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  • Actors: The Turtles, Howard Kaylan
  • Format: Color, Dolby, 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: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004ZETY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,707 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Play songs only feature

Editorial Reviews

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Proving that the Turtles were as vital to '60s pop as many better-known bands, this delightful 1991 documentary is blessed by the lively personalities of Turtles vocalists Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (a.k.a. "Flo & Eddie"), whose anecdotes (including memorable encounters with Bob Dylan and the Beatles) are as entertaining as the group's enduring music. Interviews with bandmates reveal that the Turtles were genuinely "Happy Together," enjoying their popularity without the ego hassles that plague so many bands. It wasn't all fun and games, but even the "Lawsuits" chapter provides a hilarious primer on the hazards of rock & roll. Best of all, the Turtles' hits (including "She's My Girl," "Elenore," and many more) are seamlessly combined with rare concert footage, TV appearances, and promotional films. For veteran fans and appreciative latecomers, this DVD is a joy to behold and includes a "songs only" feature that's handy for subsequent viewings. --Jeff Shannon

From the Back Cover

See high school nerds become heartthrob rock stars before your eyes! Experience the scorn heaped on one of America's first long-hair bands! Hear the story of how the Turtles were suspected terrorists when they played the White House! Thrill to the performances of the Turtles' greatest hits! Don't miss this exciting journey through the psychedelic sixties!

Customer Reviews

Take notes during the manager story.
John Jordan
It really brought me back to the day's of my 1969 G.T.O. and my good friends and the girls I dated back then.
Thomas
I would recommend to other music buffs.
g.t.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John Jordan on December 26, 2002
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There's no doubt in my mind that The Turtles were probably the most underrated band from the 60s.
"And who believes that my wildest dreams and my craziest schemes will come true? You baby, nobody but you." Where are the songs today that can pack that much simple emotion in so few words, with a tune that makes you want to smile and sing along?
This DVD shows a band that has had its share of hard times and good times, and somehow seem to have retained a sense of humor about it all. Where was Al Nichol, the lead guitarist? I would like to have heard more about their song arrangements etc.
That aside, five stars for a good time, good vibe and good memories.
Take notes during the manager story. You'll need them.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By GBS on January 16, 2002
Format: DVD
Why this band isn't in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a mystery...
The Turtles were a mix of great musical talent and enormous humor. Fronted by Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, they churned out a solid collection of hits. But the band wasn't just Mark and Howie, moving through the group over the years were great rock musicians. Bones Howe notes in the film that the Turtles were one of the few LA pop bands of the 60s that were allowed to play on their own records, so tight was their ensemble.
And in here are all the hits, including one ("Eleanor") performed live on TV. You get memories from most of the past group members, and ongoing commentary from Mark and Howie. And keep it on to the end, as Mark and Howie give a hilarious lesson on how not to hire managers.
This DVD is a great tribute to an overlooked band.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. R. on February 8, 2003
Format: DVD
I am not really familiar with The Turtles, I mean I hear their hits on oldies stations regularly, but I never knew the members too well. So I purchased the DVD for 12.99 and it was a good buy. The production values are decent and there's lots of band footage from concerts and television (mostly TV) and the two lead singers (Flo and Eddie?) add a lot of commentary along with others members of the band. Sound quality is excellent, even on the old TV shots, and some of the newer TV shots the sound is even better. "Elenor" played on a television show is presented here where the band actually performs the tune instead of lip-syncing the hit (an all too common practice)and give a crackerjack performance, to boot! A good effort for a good solid band that bridged the pop gap from the 60's into the early 70's.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Juan C. Varela Garcia on May 28, 2006
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BUY IT!!! It is worth to have this DVD. Besides is cheap!!! The people fond of 60's should have it in their collection. The interviews aren't that great, but who wants to hear music lessons. What each of every ex-members of the band said, is sufficient to undertand how that musical era was so important and how music business has changed ever since. This is an example of how the music entertainment grew as a business, unfortunately, with bad results in some cases. Good video recollections of dancing,fashion and outdoors during that awesome period. These guys were doing music, real musicians, enjoying every moment of their careers. Happy Together!!! 60's 70's 80's rule!!!!

JC Varela
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick Holly on March 26, 2007
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Of all of the "story of the band" tales out there, this one may be the best. If you like even one of their songs you should get this DVD. I have had it on VHS since it first came out and had to have a DVD version. They tell all the dirt with humor and tremendous insight into what went right and what went wrong. The explanation about the history of the groups eight different managers is like comedy routine that ends the DVD with the perfect amount of realism and Flo and Eddie humor. The live T.V. version of Eleanor shows just how good they really were.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
From the Filmore to the White House, no other American rock band epitomized the sixties as did the Turtles. From their ragged beginnings as a high school garage band to the international hitmakers that scored over 30 hits, this wonderful video takes you backstage as the group evolved from happy ragamuffins-- a local surf band in Los Angeles-- through all the legal stumbling blocks that finally tore the act apart. Flo and Eddie's now-famous "Manager Story" is an hilarious piece of showbiz legend, and the candid interview with those lads as well as with Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Ray Manzerek and Stephen Bishop among others makes this a must-own piece of history from the fine folks at Rhino Records.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Love Good Music on February 27, 2008
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This is one of the best of all dvd/vhs movies I ever purchased focussing on the beginnings of a great 60's rock & roll band to date! The songs featured on this dvd can be played separately or throughout the filming and discography and sound excellent. I also saw them live the last time back in the 80's during their Happy Together Tour which then also had the Monkees, Gary Pucket & the Union Gap, Grass Roots, the Association,
Hermans Hermits and Spanky & Our Gang as I remember.

I love how the original members explain their start and unbelievable unexpected propelling into mainstream rock & roll acceptance then when they really were a bunch of geeky, frumpy local southern California kids in highschool who grew up together like the rest of us then, and simply enjoyed getting together to make music, and everything that happened to them was literally by chance & luck along the way before they even realized what was happening. I like the Tom Jones tour bus matter too!

I especially like the candid explanation about how the Beatles' vision and influence of the early 60's was thought of by them and many of us here in the States, and then seeing one Turtles band member when finally seeing the "real Beatles" in a UK tour a few years later, became so upset seeing what he visioned of the Beatles (his heroes of sorts) to really be a group of UK rockers messed up on drugs & alcohol and wiped out nightly at a local UK nightclub the Turtles would play at on the tour. It affected one Turtles' band member so much seeing this side of the Beatles, he walked out after a few days playing the gig. I have always wondered if there was no British Invasion in the 60's, where US rock music would have gone?
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