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ABKCO Films presents a meticulously restored and fully-realized version of this first-ever, legendary, but never released film. Shot during a quick tour of Ireland just weeks after (I Can t Get No) Satisfaction hit # 1 on the charts, The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling - Ireland 1965 is an intimate, behind-the-scenes diary of life on the road with the young Stones. It features the first professionally filmed concert performances of the band and documents the early frenzy of their fans and the riots the band s appearances inspired. The band is shown traveling through the Irish countryside by train; dashing from cabs to cramped, basement dressing rooms through screaming hordes of fans. Motel rooms host impromptu songwriting sessions and familiar classics are heard in their infancy as riff and lyric are united. Charlie is my Darling is the invaluable frame that captures the spark about to combust into The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.

The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling - Ireland 1965 DVD incorporates the new 2012 version of the film as well as the director s cut and producer s cut, plus significant unseen additional performance and other footage shot in Dublin and Belfast in September of 1965.

Charlie Is My Darling--Ireland 1965 would make a worthy addition to a Rolling Stones collection under any circumstances, but considering how little performance footage exists from the band's early years--a five-song set on The T.A.M.I. Show and a few mid-'60s appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show are about it for official titles--that's even more true. In what might be described as a shorter, more shambolic version of The First U.S. Visit, Albert and David Maysles' chronicle of the Beatles' 1964 trip stateside, this hour-long documentary follows the Stones as they tour Ireland, a sojourn that roughly coincides with the release of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," their first massive worldwide hit. We see Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman in a typical variety of settings: in cars (escaping the hordes of screaming teenage girls), killing time backstage, in hotel rooms (where Richards, who always has an acoustic guitar at hand, and Jagger work on new songs like "Sitting on a Fence," as well as ad hoc renditions of "Eight Days a Week" and other Fabs faves), on the train, in interview segments… and, best of all, on stage. The latter bits, featuring beautifully restored sound and visuals, are viscerally exciting, especially given the relatively low-tech equipment used by band and filmmakers alike; powerful versions of "The Last Time," "Time Is on My Side," "Around and Around," "Satisfaction," and others are by themselves well worth the price of admission. This is the Stones in the days before drugs and depravity set in, when even the musicians themselves had no idea how long the ride would last ("The future as a Rolling Stone is very uncertain," says the soft-spoken Jones). Now, as they get ready to mark their 50th anniversary, is a perfect time to mark the greatness of the Rolling Stones. --Sam Graham

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ABKCO Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009186JYI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,962 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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151 of 167 people found the following review helpful By Tante Maren TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 16, 2012
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For Rolling Stones fans, it doesn't get any better than this new, completely restored version of CHARLIE IS MY DARLING- a 1965 Stones 2 day documentary. When the Rolling Stones were scheduled for a 2 day tour performing in Ireland on September 3rd and 4th in 1965, their original manager Andrew Loog Oldham asked Peter Whitehead if he would film the Rolling Stones showing what a typical tour was like for the Stones. Whitehead agreed and filmed the Stones for the 2 days. After filming, it took until the Spring of 1966, for Whitehead to put together the film he wanted to show.

When Whitehead was finished with the final copy, the film showed the Rolling Stones traveling on a train, getting on and off planes, riding in cars, studio rehearsals, a few concert clips with incomplete songs such as: Get Off My Cloud, Heart Of Stone, Play With Fire, Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner, I'm All Right and The Last Time. Not only were the songs incomplete, but the video/audio were out of sync. He also shot a lot of footage showing how the fans mobbed the Stones. The best part of this first ever Rolling Stones documentary was the interview with Brian Jones. The film was made up of bits and pieces from filming for 2 days and ended up at 50 minutes.

This 50 minute film was shown in only a few theater's and ended up not only rarely seen, but shelved until now. The ABKCO company decided to find more of the original film, meticulously restore it and put it out on dvd, blu-ray and a deluxe boxed 5 disc version. The deluxe boxed 5 disc version will have the 2012 version dvd, the blu-ray director's/ producer's cut, 2 cd's and a vinyl LP.
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77 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Domenic Priore on November 10, 2012
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So very glad to see the release of Peter Whitehead's film "Charlie Is My Darling," he is also responsible for Allen Ginsberg's "Holy Communion" from '65, "The Beach Boys In London" from '66... shot with the road band while Brian Wilson perfected "Smile" at home... and "Tonight Let's All Make Love In London" featuring incredible stage riot footage of The Rolling Stones, Syd Barrett-era footage of The Pink Floyd and other great insights to the legendary mid-'60s "Swinging London" era. It should be said that The Rolling Stones, though their career has been very long, have a prime, and "Charlie Is My Darling" is shot right at the crest of that prime. Brian Jones is still a healthy, motivating force in the band, and without him, The Rolling Stones lose a ton of dynamics in their recordings. So it can be said that the first five or six Rolling Stones albums are the hardcore goods, and that "Charlie" captures the personality of this legendary combo when those first six releases were the focus. The work they are doing at this stage of the game was the primary inspiration to all of the great American '60s Garage Punk bands later compiled on the "Nuggets" series of box sets and LPs (along with The Yardbirds, Them, Kinks, Pretty Things and Beatles). A good indicator of the Rolling Stones' range is the inclusion of the early "long" song "Goin' Home," which soundtracks a montage of the group's road experiences. The segment in its own way delivers a more realistic version of what The Beatles captured in their first movie "A Hard Days Night," or, something more like the Maysles Brothers film of The Beatles first U.S. visit... but with a more proto-psychedelic touch. "Charlie Is My Darling" is a rare open book to one of the high points in rock 'n' roll history...Read more ›
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By N. Czaja on November 12, 2012
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I watched it twice in two days during the same time I was reading the book Mick Jagger by Philip Norman (which I also recommend). It was great to see the gents as their epic journey was beginning. Brian Jones was articulate and playful; his ending quote was ironic. Jagger was ego, but playful, articulate, intelligent, and oy!!! what a performer. Keith was playful, Bill Wyman was ironic, and Charlie Watts (thus the title) was engaging and animated. Who knew!?!? Having attended RS concerts, this footage showed me that I wish I had seen them at the inception of the RS. They were truly their bluesy selves. The Irish audience was in awe and quite unruly. Check-out the priest - even he got into the funk. Charlie is My Darling is worth the price. It can be viewed for a variety of purposes; but it all goes back to the gents. Andrew Oldman, who was in charge if this footage and the RS at the time, deserves some credit for documenting these important moments in music and cultural history.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Jutronic on November 15, 2012
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Excellent footage! The restoration work these fellas did to this film is truly amazing. The image is so clear and crispy, and the mono sound is perfect and it totally rocks in a good amp system. This is (in my humble opinion) the best era of the Stones (followed by their early 70s), and the footage of old Ireland is completely amazing: downtown streets, the country side, the people, the kids. I never imagined I would be able to see and hear the 60s Stones that clear! This is a true gift for all the true fans of the lads. I have to admit that it's obvious that Andrew Oldham was an awesome manager, that knew quite well that this footage would be soon mythic. I wish the Beatles could have that foresight (Mr. Epstein?). And in spite of Jagger's and Brian's sardonic ego, it's clear from the first second that the engine behind the Stones is Keith, an impression I've already had since I've heard the Satanic Sessions (available in internet) and saw the Rock'n'roll Circus DVD... He was the boss all the way! I just hope that the Stones have more hidden jewels from those high times. I've already got their TAMI show, Sympathy for the Devil, Rock'n'Roll Circus, Gimme Shelter, Ladies & Gentlemen and Some Girls in Texas.

And I'm still waiting for MORE!!!
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