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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - High Grass Dogs: Live from the Fillmore (1999)

Tom Petty , Mike Campbell , Martyn Atkins  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Howie Epstein, Scott Thurston
  • Directors: Martyn Atkins
  • Producers: Darren Rydstrom, James Pluta
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner/Reprise Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 1999
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00002ND7R
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,778 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - High Grass Dogs: Live from the Fillmore" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Songs Include: Intro/California, Jammin' Me, Runnin' Down a Dream, Swingin', Breakdown, Listen to Her Heart, You Don't Know How It Feels, Mary Jane's Last Dance, Mona/Bo Diddley, Lay Down My Old Guitar, Even the Losers, Walls, Angel Dream, Room at the Top, County Farm, You Wreck Me, I Don't Wanna Fight, Free Fallin', Free Girl Now

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Filmed at the Fillmore, San Francisco, California, March 15 & 16, 1999. Songs Preformed: 1. Intro / California 2. Jammin' Me 3. Runnin' Down A Dream 4. Swingin' 5. Breakdown 6. Listen To Her Heart 7. You Don't Know How It Feels 8. Mary Jane's Last Dance 9. Mona (Featuring Bo Diddley) 10. Lay Down My Old Guitar 11. Even The Losers 12. Walls 13. Angel Dream 14. Room At The Top 15. Country Farm 16. You Wreck Me 17. I Don't Wanna Fight 18. Free Fallin' 19. Free Girl Now

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF THE PETTY DVDs February 1, 2005
I have seen Tom Petty and the boys live many times and I'm a naturalist fan - that is, I don't just like the hits and often feel the overlooked stuff is better or as good as the standards. Petty and Co. make great albums, but where they shine is live, so when I say this is the best of the live DVDs I am basing that on three things. 1)The accuracy to which it captures a true Heartbreakers show, 2)How many times one would watch/listen to it and 3) should anyone other than Petty die-hards need apply.

First, the performance takes place at the Filmore which is a theatre/club. This does not allow the band to play as they do in arenas, but the whole thing works. There is energy, but also a intimate feel - very nice. It also does what good concert DVDs should do and makes the viewer feel, if not like they are there, at least what it must have been like to be there (to be fair, this is an eassier feat given the club setting vs, say, a stadium). This also reminded me of Petty's hilarious performance on VH1's Storytellers from around the same time. Anything that makes me think of that is aces in my book (if only that were on DVD).

