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New York Dolls - All Dolled Up (1970)

New York Dolls  |  NR |  DVD

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  • Actors: New York Dolls
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Music Video Distributors
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 230 minutes
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the early 70's, rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya purchased a portable video recorder. In a period of three years they shot over 40 hours of New York Dolls footage. Now for the first time ever this footage is unveiled. This feature leng

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lookin' Fine On Television... December 25, 2005
I was going to give this DVD four stars; then I reevaluated it in the context of what it represents technologically and sociologically, and I had to give it five.

It's 1973-74. You have a band playing '50s rock and '60s girl-group music, sloppily and more distorted, but with obvious reverence; a band that wanted to put good times and visual appeal back into rock 'n' roll. You have a good photographer who happens to be in the right place at the right time (as good photographers often are), but now he's armed with space-age technology in the form of a portable videotape recorder.

Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya obviously had a knack for videography. Their earliest concert footage serves mainly as a historical document (and certainly not "art"), but as the DVD progresses (chronologically), they begin to explore the capabilities of the new video medium as the camera follows the band backstage, onto an airplane, into a restaurant, inside Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco (!), etc. One startling backstage sequence features the doll seen poking out of Jerry Nolan's kick drum on the cover of Too Much Too Soon. Here, the sinister doll rests on Johnny Thunders' knee in the extreme foreground of the frame as Johnny and Sable Starr chat at what due to foreshortening appears to be a distance of ten feet away. There are numerous other "photographer's tricks" employed to keep the all-black-and-white footage interesting. Since much of the "action" is fairly tame offstage hijinx and chatter, one would assume Gruen has done us a big favor by editing the 40 hours down to 95 minutes for the "documentary" segment.

The song performances -- presented whole on the "extras" portion of the disc -- are charmingly ramshackle, as one would expect.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Best Believe I'm in Love L-U-V December 11, 2005
Not ever having seen live footage of the New York Dolls in their prime before, this documentary comes as a complete revelation to me. Gruen and Beck's footage is rough, but, hey, so was the band. Given amazing access (we are there at the photo shoot that produced the cover for the 1985 compilation "Night of the Living Dolls" and "The Real Don Steele Show" performance of "Personality Crisis" that resulted in the cover for "Too Much Too Soon"), this film shows the Dolls as not only a professional, rowdy rock n' roll group, but as a charismatic bunch of young men. Not only that, they are much more savvy and intelligent than they are usually portrayed in textual accounts of the group. There is some footage from the Malcolm McLaren/Lipstick Killers era, which has Johnny Thunders more in the limelight than during 1972 and 1973, but this is not really the focus of the film. The bonus material is good, but not great: there is a curious interview of Bob Gruen by Handsome Dick Manitoba from the Dictators, and two commentary tracks (one by David JoHansen and another by Sylvain Sylvain). This is must for any New York Dolls fan, and an excellent video intro to the group.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another place-another time March 19, 2006
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I was there. My best buddy and I caught the Dolls on their 1973 promotional tour in Pittsburgh. What a knock out! I was a senior in high school and heavy into the developing Glam Rock genre-having already seen Bowie, Mott, Queen, Iggy and Bolan I was itching to see if the Dolls show would live up to the power of their debut LP. After seeing them live I realized how much Todd Rundgren had homogenized them when producing their LP. These guys rocked like the Stones used to. This DVD captures that time. It's gritty and raw and has the appearance of a bootleg-not that this is a bad thing. It's honest for sure. Watching this labor of love makes me miss those days when anything could and often did happen. I followed Johnny Thunders to the end and getting to see him at his fiercest (in these live tracks) and getting to see him in his unguarded moments was worth the price of the DVD. The commentary tracks by Syl and David are much more than informative-so much background on this time and place. Instead of buying those overdone compilations or collections of demos and sub-par audio bootleg tracks, drop a dime here and you'll be mighty glad you did. Sorry for those who missed those heady days of the early 70's. First glam then REAL punk. To bad that you can't put your arms around a memory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Dolls" Sea Scrolls.... April 16, 2006
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A true revelation for any New York Dolls fan; especially since many of us never got an opportunity to see the band live (let alone view any decent quality, non-bootleg quality live footage). This dvd is extremely well produced with a coherent and logical flow. This is high quality stuff and not (I repeat not) bootleg quality like so many other videos of the same era. The video is outstanding considering the technology at the time (the footage was shot with a first generation black & white video recorder). Although the sound is not "excellent" or "soundboard" quality, it is very good and quite listenable. From Max's Kansas City to the Whiskey in LA, we get clear, crisp live footage of the band. Seeing an energetic Johnny Thunders is worth the price of this dvd alone. I would also like to add watching this dvd confirms my belief Jerry Nolan was/is one of the best rock drummers ever. Unlike today's live videos, where the editing switches camera angles every split second, there is something refreshing and honest about seeing an entire band working a stage in B&W. A band that is "a band", not some corporate, Disney manufactured product. An interview with Bob Gruen by "Handsome Dick" Manitoba of The Dictators is added as a bonus. Any fan of the Dolls needs to buy this ASAP...debating this purchase is not even an option. I guarantee you will not regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New York Dolls All dolled up
A look back at a wild era of rock with a band that should have been bigger than they were. Fun to see the old footage.
Published 12 months ago by curtis d jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing piece of rock history
Talk about being at the right place at the right time and having the latest technology at hand! Bob Gruen had a video recorder and seemingly unfettered access to one of the most... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon56
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent; an actual 'tale'
Big fan of the Dolls, and I've seen all their clips but was hoping for some unseen gems. Got so much more. Read more
Published 22 months ago by ChelseaD
5.0 out of 5 stars A Personal Favorite!!!!
My name is Reet and I can only judge this film through my own perspective. I went to school with Johnny from elementary through jr. Read more
Published on October 2, 2008 by Peter Glass
4.0 out of 5 stars all dolled up
Having never saw the new york dolls live this was quite insightful. I thought this captures the times very well.
Published on January 28, 2007 by Vincent Pugliese
2.0 out of 5 stars only for the INTENSE fan !!
Insightful in the off stage lives of the boys. Kibbutzy narration is at times boring, other times hilarious. The youthful Dolls traveling, that is a strange circus indeed. Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by Eric R. Erickson
5.0 out of 5 stars When the Dolls Ruled
For those of you who saw the Dolls back in the '70's, this is a time capsule version that brings you back to Max's Kansas City, Kenny's Castaways, Club 82, and more. Read more
Published on November 12, 2006 by Katherine McCarthy
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
although i luv the dolls this was such a bad dvd that i regretted to have purchased it
Published on November 2, 2006 by Tuba Yapici
1.0 out of 5 stars not good
If your expecting a documentary with the clarity and production value of "End of the Century" or "Filth and the Fury" THIS AIN'T IT! Read more
Published on September 30, 2006 by M. Wunderle
5.0 out of 5 stars worth every cent!!!

no better Dolls film! get it NOW. see ny when it was still fun and exciting!!! see 14th street with the Academy of Music and Automat!!! Read more
Published on April 13, 2006 by Jose Equis
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