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The Butterfly Ball (1975)

Roger Glover , Twiggy , Tony Klinger  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roger Glover, Twiggy, Vincent Price, Tony Ashton, Helen Chapelle
  • Directors: Tony Klinger
  • Writers: Tony Klinger, Alan Aldridge, William Plomer
  • Producers: Tony Klinger, Alan G. Rainer, Stuart Freeman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, 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: Mvd Visual
  • DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E3LD6I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Butterfly Ball" on IMDb

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In 1973, Jonathan Cape Ltd published a children's book called "The Butterfly Ball and Grasshopper's Feast". The book then prompted this jubilant live production of The Butterfly Ball that took place at the Royal Albert Hall on October 16, 1975. This performance, magically narrated by Vincent Price, was a benefit for Bud Flanagan's Leukemia Fund and Action Research for the Crippled Child. Roger Glover, who recently departed from Deep Purple was able to get most of the artists who had taken part in the studio recordings to perform. Featuring: Ian Gillan, Twiggy, Tony Ashton, Helen Chapelle, David Coverdale, John Gustafson, Eddie Hardin, Glenn Hughes, Earl Jordan and more.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, but worth a look. March 26, 2006
When Roger Glover recorded the original Butterfly Ball album, it was intended to be the soundtrack for a proposed movie. It is a superb record, with a wide variety of musical styles to match the various characters. When he got the opportunity to stage it as a one-off concert for a children's benefit, he was able to get most of the original participants to take part. As a concert, the entire show is a success. The band consisting of Les Binks-drums (later to join Judas Priest), Mo Foster-bass (future Jeff Beck sideman), and Ray Fenwick-guitar (soon to be Ian Gillan's axe-man)were aided by Eddie Jobson-violin (Roxy Music/UK/Jethro Tull), Purple's Jon Lord on organ and others. All the concert footage is a sheer delight to watch and it must have been the event of a lifetime. However, left to their own devices, the producers butchered the concert footage by splicing in skits with actors dressed as animals, ballet sequences and combat footage. It's difficult to watch what started as an event get turned into a psychedelic fantasy gone bad. The non musical clips are far beyond annoying, almost to the point of nausea. For many years Roger has stated he was embarrassed beyond belief when he attended the world premier at a theater in London. Until you actually see this movie you won't be able to understand why. It's too bad they couldn't have put a little effort into this DVD and given the viewer the option to watch the movie version or just the concert. The highlight has to be the long jam on Watch Out For The Bat, sung by John Gustafson (ex-Roxy Music, Quatermass and soon to be Ian Gillan's bassist). What started out on the album as a two minute rocker is transformed into a seven+ minute jam, with an extended guitar/violin workout. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rogers ED-WOOD-Experience April 22, 2006
First of all - i?ve always been a fan of BB, and i remember the TV-broadcasting back in the 7oies. But what we have here on DVD is simply ... incredible. The scenes edited in the concert are stuff that might become cult one day. Like Ed Wood Mr. Tom Klinger is the perfect candidate for "Rotten Tomatoes" ;-)

The costumes ... the surrounding (a foggy afternoon - should not butterfly ball be a colourful event?) ... the DVD-compression (more particles than picts). Poor Rog. I just wonder that Roger did have no opinion to stop this. Even the live-shots on stage are more than bad. Unsharp, dark, and mostly showing exactly the guys who are not on the spot. And to be honest: Even the musical performance is not stunning. Singers flat or high, forgetting lyrics ... compared to the studio recording this is really poor.

Rog, if you ever read this: BB live has not been that bad like the DVD suggests. Please grab out the originial 16mm-movies from the concert and edit them for a "director?s cut". If you need help, i would be glad to do colour correction, compression, remixing ... but don?t let it be the way it is.

kind regards to all BB-fans

norman -
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal Rules August 21, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
But not on this occassion it doesn't. Deep Purple were so disturbed by the quality of this video that they were embarrassed by it and wanted all copies returned, and destroyed poste haste. I was surprised to find the video available at all.

Here, in Australia, it was released back in 1982, and it is this copy I still own. It is deteriorating quickly and I was looking to have it replaced on DVD, but alas, its not to be.

There are some fine performances here and the best of all is Ronnie James Dio singing 'Love is All'. It was a minor hit at the time of release in the 70's, but was shunned by most because of its (distant) connection to Deep Purple, the thought being that it would be just another Heavy Metal Album/film. How wrong they were.

Twiggy makes an appearance and has great vocals, particulary with the closing song 'Homeward'.

It is an amazing compilation of tracks, where some work and some don't. But overall, an interesting piece of work by Roger Glover et al. The film is interspersed with concert footage, filmed sequences and of course animation. Unless some type of remastering has been done, I feel certain that the video will still look the same, out of focus and washed out in certain parts.

The current price will probably preclude me in purchasing this video due to the $100 price tag, exchange rates between Australia and US and its import costs.

Still, for those of you who may remember the song 'Love is All' and the accompanying animated Frog (Ronnie James Dio)scene, you'll love this film. Otherwise, an alternative would be to buy the album instead, there is a CD-Rom version of the animation (Love is All) that can be played on most computers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Visual Feast February 15, 2009
By Melinda
Having only known the filmclip of "Love Is All" by Ronnie James Dio from my youth, it was interesting to finally have the chance to watch the whole experience.

Well worth seeing as it is a visual feast, and very cleverly done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! December 29, 2013
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Wonderful addition to any library collection. Enjoyed by the both children and adults. The artwork is exceptional! A book that will be well remembered through time as a favorite to all that open it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS
Woodland creatures in a pub, AND John Lord?

A wonderful slice of mid 70's heavy rock and the stuff all us progressive metal heads were raised on!
Published 15 months ago by Nightcrawler0218
2.0 out of 5 stars Very dissapointed in quality
This DVD appears to be an inferior copied disc recorded directly from a VHS and come without any inner sleeve. The sound and visual quality is very poor. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Garry Weir
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love the music
Ok, maybe not the same quality as the cd, but I think the dvd are worth the money.

It's live, you can hear the "true" voices of the artists, and that's something... Read more
Published 19 months ago by CamHappy
5.0 out of 5 stars butterfly ball at a reasonable price
amazing performances from a very special night. finaly affordable. a must for any deep purple fan. considering show is from 70's picture and sound very impressive.
Published 21 months ago by alex keir
5.0 out of 5 stars historic
It's just great to see all these great artists at their best playing really nice songs. Roger Glover did a nice job putting all togheter
Published on October 22, 2011 by neube
4.0 out of 5 stars Screaming Seventies Rock!
This is the live-in-the-Albert production, with some cute filmed bits in between. The sound quality is quite reasonable, and it's good for a light evening's entertainment. Read more
Published on September 24, 2011 by The Big Mean Tough Fudd
Published on October 19, 2007 by Capt. Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest and most entertaining concerts I have ever seen.
Roger Glover and an all star cast of 70's heavy metal stars put on a concert to promote Glover's Butterfly Ball album. Read more
Published on March 23, 2006 by LeBronze James Dio
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