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Rock Review: Thin Lizzy - A Critical Retrospective
Rock Review Thin Lizzy - A Critical Retrospective
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2005     1hr 29min

Drawing on rare US archive footage of Thin Lizzy in performance, previously unreleased on DVD, this is the powerful retrospective critical review of the music of a legendary band. Featured here are rare performances and ar...  more »


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Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, DTS
Studio: Classic Rock Legends
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 07/05/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Import
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Movie Reviews

The boys deserve MUCH better
Sammy B | Austin TX USA | 11/22/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I can forgive a lot when it comes to any documentary about Lizzy, but this one ends up making any true fan wince. The interviews with Eric Bell are the best part, and the very, very brief clips from interviews with Phil and (separately) his Mom are worth seeing. The host is abysmal, the "critical" interviews are OK, but the truly unforgivable component of this program is that fully HALF the songs (maybe more, I haven't suffered through this a second time to tally) are NOT PERFORMED BY THIN LIZZY! Blurry shots of tribute band Limehouse Lizzy performing *extremely lame* versions of some of Lizzy's best (e.g., "The Rocker") pop up with increasing regularity as the documentary progresses, but the music is presented as if it were the original version under discussion. It's fingernails on the chalkboard time for yours truly, and it was very hard to make it to the end when I realized this was going to be standard practice. Don't waste your money on this -- wait for GREATEST HITS DVD to hit the USA, or pull out your old VHS of DEDICATION. If you love the music of Thin Lizzy as much as I do, this documentary will come across like a wet slap in the face with a cold fish."
Waiting for an Alibi, Tommy
M. Weber | USA | 10/29/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"First off...Tommy Vance is a "hack" documentarian. The historical footage is sparse, most live material being taken from one or two shows. Some of the live material is recreated using a psuedo-psyche posterising effect. Very cheesy! The real crime: Most of the interviews are with subordinate characters. NO interviews with Scott, either Brian, Gary, Snowy, etc, etc. Were they all unavailable? The VH-1 "Behind the Music" from a few years ago was much better. One saving grace is the interview material with Eric Bell."
J-Dogg | WI/IL, United States | 02/07/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Not at all what I was expecting. Does not do the band or the fans justice. The "coverband" audio tracks of some of Thin Lizzy's better known songs is pathetic. Not an outright abomination, but doesn't even come close to representing the band and what they were about live and in the studio. No interview or insight from Gorham, Downey, Robbo, White, Wharton, or Moore. More or less a waste of my hard earned money. Try again!"
Still Waiting
JP | Macon, GA | 10/05/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This IS better that the HORRIBLE "Boys are back in town" (whose sole redeeming feature is Gary Moore's participation). But being a HUGE Lizzy fan (seen them 3 times beginning in 1977) I'm still waiting on the DVD releases of Live and Dangerous (and please...the whole thing NOT the castrated version released on VHS) and Dedication, to say nothing of the Rock Masters show. Until then I will not be happy. In fact I could make a list of 30-40 magnificent VHSs that are not yet on DVD."