One of the greatest rock films of all time, Joe Cocker?s Mad Dogs & Englishmen gets digitally overhauled and released on DVD for the very first time! This film captures one of the most exciting concert tours ever and defin... more »es the spirit of a generation in much the same way as Woodstock and The Last Waltz. Joe Cocker and friends, among them rock legend Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge, cut loose with close to two dozen incredible songs. Mad Dogs & Englishmen stands today as one of the most dramatic visual records of a tour and a time, with backstage footage, fan interviews and electric performances. Remastered in 5.1 surround and stereo, this DVD also includes a Personal Playlist, allowing the viewer to sequence & play this film?s full-length, classic live performances like "Delta Lady," "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window." As an added bonus, the package comes with a 24-page Pressbook from the original theatrical marketing of the film in 1971. TRACKS: ALBION INTRO. FROM THE ANGLO-SAXOPHONE WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN DELTA LADY FEELIN? ALRIGHT CHANGE IN LOUISE DARLIN? BE HOME SOON GOING TO NEW YORK CITY SUPERSTAR WE LOVE YOU CONRAD PLEASE GIVE PEACE A CHANCE SHE CAME IN THROUGH THE BATHROOM WINDOW LET IT BE THE LETTER STICKS AND STONES LAWDY MISS CLAWDY BIRD ON A WIRE HONKY TONK WOMAN SPACE CAPTAIN SOMETHING WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS THE BALLAD OF MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN BONUS MATERIAL: DTS 5.1 SURROUND SOUND DOLBY 5.1 SURROUND SOUND DOLBY STEREO PERSONAL PLAYLIST 24-PAGE PRESSBOOK« less
Anthony Accordino | Massapequa Park, New York United States | 10/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Who would ever have thought that Joe Cocker would still be recording and touring 35 years after the release of "Mad Dogs and Englishmen. This 35th anniversary edition DVD has one big advantage over the original release, and that is superior sound and picture quality. This film captures the frenzy and energy of one of the greatest rock tours ever. Cocker and a 43 member entourage stormed across America for several weeks, playing to packed houses and rave reviews. Although this event nearly ruined Joe Cocker, it never the less captures a young Joe Cocker in his wired prime, belting out such favorites as "The Letter", "Feelin Alright", "Delta Lady", "Space Captain", "With A Little Help From My Friends", "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window", "Honkey Tonk Woman", and a heartfelt rendition of George Harrison's "Something", just to name a few. This film captures a hippie commune circus with back stage footage, interviews etc. To music fans today, this will seem somewhat dated, but to us baby-boomers, this was cutting edge rock music of the times, when we had a proliferation of AOR radio playing this music everyday. I highly recommend this Dvd to all classic rock fans, as well as the companion 35th anniversary cd, which is loaded with 10 bonus tracks, which has now displaced the original recording as obsolete. Hopefully, the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame will wake up, and realize that COCKER POWER is alive and well, and induct this deserving rock legend."
What a show!
C. T. Houchin | Wichita, Kansas 67218 | 03/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I didn't know what to expect from this DVD; the reviews have been mixed at best. I was half expecting this to be an essential part of my collection, watched once then placed on a stack of DVD's that I would point at, impressing others with the completeness of my collection. I had heard the sound was bad (compared to the Concert for Bangladesh) and that it was horribly dated. I was then pleasantly surprised to find that the sound if not excellent, was very good, and the overall quality of the DVD was just a fraction below the aforementioned Concert for Bangladesh at half the price. Fans of Joe Cocker should consider this essential, and those who just like a wild, raw, show should consider this as well."
When He's On, It's Great. Unfortunately....
bobtec | Redlands, CA | 06/28/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I will admit, it was the original album that I heard, and never saw this film until now. When he's on stage, I can almost forgive the poor video quality, and so-so sound because of the energy that's on stage. When he is not on stage, it's dull, boring, confusing, and out-dated. I wish A&M would have made a Concert Only mode (I would have enjoyed 80 or 90 minutes of concert over 30 or 40 minutes of fans, roadies, band members, and groupies). Also the soundtrack is better soundwise, and also has more songs (Cry Me A River is one I can think of that's missing from the film that's on the soundtrack). All & all, the film is not as good as the soundtrack CD. I also agree with the gentleman that mentioned Concert For Bangladesh."
Please pass that joint....
K. Bryhn | Oslo, Norway | 02/24/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Fantastic movie. I've pulled off one star because of the horrible picture quality. Sound is ok."
RE-ISSUE - SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER
Mark | Australia | 02/19/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I was keen to see this film in its newly re-issued format but was horrified with the sound quality. So many rock doco's of the past have been beautifully remastered (eg Concert for Bangladesh, Elvis - Thats the way it is, to name just two) and yet this opportunity to blast what was a spectacular musical journey right into the new millennium fails to deliver.
The CD soundtrack gets it right (sort of) but the DVD is poor and there can surely be no excuses. I feel for Joe Cocker because this event whether he enjoyed the experience or not captured him at his peak and this re-issue should have been a modernised legacy of what a great showman he was in his prime.
I put this on expecting my surround sound to fill the room with this great music but regrettably it simply doesnt have the spark.
Buy it for novelty value but dont expect the Space Captain to fill your room with a wall of sound."