Nine Hundred Nights - Big... has been added to your Cart
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by ExpressMedia
Condition: Used: Very Good
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Nine Hundred Nights - Big Brother and the Holding Co. with Janis Joplin
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Nine Hundred Nights - Big Brother and the Holding Co. with Janis Joplin


Price: $24.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 1 left in stock.
Sold by Maple Bar Movies and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
13 new from $13.95 11 used from $2.69
Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
1-Disc Version
$24.99
$13.95 $2.69
$24.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 1 left in stock. Sold by Maple Bar Movies and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.


Frequently Bought Together

Nine Hundred Nights - Big Brother and the Holding Co. with Janis Joplin + Janis Joplin with Big Brother: Ball and Chain + Janis Joplin - Final 24: Her Final Hours
Price for all three: $45.60

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, Dave Getz, James Gurley, Janis Joplin
  • Directors: Michael Burlingame
  • Writers: Michael Burlingame, Toby Byron
  • Producers: Ken Schur, Matt Friedman, Toby Byron
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • 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: Eagle Vision
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000E6FOM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,305 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nine Hundred Nights - Big Brother and the Holding Co. with Janis Joplin" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Complete performances of "The Coo Coo," "Ball and Chain," and "Piece of My Heart"
  • Rare audio recording of "Hall of the Mountain King"
  • Interview outtakes
  • Psychedelic treats
  • Discography
  • Photo gallery
  • Biographical timeline

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Experience the mind-bending sound and soulfoul voice that turned on a generation of rebellious youth. Witness the formation-and disintegration- of one of the most misunderstood and under-appreciated bands of the era, the band that launched Janis Joplin: Big Brother and the Holding Company. Hear the untold story in Big Brother's own words. Includes D.A. Pennebaker's rarely-seen live Generation Club footage of "Piece Of My Heart," and "Comin' Home," their breakout performance of "Ball And Chain" and the unreleased "Combination Of The Two" from Monterey Pop; Cheap Thrills recording session of "Summertime," rehearsal and studio performances of "Down On Me,""Blow My Mind,""hall of The Mountain King" and "Light Is Faster Than Sound."

Amazon.com

This document, devoted to the two-plus years ('66-'68) that Janis Joplin spent as a member of San Francisco's Big Brother and the Holding Company, offers ample material to support the view that Joplin, who died in 1970 at age 27, was a great singer and an enduring inspiration. On the other hand, it probably won't dissuade those who agree with Pete Townshend of the Who (one of the stars of the '67 Monterey Pop Festival, along with Joplin and Jimi Hendrix), who has called her "just an ugly, hard-drinking, screaming woman." with a band that was "just about the worst f***ing band I'd heard." In addition to a 60-minute documentary that features performance clips, contemporary interviews with the Holding Company and various others, in-studio footage and so on, the DVD offers four complete, decent-sounding filmed performances (including "Ball and Chain" from Monterey, as well as "Piece of My Heart") and one audio-only tune. It's not an especially pretty story--the band was, in fact, rather lame, and Joplin's departure, while perhaps inevitable, wasn't real popular--but it deserves to be told, and Nine Hundred Nights does a fine job of it. --Sam Graham

Customer Reviews

Fascinating and brilliant individuals.
A. Enochsson
If you are a Janis fan, you may be pissed after hearing some of the comments made about Janis by the members of Big Brother.
MusicFan2011
One would have had to look very hard for performance clips that made the band sound worse.
David S. Jenkins

