This is the long awaited critical review of Marc Bolan and T-Rex from the heady days of Ride A White Swan to major success in the United States with Get It On. Drawing on extensive rare archive footage of T-Rex, much of it... more » never before released on DVD, we discover the power of T-Rex on stage from surviving footage of amazing concert performances. In the company of a leading team of critics, former T-Rex members and the legendary B.P. Fallon, the original purple browed beep, this a rare opportunity to experience once again the greatness of the work of Marc Bolan and discover the brilliance of T-Rex in full song.« less
"I really don't know who this product should be aimed at, if you're a new fan and you have never seen footage of Marc then yes this is for you but there are better products and compilations out there mainly on video which could be picked up off ebay or the Marc Bolan fan club. For a long time fan I thought this was poorly put together 1. The whole package could have been put on one disc instead of the two 2. No full songs just snippets 3. A lot of the footage didn't even match the songs that were being portrayed 4. Critics and reviewers who meant nothing to me and whose comments meant even less 5. The footage shown you have seen so many times.
If you're a fan then its just something for your collection, you'll watch it once and just file it away, basically its unoriginal, just another cash in and its put together like a child's scrap book.
I bought this with Born to boogie, go for that its fabulous and with Rolan getting involved in the T.Rex name perhaps he can be persuaded to get more credible performances such as Top of the pops etc on to DVD"
Aaron L. Pincus | State College, PA | 06/29/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Uggghhh! This is a very disappointing collection of self-serving personal opinions by british music critics, interspersed with modestly interesting snippets of lip-synched T-Rex TV appearances from 1970 to 1973. Other than the mundane and utterly familiar chronological information, the rest is pretty much a waste of time. As a long-time fan, I learned nothing and didn't enjoy much of it. Who cares if those interviewed thought Bolan had put on a little weight by 1973? The years covered are limited and the dvd ends with a pompous proclamation by one critic that "after the release of "The Groover" single, I said no more, that's it for T-Rex." If the unfamiliar rely on this dvd as an introduction, they would get the false impression that 1973 really was the end. While 1974 and 1975 were darker days for Marc Bolan with the release of the transitional "Zinc Alloy" and the rather disappointing "Bolan's Zip-Gun", the revamped T-Rex responsible for the final albums "Futuristic Dragon" and "Dandy in the Underworld" were on there way back in 1976 and 1977. Since this period is not mentioned at all in the dvd, people will get a very incomplete and false impression. I support critical opinion, but it needs to be based in reality. This dvd? I say, "No Tanx!""
A waste of time and money!
Larry | Massachusetts USA | 05/30/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Very disappointing. This appears to be an item collected by a group of people who "review" the music and thoughts of Marc Bolan. If T.rex music interests to you, purchase a music release ( major/minor record label cd), a concert dvd, or even some of the Marc TV shows released on dvd and vhs. Skip this drivel altogether including the cd of the same title. I wouldn't even give this a one star rating as a Bolan fan."
It's a ripoff!, SUCH a ripoff!!
marco | Michigan | 05/23/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I'm basing my rating from the standpoint of being a long time fan (since '71). IF you too are an older fan, in fact, and have read and seen practically everything you could on T.Rex (aside from having all the albums); then this should be regarded as mainly a primer, for neophytes. Oh it's not terrible, and yes, there is some rare footage, but the biggest complaint I have about this production (possibly from English TV?), is that we get to enjoy only one hour's duration of mainly unphotogenic w*nker critics saying very general things from their own perspective (and sometimes inaccurately)--some of whome were likely in diapers when T.Rex was big. And meanwhile all this brilliant footage is played out onscreen sometimes in split screen equally as large as the critic/commentator. What a load of self serving.... Yeah, there are a few genuine notables from the era, and it was good to see Trevor Bolder again after 30 years, in a brief interview; but these few small high points do not elevate this to anything more than something for the curious who don't know T.Rex--though with the state of music now, not many I think would be interested. And even then, you get NO, absolutely NO feel for why T.Rex was great. I got this disc expecting to see a load of rare footage and maybe a few interviews and spend at least an hour and a half's happy time in front of telly. If they had packaged up a lot of TV appearances and interviews with the band (FULL performances, not the brief snippets we see here--and yes I know it's meant to be a chronological history), it would be worth it, even though most of those appearances were lip synced. (No more looking at smeary bootlegged VHS--hell, even the video quality on this really isn't that great for DVD). So SKIP THIS and go watch the live bits in "Born to Boogie" and you'll see why T.Rex should have been in the Rock n' Roll hall of fame--but still astoundingly, isn't."
Not worth the money
Seagull Woman | Amsterdam, The Netherlands | 08/05/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"My husband went out and bought me this, knowing that I've been a T Rex fan for years. After about 10 minutes we decided to stop watching it and took it back to the shop. This DVD is extremely annoying because what I want to see is T Rex and not a load of people talking about how great T Rex were. Everytime they start showing a song one of the critics interrupt it, meaning you never get to see an entire song and rarely even get to see and hear 10 seconds. Worse still, the bits they do show are of a poor quality. We changed it for 'Born to Boogie' which I can recommend to any T Rex fan; a fantastic DVD in marvellous colour and sound!!"