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The Velvet Underground  Cover Image DVD DVD

The Velvet Underground

Haynes, Todd, (film director,, film producer.). Reed, Lou, (musician.). Cale, John, (musician.). Morrison, Sterling, (musician.). Tucker, Maureen, (musician.). Criterion Collection (Firm), (publisher.). Apple Original Films, (presenter.). PolyGram Entertainment (Firm), (presenter.). Federal Films, Inc., (prodution company.). Motto Pictures, (prodution company.). Killer Films, (prodution company.). Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Maureen Tucker. (Cast).

Summary: Emerging from the primordial soup of glamour, gutter sleaze, and feverish creativity that was New Yorks 1960s underground culture, the Velvet Underground redefined music with its at once raw and exalted blend of experimentation and art-damaged rock and roll. In his kaleidoscopic documentary The Velvet Underground, Todd Haynes vividly evokes the band's incandescent world: the creative origins of the twin visionaries Lou Reed and John Cale, Andy Warhol's fabled Factory, and the explosive tension between pop and the avant-garde that propelled the group and ultimately consumed it. Never-before-seen performances, interviews, rare recordings, and mind-blowing transmissions from the era's avant-garde cinema scene come together in an ecstatic swirl of sound and image that is to the traditional music documentary what the Velvets were to rock: utterly revolutionary.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781681439990
  • ISBN: 1681439999
  • Physical Description: videodisc
    2 videodiscs (120 min.) : sound, color, black & white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (24 pages : illustrations, some color ; 19 cm)
  • Edition: Director-approved two-DVD special edition.
  • Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2022]

Contents / Notes

General Note: Title from disc surface.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2021.
Wide screen (1.77:1)
Special features: Alternate stereo soundtrack; Audio commentary; Interview outtakes; Todd Hayes, John CAle, Maureen Woronov in conversation with Jenn Pelly; Complete versions of some of the avant-garde films excerpted in the movie; essay by critic Greil Marcus.
English dialogue; subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Creation/Production Credits Note: Editors, Affonso Goncalves, Adam Kurnitz ; cinematography, Ed Lachman ; music, Randall Poster.
Participant or Performer Note: Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Maureen Tucker.
Target Audience Note:
Rating: R.
System Details Note:
DVD; region 1, NTSC; wide screen (1.77:1); Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
Language Note:
English dialogue; subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Subject: Velvet Underground (Musical group)
Rock groups United States Biography
Rock music 1961-1970 Biography
Rock music 1971-1980 Biography
Genre: Biographies.
Documentary films.
Musical films.
Nonfiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Nonfiction films.
Documentary films.
Musical films.

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