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AC/DC: Let There Be Rock

Bon Scott , Angus Young    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Two generations of AC/DC freaks have come of age since Let There Be Rock, but while the band has done just fine, thank you, with Brian Johnson as its lead singer, there are those who still consider the late Bon Scott to be the real AC/DC front man. They're the ones most likely to be stoked by the video release of this concert film, recorded in Paris in 1979--especially considering that it was Scott's final filmed performance; he died just two months later--but there's plenty here for all the band's adherents. They were riding high at the time on Highway to Hell, their biggest album to date, so about a third of the 13-song set comes from that recording--including the title tune, arguably the catchiest combination of riff and chorus in the entire AC/DC canon (although "The Jack," "Let There Be Rock," and "Whole Lotta Rosie" are right up there). But it's never really been about the tunes with these guys; theirs is a style built on crunchy, three-chord rock, short on melody but big on groove, with the anonymous but solid rhythm section of rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, drummer Phil Rudd, and bass player Cliff Williams holding it all down. Scott, a bare-chested shrieker, struts about like Robert Plant, but then as now, it's diminutive lead guitarist Angus Young who steals the show. Decked out in his usual schoolboy uniform, Young is a ball of antic energy from the first notes, duck-walking à la Chuck Berry, throwing himself on the floor, stalking and prancing about the stage, doing a kind of striptease and mooning the crowd during "Bad Boy Boogie"… and still managing to turn out some scorching solos. The film includes interview segments (featuring inane questions like "Are you waiting for the Third World War?" and "Do you feel you're a star?"), as well as some shots of the boys goofing around offstage--filler, basically, until we return to the power and glory of AC/DC's music. --Sam Graham

