Harrison, George - Quiet One
This DVD/CD package looks at the life of the youngest member of the Beatles. The DVD explores his complex nature and his life journey with interviews with those that were close to him, and using rare film footage, examines his time with the Beatles, his undoubted musical talent, and his long held spritual beliefs that were a comfort to him until his untimely death at age 58. The CD provides rare insight into the man of music in his own words. This package also includes a 32 page color booklet.
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As far as the dvd goes, it's no 75 minutes, although it also has a discography and biography. Some great footage of The Beatles, but it tended to jump around a bit, like going from George's first interest in the Maharishi to the attack in 1999 (with a little too much focus on the attacker), then back to Brian's death and then skipping forward to George's appearance in court to keep the Kingsize Taylor tapes off the market. The production seemed to ignore nearly everything from about 1960 until 1998. Still, there was a very nice interview with George Martin, appeared to actually be from 11/30/01, and Paul's comments that day. Some video I'd never seen before, a lovely one with Ravi probably in 1998ish (about Chants of India? The Palace Interview?), video of Olivia going to court, Dhani's statement after court, footage of Patti and George's wedding day, and some absolutely priceless anecdotes from an old school chum, regarding George's childhood and school years. Some of the video was things I'd seen before, but not in as good quality.
I'd give it a about 3 and a half out of 5 stars, mainly because of skipping so many years between 1969 and present. The cd was all right, but I don't think it was anything I hadn't heard before.....but it could be 'new stuff' to fans who haven't heard a lot of interviews, mainly early Beatles.
I enjoyed watching the DVD, but it could have been better.
This does have a lot of George segments and news reports from the BBC archives that I am quite happy to have now. The subjects and timeline jump around a bit, but it's not like that ruins the clips. I have taped a bunch of video off various TV shows and reports that does the same thing--big deal. And, in this case, I thought the "far fringe friend" interviews were kind of fun. At least it was a guy that actually went to the same school, at the same time, and not some "author" acting like an expert and telling hand-me-down stories. One of the highlights is the George & Ravi European interview from the same time as the VH1 interview was here in the states. Wish that segment was longer, but I love having it in any form. Their relationship comes shining through. Plus, you have Paul & George Martin giving their statements after George's passing.
The audio CD interviews are all old Beatle clips, mostly from Australia and New Zealand, with only a couple of minutes of that actually being George speaking. Not at all the content the sleeve states it is.
The packaging is pretty nicely done otherwise, considering the source. I would buy this again, and I am sure I will watch this again, unlike some other Beatle related DVDs I have collecting dust. That at least is telling in itself.
So let's analize this DVD in three points:
* The interviews: well, it's just interesting George Martin and Paul McCartney, both of them appears for 5 minutes in the whole thing, and some old interviews by The Beatles. The rest is related by a childhood friend of George who probably spent 10 minutes playing soccer with him and that's it. I mean, he's not the most autorizhated person to talk about Harrison for almost an hour, right? So he bores you actually.
* The music: YOU WON'T LISTEN TO ONE SONG BY GEORGE HARRISON or THE BEATLES. Believe it or not. The only soundtracks here is by some British forgottable "mersey-beat-like" sixties band, which is insulting !!!!! since they show you glimpses of The Beatles performing live with that stupid song playing. This is the part that I hate the most about this DVD. The Story of a Musician including NOTHING of his music.
* The story: well, it doesn't tell you anything. You don't get a clue of his musical life. Just interviews here and there. Suddenly in the middle of something, an interview with the Beatles where they talk about getting the MBE and next thing his childhood friend talking about a particular memory when they were kids.
HIS post-beatle musical career DOESN'T EXIST here!!! You don't know about the Concert For Bangla-Desh, for example. UNREAL.
Suddenly from being a Beatle it skips to the NEWS about him being attacked in December, 1999.
I'm a Fan, and I know very well his story and music. But my reason to be SO UPSET at this "Let's Make Money With The Artist's Death" DVD, it's because for someone who doesn't know him well and wants to take a peek at this genius' life, will end up bored and confused.
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