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Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars
Ziggy Stardust The Spiders From Mars
Actors: David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Mick Woodmansey, Angela Bowie
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts
PG     1998     1hr 30min

Rock legend David Bowie is the bizarre, ineffable Ziggy Stardust. Now, in this timeless concert filmed in 1973, you'll see the inimitable Bowie perform some of his most unforgettable songs. Rock and roll has never been mor...  more »


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Actors: David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Mick Woodmansey, Angela Bowie
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Creators: D.A. Pennebaker, Jim Desmond, Mike Davis, Nick Doob, Randy Franken, Lorry Whitehead, Edith Van Slyck, Tony Defries
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Pop, Rock & Roll, Ringo Starr, Bowie, David, Classic Rock
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/10/1998
Original Release Date: 01/01/1982
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1982
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 19
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

"This is the last show we'll ever do."
B-MAN | Earth, occasionally. Until I get bored. | 07/13/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This 1973 concert film directed by D.A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop, Jimi Plays Monterey, Depeche Mode 101, etc.) documenting the final show of Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie) & the Spiders from Mars (Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, & Mick "Woody" Woodmansey)provides a rare glimpse into Bowie's glam rock period. It is a loud & flashy assault on the senses that is experienced through both "sound" & "vision". Film footage mostly consists of the performance, but also included are back stage scenes of Bowie changing from one costume to another.Songs performed:
1) Hang on to yourself
2) Ziggy Stardust
3) Watch that man
4) Medley: Wild eyed boy from Freecloud/All the young dudes/Oh you pretty things
5) Moonage Daydream
6) Changes
7) Space Oddity
8) My death
9) Crack'd Actor
10) Time
11) Width of a circle
12) Let's spend the night together
13) Suffragette City
14) White light/white heat
15) Rock & Roll Suicide Leonard Maltin dismisses this film as "practically unwatchable and unlistenable" which would only be true for people who either dislike Bowie or the style of music. Yes, the music is sometimes loud, the focus is blurry here & there, and the strobe lights go crazy, but this is a David Bowie rock concert from the 1970s, isnt that appropriate? Anyone who is interested in either David Bowie or the glam rock era of the 1970s will find this film essential. For one, it is the only film document of David Bowie's Ziggy/glam phase and for another it is the "last concert" with "the Spiders" including Mick Ronson, who was a part of Bowie's band since the 1969 album "Space Oddity" up until '73's "Pin Ups". Bowie would, by 1974, have a new back up band, as well as a new look. This film deserves preservation on DVD as the historical document that it is.*Look quickly for Ringo Starr talking with Bowie backstage"
Paco Rivero | Miami, FL | 05/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Some reviewers here have complained that this (the DVD version) looks and sounds like trash. But since I like Bowie I bought it anyhow, expecting something no better than a bootleg. Well, I've seen plenty of bootlegs and this is nowhere near that poor. In fact, it's AMAZING. Yes, the sound quality isn't the best, but it's perfectly listenable. And, yes, the camerawork is a bit spasmodic and grainy, but that only adds to the gritty mood. Glam rock is SUPPOSED to be a bit trashy. If you want sleek, overproduced Bowie, then look elsewhere. But if you want Bowie at his best, then you can't miss this one. Watching this concert film you enter a ZONE and don't leave it till the end. This is Bowie at his best. Every now and then, Bowie flashes a killer smile, and that's because he knows he's onto something good. The music is some of the best rock ever recorded. The atmosphere is electric. Throughout the concert, Bowie is in THE ZONE, the audience is in THE ZONE -- and, if you don't expect polished concert footage, you will be, too."
Classic footage, great concert, but technically poor
Mark Johnson | Hong Kong | 02/23/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It's 1973, in Hammersmith, London. Platformed teenagers in bell bottoms with blue hair and moons painted on their faces gather in civilised lines outside the converted cinema for what was a truly great concert. Although glam rock was far from the only teen movement in London at the time, this film makes it seem the most important. The first section of the film, and that with the clearest images, focuses on the fans outside the Hammersmith Odeon and Ziggy in the dressing room. Once the Spiders from Mars and Ziggy arrive on stage the atmosphere is electric. Some might miss the stereo of modern recordings, but the inferior sound quality somehow adds to the drama of the moment... for those who are eager to witness such a concert. Then there are the theatrics of Ziggy on stage - something never since emulated to the same degree. The concert is a seminal event both for Bowie's development as a performer, for glam rock (and then punk) as a movement, and for today's fans who only wish they had been there. If you have invested in a DVD player, then this film should definitely not be your first purchase. As other reviews testify, the picture and sound quality is poor; but then there are modern Bowie concerts with higher production values available. If you are keen to see what Ziggy was really like, however, it is well worth the money. Listen to the albums on your CD player, watch the modern concerts on your DVD player and watch this for the sheer spectacle. If you love Bowie and crave a closer view of his most acclaimed period, this is invaluable."
Watch That Man...Oh, Honey Watch That Man
Mark Johnson | 05/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I recommend that you read the booklet that comes with this DVD. It documents the events leading up to the filming of Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture. Pennebaker almost never got to the show that night in 1973. That certainly would have been a shame. Thankfully, he DID make it there to film this historic event in Rock history. I am forever grateful.
This movie was available on VHS for a number of years, but on VHS, it was a blurry, noisy mess. Many critics shunned it for its poor quality. And because of its bootleg-like quality, it was never released to theatres. ...Fast-forward to the digital age. Through much love and hard work, Ziggy Stardust: The motion picture has now arrived on DVD in stellar form. The Special Edition contains completely remastered audio (remastered by Tony Visconti) and video. Gone are the grainy picture and the poor sound. The improvement in quality is incredible. I can't believe what has been accomplished here. This DVD is a delight to watch. I can't recommend it more. It's a must for any rock fan. A Definate must for any Bowie fan. Buy it while you can still find it.
I wasn't born when this historic concert took place. At 28 years of age, I missed out on the whole Ziggy era. It's a testament to Bowie's greatness that in those 28 years, I haven't seen anyone do it better. And without Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture, I wouldn't have got to see it at all. A+"