Runtime: 2 hours, 0 minutes
Director: Paul Crowder, Murray Lerner, Parris Patton
Starring: Roger Daltrey,Pete Townshend,John Entwistle
Genres: Music, Documentary
Studio: Universal Pictures
MPAA rating: NR (Not Rated)
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See legendary rock band The Who like never before through interviews with band members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, plus rare concert footage from their forty-year rise to fame.
Amazing rock doc
Just saw Amazing Journey at the Toronto International Film Festival. Imust admit that this was not a first pick as I was looking forsomething different for my closing day film.
Amazing Journey will be an orgasmic experience for Who devotees. Theband went through several tragedies, including the deaths of Keith Moonand John Entwhistle. There were many violent fights between RogerDaltrey and Pete Townsend. Daltrey might have been the pretty boyfrontman but Townsend was the artist, one who was deeply insecure aboutnever being able to surpass the artistic merits of either Tommy orQuadrophenia.
In the end, what emerges is a portrait of young men who let musicpermeate their lives. It’s really about one’s passion towards one’scraft. Yes, there are lots of indulgences along the way: expensivetoys, women, sycophants, and drugs. But as we see with the maturing ofthe Daltrey and Townsend friendship, the journey is a tough butessential part of aging gracefully into the elder statesmen of rock.
The loss of Entwhistle was devastating for both men who already carriedmuch guilt over the death of Keith Moon. They just didn’t see the signsof Entwhistle’s flirtations with drugs. He dies on the eve of a reuniontour and they go on because it’s important to keep the memory alive.
It is great to know that such a testimony to this band is available.What a shame it would be for younger generations to only know them asthe band that made theme songs for the CSI franchise.
The question is ‘who’? The answer is here
Let’s be honest, like always (yeah right): I love the Who but I haveyet to visit a lot of their stuff. Right now I’m listening to the Who alot, the list of recent reproductions in my iTunes is basically of theWho, Tom Waits (can’t wait to find a copy of the film Big Time), Kingsof Leon (probably my favourite "modern" band, I’m listening a lot totheir first two albums, also I love the third one and some songs of thelatest one, and ready for their show in Mexico City in October!),Creedence Clearwater Revival (last week I got the new edition ofWoodstock on Blu-Ray and I’m loving the 3 songs of CCR. Wish we hadmore CCR but still are awesome the bonus performances of them, of theWho, Canned Heat, Johnny Winter, Santana, etc.) and Isaac Hayes’ (fromthe soundtrack of Shaft mostly) songs.
So I came across with the R4 DVD of this documentary, Amazing Journey:The Story of The Who, and I’m so glad I decided to get it. Frankly, Iknow much more about the Who after seeing it, one of the other twoprolific authors here in the IMDb page of Amazing Journey remarks thathe didn’t learn anything new, I saw part of the documentary with myuncle and he pretty much knew everything but he agreed with me thatthis is extremely well-done.
Pretty much when the runtime marks 30 minutes is when "I Can’t Explain"appears. At one point, just before we can hear "I Can’t Explain" RogerDaltrey says this: "I got to admit that I felt that we were special Iremember one thing that we were very much aware of was that we werestill copying another people’s songs". And it’s just great when theWho’s first release starts, but what was going on before? Well, thefirst ones that began playing together were Pete Townshend and JohnEntwistle and later on John met the bully Roger you know. Certainlyit’s awesome the chapter "Who the f*** are you?" that begins with Rogerrecalling when a ginger Beach Boys fan came and said to him with allthe arrogance in the world something like "I heard you are looking fora drummer, well I’m much better than the one you got". A Who fan andoriginal mod recalls how the Who came out as the High Numbers and howthe drummer was absolutely mental! (just awesome that footage of theHigh Numbers at the Railway Hotel from 1964, there are bits in the filmbut the full 7 or so minutes of the only left footage of theuncompleted film by Stamp and Lambert are on the second disc).
Apart of having interviews with Roger, Pete, Who managers, familiars,etc. we have musicians, fans better said: Eddie Vedder, Sting, NoelGallagher, the Edge. I love when the Edge picks up his acoustic guitarand plays "My Generation" ("when you’re a kid and you pick up theguitar for the first time you just want to make that sound"). And wellthe different periods in the story of the Who, the tension between 1966and 1967 (Monterey, going before Hendrix), LSD with Pete into MaherBaba (legendary American TV appearance, explosives!), 1968 with achange in the industry, Tommy (glorious years, balance, good marriage,I am you and what I see is me), that intro of the most successful Whoalbum, Quadrophenia (fight between Roger and Pete), Keith ("can anybodyplay the drums?"), no more concerts and the awesome "Who Are You" afterthe return of Keith to England (Keith died weeks after Who Are You wasreleased). Is just fantastic the "Won’t Get Fooled Again" part from theConcert for the New York City, "just celebrating the old music". Andsadly John passed away in 2002, he died like many musicians would liketo and I just love what happened with Roger and Pete after their friendpassed away. The Who is for sure one of the great bands of all-time andI simply loved this documentary 10 out of 10
PS: I haven’t seen yet the Tommy film. In the documentary is totallybashed by Noel Gallagher and Steve Jones yet Pete loves it.
amazing is right!
