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Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same (Widescreen)

Robert Plant , Jimmy Page , Joe Massot , Peter Clifton    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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For Led Zeppelin fanatics, this 1976 feature The Song Remains the Same is a treasure of searing live performances, particularly welcome in light of the sad scarcity of such visual material from the band's great decade. Despite the group's road weariness after a long tour, their final, three-night stand at Madison Square Garden in 1973 was full of the old power. Performances of "No Quarter," "Whole Lotta Love," "Black Dog," "Dazed and Confused," and "Stairway to Heaven" underscore Zep's charisma. Trouble is, you don't get an unbroken performance here. Viewers have to wade through a mishmash of documentary insight into the lives of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones, as well as fantasy sequences supposedly inspired by the thoughts and fantasies of the band's individual members. It's mostly garish and silly, but there are some nice elements, especially insights into the late Bonham's life. The DVD doesn't offer much in the way of add-ons (a theatrical trailer is about it), but there is also enhanced viewing for 16 x 9 televisions. --Tom Keogh

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A sad legacy for a great rock band Nov. 20 2001
If this wasn't the only concert film available of Led Zeppelin it wouldn't be such a tragedy.. but it is.
This is a second rate concert at best. At the time it was released Plant himself acknowledged its shortcomings, saying it simply had to be released, regardless of the calibre of the music. His words were to the effect that it 'certainly wasn't magical'. And it isn't.
For those of us lucky enough to have heard/seen a magical performance of Led Zeppelin in their prime, this concert representation is a pathetic farce. It doesn't even scratch the surface of the brilliance of the band.
On top of the mediocre performance, the editing is simply brutal. The 'dream' sequences spliced in and out of the concert footage are rather silly and beside the point, and even the live footage is so butchered that the sound/images don't match half the time.
As for the 'dream' sequences themselves.... the fact that the makers of this film are trying to 'liven up' a Led Zeppelin concert should be your first clue that something is wrong.
It's not that this film is so bad that bothers me, it's not terrible... it's just mediocre. BUT THAT'S THE PROBLEM! Led Zeppelin was one of the best rock bands of all time.. anyone watching this who had never seen a 'magical' concert would scratch their heads and wonder what all the fuss was about.
Let's pray that somewhere, sometime, someone digs up some magic from the video vaults and shows the kind of mind-blowing concert that these guys were capable of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Anyone who owns any "underground" Zeppelin performances (or, for that matter, BBC Sessions) knows that this is NOT Led Zeppelin at their best. In fact, the 73 tour may well have been their worst. If you're a fan, of course you have to own this, but if you're a REAL DIE-HARD FANATIC, then send some blank tapes to someone in a newsgroup and get yourself a copy of a performance from the early days or the L.A. shows of '77. Then you'll REALLY hear what Led Zeppelin was all about... and you'll realize that 'The Song Remains The Same' was an unfortunate mistake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Realm of Giants Feb. 27 2012
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Led Zeppelin will remain the giants of Rock 'n' Roll for a long time to come. Although they've been criticized for "robbing" the blues greats, the truth as any student of the blues will know is that the tradition of the blues (and folk for that matter) is to take existing songs and then modify them with new variations and improvisations until eventually a new song emerges that's virtually indistinguishable from the original. Led Zeppelin have done this with some of the early songs, especially on the first album, but then developed their own unmistakable sound that has since been imitated but never duplicated. This concert is a document of the band at the peak of their powers, claiming their place as the undisputed biggest band in the world at the time, and for many years after.

"The Song Remains the Same" showcases the band during their 1973 USA tour promoting their Houses of the Holy album, with footage from their three nights at Madison Square Garden in New York. The great (now classic) songs from the first five albums are here, including "Dazed and Confused", "Rock and Roll", "Moby Dick", "Whole Lotta Love", and of course the anthemic "Stairway to Heaven". But this is more than simply a film of the concert, as it includes several "fantasy" sequences for each individual band member, making it into a mix of live concert footage and music video, during the days before music videos were widely available on MTV (and many places elsewhere within a few years). The fantasy sequences are intertwined with the concert film, giving each band member a chance to show his individual personality through imagery only made possible with film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If it wasn't for the fantasy scenes.... March 17 2008
By Gis A. Bun TOP 500 REVIEWER
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... This would of been an excellent DVD.

