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The ultimate life story of 60's folk-pop phenomenon Donovan. A unique success story - A career, spanning more than 4 decades. A film full of anecdotes about colleagues, musical collaborators and friends. Deluxe double-DVD set contains classic 60's film and TV appearances, rare archive footage and never-before-seen material as well as 5 previously unreleased songs and all of the hits. With appearances by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Mickie Most, Rick Rubin, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Franco Zeffirelli, David Lynch and many more. 40-page booklet incl. informative liner notes and exclusive photo material Format 2x DVD-9 PAL Duration approx. 315 minutes (180 min. Doc. / 135 min. Bonus) Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0

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  • Format: PAL, DVD
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: SPV 2008
  • Run Time: 180.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E45SR6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,479 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Richardson VINE VOICE on October 7, 2008
Format: DVD
First off ...let me say that unlike the loads of "Unauthorized" documentaries on rock artists appearing on DVD by the truckload....this IS not such...its a legit life story with brilliant interviews and lots and lots of footage! I can't say enough about the absolute wonder that this is...the feature on disc one is 3 hours long! And the second disc has at least a couple hours more! If you are a fan you will be delighted..buy with absolute confidence that this is a legitimate history of Donovan supported by the man himself and he is the central character interviewed throughout!
I need to add I've finally made it through this huge wonder of goodies...wow..music videos, rare performances, recent unreleased video performances of new songs....its as though he took his entire store room of video and history of his life and crammed all the good bits onto these two DVDs..seriously hours of fun...loads of info...and a real interesting look inside the life and career of someone...who is interesting enough to warrant it!
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The first disc, the actual documentary, is very interesting and most insightful. Donovan is an amazing man with a great, loving heart. You have to respect a man who stands up and speaks, sings, lives his life so completely and honestly.
The second disc is filled with extras; videos made before we called them that, songs from concerts, interviews, short films, wow! Thanks, Donovan! I am going to get as many of Donovan's concerts as I can hunt down. Not only has he made some of the most adventerous music of the sixties and seventies, but he still is with us creating music to help us think and laugh and love. (Check out his "Sutras" album for a great example of his newer music.)
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I am going to say right off the bat, if you are not a fan of Donovan than please do not buy this set. If you are remotely interested what this set has to offer than rent it. If you want a nice and lengthy look into the career of Donovan than this is for you.

This is a 2 DVD set, the first disc is a 3 hour documentary on the life of 60's folk musician Donovan. It is an interview with the man himself in which he takes you on his "journey" through his life and history as a musician via vinatge performance clips and private films. Other interviews include his wife Linda, his arranger James Cameron, luthier Danny Ferrington and not much else. Unfortunately, some friends of Donovan are no longer with us such as Mickey Most, George Harrison, Keith Moon, Brian Jones, and Gram Parsons. Other contemporaries from the era are conspicuous from the absence, which is a shame; it would have been nice to have Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Danny Thompson, Shawn Philips or John Paul Jones talk about their involvement with Donovan. But then again maybe the blame should be laid at the director's feet. I would think in better hands the story would have been more varied with many different points of view if more of Donovan's contemporaries were interviewed. However, that does not mean it is a bad documentary either. Donovan tells his story like the story teller he is.

People have criticized about how Donovan's pontifical nature is off putting. To me he comes off like a teacher showing those who are interested in him how and what moved him artistically and musically. I have never walked away from any musical documentary and not think the subject had a big ego. You have to have a big ego and a sense of arrogance about yourself in the arts so I was not surprised about some of his posturing.
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For any Donovan fan or person interested in the reality of a rock stars life this beautifully produced DVD is the real thing. It is the classic rags to riches story with meteoric success followed by doubt and disillusion but redeemed by the love and spiritual guidance of his wife Linda.More even than the documentary of a life of pop stardom this is an historical archive which does much to redress the balance of current views of the Sixties and the importance of that time in establishing things such as Green issues that we now take for granted. Whether you are seeking the wonderful music, Sixties reverie or just a great story it is all here and much much more.
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People who hate Donovan really don't understand Donovan. He was really that guy who was a gypsie, sleeping rough, and writing songs .... who one day got a record contract and multiple television appearances which propelled him to instant fame at the right time. He freely admits he's of his era and doesn't really care to deny it. He had a 10 year run of hits and great albums and then fell out of fashion ... only to become cult. For me, a child barely of the 60s, his music was the perfect soundtrack to my own teen and young adult years (as music of the 80s and 90s barely managed to crawl out of the corporate hole.) Who denies Donovan? They are wrong and foolish.

However, I minus one star for an excessively long documentary that doesn't even get to all the albums or at least provide the audience with suitable information about their recordings.
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I was hoping to see more of Donovan's early videos, most of which you can find on line. I wanted my own copies, and that is why I bought the DVD. I did like seeing the personal/home life side of Donovan and hearing about his life in his own words.
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