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AC/DC - Family Jewels
AC/DC - Family Jewels
Actors: AC/DC, Simon Wright (IV), Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Mark Evans (IV)
Directors: Russell Mulcahy, George Young (VI), Derek Burbidge, David Mallet, Eric Dionysius
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2005     2hr 30min

It?s always been quite rare to see AC/DC - unless you go to their concerts. Television appearances, and later music videos, have always been a necessary evil to this band of nononsense rockers. Consequently, only their ear...  more »


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Actors: AC/DC, Simon Wright (IV), Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Mark Evans (IV)
Directors: Russell Mulcahy, George Young (VI), Derek Burbidge, David Mallet, Eric Dionysius
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, AC/DC
Studio: Albert/Epic Music Video/Sony BMG
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 03/29/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

From Official Website,!
BBruins3733 | 02/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

Seeing AC/DC on television has always been a rare occurance. After all, this was the band that tried to "blow up your video" during the height of MTV's late-'80's boom. Television appearances and promotional music videos have always been a necessary evil to this band of no-nonsense rockers. But when they did grace the airwaves it was like a bolt of lightning - their energy and spirit transforming a typically staged video into something magical and larger-than-life.

Here, for the first time, is the definitive history of AC/DC on video. DVD 1 starts with their breakthrough performance of "Baby Please Don't Go" on Australian television, through early promo clips, their rare turn on 70's mainstay The Midnight Special and ends with the Spanish television performance taped just ten days before singer Bon Scott's death. DVD 2 traces the classic 80's and 90's videos and includes - for the first time on DVD - the home video titles Fly On The Wall, Who Made Who and Clipped. Family Jewels is indeed a rare glimpse of this giant band on the small screen.

Tracklisting is as follows:

Baby Please Don't Go
Show Business
High Voltage
It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Dog Eat Dog
Let There Be Rock
Rock 'N' Roll Damnation
Sin City
Riff Raff
Fling Thing/ Rocker
Whole Lotta Rosie
Shot Down In Flames
Walk All Over You
Touch Too Much
If You Want Blood (You've Got It)
Girls Got Rhythm
Highway To Hel

Hells Bells
Back In Black
What Do You Do For Money Honey
Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Polluction
Let's Get It Up
For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
Flick Of The Switch
Nervous Shakedown
Fly On The Wall
Sink The Pink
Stand Up
Shake Your Foundations
Who Made Who
You Shook Me All Night Long
That's The Way I Wanna Rock N Roll
Are You Ready

Approx. running time 2 & 1/2 hours"
Resurrected the AC/DC fan in me! I also underestimated just
Bill M. | MA, USA | 09/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I remember being 8 years old in 1983, when I saw a video on Mtv that strangely frightened me. A dark stage, a screaming singer with a cap pulled down over his eyes, loud music whose structure I couldn't place, with a loud electric guitar coming from a guy in knickers who moved with as much energy as any human could move. The credits revealed that it was it AC/DC with "For Those About To Rock".

Two years later at the age of 10, "Sink the Pink" and "Danger" were in good rotation, and that's what prompted me to make one of my earliest music purchases, the "Fly on the Wall" album (I remember having to give up my allowance that week and the money in my pocket that night so that my parents would buy it for me).

So fast forward 20 years. I've long since bought every AC/DC album on either cassette or CD, in some instances both. I saw them twice in concert (1988, 1991). I had loved them, but at some point just lost interest in the band all together. Maybe I just got sick of them. Then after renting the movie "Thunderstruck", my interest was renewed, and I ran out and bought this DVD set, "Family Jewels". Well, they re-sold me! This DVD reminded me of how many damn great songs they had, and the reasons why I liked AC/DC in the first place.

