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Kids Are Alright, The / The Who: The Kids Are Alright
Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 77 (Oct 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

The Who: Roger Daltrey, John Enwistle, Keith Moon & Pete Townshend

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include an audio commentary track by director Jeff Stein, DVD producer John Albarian, and moderated by Martin Lewis. There are also two subtitle options: Guitar & Pen (song lyrics) and Eyesight To The Blind (liner notes). The Special Edition version (#12103) adds a second disc, which includes a number of extras Who fans may find of interest. Miracle Cure is a 40-minute documentary focusing on the film's restoration and presentation on DVD. Getting In Tune: Audio Showdown is a six-minute demonstration of how this new version rectifies audio problems present in previous home video editions. Trick Of The Light: Picture Showdown is a revealing five-minute comparison of the image quality between the new and previous editions. The Ox: An Isolated Track Of John's Bass Feed is, well, an isolated track of John's bass feed

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Pioneer Artists
(Catalog Number): 12116
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1979
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/30/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jeff Stein
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"The Kids Are Alright" is the quintessential rock film documenting two decades of The Who and their performances.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVD, framed at 1.78:1, exhibits a picture of varying image quality due to multiple source elements and various types of footage. Interviews and stage performances, in both color and black-and-white, range from clean and nicely detailed to peppered with grain and artifacts. Smeared, undefined, or quite sharp can be descriptions of different performances throughout the program. Colors can be rich and well balanced or dated and washed out. Overall, this is a great exploration of The Who that will, without a doubt, be enjoyed by the band

The 5.1-channel remastered audio presentations feature all of the music in multichannel surround sound, whether the original source was stereo or mono. The stereo-sourced segments range from being very good to quite admirable, with an aggressive spatial presence. There