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The Calm Before The Storm (2012)

David Bowie  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Bowie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085TZTMM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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David Bowie's first record was issued as early as 1964 and so began, in the view of many, the most creative career in the history contemporary music. But it was in 1969 and the release of his startling 'Space Oddity' that Bowie first gained the recognition that has accompanied his music since. Between '69 and late '71 the Thin White Duke made three albums that for many, include his finest ever work. This film focuses on those three records; his second album 'Space Oddity', his third, the critically acclaimed Man Who Sold The World and the pinnacle of his pre-Ziggy career, Hunky Dory.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Naughty But Nice! August 24, 2012
The storm in question here being the way would be rock icon in waiting
David Bowie found himself catapulted to superstardom in the wake of
the era-defining release of Ziggy Stardust in June 1972.

This documentary lands hot on the heels of the
40th anniversary of the release of Bowie's career-shaping Ziggy
Stardust and The Spiders from Mars. However, while the recent focus
has been concentrated on the genesis and the unstoppable rise of Ziggy
here the scope is consciously restricted to Bowie's pre Ziggy career
with special emphasis on the key formative years of 1969-1971.

Bowie's idiosyncratic career path is plotted from the earliest days of
his fledgling pop persona circa '65-'67 when he emerged as a maverick
fusion of Tony Newley and Syd Barrett to his chance meeting with Tony
Visconti and his subsequent career transforming recording of 'Space
Oddity' in 1969. Thereafter, his second album David Bowie aka Space
Oddity comes under the critical microscope before The Man Who Sold The
World and Hunky Dory get the same treatment via a mix of archive TV
clips and period film footage, audio interviews with the man who would
be Ziggy, contributions from critics including Shindig!s Kris Needs
and Paolo Hewitt plus interviews with former band members John
Cambridge, John Hutchinson, Keith Christmas, Bob Solly and in one of his last
interviews, John Peel.

This film offers a superb overview of Bowie's career before he joined the big leagues, and for anybody who is only familiar with his story post-Ziggy, this DVD will prove invaluable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bowie's beginings March 16, 2013
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This is a documentary covering the early work of David Bowie that leads to his breakout in the US after the Ziggy Stardust record. I would have liked to see more about Mick Ronson, but overall it gives a good idea of Bowie's step by step journey into music creation and sucess.The main records covered are Space Oditty(Man of words, Man of Music),Man Who Sold the World, and Hunky Dory. But previous records, as well as the Ziggy Lp are also discussed. A good buy for a Bowie fan or a rock historian in gereral.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great documentary for both the casual and hardcore fan. September 10, 2012
David Bowie - The Calm Before the Storm is a must see for Bowie fans. I knew I liked a few of his songs, but watching this, realized I liked more than I thought. The film follows his early work pre-Ziggy Stardust and how he transformed himself over and over again musically, personally and professionally.

He went from a more folk-y musician to the androgynous persona we remember him as. He influenced generations of people and the documentary includes one of Kurt Cobain's last performances, Nirvana's MTV Unplugged where they covered Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World" (which is still one of the most haunting cover songs of all time). It features a good mix of music, old footage, interviews and people talking about how his music influenced them and shaped their lives.

This is a great musical documentary that will easily fit into your music collections. It`s a must watch for Bowie fans and it might show some people who don`t think they are fans, that they are. Some great early footage of the music icon and you can see his transformation from rather normal looking David Jones into cross dressing, make up wearing, performance rocking music god. And let's face it... "Space Oddity" is one of the most iconic songs in music history.
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