Sensation: The Story of the Who's Tommy [Blu-ray]
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Every living person connected with the project is interviewed here, from really lengthy, insightful comments by Pete Townshend, who concieved of the idea and wrote nearly all the songs and Roger Daltrey (the lead singer who admits to life being harder after "Tommy " was released and the Who started playing 120,000 seat stadiums). Archival interviews from the late John Entwhisle are here as well. The artist who designed the Lp jacket, the sound engineer and the group's manager during this period are here also. There comments from Townshend's biographer, critic Anthony Decurtis (who seems to be interviewed in nearly every rock doc I've seen) and Jann Wenner, the cocky founder of Rolling Stone. And there are clips from many performances of the opera. It was truly - as the film's title says - a "sensation".
The bonus material consists of eight songs from "Tommy" as well interview segments from a 1969 episode of the German TV pop/rock show "Beat Club". It's in black and white and BC always used weird video effects to give things a "psychedelic" touch. Still, a nice bonus.
The images and sound on the BD are great. The BC material probably looks just as great on the DVD version.
As I said above, this is something all Who fans will want to see and own.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
It is an enjoyable show throughout and well paced. Pete's an extraordinary man and his vision of Tommy is well told here.
The bonus footage is a TV special the Who did in Germany in 1969 highlighting the best songs from Tommy like a long music clip in B&W unfortunately. It would be far better in colour.
Overall a worthy DVD if you love the Who.
This 'anniversary' DVD document does provide some keen insight into the making of 'Tommy', much of which we Who fans have heard before. The interviews with Roger Daltrey & Pete Townsend are informative enough, culled both from current interviews to file footage, particularly from the two deceased members of the band, John Entwistle & Keith Moon. However, what is lacking is the nuts & bolts of the recording of the album. Yes, Kit Lambert gives his insight as to his input into the original recording, as he was one of the original producers of the piece. Still, for real 'Tommy' fans & historians, there's seems to be more to the making of the opera, particularly as the many demos reveal just what a patchwork of previous musical passages were resurrected from Townsend's earlier recordings as well as what additional songs were omitted from the final song list.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film gives an account of how Tommy came to be. Many of the interviews are done with Townshend and Daltrey in recent years. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Roy Brown
Great addition to my dvd collection! Thanks much for its prompt shipping!!Published 18 months ago by martrobber
Love The Who, loved this DVD. Not a lot of new information but stil a must have for Who fans.Published 22 months ago by Emary
Tommy has been dissected ad nauseaum and any real rock fan will find this fantastic documentary a lot of rehash - nothing revelatory or new here. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by Jim Stalker
I have the Multi channel super audio CD of 'Tommy' and this series always expands on the making of an album and in my opinion they did and excellent job of presenting it!Published on May 28, 2014 by Alloveramp
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