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!!! May 16 2011
Format:DVD
I've been waiting for this movie/concert to be released on DVD for a long time. I remember buying it on VHS back in 1989 & I would set my VCR on fire with that tape (we not literally, but you know what I mean). This concert represents the AC/DC that I always loved. Don't get me wrong I'm still a huge fan of the band & seeing them live in the summer of 09 is one of the biggest highlight in my life. It's just that I've never cared much for the huge stage, big lighting rig, fancy production or the props, like the bell for "Hell's Bells" or the canons for "For Those About to Rock (we salute you)". In my own humble opinion, this concert is AC/DC at his best. The band on a dim lighted stage with nothing else but their instrument & ripping through a thunderous set list. From Bon Scott tearing the side of pants to Angus Young switching right in the middle of "Whole Lotta Rosie", this is as raw as it gets. Speaking of Angus, he just looks like he's possessed by the devil. He's just all over the stage. The band definitely play with a "Something to prove, nothing to lose" attitude, but I think the highlight of this concert is singer Bon Scott. A truly a one of a kind persona who entertained millions of fans only like he could until his untimely death in February 1980. I think that this show demonstrate exactly was Bon Scott was all about. His unique rock n' roll voice & charisma was, & still is in some way, a big part of the AC/DC magic. A must have for all fans, I just can't wait to see what it will look & sound like on DVD. The only thing that bothers me is that the song "Walk All Over You" is not heard in its entirety & they cut off "T.N.T.". But this is still a must have for all fans. A classic show from a classic era of AC/DC.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Man o' Man Aug. 1 2001
By Thgew
Format:VHS Tape
This is one true headbangin' good time captured on tape. Angus rips through solo after @ss-kickin' solo as Malcolm, Phil, and Cliff lay down the ballbustin' rhythm. Aside from an incredible concert full of calssic tunes played to perfection, this video, for me anyway, is FUNNY. One can't help but to laugh manically at Angus's slow, rhythmic stripdown before he moons the audience, (the funny aspect being the fact that he's really, really ugly). The first time I saw it, I just rolled on the floor.
The second funniest part in the film would have to be the attempted "interviews" with each band member. With the exception of Bon, the interviewer asks his questions, and subsequently gets the same response from each member: a five second blank stare, followed by "Ummm...", "Yeah", or "I-uh... I don't know." Harsh as it may seem, it's just flat out funny.
Every fan of AC/DC should own this video.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon's "bon-voyage" video rocks Paris Nov. 3 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
You have to overlook the sound quality a bit but this is the highest voltage AC/DC show that I have seen. Angus works his buns off and sweats so much that his SG short-circuits during "Whole Lotta Rosie". He recovers nicely in time for the classic finale. Keep an eye out for the moon view of his rump during "Bad Boy Boogie". Bon is in classic form as he charms the 1979 Paris audience into chanting along to "The Jack". Outstanding versions of "Live Wire" and "Sin City" are to be heard here. If you want to get better sound quality then get the CD version of the concert in the box set "Bon Fire".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie But Too Many Interviews! June 19 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I think that this is the most poverful Bon Scott era video I have ever seen. Angus young is in great form. I JUST LOVE it when he gets into all of his spasms on stage. Angus also shakes his head all over the place constantly. I loved all of the songs especially an in your face version of Bad Boy Boogie as well as a great solo from Angus just before the end of Rocker. Bon is in great form and I loved their versions of Sin City and Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be. But I would rather see them perform instead of conducting interviews.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best of what AC/DC is all about! July 20 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is old school AC/DC. Back in Black was just an idea in their bourbon-clouded heads at this point. But for hard core, blue-infused, heart-thumping, good old rock, this is it. There is an old saying about the Grateful Dead that applies equally to AC/DC in this era....."They aren't the best at what they do. They're the only ones that do what they do." Guns-n-Roses, Mettalica, Tool and others have tried but have gotten caught up in their own hype (and started singing f'in ballads of all things!!). If you need proof that AC/DC influenced a generation of bands, watch this video after a few shots of Jack. This band fought tooth and nail against the conventions of long-haired rockers that have screwed up their simple formula. Play simple songs. Play them well. Play them LOUD. And remember.....it's a long way to the top if you wanna rock-n-roll!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let there be light...let there be sound... Feb. 25 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Why anyone would want to watch a roadcrew assembling a stage is beyond me but once you fastforward that, and get to the part where Bon grabs his beer before heading on stage, it is absolutley powerful stuff. He is a combination of Brian Johnson and Robert Plant in his heyday...a wild rock and roll throwback that lived for women and booze. He lived fast and died hard, and I truly believe he had no interest in growing old, so he was called home after a hard night of drinking. All AC-DC needed that night was a stage, and the music is raw and hard driving...the Angus "show" is highly amusing and he plays his tail off, while Bon sings his off....highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Its amazing that we can even have this video
One of Bon Scotts lasts live performances! Its amazing that we can even have this video, the format is not going to fit in the modern hdtvs but who cares, if you are a true AC/DC... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Joes74
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for AC/DC fans.
Loved the movie. Packaging and blu-ray quality was great. I really enjoyed the supplemented interviews with other musicians about the band.
Published 3 months ago by BlueHeron
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like old times
My buddies and I used to watch this video back in the 1980's. Now it's on DVD. Excellent quality. A few extras included. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Member 121
5.0 out of 5 stars ACDC Let There Be Rock
excellent video of ACDC in the old days with Bon Scott my friends like it. would recommend it to any ACDC fan
Published 16 months ago by Donald Stabler
1.0 out of 5 stars Not real
Not a true live recording at all. Bon Scott deserves better !! I had such high hopes for this DVD . To see AC/DC in all there glory in the 70's would have been amazing but this was... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2012 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon Scott .... Raw !!
A totally AWESOME concert from the Bon Scott era of AC/DC !!

Mr Scott was the true voice of this superb metal band until his untimely death ... Read more
Published on Dec 17 2011 by bleepbleep1961
5.0 out of 5 stars Loud, Stupid, Vulger and I wouldn't have it any other way!!
I saw this movie in high school. They actually put stacks in the theatre to give it concert sound. That was cutting edge in 1981. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2011 by Stephen Bieth
1.0 out of 5 stars bullsit
Je suis tres decu, le bd n'est meme pas plein ecran et le second dvd est le meme que le bd, pas fort.
Published on June 7 2011 by martin
5.0 out of 5 stars AC/DC rocks!
i got this movie for christmas and it was a dream come true watching it, i am a major AC/DC fan for many years and i had yet to receive let there be rock the movie, when i first... Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon Rules!!!!!!!
Love this concert,it's AC/DC @ their very best.When's it coming out on DVD ?
Dan
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by Daniel James Macdonald
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