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  • Actors: Phil Collins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: 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: Eagle Vision
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5XCZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,020 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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After achieving stardom by taking over the lead vocals of Genesis from Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins released his first solo album, Face Value, in 1980. This installment of the Classic Albums series explores the making of this album in a one-hour documentary film, with Collins himself providing the bulk of the insightful commentary. From his home studio, he discusses how the lyrics to "In the Air Tonight" wrote themselves after his painful divorce and why a drummer would ever use a drum machine. Also interviewed are engineer Hugh Padgham, producer Ahmet Ertegun, Genesis colleagues Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford, and many of the studio musicians. Songs such as "Behind the Lines," "I Missed Again," "The Roof Is Leaking," "This Must Be Love," and of course "In the Air Tonight" are excerpted in both home and concert footage (some of it previously unreleased), and Collins accompanies himself at the piano in a wrenching "Please Don't Ask," which was cut from the album. In the two decades between the original album's appearance and this 1999 video production, Phil Collins has gone on to become an international solo star, but many still consider Face Value his finest album. This excellent documentary shows you why. A rare and welcome insight into Phil Collins' prodigious musical talent and the fascinating story of his first solo record. Collins first enjoyed international success as the drummer of Genesis and then as lead singer after Peter Gabriel left the band. In 1981, however, Face Value launched him as a solo artist and remains, in many ways, his most exciting and unusual music offering. Face Value was immediately a worldwide hit, entering the British charts at Number 1, spending almost six years in the Top 75, and selling in excess of 12 million copies. The album went on to make the U.S. Top 10, earning a gold record. This documentary includes several previously unseen performances, as well as rare home movies, unique photographs and documents from Phil's own privat

Customer Reviews

This is a must for all true fans!
A. Herzman
This version includes a great version of If Leaving Me is Easy which was cut from a live concert in Dallas 1995.
J. Matthews
If you like Phil Collins, pick this up.
SickLittleBoy

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Herzman on February 16, 2000
Format: DVD
This is a must for all true fans! I have watched it 7 times in a row and can't get enough of it. It's almost like being part of making the album. If you ever wondered what the origional title of "I Missed Again" was, you will get a chance to hear a bit of the origional demo tapes. If you want to hear "Hand in Hand" being played backwards on a track of "Tommorow Never Knows" this is it! There is so much detail! Hugh Padgham, the Engineer, sits with Phil and plays back individual tracks from the original tapes...and they explain how it was done. Includes guitar by Eric Clapton and strings by Ravi Shankar! It even has a previously unrelaesed full length music video of "If Leaving Me is Easy" as well as a clip of Phil at the piano doing "Plaese Don't Ask"...so emotional he almost cries! If you want the standard music videos watch VH1. If you want to really know how one of the greatest albums of the 20th Century was put together, GET THIS DVD!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2000
Format: DVD
An excellent production that has Phil (in very high quality recent footage) walking us through how the famous "Face Value" album was put together. Comments from most of the session musicians featured. Very high quality production, much better than I expected, well worth it for any Phil Collins fan who thinks the first album was in many ways the best. Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Hensley on January 21, 2001
Format: DVD
Face Value is a classic album and this shows why. I loved the way the whole documentary was put together. The insight into tunes like 'The Roof Is Leaking' and others was a thrill for this long time fan. Unfortunately, one also understands why this album will never be topped. Most major artists have their own 'White Album' - timeless and risky. Face Value was Phil's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By matt bogers on February 15, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This documentary is a very insightful look at Phil Collins' first solo album. It is a rare look into the events surrounding the writing and recording of this "classic album." It includes candid interviews from the musicians who played on the album and Phil's own comments and memories of the session. No, it is not a collection of music videos, but if you are interested in the real story behind Phil's greatest work, it is a must!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark S. Winer on May 6, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a documentary (documentary being the key word here) that provides insight into the making of Phil's first solo release, Face Value. That means you'll be hearing from Phil, Hugh Padgham, Ahmet Ertegun and quite a few of the musicians involved in the creation of this outstanding album. For true fans of the music, and especially for musicians, this "behind the mixing board" type documentary is awesome! It's full of absolutely fascinating and entertaining commentary about how the songs were written, arranged, recorded, produced...basically how the entire album came together, from Phil's ideas and demos all the way through to Hugh's wonderful engineering techniques. It's a real treat to hear from the people directly involved (especially a lot of the musicians, like Tom Tom Washington and L. Shankar and Alphonso Johnson) talk about how such a great album is made. There's some un-released concert footage and short clips, but the real meat of the DVD (like all of the Classic Albums series) is the story you'll hear about the music. Being a musician, this type of documentary is very entertaining and informative for me...I own a few of the other DVD's in the Classic Albums series (Steely Dan - Aja, Fleetwood Mac - Rumours, and Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon) and those are also very good, but Face Value is one of my favorite recordings. It's really great that producer Nick de Grunwald and director Jeremy Marre went through the trouble of tracking all the people down involved in the making of Face Value and getting their stories for us to enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerner HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 1, 2006
Format: DVD
These days, the music industry really looks at the 1980's, and to see how wel so many great act have been influenced by Michael Jackson and Madonna. But for those acts then, some of them were just trying to fall upon their footing. Phil Collins was definitely one of those acts. Since his career on his own, and with Genesis Phil Collins has continued to thrive with his guilty pleasure fields of pop. But when his solo debut Face Value his the music industry, Phil really showed his footing as a giant and a real go-getter out of his shadow. This story really reflects on how deep the album turned out to be.

Classic Albums: Phil Collins Face Value, is a detailed and driven documentary that reflects on Phil's beginnings to what would be a legendary solo career. The stories behind Phil's crossroads within his ending first marriage, and how he transformed into his own, and aay fro beng a stepping stone from his era with Genesis as a lead singer. The movements are shown well here from each story behind songs like I Missed Again, the haunting In The Air Tonight, Phil's breakthrough smash, which was recently covered for the movie Miami Vice, and other great songs like This Must Be Love and Droned. There are also gripping interviews from Hugh Pagham, and from Phil himself on a landmark album that he made well.

All in all, I just absolutely wish that there could've been other records of Phil's that were highlighted like No Jacket Required and But Seriously. Nevertheless, it is just the absolutely great documentary, and a great buy for die hard Phil Collins fans. I loved watching this documentary on VH1 classic recently, and it is a really great buy.

Documetary: B+

Extras: B

Price: B

Overall: B 1/2+
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