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The Mothership Connection Live 1976
The Mothership Connection Live 1976
Actor: Parliament Funkadelic
Director: Brian Blum
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2008     1hr 25min

It was Halloween night and Parliament Funkadelic was about to tear the roof off the Houston Summit, ready to bless the crowd with their cosmic brew of interplanetary funk. George Clinton, Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins and...  more »


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Actor: Parliament Funkadelic
Director: Brian Blum
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Other Music
Studio: Shout Factory
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/21/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

5 stars by default (I'll explain)
Mel Bridgman | Your Room | 12/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Since this is the only professionally produced live visual concert document of "The P-Funk Mob" at it's absolute peak, I feel compelled to give it a full 5 stars even though the program is relatively brief (85 minutes) and the disc contains no additional features of any kind. The footage looks quite good for 1976, relatively clear and the sound quality (while monaural) is failry clear with only a mild complaint regarding the EQ of various instruments (notably, Gary Shider's virtually silent guitar on "Cosmic Slop")... However, this DVD is bigger than its flaws. It is about seeing a legendary and important musical happening at its prime moment of full realization. The DVD offers a wonderful chance to hear and see live the brilliant Glenn Goins in all of his captivating vocal brilliance (just pay attention to "Funkin' For Fun" and "Mothership Connection", where he calls in the Mothership) ... it is a crime how anonymous this master vocalist is today since his untimely death at 23 from cancer, he sounds amazing here. The band is tight and they play with marvelous precision. The boundless energy and enthusiasm of the ensemble is clear when watching this. The original Parliament singers (Calvin Thomas, Fuzzy Haskins, Ray Davis-- though I don't spot Grady anywhere), Gary Shider complete with signature diaper and pacifier, Mike Hampton in his gigantic green Sombrero, Bernie Worrell with a hat that I can't even describe, and the sexy duo of Debbie Wright and Jeanette Washington... Cordell "Boogie" Mosson (unseen) and Jerome "Big Foot" Brailey... they are all here along with Fred and Maceo and the best horn section around... for fans of Parliament/Funkadelic, this is essential stuff... and for casual observers, this is a time capsule to an important group at it's peak"
Great Re-issue of Houston Summit DVD
Michael Dennis | Philadelphia, PA USA | 11/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is Shout Factory's Reissue of the previously oop Parliament-Funkadelic Live at the Houston Summit 1976 DVD. There are no extra bonuses. So far, while there are lots of bootleg Funkadelic shows to be found, this is the only official release. If you own it already, you may wish to skip. If not, what are you waiting for at this price?"
Lester L. Carter | PHILA , PA | 12/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is it. The real thing. The band starts and folk come from everywhere out of teepees, and when Dr Funkenstein and his 'ladies' arrive in the Funkmobile, and the energy is high, the Funkmobile gets stripped. The Mothership arrives and things get even funkier. This is for the true Funkaholic. If you saw the Mothership about this time (1976 - 1979) then it behooves you to pick this up. If you never saw it, and you want to see what real entertainment is, pick this up. If you heare any noise........"
Good concert, bad video directing
Kev D. | USA | 04/21/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This video seems to have been switched "live" as it was happening by a television crew on site. The director (or producer, maybe) should have been fired. During this entire concert video, which seems like a great show, there is a TOTAL of approximately 5 minutes of footage of anyone playing an actual instrument. All the shots are close ups of people singing. Time for an awesome instrumental break? Here, watch some people dancing. It is SO frustrating, the band is on fire, but they aren't show except for the handful of cut-aways, of which each of these basically just tease the viewer, as they last about 3 seconds apiece. Disappointing. SHOW THE BAND"