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The Kinks - You Really Got Me: Story Of The Kinks

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Documentary exploring the musical career of British rock band The Kinks on record, on film and in concert. The film draws on archive concert film of the band in performance, footage from television archives and interviews with band members including Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kinks
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: ABC Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00355C730
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,108 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By james ahlgrim on May 18, 2010
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when i saw this months ago i couldnt wait. i thought, finally on dvd, the kinks story will be told by the band. it is sort of. it would have been better if sound quality was better. come to think of it, the picture quality was very poor as well. most of the music videos were from the One for the Road dvd which you can get here in 5.1. the price was too high as well. it should be a bargain bin dvd. so dont waste your money. im hoping a better quality dvd will be released someday.
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Will the people who make these things ever learn how to do it properly? Although there are few complete performances here, the DVD is marred by the frequent and all too predictible overtalk by the punter who narrates the DVD, riuning the said performances. In addition to the annoyance of such narration, the people who do it usually don't know as much about the band in question as those viewing the DVD. Bottom line. Pass on this. If you want high quality Kinks performances, I'm certain you will be able to find plenty of "alternative" DVDs out there.Don't buy this garbage or anything like it. Send a message to video producers: "IT IS NOT ABOUT THEM OR THE NARRATOR, IT IS ABOUT THE MUSIC, STUPID!!"
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"You Really Got Screwed" is what your inner voice will tell you about 30 seconds into this dreadful mess. OK, I lied. It doesn't even take 30 seconds. It starts with a quote from "Celluloid Heroes" that reads, "Everybody is a dreamer and everybody is a star" so you know immediately that the producers were not aware that an apostrophe can be used to indicated the omission of one or more letters. The horrendous audio begins with loud screams and applause just dumped onto the track...no fade up...no music. That's just one example. The entire project looks like it was edited with a reciprocating saw and you can tell the editor has a great grasp of the subject matter when "Til the End of the Day" is credited to the album "Kintroversy" (sic) And this is the first five minutes. I couldn't watch much more.

The narration is intrusive. The content and delivery are equally insulting. I want my money back...now!

This thing is so awful it makes those cheesy E! Hollywood stories look like Edward R Murrow's "Harvest of Shame." Come to think of it, Harvest of Shame would be a great title if one were to produce a documentary about the parents of the producers of this train wreck. If I could ask one question of those responsible for "You Really Got Me" it would be: What did the Kinks ever do to you?

Now, if you're a Kinks fan with some inexplicable need to feel simultaneously sad and angry for 87 minutes, this doc should fill the bill nicely. It's just beyond comprehension that a band as vital as the Beatles or the Stones should suffer this treatment. "You Really Got Me" is so hapless, it makes you want to ignore the Kinks. And they've been ignored long enough.

Douglas James McDonough
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I hate to give less than 4 stars to anything Kinks related, but this DVD does not even begin to do the Kinks story justice. I am a die-hard Kinks fan and I couldn't even make it half way through. . . the video quality and sound quality are dreadful, and to be honest, it just seems like they pieced together various clips together with no rhyme or reason to it. If you want to watch a high quality documentary on the history of the Kinks I recommend going to iTunes and downloading The Biography Channel's fantastic Kinks documentary for $1.99!! It is cheaper and 100000000x better than this waste of money and time.
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I too also waited for this release...and was very very disappointed! Everything here has been released before as previous reviewers have stated. A lot of footage comes from "One for Road'. The audio is uneven at best and the historical info/footage jumps around and lot of stuff is used several times...I think you get the hint to stay away from this! As a life long Kink's fan I think its really about time that Ray Davies sits down and takes the time to put together a proper anthology disc!! One that is done with major input from all of the band. Thank God all of these guys are still around so that should not be a problem. The Stones put together the brilliant 25X5 twenty years ago (still not available on disc..they should update it when that is ever done). The Who have two incredible discs "The Kids Are Alright (which they re-did several years ago with lots of bonus stuff)& last years "The Amazing Journey". The Beach Boys have "Endless Summer" and of course the excellent Beatles Anthology (you can throw in Lennon's Imagine, McCartneys "WingSpan" and Harrison's "Dark Horse Years" to cover life after the Beatles. So you get the picture! C'mon Ray get it done!!
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Thank god I had the good sense to check this out from the library before buying. I can't stress enough what a waste of money this DVD would be. The production value of this is only slightly better than some of the videos I put together in high school back in the 80's. Poor video, poor audio, poor naration. Just a complete mess all around. The Kinks deserve so much better than this.
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Please save your money and find anything else on The Kinks. Horribly sequenced; Horribly Narrated. Horribly edited. Seems to be the minimum amount of proper research done. With the exception of the actual performances, pretty much the entire production is shoddy. This set is mainly comprised of clips of the One For The Road concert and a 1965 televised concert. Both of which I believe you can still purchase on their own. The Kinks deserve a proper well researched documentary including real interviews with current and former band members; rare footage and serious production value. This piece item is cheap lazy hodpodge. An insult to the band and fans. Skip it.
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