I’m a huge fan of the who for only being 15. i stayed up until 3 oclock in the morning yesterday just to watch this film because i wantedto see it so bad. by the end of the film i was very pleased and i lovedit! it was definitely worth staying up for and was not, i repeat, wasnot a movie just for the die hard fans as some would say. you don’thave to like the who, know anything about music, or even have been bornin that era to know that this movie was an absolute work of art.amazing journey was exciting, happy, and it was sad. but i guess thatsthe who’s journey and it was true. i loved the way their story was toldby the surviving members (pete and roger) along with some others. theytold their story how it happened to them and how they remembered it.there were good times and there were bad times, but either way, thedirectors did an excellent job in helping to tell this amazing tale ofthe who’s journey…..hats off.
Just say this at TIFF
WOW!!! Just saw a screening of the film at the Toronto InternationalFilm Festival. It was a great documentary. The directors and producerswere on hand to answer questions.
The film follows the careers and lives of the members of The Who fromthe start of there musical careers till death or present day.
The directors and producers commented that they did not include much ofthe same footage as the Kids Are Alright because they wanted adifferent film not just an update of the other. They filtered throughthousands of clips of footage and fixed up a large majority of it to beused in the film. Also an intense search for footage was done throughan online website were fans could submit any bootlegged films they had.
An interesting side note, a section of the 2nd bonus disc to bereleased has a never before seen concert of The Who when they were theHigh Numbers. I grandson of a film maker found a canister of film athis grandfathers chalet and recognized the band playing in the film asan early performance by The Who. That is just amazing that this kind offootage is out there.
Overall it was truly and "Amazing Journey."
An amazing journey indeed!
After the flood of Who-DVDs we’ve seen lately and the fact that "TheKids Are Alright" is a pretty definite document not only on the storyof The Who but on Rock ‘N’ Roll as a whole, I was more than skepticalwhether this new documentary on Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, JohnEntwistle and Keith Moon was really necessary. Well, I’m a fan so Ipicked the DVD up anyway and having just watched it I’m more than gladthat I did.
I didn’t learn anything completely new, but the "Amazing Journey" ofThe Who is so entertaining and peppered with such a great number offantastic songs that it’s just a real joy to watch it all being toldonce again. Besides, previous Who-films like "The Kids Are Alright" or"30 Years Of Maximum R&B" didn’t really contain that many facts, butconcentrated more on live performances. "Amazing Journey" takes adifferent approach and features lots of statements by the band, theirproducers, managers and folks who accompanied them along the way, aswell as a few fans (Eddie Vedder, Noel Gallagher, Sting, The Edge,Steve Jones). The movie also features lots of amazing and previouslyunseen footage of live appearances, recording sessions and historicinterviews. At 120 minutes running time the makers did a fine jobtouching most of the cornerstones in the band’s career – just whydidn’t "Live At Leeds" get a mention? – while still keeping the pacingtight.
Yep, this is definitely recommendable for any The Who fan, even thosewho already have like 20 DVDs by that band on the shelf. "AmazingJourney" definitely inspires to dig them all up again and remember whyPete Townshend and the other three loons were one of the greatest bandsthat ever existed.
The Kids Are (still) Alright
For anyone who was (or still is)an ardent Who fan,this is a "must see"documentary. It attempts to tell the tale of all four central membersof The Who, from square one, incorporating interviews from not justsurviving members of the band (Pete Townsend & Roger Daltry),but alsothe likes of The Edge (U2),Noel Gallagher (Oasis),Pete Townsend’sbrother,Simon Townsend,Shel Talmy (the Who’s original manager),and ahost of others. Ultra rare early film clips of the band are plentifulhere (including a clip of The Who’s Coca Cola advert from 1966,as wellas footage of The High Numbers—an early version of The Who,from 1963or 1964). The film also includes video footage of a recording sessionof the surviving members of The Who recording some new material,that isaugmented with the likes of Greg Lake (from King Crimson & Emerson,Lake& Palmer),Zak Starkey (son of Ringo Starr),and John "Rabbit" Bundrick(from the early 1970’s band,Free),that was filmed by D.A. Pennebaker &company (that originally filmed The Who at the Monterey Pop Festival in1967,for his film ‘Monterey Pop’). If you enjoyed ‘The Kids AreAlright’ as much as I did, you owe it to yourself to seek this one out.Available in two versions: the (nearly)four hour version (available onDVD),as well as a 90 minute cut version that briefly ran in cinemas.Not rated,but contains pervasive strong language.