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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2003
The Bee Gees were one of the most significant bands of the 20th century, and this 2001 biography is an absolute gem. It was the first DVD I bought, and it's the only programme for which I have both the DVD and the video. The video (which is 100 minutes) was originally broadcast on A&E and is fantastic and certainly worth getting if you don't have a DVD player. But the DVD, which is a slightly different mix, is a full 2 hours, with the additional footage (which was cut from the video and television broadcast) sprinkled throughout. Included primarily are additional minutes of archival video footage, but additional bits from interviews and bits of background information have also been tucked in here and there.
The DVD also offers a couple of worthwhile special features. Firstly, there's the video for the single "This Is Where I Came In"; and secondly, there is an additional 30 minutes or so of interviews with Barry, Robin and Maurice that did not make it into the presentation. These are just snippets (a minute or two on a mishmash of topics), but they are certainly worth checking out.
As for the presentation itself, a full one-half of the video/DVD is dedicated to chronicling the Gibbs' early years, and there is plenty of archival footage from home videos and early television performances. In addition to chronicling the rollercoaster path their career has taken, the presentation includes loads about their personal lives--from their marriages, divorces, and children's births to the tragic deaths of their brother Andy and of their dad. The video/DVD features interviews with each of the three brothers, with their mum Barbara, with Robin's wife Dweena, with Maurice's wife Yvonne, with Robert Stigwood and various other individuals in the music industry. What really makes this presentation sparkle are the many, many excerpts from their enormous body of music that play in the background.
In conclusion, this is an outstanding visual biography of an extraordinarily talented trio of brothers--one that is both rich in content and beautifully presented. The poignancy one feels near the end of the video/DVD is only heightened by our knowledge of the tragic death of Maurice Gibb less than two years after it was made, and it is sadly ironic that this biography has served to mark the end of an era. With it we have been given a rare and special look into the lives of three brothers with a rare and special talent who wrote, recorded and performed some of the most beautiful music the world has ever heard. This is the definitive biography of the Bee Gees--a keepsake that will be cherished and enjoyed by both serious and casual fans alike, or indeed by anyone whose lives have been made just a little richer by the music of the Brothers Gibb.
Extremely highly recommended.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2001
This Tape is no less than a complete, thorough and entertaining walk throught the history of the Bee Gees, their families, counterparts and freinds lives. Never before this have I had people approach me and say they were amazed at the Bee Gees History after viewing this show.
The pace is fast, the editing meticulous and the sound engineer had his work cut out for him. Taking instrumentals from dozens of songs, the engineers used them as back-up music for happy times to tragedies (one listen to the Robin Gibb train wreck with the cellos droning from "Miracles Happen", is frightening).
Filmed first by father Hugh Gibb in the toddler stage throughout their youth is great material. The world media takes it on from there.
Interview, old song concert clips, candid and thought provoking comments from each of the brothers keeps this video rolling.
It is a piece of history and keeps on coming!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2003
It is a sad note that this is the last DVD of the Bee Gees with the loss of Maurice Gibb. This recording is no less than a complete, thorough and entertaining walk throught the history of the Bee Gees, their families, counterparts and freinds lives. Never before this have I had people approach me and say they were amazed at the Bee Gees History after viewing this show.
The pace is fast, the editing meticulous and the sound engineer had his work cut out for him. Taking instrumentals from dozens of songs, the engineers used them as back-up music for happy times to tragedies (one listen to the Robin Gibb train wreck with the cellos droning from "Miracles Happen", is frightening).
Filmed first by father Hugh Gibb in the toddler stage throughout their youth is great material. The world media takes it on from there.
Interview, old song concert clips, candid and thought provoking comments from each of the brothers keeps this video rolling.
