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Story of Ekseption (DVD with CD)

 NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Centauri Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00014APZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The DVD runs 2 1/2 hours and contains authentic video, clips and live performances from all their hits. The CD is a complete concert recorded in Germany. Pal/All Regions. Alpha Centauri.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Ekseptional February 24, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This contemporary (2003) look at the Dutch progressive rock band Ekseption (1969-1975) consists mostly of vintage TV footage showing them miming to their records. There are 24 songs here, and at least 18 of them are productions from Holland TV. In the style of the times, everybody is wearing wild clothing and they're posed in unlikely settings -- beaches, rooftops, pools, a tractor salesroom(?) -- either with unplugged instruments or, if the budget is really slim, none at all.

The other six songs are studio rehearsals or concert footage filmed for some contemporary documentary or maybe TV news. These instances, where the band actually play their instruments, are a lot more interesting. And in one case, revealing ("Dharma for One" plays behind other footage, and the band is appallingly bad.)

The set begins with a 2003 interview between trumpeter Rein van den Broek -- the only Ekseption member to appear on all their records -- and the widow of Tony Vos, producer of all their early recordings. Rein admits to being a little surprised at how good the band was thirty years earlier.

That's the good news. Now to my reservations about this disc. Everything's in Dutch, although English subtitles are available. The sound is mono. The disc is PAL, so it only plays on my computer. None of the other members of Ekseption, including the driving force Rick van der Linden (who passed away in 2006) are interviewed, although Rein does mention trying to contact them (just not very hard apparently). The version of the band 1976-1977, when Hans Jansen took over keyboard duties from Rick, isn't mentioned at all -- although Rein participated. Nor are any of the reunions mentioned, which took place sporatically between 1978 and 2003.
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