A To Zeppelin – The Unauthorized Story Of Led Zeppelin
Sound: C+ Extras: D Documentary: B-
It has been slow to see anything from either Led Zeppelin
or the separate band members show up on DVD, though the DVD-Video and DVD-Audio
debuts form the band’s back catalog have done well. While waiting to see when a deal will be cut to release their
original studio albums in DVD-Audio versions, here is a look at the band that
is not a bad take on their history. A
To Zeppelin (2004) starts with the early years of Blues-influenced British
Rock in the mid-1960s and uses the rise of Jimmy Page in particular to see how
the band was finally formed.
None of the songs discussed were licensed, but not to name
more of them is a problem and hurts the history and content of the tale told,
though the release of all the albums are covered. Their covers are shown and some of the material (though not
enough) is addressed. However, the best
thing this disc does is separate the myth, lies and pop trivialization of the
band from what did make them great.
After The Beatles broke up, The Who got involved with motion pictures
and The Rolling Stones started to relatively ease up with the Sticky Fingers
album, the argument that Zeppelin was the “world’s greatest Rock band” is valid
enough. That is, at least until
1979. This disc helps show why.
The full frame 1.33 x 1 image is varied with the usual
newer videotaped footage and older film clips.
It coheres about as well as can be expected, while the Dolby Digital 2.0
Stereo has no surrounds of any kind and lacks any hits by Zeppelin, The
Yardbirds or any of the members either solo or in other projects. The only extra is a photo gallery set to an
unknown instrumental, but it is a show very much worth seeing that even diehard
fans should enjoy.
- Nicholas Sheffo