Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
"Who's Better,Who's Best": Original 73 minute version
Philip A.Cohen | Bay Harbor Islands, Florida United States | 02/22/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What you get on this Brazilian import is the 1988 compilation of videos & concert clips titled "Who's Better, Who's Best", specifically the expanded 20 song, 73 minute version previously exclusive to the U.S.A. & UK release on the now-defunct Laserdisc format.
There have been numerous releases and edits of this program, starting with the original 1988 15-song VHS release and the 20-song Laserdisc version. In 2008, a DVD version with an altered track line-up(Three Kenney Jones-era songs added, three & a half Keith Moon-era songs dropped) appeared. The revised UK/U.S.A. DVD drops "Baba O'Reily","Relay" & "5:15" and abruptly cuts off "I Can See For Miles" at the halfway point. The clip of "I Can See For Miles" was a composite of an appearance on "the Smothers Brothers Show" plus some off-stage footage of the group clowning around in the country. This composite was created for(but not used in) the film "The Kids are Alright". When Universal Music assembled the 2008 DVD, legal issues had developed over the use of the off-stage footage, so on the 2008 DVD, rather than give us the entire song from the Smothers Brothers footage, "I Can See For Miles" cuts off at the halfway point. The BBC wouldn't permit the use of "Relay" on the DVD because they're already offering the performance on a various artists "Old Grey Whistle Test" DVD, and "Baba O'Reilly" was dropped because the owners of the video rights to the film "The Kids Are Alright" limited Universal Music to using only one song from Shepperton 1978 in the DVD(to avoid harming sales on the remastered DVD of "The Kids Are Alright"), and other permission issues stopped the inclusion of "5:15".
This DVD gives you an exact presentation of the 20-song 1988 Laserdisc version of "Who's Better, Who's Best", but that is not an entirely good thing, because it gives you the program verbatim, with the speed issues which cause "Baba O'Reilly","Won't Get Fooled Again", "Happy Jack" & "You Better, You Bet" to run markedly faster than the correct speed(the off-speed presentation of the Shepperton 1978 performances of "Baba O' Reilly" & "Won't Get Fooled Again" wouldn't be corrected unrtil the release of the remastered "The Kids Are Alright" DVD in 2003).
All the DVD's of this program are compromised in some way. Maybe some day, Universal Music will line up all of the permissions, and give us a definitive DVD with all the songs from the 1988 & 2008 version, and with all the speed issues corrected, but until then, this Brazilian import seems the best option.
You can't fault the picture quality on this Brazilian DVD. Given the reality of Brazilian DVD releases of many British & American rock music video programs, I was expecting a poor quality unauthorized pirate release, or at best a copy from the 1988 Laserdisc, but that is not the case. The company releasing this disc got a professional quality tape copy. It's too good to be dubbed from the Laserdisc, and so the DVD is apparently legitimate.
If you owned the 1988 VHS version or(especially) the 1988 20-song Laserdisc edition, and you're looking for a DVD to replace your old VHS or Laserdisc, then look no further:This is it."