Each disc is packed with 20 videos, one from the Bon Scott years and one from the Brian Johnson years. For the record, I've always lived both singers. But geez, I didn't realize just how great of a showman Bon Scott was. Sporting a wig and giant mallet in "Baby Please Don't Go", a straw hat and cane in "Show Business", bag pipes in "It's A Long Way To The Top", or even without any props, this guy was a full-fledged icon. This ain't a case of a dead rock star being remembered just because he's dead. Scott had this commanding presence and demented sneer that just screamed with carnal rock power.

The second disc brings us to the Brian Johnson years. These videos include the ones that really introduced me to AC/DC, so they have a special value to me. The live video clips from the "Back In Black" album and the "For Those About To Rock" video are here, as is "Flick Of The Switch" with the similar-looking "Nervous Shakedown". Also included are contents of the "Fly On The Wall" and "Who Made Who" home videos (which I had owned on VHS), and the videos from "Blow Up Your Video" and "Razor's Edge". People can criticze the "Fly on the Wall" concept video collection all they want, but I absolutely love it. Watching AC/DC play in a dive of a bar, with the 1-dimensional characters playing their parts (papparazzi photographer in Columbo trench coat, hack MC comic, rich couple who get the wrong drink order, etc.), just fits the music so well and is downright fun to watch.

A couple of things are notably absent from this collection. The videos for "I Put The Finger On You", "Big Gun", and "Hard as a Rock" aren't here. They proabably had more that I'm not aware of. I also remember the Mtv version of "Sink The Pink" being different than the home video version, where Angus uses his guitar to knock in the ball at the end, but that version doesn't seem to exist anywhere. (Yet to think that this video convinced me as a kid that the song was really about billards!) There are also no bonuses like audio commentaries or interview clips. And of course the "Let There Be Rock" documentary is not here, but that really deserves its own DVD release.

Still, this collection offers a generous 40 videos, many of which I've never seen. And to those fan too young to have been around in the days when Mtv actually played AC/DC videos (or any significant number of videos, for that matter), this might be their first time seeing these too. I couldn't stop my head from nodding along, in fact I just wanted to headbang in some parts! Most rock videos made after this era seemed to just be blurry scenes of guys whining in public bathrooms. AC/DC's music is just no-B.S., no pretentiousness, high energy rock n' roll, and these videos show that the band likewise knows how to have a loud, fun time.
World History 101
Tome Raider | California, United States | 09/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In 1979 I went to a "Day On The Green" at Oakland Coliseum. The day-long show was entitled "Monsters of Rock." There was a vast audience, as Bill Graham opened up the grassy area for the full-on stadium concert experience. The warm-up band was Mahogany Rush, then a little-known band named AC/DC and then Aerosmith. The headliner was Ted Nugent.

Suffice it to say, I don't remember much that happened after AC/DC. AC/DC was the most incredible event I have ever witnessed in my life. These guys came out and just blow-torched 60,000+ people with the most staggering sonic pulsations known to man. There was this weird chemistry between the crazed guitarist--who was obviously posssessed by one or more demons--and the singer, who was obviously on parole for some hideous crime spree. The guitarist, later identified as one "Angus Young," went down into the audience on the shoulders of security personnel. Mr. Young was doing a crazed guitar solo which lasted maybe ten minutes. His sweaty, pimply back was slapped by hundreds of maniacal onlookers. Mr. Young kept playing, he didn't miss a frenzied note. The singer--later identified as one Mr. Bon Scott--had his extremely tight blue jeans rip-out up to the crotch. He didn't seem concerned. He appeared older and more worldly than Mr. Young, who appeared as if he was just a mere child. At one point Young and Scott collided on stage as Young had been running about so frenetically, dangerously deranged and negligent. They both fell to the stage floor, laughing. They got up, and continued their felonius assault upon the enthralled masses. It was an amazing thing to see 60,000+ fists up in the air with every person chanting "Angus, Angus..."