It is a piece of history and keeps on coming!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2001
This is a must for any true Bee Gee fan. I have been a fan for over 20 yrs. and learned things about the Bee Gees that I didn't know. It is a very interesting look into their lives in the music business from the very begining to present day. Insight on their family life and the touching story of the loss they experienced when their youngest brother, Andy, died. I think that anyone interested in popular music would also like this DVD. It covers the many accomplishments and awards that the Bee Gees have received in recent years, which were long overdo. This DVD is over 2 1/2 hours long!--Well worth the purchase price. Also includes lots of candid interviews with the Bee Gees and footage of their entire career (including home movies). I absolutely loved it. Need I say more?? Get this DVD.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2001
When I saw this material on A&E last December it was a revelation. I knew nothing about the Bee Gees at the time. What a fascinating story they have. I was absolutely bowled over by their charm and candor. And then there's the music. I have collected several cds since I saw this last year. This version seems edited a bit differently, seemingly with more material. It's very grand and glorious to watch their lives unfold and hear their music develop over the years. For anyone who thinks of the Brothers Gibb in the most narrow of terms (disco)- you must see this video. Your perception will be changed forever. They are supreme tunesmiths and musicians- and it's about time the U.S. and the rest of the world recognized it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2006
A better job of this documentary could not have been done. It's a two hour presentation that will leave you feeling that the incredible success Barry, Robin and Maurice have had is very well deserved. The brothers Gibb were blessed with an incredible ability to write and produce massively popular hits - they are the second most successful group in the history of popular music after the Beatles (in terms of record sales). Of course, in terms of longevity, they are rivalled only by the Rolling Stones.

Told in their own words (also with narration), the story covers their entire lives: their relationships with each other, their wives, their families, their triumphs and trageries and, of course, their unbelievable success. The documentary is littered with numerous achievements.

If you are greatly interested in the Bee Gees (or even if you have a passing interest) you really owe it to yourself to get this DVD or video. Although it was produced in 2001 prior to Maurice's untimely death, it's still absolutely fascinating viewing. Five stars is really not enough.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This DVD is the last interview with the Bee Gees after the loss of Maurice Gibb. This recording is no less than a complete, thorough and entertaining walk throught the history of the Bee Gees, their families, counterparts and freinds lives. Never before this have I had people approach me and say they were amazed at the Bee Gees History after viewing this show.
The pace is fast, the editing meticulous and the sound engineer had his work cut out for him. Taking instrumentals from dozens of songs, the engineers used them as back-up music for happy times to tragedies (one listen to the Robin Gibb train wreck with the cellos droning from "Miracles Happen", is frightening).
Filmed first by father Hugh Gibb in the toddler stage throughout their youth is great material. The world media takes it on from there.
Interview, old song concert clips, candid and thought provoking comments from each of the brothers keeps this video rolling.
It is a piece of history and keeps on coming!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2001
This video was wonderful and the Bee Gees were so honest in telling their story. Clips of their younger brother Andy and the way Barry took him under his wing and wrote the songs for his first album to me shows compassion from these brothers. They seem genuine and I agree with one of the other viewers that it would indeed be a pleasure to know them. They were not treated fairly after the disco era and their songs were not being played which to me was a shame because of their great talent in writing songs and recording them. They however, were determined and went on to write for other artists and were very successful. This video brought tears to my eyes and a twinge in my heart. They are wonderful and there has never been another group to even come close to them as far as I'm concerned. I was a fan of theirs in the 70's (Saturday Night Fever) and still am a fan in my 60's. I love these guys! You must buy this if you are a fan of theirs.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2001
The cover promo that I saw wasn't very clear, so I purchased this DVD without knowing it was their official story.
I was expecting a video version of the CD of the same name.
I'm more than happy with my mistake.
Even though I have been a BEE GEES fan for many years (1966 before their first No.1, Spicks & Specks) there was still a lot to learn from this DVD.
The background music is great, the interviews informative.
A well put together story.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2002
The Bee Gee's do what no other group does,period. They do not need all the hoopla,(half dressed dancers,glaring lights, ugly clothing to get their meanigful lyrics across). They stand and deliver, no other group can compare. They truly are the greatest. I have been a fan since their very start.I am now 67 yrs. young, and every time I get a little down, all I have to do is put on one of their albums especially, One Nite Only and Live by request. My only wish is that they would make more CD's of their concerts, so we could watch their interactions on stage. When will they start touring again? Are there any other visual CD's that I could order?I never tire of their music.
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