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Marc Bolan & T. Rex: Born To Boogie
Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 98 (Jul 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Marc Bolan And T Rex, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Mickey Finn, Geoffrey Bayldon, George Claydon, Miss Chelita, Mune Light & Hilary Bluebyrd

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WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: 3
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
On disc one of this two-disc set, special features include "Born To Boogie The Motion Picture," which is 61 minutes of concerts, private performances, and silly appearances; 64 minutes of T-Rex In Concert on March 18, 1972 (8:30 p.m.); the Born To Boogie trailer; and commentary by Tim Van Rellim and Mark Allen. Disc two includes 62 minutes of T-Rex In Concert on March 18, 1972 (5:30 p.m.); a 47-minute featurette, "Cosmic Rock When T. Rex Ruled The World" presented by Marc Bolan's only son, Rolan Bolan and featuring interviews with the only surviving member from the 1972 lineup, as well as others; the 15-minute "Re-Born To Boogie," which is the story of how the original material was cleaned and restored for the film; and T-Rextras offers a huge selection of extras, including a series of interviews, outtakes, and deleted scenes. There are multi-camera tracks, and there are video and audio before and after comparisons, which I have to say are very cool. Oh, and there are Easter Eggs; time to go for a hunt!

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sanctuary Records
(Catalog Number): SANSP-88414-9
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $21.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 61
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1972
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/07/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

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(Director): Ringo Starr
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"Marc Bolan" and the British rock band "T. Rex" were "Born To Boogie," and they do it well. I wasn't sure what to expect with this concert documentary, but I enjoyed it very much. It's certainly entertaining and actually quite funny at times. Check out young guests Ringo Starr and Elton John; Elton was quite a few pounds lighter in those days! Available to watch in its entirety or as music performances only, this disc is a keeper. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
A poor-quality source element contributes to the mediocre quality of this DVD picture. The picture is soft (sometimes horribly smeared) with plenty of grain and a few flecks of dirt. Colors are often milky in the darker concert performance footage, while other times appearing adequate. Pixelization is noticed at times. (Suzanne Hodges)

With good articulation and subdued levels (for a live performance title, anyway), the Dolby