The next day I checked the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle, certain to read a banner headline about this amazing development in World History. For what I had seen the day before was not a mere concert, it was a Divine Event. To my surprise, there was no headline (but there was an extremely flattering review in the entertainment section). Lest you think I exaggerate, should you spend any time in the San Francisco Bay Area, it will only be a matter of time before you meet someone (because there were so many) that was there that day, and they will tell you what I've told you. I've seen hundreds of concerts since then, and nothing has come close. I saw AC/DC a few times after this show, and they were awesome, but Bon Scott had died. There was just something totally magical about that combination of Angus and Bon, a yin-and-yang thing, that created a musical tension and synergism beyond human comprehension. This is primal-stuff here; you don't cognate it; you neurologically process it in your spine or in some primitive, low-order portion of your brain.

So, this set, "Family Jewels," what does it do to explain the inexplicable? What it does is take you back 25+ years to where these guys were at, where they came from. It answers so many questions, satisfies so many curiosities, as to who these guys were then, who they are now, what they were like before they became "famous." No, there are not any interviews here. But, you get the far more fundamental and important information: What did they sound like and look like in smaller venues before they were anything bigger than a garage band? Answer: they sounded fierce and deadly, sinister and deranged. But they have never taken themselves seriously. Just the video clip of "Let There Be Rock" is worth the cost of this entire set (Bon is dressed up as a preacher; it's hilarious; it's perfect).

With Bon's death, there was an enormous gap to be filled. No one on Earth could have done it better than Brian Johnson. Whatever praise people sing about the legendary persona of Bon Scott, I have never heard anyone intend it as criticism of Johnson. To him, an enormous debt is owed. He has made an amazing contribution to the legacy of this band.

The footage in these two discs is quite simply priceless. I personally consider it some of the best music in the world, and in saying that I am making every effort to avoid exaggeration or hyperbole. But it is simply true: these guys are great; they are historical figures; the only debate would be whether they are on the "Top Five Best Bands of All Time" or Top Ten. For me, they are on the Top Three, if not The Top. Watch these discs and you'll see why.

How much would I pay for these discs if they were bootlegs? Hundreds? Thousands? Answer: as much as I could beg, borrow, steal."
A definitive view of a great rock band
MOONDOG | FLORIDA | 03/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I buy a lot of dvd's from a lot of rock bands,and I do admit that I have every VHS and dvd of AC/DC that is out there. I even have a copy of Dave Evans singing "Can I Sit Next To You Girl" on VHS with the band. He was the infamous first singer before Bon Scott. No it does not have every song from the band, but what it does have is the best overview of any band I have ever seen on dvd. DVD One has everything you could want to hear from Bon Scott. It's full of energy. It also shows you how this band matured from their early days in 1975 all the way to Bon's death only 10 days before. DVD Two shows how this band remained popular even after Bon's tragedy with a sound which can only be AC/DC. Brian Johnson was awesome when he started with this band and my mouth just dropped open during the songs from "The Flick of the Switch" album. It also shows unfortunetly how this band did succumb to the video age by the mid-80's with their concept video "Fly on the Wall." But what would this dvd be without showing all the clips which AC/DC made? Even that video has an entertaining value. Also the video's from "Who Made Who"and "Clipped are in this package. From beginning to end is how I watched it. And I found it to be a blast to watch. I did wish "The Jack" was on it, but this dvd did more than what any fan could ask for by presenting forty songs at a cheap price.

Don't worry fans about whether or not the movie "Let There Be Rock" will be out on dvd. It's just a hunch, but you just need to be patient. Not one clip showed a scene from that movie. Which gives me an inclination that it can only be coming around the corner. The song "Walk All Over You" from the movie would of made sense to put in this package, but I have a hunch we will see that song along with the whole perfomance they did in Paris on dvd.

Overall this dvd is a must buy not only for die-hard fans, but for any one with an interest in AC/DC. Unlike the box set "Bonfire," a fan with an interest will not be scared by the pricetag. They'll end up buying this dvd and might possibly end up becoming a bigger fan. Especially when they see Bon Scott singing. Sayanora for now and "FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK WE SALUTE YOU!""