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The Who - Tommy and Quadrophenia Live (2005)

Roger Daltrey , John Entwistle , Roger Daltrey , Larry Jordan  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Elton John, Patti LaBelle, Simon Phillips
  • Directors: Roger Daltrey, Larry Jordan, Aubrey Powell, Lawrence Jordan
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B9PW6M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,491 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • The Quadrophenia Story
  • MX DVD interactive visual commentary by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

Editorial Reviews

Rhino Records is proud to present a 3-DVD boxed set showcasing one of the greatest live bands ever-The Who. Disc one features a live rendition of their full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind boy. Tommy was performed live in 1989 at The Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, with special guests Elton John, Phil Collins, Billy Idol, Patti LaBelle, and Steve Winwood. Disc two contains the band's second rock opus, this time built around the story of a young mod's struggle to come of age in the mid-60s. This live version of Quadrophenia, from the 1996/1997 U.S. Tour was the first time it was performed as Townshend and Daltrey had visualized it, with live action and featuring a then-unknown Alex Langdon in a spellbinding performance as Jimmy, the disillusioned Mod.

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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Perfect, but Still Excellent November 21, 2005
In my lifetime - hell, probably in ALL time - no band has come out of retirement more often than the Who. After Keith Moon's death, it appeared to be over, until Kenny Jones filled the drum slot for a few years. Bandleader songwriter/guitarist Pete Townshend had developing doubts that the Who were still the proper outlet for his songwriting, and in the late `80s, the band announced its dissolution, punctuated with a `farewell tour'. Anyone who attended any of those shows believing that it would be the band's last hurrah - as advertised - might be somewhat bitter about the experience now. Since then, the Who have been revived more often than patients in a cardiac ward.

Both performances featured on this DVD set are taken from tours posthumous to the band's breakup, so it is understandable if more than a few fans are cynical about this package, but the truth is that it is better than they might expect. Granted, this isn't the classic Who (they ceased to exist with the death of Keith Moon in 1978), but it is classic Who material, and most of it is performed quite brilliantly here. The performance of `Tommy' takes place in Los Angeles in 1989 and at the time, it was quite a special event. A star-studded affair, with guests ranging from Billy Idol, Phil Collins, Patti LaBelle, Steve Winwood and Elton John, the entire performance was televised live. At the time I was ready, and I taped the entire performance on my Sony Betamax (which was dated even then!). I thought the performance was absolutely excellent, and I still have that copy today, although this well-produced DVD makes it even more obsolete than it already has been.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Who - Tommy vs. Jimmy November 8, 2005
The DVD "Tommy and Quadrophenia Live" is not necessarily a concert DVD. For a concert DVD from the Who one would look towards "Live at the Isle of Wight" or the 2000 show from the Royal Albert Hall, or the recently released "Live in Boston." This collection of performances is better described as the MUSIC of the Who ... played by the Who, if that makes any sense.

Purists will argue that these two concerts do not capture the raw, agressive power of the Who as a live band. Rather, these concerts showcase the power of the Who's music and the stories they tell. Quadrophenia in particular is a masterful marriage of a band on stage, live-action performance, and pre-recorded imagery on a large screen behind the stage. Throughout it all, the music stands out leading the narrative.

A word of warning that must be re-iterated, this is not a typical Who concert. The band does not perform as a four or five piece. Each concert includes several backing singers, extra guitars, and a brass section. This is a celebration foremost of the narratives of Pete Townshend, gloriously realized by a bevy of extremely talented musicians including the surviving Who members. If you're looking for the gnashing, snarling, loud Who, you won't find *much* of it hear, though there is some.

DISC 1 - Tommy, 1989

This concert came at the end of a 25th anniversary tour that the Who had undertaken. Special guests include Steve Winwood playing the part of the Hawker, Patti LaBelle as the Acid Queen, Elton John reprising his film role as the Pinball Wizard, Billy Idol as Cousin Kevin, and Phil Collins as Uncle Ernie.

The entire breadth of Tommy is covered in this performance with the exception of "Underture" and "Welcome.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 stars for Quadrophenia January 1, 2006
By Alias
This DVD obviously contains The Who, or what's left of the Who, performing their rock 'n roll masterpieces "Tommy" in 1989, and "Quadrphenia" in 1997. While it may not be the orginal Who these concerts, especially "Quad", are AMAZING!

The "Tommy" performance admittingly is not The Who at their peak, but that's not really expected is it? It's 3 warhorses who've weathered the challenges of the true rock 'n roll experience and are now soaking in one of their greatest achievements with "Tommy" the deaf, dumb & blind boy and his quest for salvation and enlightment within himself as well as peace with the world that has done him harm. This performance is tight and "big band" sounding w/ guest stars (Steve Winwood, Elton John, Patti Labelle, Billy Idol), but it really fits the operatic feeling of the source material. It's really a good version of the piece actually when you give the band credit for what it actually is at this time in their careers. Entwistle still smokes on the bass and Daltrey still has his olympian voice, but Townshend, due to an effort to save his hearing, regulates himself to an acoustic guitar. All in all a pretty fine concert.

It's the 1997 "Quadrophenia" here that's really something special. The band is in another place musically and mentally and they deliver a seriously rocking version of their 1973 classic. Quadrophenia deals w/ a young mod, Jimmy, and his frustrations that come w/ being a troubled adolescent who is disillusioned w/ his parents, his heroes, girls and everything else that plagues adolescents during their time of self-discovery. He suffers from 4 split personalities, each symbolic of the identities of the orginal Who.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 28 days ago by William Perdue
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock history!!
I'm not much of a Who fan, but enjoyed this a bunch!! After watching the Quadrophenia documentary 'Can You See The Real Me', I became fascinated with it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael L. Nowakowski
1.0 out of 5 stars beware!
do not buy this! my dvd player says " unable to play in this area" whatever that means. it will not play!
Published 7 months ago by johnnyt
5.0 out of 5 stars Best DVD's ever
These DVDs are the best. The live concert Tommy and Quadraphenia were both excellent.
The Encore concert after the Tommy concert was superb
Published 9 months ago by William Mize
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift!
This was a xmas present for a friend and she claims it was one of her best presents. She obviously loves it!
Published 9 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars top notch
excellent concerts, fabulous package, lots of guests, quality made, Pete and Roger commentaries interesting, besides Tommy and Quadrophenia concerts other songs dynamite
Published 11 months ago by James A. Quasius
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
amazing, all in all very very well, thank you very much. I look forward to further purchases with you. i
Published 16 months ago by Andres Perez Vargas
1.0 out of 5 stars Description doesn't match. Not Region 1 for US!
The Amazon description indicates that it's Region 1 (for US and Canada.) The description on the box indicates Regions 2,3,4 and 5. It's going back for a refund! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Scott Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars I Liked Both Concerts
This DVD has two Who filmed concerts. Others have stated that Quadrophenia is the better one here, but since I never
really became a super-fan of it, when compared to Tommy,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Paul A. Klinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Love "The Who" and this DVD
I have been a big fan of "The Who" since the late '60's. I saw them live 13 times. 6 with Keith Moon!
Great to see this live concert footage!
Published 23 months ago by J. Schick
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