The Kids Are Alright this April
Sanctuary Visual Entertainment has announced the UK Region 0 DVD release of the quintessential 'Who' film, The Kids Are Alright, for 26th April 2004 with a retail price of £19.99. Originally released theatrically in 1979 and directed by Jeff Stein, The Kids Are Alright rockumentary showcases The Who in all their electric, destructive and extremely loud glory. Digitally refined and restored to the original 109-minute version for 2004, it's a dazzling visual diary of legendary TV and concert performances, which typifies the guitar-smashing reputation of The Who. Certain to exhilarate Who fans, the film has been re-mixed to Dolby Digital 5.1 and dts - with the band's full approval and co-operation.
The film opens with the band's famed 1967 American TV debut on The Smothers Brothers Show and continues through Monterey Pop, Woodstock and on into the 1970s. Twenty-two classic Who tunes are featured, including the title track The Kids Are Alright and special versions of My Generation, Magic Bus, Happy Jack, and Long Live Rock. Other tracks were re-mixed using the best existing sources to ensure that the DVD presents The Who's music at maximum fidelity. These new re-mixes were specially engineered in London by long-time Who associates Jon Astley and Andy McPherson. However, special attention must be paid to the remastered 5.1 (dts and Dolby Digital) versions of Won't Get Fooled Again and Baba O'Riley, both shot especially for the movie and reborn in this digital presentation. Incidentally they represent Keith Moon's last performance with the band, shot shortly before his untimely death in September '78.
This Special Edition 2-disc DVD includes the bonus disc Won't Get Filmed Again. Clocking in at around two and a half hours of rare material, this disc contains brand new interviews with key participants Roger Daltrey (Behind Blue Eyes) and director Jeff Stein (See My Way), a virtual tour of London, trivia games and a multi-angle performance segment. All the titles of the segments are playfully drawn from Who song titles. Most of disc 2's supplementary material is dedicated to detailing what went into the restoration of this project, from both a philosophical standpoint as well as a technical one, making it fascinating for movie fans as well as fans of The Who.
John Albarian (Producer) and Jeff Stein (Director) expertly break down the complex research and restoration process undertaken, shedding a whole new light on the electric performances enjoyed on disc-1. Almost two years were spent salvaging footage and meticulously 'cleaning-up' existing audio and visuals, but with heightened consumer interest in classic rock DVDs, the timing couldn't be better for the Special Edition 2-disc release of The Kids Are Alright.
Packaging & Booklet
The 2-Disc Special Edition DVD comes complete with a 32-page collectible booklet featuring a new in-depth introduction by director Jeff Stein and new notes by leading 'Who-ologist' - Brian Cady. Included are numerous photographs of the band, including many previously unpublished images. The cover and booklet design is by Richard Evans - who created the artwork for the original film soundtrack album. The cover features the iconic 1968 image of The Who sleeping under the British flag atop Grant's Tomb. (The group had been expelled from its New York hotel the previous night after one of Keith Moon's destruction spree's and allegedly fell sleep during the photo-session!)
- NTSC, PCM, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround & DTS
- DISC1: 1 hour and 49 minutes
- DISC2: 2 hours and 30 minutes
- Main Feature - Movie
- The Kids Are Alright - Rockumentary
- Commentary with Director Jeff Stein
- Track by track liner notes
- Main Feature - Won't Get Filmed Again
- Miracle Cure: Restoring The Film For DVD
- Getting In Tune: Audio Showdown
- Trick Of The Light: Picture Showdown
- The Ox: An Isolated Track Of John's Bass Feed
- The Who's London: Tour Of Important Who Places in London
- Behind Blue Eyes: Q&A With Roger Daltrey
- Anytime You Want Me: Multiple Camera Angles
- Pure & Easy: A Warm Up For The Casual Fan
- Its Hard: 21 Correct Answers Wins The Prize
- See My Way: Q&A With Jeff Stein