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Sensation: The Story of the Who's Tommy [Blu-ray] (2014)

The Who , The Who  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: The Who
  • Directors: The Who
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2014
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HUTB2V0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Who's seminal double album 'Tommy', released in 1969, is a milestone in rock history. It revitalized the band's career and established Pete Townshend as a composer and Roger Daltrey as one of rock's foremost frontmen. The first album to be overtly billed as a 'rock opera', 'Tommy' has gone on to sell over 20 million copies around the world and has been reimagined as both a film by Ken Russell in the mid-seventies and a touring stage production in the early nineties. This new film explores the background, creation and impact of 'Tommy' through new interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, archive interviews with the late John Entwistle, and contributions from engineer Bob Pridden, artwork creator Mike McInnerney plus others involved in the creation of the album and journalists who assess the album s historic and cultural impact.

Track Listing
1) Overture / Pinball Wizard
2) Interview
3) Tommy, Can You Hear Me?
4) Smash The Mirror
5) Interview
6) Sally Simpson
7) I'm Free
8) Interview
9) Tommy's Holiday Camp
10) We're Not Gonna Take It / See Me, Feel Me

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
This is another fine original documentary going direct to DVD and BD from Eagle Rock Entertainment. Though the copyright at the end of the (approx) 90 minute documentary says 2013, it is not being released until March 11, 2014. With an additional 32 minutes of "Bonus material" (more on that in a minute) there is nearly two hours of material here to delight any fan of The Who, especially fans of their rock opera "Tommy".

Every living person connected with the project is interviewed here, from really lengthy, insightful comments by Pete Townshend, who concieved of the idea and wrote nearly all the songs and Roger Daltrey (the lead singer who admits to life being harder after "Tommy " was released and the Who started playing 120,000 seat stadiums). Archival interviews from the late John Entwhisle are here as well. The artist who designed the Lp jacket, the sound engineer and the group's manager during this period are here also. There comments from Townshend's biographer, critic Anthony Decurtis (who seems to be interviewed in nearly every rock doc I've seen) and Jann Wenner, the cocky founder of Rolling Stone. And there are clips from many performances of the opera. It was truly - as the film's title says - a "sensation".

The bonus material consists of eight songs from "Tommy" as well interview segments from a 1969 episode of the German TV pop/rock show "Beat Club". It's in black and white and BC always used weird video effects to give things a "psychedelic" touch. Still, a nice bonus.

The images and sound on the BD are great. The BC material probably looks just as great on the DVD version.
As I said above, this is something all Who fans will want to see and own.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensation - The Story Of Tommy (DVD) June 1, 2014
I was not sure if I should get this DVD, there are so many Who documentary's out there on DVD but they are all good. I decided to take the plunge. This is a detailed look at the album with Pete Townshend giving us his deep thoughts into the making and meaning of Tommy. There are also comments from Roger and posthumously from John and Keith Moon. There are a lot of music footage included and what impressed me is the fact the producers of this DVD were kind enough to include mostly full performances of these classic songs from various concerts. Some of the footage rare and not seen before.
It is an enjoyable show throughout and well paced. Pete's an extraordinary man and his vision of Tommy is well told here.
The bonus footage is a TV special the Who did in Germany in 1969 highlighting the best songs from Tommy like a long music clip in B&W unfortunately. It would be far better in colour.

Overall a worthy DVD if you love the Who.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR ANY WHO FAN April 6, 2014
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This DVD was excellent and far exceeded my expectations. This DVD and the Eagle rock Classic Album DVD "The making of Who's Next "are a must have for any die hard WHO fan!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have the Multi channel super audio CD of 'Tommy' and this series always expands on the making of an album and in my opinion they did and excellent job of presenting it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting history on the making of Tommy April 18, 2014
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This Blu-ray is required viewing for Who fans. Interviews with Pete, Roger and John are worth the price of admission. As a bonus you get The Who at the Beat Club footage from 1969.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back To '69 With Pete & Roger! September 17, 2014
For us 'Tommy' freaks this 2013 DVD release is a welcome. We all know that Pete Townsend is a genius both as a seminal & premiere rock composer & lead band member of The Who but also as the first author of the 'rock opera', his being the iconic 'Tommy'. This score has had many incarnations since its inception in 1969, beginning life as a double album recorded entirely by Townsend & The Who. That version is sacred terrain for not only Who fans but legions of classic rock & roll zealots. Like The Beatles 'Srgt. Pepper' before it, 'Tommy' brought theater to rock & roll, complete with plot-lines up the whazoo! Along with pinball machines, eye-shades, ear-plugs, & smashing mirrors, Townsend managed to cram a potpourri of mega themes ranging from childhood abuse to religious megalomania all in one opus. 'Tommy' made history as well as mega-stars of Townsend & The Who.

This 'anniversary' DVD document does provide some keen insight into the making of 'Tommy', much of which we Who fans have heard before. The interviews with Roger Daltrey & Pete Townsend are informative enough, culled both from current interviews to file footage, particularly from the two deceased members of the band, John Entwistle & Keith Moon. However, what is lacking is the nuts & bolts of the recording of the album. Yes, Kit Lambert gives his insight as to his input into the original recording, as he was one of the original producers of the piece. Still, for real 'Tommy' fans & historians, there's seems to be more to the making of the opera, particularly as the many demos reveal just what a patchwork of previous musical passages were resurrected from Townsend's earlier recordings as well as what additional songs were omitted from the final song list.
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I would give this 5 stars as a reveiw of the album "TOMMY" , but I would liked to have heard more about the band trying to live up to the the album , the Tommy film and the play . This album was the turning point of The Who and this bio does a great job at explaining it .Pete and Roger give recent interveiws , John and Keith archival . The bluray picture and sound quality are fantastic (as expected) . I would have liked to hear more of the music in between interveiws but this is a bio and not a music video . Roger Daltrey is never used enough in these Who documenturies , as he gives the best insights into how the band interpets Pete's songs . He is also able to take a step back and critique The Who as a fan . I would also liked if they covered more on the the movie Tommy , as I have heard conflicting reports that members of the band either hated the movie or loved Ken Russell's interpretation . Anyway , I would highly recommend this film to any fan of The Who .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Sensation...
Love The Who, loved this DVD. Not a lot of new information but stil a must have for Who fans.
Published 1 month ago by Emary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read
Published 2 months ago by J. Schick
4.0 out of 5 stars All you ever need to know about Tommy by the Who!
Tommy has been dissected ad nauseaum and any real rock fan will find this fantastic documentary a lot of rehash - nothing revelatory or new here. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jim Stalker
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best " Making Of..." documentaries I've ever seen
One of the best albums of the Sixties gets an in depth Documentary with interviews from Townsend, Daltrey, and Stamp (along with stock interview footage from Entwistle, Moon and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by tom ruocco
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Fans
Every Who fan would love this video. Tommy fans must see/hear this video. It has plenty of music and also descriptions of the times when it was made. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Geoffrey Rubin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must buy for any fan of The Who.
Great DVD and a wonderful insight into the making of "THE" classic rock opera!! There's always a story behind the music, and this DVD provides that story.
Published 6 months ago by Walter J. Buyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Talk about story ,nothong much about the Music
This thing has little or nothing about the Music and has very little music at all included ,a classic Lp Tommy would have been better
Published 7 months ago by Peter Neski
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