Beach Boys: An American Band/Brian Wilson: I Just Wan't Made for These Times [DVD]

A pair of music-themed documentaries -- a look at the public and private history of long-lived pop-rock band The Beach Boys and a profile of the group's brilliant but troubled leader, Brian Wilson -- are brought together on this tandem DVD release. The Beach Boys: An American Band has been given a full-frame transfer to disc in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1, while Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made For These Times is letterboxed at 1.66:1. The audio for both features has been mastered in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. Both features are in English, and while neither has been encoded with subtitles, the disc does include closed captioning in English. No bonus material has been included, but with two features clocking in at over two and three-quarters hours, music fans are unlikely to feel cheated.
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Special Features

  • Fullscreen versions
  • 2.0 Dolby stereo surround
  • Digitally mastered
  • Scene selections


Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
The odd genius of former Beach Boys leader and acclaimed singer, songwriter, and producer Brian Wilson is the subject of this black-and-white documentary by famed fellow musician and record producer Don Was. The film closely examines the innovation inherent in Wilson's songs and consists mainly of interviews and new performance footage. It also examines the ways in which his life experiences influenced his music. While some mention is made of Wilson's turbulent personal life -- and interviews with his daughters and ex-wife are included along with many musical clips -- the focus is squarely on his musical innovations. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

The Beach Boys: An American Band
This documentary was authorized by the Beach Boys (and their lawyers, more than likely), so the film steers clear of the band's already well-publicized internal problems, focusing solely on their music. The band is covered (via live concert footage and clips from TV variety shows and specials) from their early years up until the mid-'80s. Also shown are some clips from the movies they appeared in, such as Girls on the Beach, and some footage that was cut from The T.A.M.I. Show. Brian Wilson is interviewed (in his bed) from a 1976 television special, and there is also some footage from a German and a Czech concert tour. ~ Brian Gusse, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Brian Wilson
    Brian Wilson - Himself
  • Carl Wilson
    Carl Wilson - Himself
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    Wendy Wilson - Herself
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