The songs are great and great to hear live. Since there is no recent live Petty album this can double as such. The opening one-two punch of "Jammin' Me" and "Runnin' Down a Dream," kicks ass! This how a show I saw on that tour began and as far as I'm concerned its how every show should begin. And while we're talking about it, this version of "Jammin' Me" is so good it gave me a new found respect for a song that always seemed like an oddity in the Heartbreakers stash.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By T. Sabo
Format:VHS Tape
I bought High Grass Dogs because I love Tom Petty and just bought a DVD player. I thought it would be nice to have a little petty to put on and have video to go with it. Wow, was I way underestimating the power of this DVD.
This is an up close and personal filming of the bells, no whistles. No fancy lighting or pyrotechnics. Just the band, the music, and the crowd.
The sound is incredible. it has Dolby Digital 5.1, and with surround the crowd noise is behind you, the music in front of really feels like you're in the front row.
Obviously, I love the DVD...I highly recommend it!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an injustice December 27, 1999
By david
Tom Petty is one of the best ever. People leave his shows awestruck. A film of a concert should make you feel as if you were there, as part of the audience. It should not make you feel as though your head were a ping pong ball being bounced about at two-second intervals by nine different cameramen, none of whom seem to be able to get a decent view. Why oh why must the filmmakers try to upstage the band when they are making these things? It never, ever works. To the powers that be: Please, please, please release Tom Petty's Pack Up The Plantation film on DVD. It is a wonderful perfomance and a much better film than this one. And next time you get ready to film a concert, watch The Last Waltz to get an idea of how it should be done.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD captures essence of Petty live February 10, 2003
By Ron
As someone who has seen Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers live almost a dozen times in various venues, I can say this DVD does a great job of capturing the essence of the band in concert, particularly their shows from the past five years. The most consistent live act I have ever seen, The Heartbreakers are in typically outstanding form in the shows recorded for the DVD. The sound on the DVD is great, and the presentation of the material is well paced. While this DVD is a MUST have for true Tom Petty fans, casual fans will enjoy it as well. For those somewhat familiar with the band's work, the DVD will show them what they have missed if they have not seen the Heartbreakers live.
I love this DVD and am sure I'll watch it a few thousand times, but there were a few things that kept me from giving it 5 stars. First, I would have liked to have seen more focus on Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench. Their musicianship is a big reason why the Heartbreakers are one of the greatest American bands of all time and head and shoulders above most other bands touring today. Aside from a nice scene of Campbell tearing up the solo on "Running Down a Dream," there are few shots of his work. I found this disappointing since his six string IS the guitar voice of Tom Petty, and anyone who has seen the band live knows what Campbell can do with the instrument and how big a part he plays in the live shows. Second, I think the directing could have been a little less "heavy handed." There's a few "artsy" shots and cut-aways I would have preferred seeing replaced by wide-screen stage shots that would have given the viewer a greater sense of being there. Finally, I would have liked to have seen more "extras" on the DVD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this... July 30, 2006
This DVD is really amazing, the song selection is perfect and the playing is crazy great. Everyone is awesome in this filming, at the historic Fillmore. THis even features Bo Diddley with the heartbreakers playing mona, one of the best on the DVD. Tom even jokes around some between songs. Please buy this, you wont be dissapointed. THis is pure Rock 'n' Roll.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Representation Of TP.
Very enjoyable release. TP playing all of the old favorites. Plenty of moments of Mike Campbell shredding guitar. Bravo Tom!
Published 8 months ago by Blair Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars The only music DVD I have ever bought
Friends of mine hace this DVD and I have watched it several times. I bought 5 of this DVD and sent them out, gifts, telling close friends where my head was at at that time and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Thomas Conn
5.0 out of 5 stars Ring the Nighclerk
Yes, Pack up the Plantation on DVD! Let's go TP! My VHS tape took a header and, besides, who watches VHS anymore?
Published 22 months ago by Speedball
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool music DVD
I wasn't sure when I bought this DVD how great Tom Petty's stage presents would be, but he rocked it and then some. He is surprisingly very funny and his voice is crystal clear. Read more
Published on December 4, 2011 by Jessica P
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Live Performance
This is Tom doing what he does best, playing good, honest rock n roll. The concert has a good mix of old and new tracks and shows how tight the band are and Mike Campbells great... Read more
Published on January 13, 2011 by Spider Monkey
3.0 out of 5 stars Good show, band rocked but...
Heavy emphasis on his Echo material and there were some glaring omissions from his hits. I also would have preferred a rocking (rather than acoustic) version of "Even The Losers". Read more
Published on February 8, 2010 by Michael Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at their best!
High Grass Dogs is Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers at their best and in their element - LIVE! The versions of Jammin' Me and Running Down a Dream have a harder edge and really jump... Read more
Published on October 7, 2009 by Herbert S. Hudgins
4.0 out of 5 stars Runnin' with the Big Dogs
Tom Petty is as good a songwriter and performer as you'll find. This is his best concert DVD, by far. Read more
Published on December 21, 2008 by RunninBoyBlue
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Tom Petty DVD period
I've watched all the various Tom Petty and Heartbreaker's DVDs available, and this is the best of the bunch. Read more
Published on August 31, 2008 by D. T. McMahon
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful direction and performance
Tom Petty's concert at the Fillmore was to promote the new Echoes album back in '99. Great year and great performance. Read more
Published on August 25, 2008 by hi13ts
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