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|Good To See You Again Alice Cooper - Live 1973 - Billion Dollar Babies Tour|
Actors: Alice Cooper, Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce, Neal Smith, Glen Buxton
Director: Joe Gannon
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
And now, America's own Billion Dollar Babies ... the legendary ALICE COOPER! The original Rock ?n? Roll Spectacle. The groundbreaking tour. The five original members of the Alice Cooper group captured live. The 1973 Billi... more »
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After all these years, it really is good to see this again!
scotbot | the Negative Zone | 09/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If Charles Manson killed the hippie's "Summer Of Love", Alice Cooper mocked and humped the corpse. There could have been no better time for Alice Cooper to appear than in the early 70s. I was just a child at the time, standing around shadowy corners of the schoolyard where second hand stories of Alice's gory live act were whispered and traded like gruesome little folklore tales. Our parents tried to protect us, but we would spend amazing amounts of effort sneaking albums and 8-track tapes of Alice around, secretly listening to the forbidden musical gems. Anybody who saw the band live at this time must have sensed that they were witness to a historical moment in time... a moment that represented American pop-culture's bogus innocence being deflowered. These lovely blood spattered memories are now ours to cherish forever with the DVD release of "Good to See You Again Alice Cooper", available for the first time ever on home video.
Two nights of Alice Cooper's notorious 1973 Billion Dollar Babies tour (April 28th in Dallas and April 29th in Houston) were filmed to create this rare 1974 midnight matinee film, and it's a great testament to the riotous live act that made the Alice Cooper Group a threat to concerned parents everywhere. This DVD contains the original cut of the film which includes the band starring in charming little skits scattered amongst the astonishing live footage (The more common version of the film shown in theaters included old film and newsreel footage instead of the skits). A highly amusing moment among these skits features the band playing "The Lady Is a Tramp". Shout! Factory lovingly provides this release with a new high-definition film transfer along with a new Surround Sound mix created from the 16-track master tapes.
What uncomfortable items will Alice shove down his pants? What celebrity will be pummeled to a pulp by the band? Will the snake get out of control? Where will all the blood and spittle drip to? Will security be able to hold Alice back from attacking and brawling with audience members? Will Alice lose his head? The answers to these questions and more are available in "Good to See You Again Alice Cooper - The film that out-grosses them all"."
tws | Michigan | 11/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great to see some vintage early Alice on DVD!!! There are 4 Hidden Easter Eggs total. Here is how to open them Song Selections/"Animal Road"- Left Click 2. Song Selections/"Sick Things"- Right Click 3. Bonus Features/Deleted Scene- Left Click 4.Audio Setup/Alice Cooper Commentary- Right Click I Highly Recommend this DVD!!!"
'Good To See You Again,Alice Cooper - Live 1973 - Billion Do
Mike Reed | USA | 07/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"So happy to see this film has FINALLY been put out as a legit release.I remember umteen years ago,I think I paid big buck$ for a so-so quality VHS video tape copy of 'Good To See...'.I was one of those true Cooper fans that simply couldn't wait ANY longer to land down a copy of this movie.Saw it in a theater when it first came out in summer,1974.Highly appreciate this DVD's 'Watch Concert Only' option,although those old B&W snippets of vintage movies are fun to check out WHEN you have time.Tracks that this fan will have edged in the back of his mind for a long time to come are "Hello Hooray","Billion Dollar Babies","Elected",the exclusive(hadn't been played out on tour since)"My Stars","Dead Babies","I Love The Dead" and "School's Out".Also sort of dug the DVD's opening scene where Alice and band mock the torch song "Lady Is A Tramp".Thirty-three years ago,when this tour took place,the entertainment world was in fact shocked by the show's antics of a scroungy-looking rock star sticking a baby doll at the tip of a sword,humping a store mannequin,necrophila and a beheading.This WAS excitement(and still is)for those who seek it.The extras are nice to have as well.It's amazing to think JUST how much the world has changed since the notorious 'Billion Dollar Babies' trek had infested the American youth.Prime Shock Rock here JUST waiting to be fully experienced.An absolute MUST-HAVE."
Great commentary from the master himself finally makes this
Richard Howard | Sydney, Australia | 04/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It has taken over 30 years for this movie, in its original version, to finally be officially released! and what a special gem this is, but...
WARNING - i must suggest that ANY new viewer of this movie should firstly watch this movie WITH Alice Cooper's commentary, otherwise you most likely will not fully enjoy it, may even hate it and may never give it another chance which would actually be a pity. why?...
firstly... hard-core Alice fans, who have endured many years of watching average quality versions of the 2nd version of this movie (which saw limited theatrical release in 1974 and had most of the 'comedy' story parts replaced by Alice press conference footage and clips from old Hollywood movies - overall, aside from the live footage, not a very enjoyable viewing experience) and dire quality versions of this original version, will certainly marvel at the quality of this release... and everyone else may complain about the at-times sketchy print, dull picture, or crackly sound. it's sharp and completely watchable, but be prepared for imperfections - this release is from movie prints that have sat unplayed and decaying in some vault for over 30 years! it may as well be antique...
secondly... the live footage, though too darkly filmed, is superb and effectively captures the meyhem of the Billion Dollar Babies show and Alice Cooper's character as a drunken socialist punk of the times. but the movie as a whole - with a 'comical' story line, weaved between the concert footage, of a mentally-deranged German film director (Herr Director) out to seek revenge on the 'Cooper gang' for trashing his film set and walking out on him leaving all hopes of him making a brilliant ground-breaking movie to trash - just doesn't work. it's not that funny, badly directed, badly edited (due to hardly any editing done so the story parts go for way too long), and for some can be rather painful viewing...
HOWEVER... what makes this movie an enjoyable watch is watching it with Alice Cooper commentating through it. he laughs at the absurdity of it (even the bad acting), points out the meanings of the scenes, the inside jokes, the cliches, the 'art' of his live act, is startled himself by the onstage grossness, and most interestingly, talks about the band members and characters including what 'Alice Cooper' meant in America at the time (completely different to Cooper's present onstage character). he managed to turn what seems like a tragic attempt of film-making (which it is) into a deep, dark, and crazy package capturing the essence of a truly decedant time for the band!...
Alice Cooper himself gives you the sense that this movie was made for the band's own pleasure - the band and friends making it 'got it', but no one else did - but now we get to be on the inside and can finally have the chance to understand it and laugh with it, and better understand Alice Cooper too...
2 stars for the story parts...
4 stars for the concert footage...
5 stars for Alice Cooper's commentary...
and 4 stars for the many extras which includes a 'Play Concert Only' option, outtakes and deleted scenes, excerpts of Alice Cooper's charming press conference interview, and the uncensored live version of Unfinished Sweet featuring the omitted footage of the frisky onstage shenanigans!
4 STARS ALL-UP! Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper (get it?)