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Moody Blues: Classic Artists
Moody Blues Classic Artists
Actor: Graeme Edge
Director: Jon Brewer
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
NR     2007     2hr 33min

Members of The Moody Blues, classic rock legends and others tell the remarkable story of the band from the swinging '60s to the present day in this definitive DVD documentary.Their story is one of magic and musical mastery...  more »

     
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Actor: Graeme Edge
Director: Jon Brewer
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 04/24/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 2hr 33min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Must Have For Moody Blues Fans
Pam | Fairborn, OH USA | 03/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have the British inport DVD which has already been released. The DVD has interviews with Founding Members Mike Pinder, Denny Laine (later with Paul McCartney and Wings) and Graeme Edge (who is still with the band). Also current members Justin Hayward and John Lodge who both joined the band in the mid 60's. Many other interviews as well. Lots of rare vintage video. Traces history to the present.

Minor Disappointments: Unfortunately Ray Thomas who retired in 2003 is only shown in previously available interviews and Patrick Moraz chose not to participate. The last portion of the video would have been better if long time backing musicians Paul Bliss and Gordon Marshall would have been interviewed instead of the recently added Flautist Norda.

All and all it is the ultimate recorded history of the band.
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Dropped the Ball
Kenneth Anselmi | Pearl River, NY USA | 05/01/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This video consists mostly of contemporary interviews of band members and friends. There is not one complete preformance on the dvd. There is hardly any archive footage. They fly through the classic 7 period of 1967 to 1972 with barely a mention of each album. Besides "Days of Future Past" they hardly talk about the music and songs from the other 6 albums. The bonus dvd features 6 complete videos. Not one of them is from 1967 to 1972. This documentary seems like it was put together without trying to get rights to archive footage. A few seconds of the 1970 "Isle of Wight" preformance here. 20 seconds of a promo film of "Legend of a Mind" there. Weren't these guys ever interviewed in the '60's and early '70's? If they were no footage is shown. How can you have a 153 minute film with NO complete preformances? Save your money and rent this."
A great documentary of a legenday band.
Dean Wisland | Vernon Hills, Illinois USA | 04/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary traces the history of The Moody Blues from their begining to the present day. It has interviews with current members Justin Hayward, John Lodge, and Grahame Edge. Former members Mike Pinder and Denny Laine (later of Paul McCartney Wings)also are interviewed. People who had a hand in their history, Eric Burdon, Marty Wilde, Tony Clarke, etc, also are featured. It begins with the bands orgins in Birmingham England, thru their breakthrough Album, Days of Future passed, through their late sixites and early seventies success, their mid seventies break, their comeback in the eighties, their famous Red Rocks show, and their work in recent years. Disc 2 features extended interviews, and six Moody Blues videos which are Go Now, Steppin in a Slide Zone, No more lies, Your wildest dreams, I know youre out there somewhere, and their comeback party in 1978. This set is a must for Moody Blues fans young and old.
After watching this, you might ask: WHY ARENT THE MOODY BLUES IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME??!!??"
This one's a must see.
Richard B. Schwartz | Columbia, Missouri USA | 06/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There is no official 'biography' of the band, but there are many filmed bits and pieces floating around that are familiar to Moody fandom. This dvd, however, brings together a plethora of fresh material that not only provides a rich sense of the band's history and the sources of its success, but also answers questions concerning the departures from the band of Denny Laine, Mike Pinder, and Ray Thomas. It is exceptionally candid. Things are said that one does not expect to hear said in a day of rabid, unending litigation. There are some omissions--no interviews with Gordon Marshall or Paul Bliss (nor from Patrick Moraz, though no one would expect him to make himself available) and the odd overlooking of the Keys to the Kingdom album and some other later work. It is especially nice to see the members of the band in their native habitats--Justin in Monaco, Graeme in Florida, etc.

The focus is exclusively on the music; there is nothing, e.g., on John's love of golf and Rhone wines or on any of the band's philanthropic work. There is also next to nothing on their families, except for some asides on key divorces. The subsidiary material on the second disc (fulsome video of the garden party launch for Octave, e.g.) is also worthwhile. This dvd does not tell you everything but it tells you much more than you might expect and the production values are very high. Moody fans will also recognize some of their number in the audience and actually hear a few of them interviewed.

Highly recommended; don't miss it."