Gift Ideas: Music DVDs

Posted by Amoebite, November 25, 2014 02:18pm | Post a Comment

Gift Ideas music DVDs

Music DVDs can be a great gift idea for a music fan, particularly one who already has the newest album or an entire artist's catalog. They're a way to go behind the scenes, gain new insight or watch an artist performing at the height of their career. Check out 10 recent music DVD releases to consider giving this holiday. 

The Beatles a Hard Day's Night

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night [Criterion]

Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, The Beatles began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which John, Paul, George, and Ringo play slapstick versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time.

Buy Blu-ray / DVD.

Big Star Live in Memphis

Big Star - Live in Memphis

This is Big Star's only known professionally filmed show in its entirety. Live In Memphis chronicles their October 29, 1994 performance at the New Daisy Theatre and includes Big Star classics like "Thank You Friends," "September Gurls," and "The Ballad Of El Goodo," Chris Bell's "I Am The Cosmos," plus covers of T.Rex, The Kinks, Todd Rundgren and more. Also included are notes from filmmaker Danny Graflund, Ardent Studios' John Fry, Jody Stephens, and Jon Auer.

Buy DVD.

Nick Cave 20,000 Days on Earth

Nick Cave - 20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days On Earth is an intimate examination of the artistic process of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. In their debut feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary, weaving a staged day in Cave's life with never-before-seen verité observation of his creative cycle. It features those who have affected his life, including wry tales from the road shared with his regular collaborator, the multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, who shared a duet with Cave in the breakout hit "Where the Wild Roses Grow." 

Buy DVD / Blu-ray.

Devo DVDs

Devo - The Complete Truth About De-Evolution and The Men Who Make the Music / Butch Devo & the Sundance Gig

Devo released two DVDs this year. The first, The Complete Truth About De-Evolution, includes 19 music videos, rare performance footage, tons of extras and more. The Men Who Make the Music combines concert footage from DEVO's 1978 tour with music videos and interstitials featuring a vague story about DEVO's rocky relationship with "Big Entertainment." Includes the bonus program, Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig.

Buy The Complete Truth About De-Evolution DVD

Buy The Men Who Make the Music / Butch Devo & the Sundance Gig DVD.

Doors Feast of Friends

The Doors - Feast of Friends

Feast Of Friends, filmed in 1968, was the first and only film produced about The Doors by The Doors. While never truly completed, the film provides a stylistic approach in true sixties cinémavérité style. Concert performances are intercut with fly-on-the-wall footage of the group in their natural habitat, sometimes playful, sensitive, chaotic and touching. Other than a few appearances in film festivals in 1968, it has never been officially released until this year. Completely restored from the original negative, the film has been color corrected and cleaned in high definition with the soundtrack totally remixed and remastered by long-time Doors collaborator Bruce Botnick.

Buy DVD / Blu-ray.

Genesis Three Sides Live

Genesis - Three Sides Live

Three Sides Live was filmed in November 1981 on the Abacab tour and was originally released on VHS to coincide with the live album of the same name. It has only ever been released on DVD in the limited edition box set The Movie Box 1981-2007. Originally filmed in 16mm, the footage has now been fully restored and has been reissued as a standalone DVD and Blu-ray for the first time. The show focuses on tracks from the Duke and Abacab albums and the tracks are intercut with behind the scenes footage and interviews with the band members. The show is visually stunning and it captures the band in their transition from their progressive days in the seventies through to the hugely successful pop/rock act they became from the mid-eighties onwards. 

Buy DVD / Blu-ray.

Introducing Morrissey

Morrissey - Introducing Morrissey

Making its debut on DVD, this concert film was shot live over two nights at Sheffield City Hall (February 7th) and the Winter Gardens, Blackpool (February 8th) on Morrissey's 1995 UK tour in support of the previous year's platinum selling album, Vauxhall And I. Directed by James O'Brien, it captures Morrissey in full flow and sparkling form. In addition to songs from the Vauxhall album there are favorites from Your Arsenal and Morrissey's live interpretation of the classic "Moon River."

Buy DVD.

Rolling Stones From the Vault

The Rolling Stones - From the Vault: LA Forum (Live in 1975)

“From The Vault” is a new series of live concerts from The Rolling Stones archive which are seeing their first official release. LA Forum (Live in 1975) is the second title in this series. (Hampton Coliseum is the first release in the series.) The Rolling Stones’ "Tour Of The Americas ‘75" was the band’s first tour with new guitarist Ronnie Wood. Even before the dates started there were dramatic scenes in New York City at the official tour announcement when the band unexpectedly turned up on a flatbed truck to play "Brown Sugar." They settled into the L.A. Forum for a five night stint from July 9-13 and this concert film features the show from July 12th. The footage has now been carefully restored and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain for this first official release of the show.

Buy DVD.

Looking for Johnny

Johnny Thunders - A Looking for Johnny: The Legend of Johnny Thunders

Looking For Johnny is a 90-minute film that documents the legendary hard-living rock'n'roll guitarist who inspired glam-metal, and punk. Spanish filmmaker Danny Garcia spent 18 months filming interviews with the people who were closest to Johnny. The film examines Johnny Thunders' career from the early '70s as a founding member of the influential New York Dolls; the birth of the punk scene with The Heartbreakers in New York City and London; Gang War and The Oddballs. It also explores Johnny's unique musical style, his personal battle with drugs and theories on his death in a New Orleans hotel in 1991 at age 38. Includes 40 songs, as well as unseen New York Dolls and Heartbreakers footage and photos. Cult filmmakers Bob Gruen, Don Letts, Patrick Grandperret, Rachael Amadeo and others contribute classic archive footage.

Buy DVD.

Motown 25

Various ArtistsMotown 25: Yesterday, Today and Forever

Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever debuted on NBC on May 16, 1983, and became an immediate sensation. The highlight that caused the most talk was Michael Jackson’s world premiere of the moonwalk (aka six seconds that changed the world) but Motown 25 had an abundance of buzzworthy moments—reunions by the Miracles, the Supremes and The Jackson 5; the first battle of the bands between The Temptations and Four Tops; and the hottest comedian in the world at the time, Richard Pryor, as host. The 3-disc DVD includes 14 hours of bonus features, including never-before-seen rehearsal footage of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.

Buy 1-disc DVD3-disc DVD.

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