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We know the stories in his songs-but what about John Denver's own story? Never-before-seen footage joins interviews with his wife, manager and fellow musicians as you learn about the life, songs and passions of the beloved singer-songwriter. DVD extras include live performances of Thank God I'm a Country Boy; Leaving on a Jet Plane; Rocky Mountain High , and Annie's Song !

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  • Actors: John Denver, Annie Martell
  • Directors: Greg Poschman
  • Writers: Danielle Weinstock
  • Producers: Dirk Detweiler, Heather Weinstock, Stuart Rubin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: RCA
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009I7O4I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Song's Best Friend - John Denver Remembered" on IMDb

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149 of 150 people found the following review helpful By K. R. Lee on September 4, 2005
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Of all the bio's or rememberance documentaries done on an artist, I have to say this was the best of all that I've seen! It was very insightful covering what inspired John to write certain songs, what was happening in his life during the times he was writing them, and gave a well rounded perspective of his life and career taken from his own narratives as well as those who knew him personally or worked with him through the years. A definite "Must have" for any John Denver fan!!!
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181 of 186 people found the following review helpful By Ron E. Millisor on July 19, 2005
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John Denver was a special musician and tunesmith who wrote and sang his music in such a pure form that it's almost critic proof. This doc is not full of info or even told in a linear fashion but is more a remembrance of the feeling John Denver created in those who knew the man and loved his work. While watching it I was instantly transported to a much more innocent time in my life. Denver's music has always struck a spiritual cord but is never dogmatic. It's the kind of spiritual that anyone can partake in and wind up feeling more human. This is a must companion to any John Denver collection.
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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Kaminski on January 18, 2006
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Overall I liked this production/documentary of John Denver's life. The DVD chapters aren't chronological, but rather each attempts to address a different aspect of his career (for example, some of the chapter titles are "A Steward of the Earth," "The Embodiment of Love," and "The Showman"). There are also many interviews with the people who knew JD best, and this helps to weave the chapters together.

However, I did realize eventually that this DVD covers mainly JD's RCA career, which ended around 1986. That might be because the vast majority of his hits came from the 1970s, but even the concert footage included on the DVD (four songs) are from the 1970s and early 1980s. There is nothing here from 1986 to 1997 (the year he died). While that's not absolutely necessary, I suppose, it felt to me like it was lacking something.

Still, despite this, I enjoyed the program. And most Denver fans will too. Artists like Denver don't come around very often.

Four stars.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By H. F. Corbin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2007
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I believe "Take Me Home, Country Roads" was the first song I ever heard John Denver sing. Or it may have been "Sunshine On My Shoulders." For a lot of us of Denver's generation, we remember the first time we heard a particular song, its association with friends, some long since dead, others a long time missing. Many of the biggest hits are here of the man who exemplifies the best of America. He warmed us with his beautiful music; he cared about the earth. Surely he was the great O Positive. Who else would have been so at home singing with artists as different as Johnny Cash and Placido Domingo?

In addition to footage of John singing, there is also commentary by him about his songs and his love of nature as well as interviews with John's wife Annie, some of the musicians who played with him and others in the music industry. In a particularly moving segment Annie remembers all the unusual places she has heard "Annie's Song," from a square in Venice to an elevator in Japan. Someone else comments that Wagner had one piece of wedding music while John had two!

Looking at this DVD once again, as always I am amazed at how John Denver seemingly never aged. Of course now he belongs to the ages although he left us far too soon. It is useless to speculate about how many other great songs he would have written as he became older and more venerable, the elder statesman of the folk/pop world. Near the end of this not-to-be-missed tribute to John Denver, his wife comments softly that "we miss him." She speaks for thousands of the rest of us in that nostalgic, sad moment.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. Fiedler on January 15, 2006
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It is still difficult to realize that a voice that helped define music of the 70's and 80's was silenced so tragically. What a loss! This retrospective video does justice to who John was as a person and a musician. It will be especially appreciated by his many fans. If, like myself, John Denver--his work and his humanity--meant something to you, you will want to own this video. I recommend it.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By amy on December 21, 2005
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the best JD documentary out there. the history of the songs is brought to life by annie and those who worked closely with john denver, and john denver's own narration. video clips of performances from the 70s and 80s flow almost seemlessly together. we have been waiting for this one.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Carol L. Lordo on September 17, 2005
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A very special presentation of an excellent musician,performer and humanitarian who touched so many lives so deeply. I never tire of watching this dvd over and over again and remembering the joy that John Denver gave, and continues to give, to the world in his music.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. Cunningham on March 10, 2006
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The music in this DVD brought back a flood of memories of the times and places I heard the songs originally. John Denver was a truly gifted singer / songwriter. The best part of the DVD (besides hearing wonderful versions of the songs) was discovering the stories behind how the songs were written. I will watch this one more than once!
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