I was hoping that when this DVD was reissued that there would of been an option to ignore the fantasy sequencies which we could of done without. Certain portions were obviously staged [selling of unauthorized merchandise is one and when John Paul says the concert is tomorrow when in fact the New York shows were at the end of the leg of the tour).

That said, the audio and video are an incredible improvement over the original edition.

The "Collector's Edition" contains a shrink rapped extra-large [though maybe really a large] t-shirt, cards from various reviews [including a 1-star], replica tickets to various shows, promo snapshots, and a chance to order a fairly large poster [US only].

Second DVD has extras including the trailer, 4 more clips, interviews, etc. Unsure why they didn't keep the concert clips together instead of splitting them up. Video for most of the second DVD wasn't cleaned up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Song Indeed Remains Aug. 19 2006
This movie, as wonderful as it is, is in my opinion for Zep- fans only. Those interested in good music(concert)DVD should go for the marvellous Led Zeppelin: DVD, as it offers excellent classic rock and stage performances for all music-lovers out there.
Of course, this dvd too offers good music, lots of it, and great snippets (and more) of Led Zeppelin in concert, the concert being Madison Square Garden in 1973. Wonderful, wonderful. This material is essential at least to all of us hardcore Zep-fans. :o)

Sound isn't exactly the same quality as in DVD, but no means bad either. Only gripe is the (rare) spoken lines, the volume has to be turned louder to hear them. (Actually, I have to do that in the concert snippets in DVD, too) Picture is softer, as it is in these elder materials in any releases, no biggie to me. It's not like the guys are blurry or anything.

Then there are the beautiful takes of the band in their homes, with their family. (filmed in '76) Nice. Especially love the Bonzo-parts. Down-to-earth -material (all of them).

But the real treat to me are the fantasy sequences. Love them, love them to bits. I think every Zep-lover is able to appreciate these fun fantasies, which give us a wider view of these guys. My favourite part is Robert's knight fantasy. Just watch his face! Sometimes he looks like he could burst out laughing any minute! They were most certainly having fun when filming. :oD

I just have to give this a fiver, this is such an entertaining piece of work. Go, LedZep!

So, all you who can't get enough of this teeny weeny group called Led Zeppelin. Go ahead, treat yourself and spend a lovely (weekend) afternoon! :o)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Delivery quick and simple as expected
Published 6 days ago by Andrew Layden
5.0 out of 5 stars Led Zeppelin
This product arrived on time and was bought as a gift and my friend, who loves Led Zeppelin and loves this DVD and would certainly recommend it.
Published 16 days ago by ralph a hollingsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars C'est parfait
Very good show, recommended.
Published 20 days ago by JMB
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
An excellent compilation of available material - material which unfortunately does not do justice to this pioneering band.
Published 1 month ago by Doc Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brings back old memories
Published 2 months ago by carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock On
Great album, great video. If you're a Led Zeppelin fan, you can't go wrong with this video. The Cd for this album is a cleear as this this video is. The sound clarity is fantastic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eric Khambata
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not the movie
It's the concert footage from the movie. That's fine. It's a better concert DVD. I can remember the stuff that was in the movie; I don't have to see it over and over again. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ernie
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I expected
I had seen the movie several years ago so there was no surprise. It arrived on time and cost what I expected. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marc Pullan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This movie is really well done, considering the amount of footage that was lost. The fantasy sequences that everyone is complaining about were entirely necessary, a lot of footage... Read more
Published 9 months ago by jacob
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome concert
this is led zep in there prime no quarter and since, ive been loving you, dazed and confused, my favorites I never get sick of this
Published 17 months ago by shirley dorsch
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