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Steve F on August 4, 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Told mostly by the members of Big Brother, you get to see Big Brother from the early days thru the Janis period. This film doesn't focus exclusively on Janis Joplin, it looks at the band and the effect that Janis Joplin had on the band.
Big Brother took a lot of flack for "holding Janis back" from some music critics, but, in truth, Janis was so incendiary on stage that any band would have taken a back seat to her, and looked mediocre in comparison. By itself this film is too tightly focused on commentary, the musical performances are mostly clips lasting a minute or so. However there is a separate menu selection that presents four full length songs performed live, all featuring Janis. This provides a good glimpse of the band, and Janis, and the energy they generated.
The main strength of this DVD is the opportunity to get to see members of Big Brother, as well as other contemporaries on the San Fransisco scene, reflect both on the band and the times. There was so much energy then, and it seems so far away now.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By danny on March 24, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
very good documentary on big brother and the holding company,my major interest was good vintage concert footage, so the highlight for me personaly were the four uninterrupted songs in the "extra" section of this dvd,three of the four i consider "very rare" as i have never seen them anywhere else,(b+w footage but great quality),please understand however that the bulk of this dvd is a documentary,one i consider very well done,but remember a "documentary" not a live concert film.***i think serious fans will enjoy having this in their collection.***
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
45 of 54 people found the following review helpful By David S. Jenkins on January 22, 2005
Format: DVD
Three things save this DVD fom the trashcan - one is the selection of KQED-TV black and white performances (although the whole show is available on VHS). Two are the very interesting films of the band recording "Summertime" in the studio for the Cheap Thrills album. Three of course is Janis. She shines. For those who only know her visually from still photos and the Monterey Pop film, you may find yourself surprised at how very attractive she is in every way. Still photos never did her justice.

Unfortunately, beyond these three saving graces this hour long documentary is lackluster, managing to make this incredibly exciting period of American rock and roll just plain boring, along with the social revolution which fed it. Most of the band's performances within the documentary are nothing short of embarrassing, PROFOUNDLY bad, bad guitar, bad bass, bad backing vocals, and just sloppy timing. When this is accompanied by lifeless modern interviews with the band, it's tough to find pleasure on this disc. It comes across, I'm sad to say, as grown men whining incessantly about how nobody liked them and everyone liked Janis more.

Even though I've always regarded the band's live playing on Cheap Thrills and an alternate evening's performance which is out there someplace on CD as being brilliant, my opinion of Big Brother's abilities (and personal character) has shrunk mightily after watching 900 Nights. All bands have bad nights, and have bad recordings out there in circulation - most Airplane live recordings are pretty scary, but nothing like what we have here. One would have had to look very hard for performance clips that made the band sound worse.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Knapp VINE VOICE on July 3, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a decent documentary. The only problem is that when all the talking is done it was really the music that mattered and there is little of that here. The clips are just long enough to be frustrating. janis was great but through the years Big Brother has gotten the short end of the stick. Sure they were rough & could be sloppy by todays standard but there are some things to consider that made most of the bands, be it The dead, Buffalo Springfield,The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane to The monkees and even the Beatles, something less that stellar in performance. Stage monitors were either very poor or non existant. Another this is that electronic tuners weren't around yet. Have you ever tried to tune an electric guitar on stage with a pitch pipe? Another thing is that35 years after the passing of Janis Big Brother is still performing and touring the world. One of this documentary's problems is the unenviable task of translating the importance of Big Brother to a time nearly 40 years down the road. This work is watchable and will do till something better comes along.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ssmithee on October 28, 2001
Format: DVD
The good news about this DVD is that it does focus more on Big Brother as a band, rather than exclusively on Janis Joplin, as other documentaries have. Unfortunately, the sound quality is overall very poor, and the images are often washed out. This is especially noticeable because much of the same footage has been used in such other films as JANIS, MONTEREY POP, BIG BROTHER : BALL AND CHAIN, and various TV specials (A&E, Biography, VH1 and so on) so comparisons are too easy to make. I have reissues of 78 rpm vinyl records on CD that have been digitally restored to offer clearer sound than this DVD, and have seen silent movie images similarly restored, so I can only surmise that this documentary was hastily thrown together with an eye to the fast buck and not much concern for production quality.
That being said, the DVD does offer a fascinating look at the band members then and now. Some of them look back on the Psychedelic Era with nostalgic fondness, while others have obviously been clinging to and rehearsing their grudges for the last 40 years. If they'd never met Janis Joplin, Big Brother's story might have been very different -- whether nobody would ever have heard of them, or whether they'd have made it big on their own raw-edged, bluesy terms, we'll never know. But this DVD offers tantalizing glimpses of not only what was, but what might have been.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Maple Bar Movies Privacy Statement Maple Bar Movies Shipping Information Maple Bar Movies Returns & Exchanges