully produced DVD is the real thing. It is the classic rags to riches story with meteoric success followed by doubt and disillusion but redeemed by the love and spiritual guidance of his wife Linda.More even than the documentary of a life of pop stardom this is an historical archive which does much to redress the balance of current views of the Sixties and the importance of that time in establishing things such as Green issues that we now take for granted. Whether you are seeking the wonderful music, Sixties reverie or just a great story it is all here and much much more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Video Auto-biography March 2, 2009
Format:DVD
I am going to say right off the bat, if you are not a fan of Donovan than please do not buy this set. If you are remotely interested what this set has to offer than rent it. If you want a nice and lengthy look into the career of Donovan than this is for you.

This is a 2 DVD set, the first disc is a 3 hour documentary on the life of 60's folk musician Donovan. It is an interview with the man himself in which he takes you on his "journey" through his life and history as a musician via vinatge performance clips and private films. Other interviews include his wife Linda, his arranger James Cameron, luthier Danny Ferrington and not much else. Unfortunately, some friends of Donovan are no longer with us such as Mickey Most, George Harrison, Keith Moon, Brian Jones, and Gram Parsons. Other contemporaries from the era are conspicuous from the absence, which is a shame; it would have been nice to have Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Danny Thompson, Shawn Philips or John Paul Jones talk about their involvement with Donovan. But then again maybe the blame should be laid at the director's feet. I would think in better hands the story would have been more varied with many different points of view if more of Donovan's contemporaries were interviewed. However, that does not mean it is a bad documentary either. Donovan tells his story like the story teller he is.

People have criticized about how Donovan's pontifical nature is off putting. To me he comes off like a teacher showing those who are interested in him how and what moved him artistically and musically. I have never walked away from any musical documentary and not think the subject had a big ego. You have to have a big ego and a sense of arrogance about yourself in the arts so I was not surprised about some of his posturing.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing but not Surprising January 2, 2009
By hedwig
Format:DVD
I'm a huge Donovan fan. I own all the vinyl. I still find relevance in his music. But this DVD was so disappointing. Donovan is unnatural in his narrative posture, boastful and ultimately insecure, leading me to feel queezy and embarrassed for him. He is long winded in his awkward self servitude. I'll buy a new album if it comes out, and probably give this embarrassing dvd to a fan who adores him above and beyond his legitmate musical contributions. I have seen Donovan in concert a couple of times in the last few years and sadly, his pomposity too often eminates from the stage as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite January 6, 2011
Format:DVD
This is a remarkable documentary. If you've ever been a fan of Donovan, you will enjoy his thoughtful reflection on his career. This is probably one of the best documentaries on a pop star that I've ever seen. It is so thoughtfully and beautifully put together that is difficult with which to find fault. The presentation is as easy going and insightful as Donovan's music. If I have a complaint, it would be that few of the songs are presented in their entirety. It would have been grand to have been given at least one complete video of each of his songs, but that isn't how Sunshine Superman plays out, and I'm okay with that. As it is, it is a remarkable treat, and I am thoroughly satisfied with having had an opportunity to see the entire three hour production. Simply wonderful. What great insight into a creative mind, as well as the 60s.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary and Honest Artist
I have watched this film, Sunshine Superman: The Journey of Donovan, in its entirety on more than one occasion. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars In The Time Of Mellow Yellow
On more than one occasion back in the day (and strangely more recently as well) I have had to do battle with the idea that back in the 1960s, back in the time of the now greying (... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alfred Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars angel's face..
another singer that i love!take a special place in my heart with songs like sunny goodge street hey gyp and so many more...i love you man!
Published 19 months ago by Jean Touillon
3.0 out of 5 stars Fell Short
I was hoping to see more of Donovan's early videos, most of which you can find on line. I wanted my own copies, and that is why I bought the DVD. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bob's Wife
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Talent, Pure Luke
People who hate Donovan really don't understand Donovan. He was really that guy who was a gypsie, sleeping rough, and writing songs .... Read more
Published on July 19, 2010 by landru141
2.0 out of 5 stars Good songwriter, bad ego problem
If you are someone who only wants to hear the good I'll get that in first and then you can exit. I was impressed with the musicianship and songwriting of the young Donovan. Read more
Published on May 29, 2010 by C. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Donovan Movie
This film has Donovan telling it all, from his early childhood, to his hit singles to traveling with the Beatles to India to reuniting with his muse Linda. Read more
Published on January 15, 2010 by Catherine Goltz
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable DVD
I really enjoyed this DVD.
Donovan is a very good story teller and his philosophy on life and music are also very interesting to see and hear about. Read more
Published on October 22, 2009 by Bring_back_the_60s
4.0 out of 5 stars DONOVAN THE ENGLISH BOB DYLAN
YES I THINK DON IS A MASTER! THIS VIDEO IS GREAT. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE NEGATIVITY.. I THINK HE DOES AN EXCELLENT JOB ON NARRATION. VERY PRECISE AND VERY ENLIGHTENING! Read more
Published on September 22, 2009 by Mark Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Real insights
This is a real eye-opener for anyone who has watched Donovan's career from the beginning. It's a really great film with an eye on the historical, presenting a background for what... Read more
Published on June 2, 2009 by AC
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