T. Rex's 'Born To Boogie' Gets DVD

Published: 2005-02-25
If there's one thing that today's music scene lacks, it'd be the seemingly pointless rock star movies of days gone by. "Spice World" just wasn't up to par with "A Hard Day's Night"÷or even "Magical Mystery Tour", but luckily a '70s classic is making its way onto DVD to satisfy those music movie pangs. T.Rex's 1972 film "Born To Boogie" has been restored to full splendour, and will be available for personal ownership this May.

Along with the original motion picture (directed by Ringo Starr), the double-disc DVD set will include 90 minutes of extra footage. The 5.5 hours of "Born To Boogie" showcase T.Rex at the height of their career, with two full concerts, as well as two documentaries. Ringo Starr and Elton John both show their faces onscreen, alongside that of the inimitable Marc Bolan.

Also being released this spring is an accompanying 2xCD set meant to be a soundtrack to "Born To Boogie". The original live recordings have been remastered by Tony Visconti, who was T.Rex's producer back in the day. Marc Bolan's son Rolan Bolan also played a role in bringing "Born To Boogie" to DVD, compiling footage and overseeing the project.

Lesser known in North America, but right up there with David Bowie, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin as British music - let's just be honest - gods, T.Rex burned the path for glam rock. Featuring classic tunes like "Cosmic Dancer" and "Bang a Gong (Get It On)", T.Rex's immensely influential "Electric Warrior" album came out in 1971, and proceeded to blow many a mind (still does). The glory of T.Rex came to a close when frontman Marc Bolan was instantly killed in a 1977 car crash.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

   

 

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MARC BOLAN IS STILL A GOD HERE IN UK
MARC WAS A ACTOR,POET(UKS TOP SELLING POET IN 1969)WAS A HEAD OF HIS TIME IN SO MANY WAYS .
THE WHO COPIED BOLANS GUITAR SMASHING AFTER MARCS FIRST BAND JOHNS CHILDREN TOURED WITH THE WHO... IN FACT THE WHO HAD THEM KICKED OFF BECAUSE THEY WERE TOO LOUD AND WOULD SMASH THE PLACE UP.
BOLAN DRESSED LIKE A PUNK TWO YEARS BEFORE THE PUNK YEARS.
DRESSED LIKE A ROMANTIC 4 YEARS BEFORE THE ROMANTIC ERA
THERE HAS BEEN A BIG WHOLE LEFT IN BRITISH MUSIC SCENE SINCE BOLAN DIED ...BECAUSE HIS BEST WAS YET TO COME. AFTER HE KICKED HIS COKE HABIT AND DRINK
HE WAS FIGHTINF FIT A LEAN MEAN MUSIC MACHINE. EVERY ONE HERE ENGLAND ALWAYS USE TO SAY THAT WE ALL COULD BE DAVID BOWIES BUT NO ONE COULD EVER BE MARC BOLAN.
UNLIKE DAVID BOWIE WHO PLAYED HIS ROLE, BOLAN WAS FOR REAL A TRUE ONE OFF, AND TOO MANY HERE OUR ONLY TRUE ROCK STAR
Posted by: Anonymous on February 26, 2005
I'ts about time Marc Bolan got the recognision he so rightly deserves ...Marc was a star..and he knew it...it's about time everyone else did !!!
Marc's legacy..onwards and upwards !
Posted by: Anonymous on March 03, 2005
Born To Boogie is one of those rare rock movies that was always destined to be digitally remastered. I hear the DVD feature the original 65 minute concert but this time it's been mixed in 5.1 Surround by Tony Visconti. There's also another four and a half hours' worth of never-before-seen live and back stage footage. Can't wait.
Posted by: Anonymous on March 04, 2005
Marc Bolan was no god. He was only a man.But he was A star. A real star. A star from his soul that led to success and downfall.But Bolan was a golden Phoenix and his soul rose from the ashes to eternity.An innovator, showman and storyteller almost genius, Born to Boogie the movie, his visual crowning glory at a time when T.Rex could do no wrong. Magically and surrealistically amusing and trivial, geared to show off the flamboyant British peacock star.Own this milestone DVD. We shall never see such a wonderful phenomenon again.Bolan Lives on in through hearts he touched and through those he influenced.Its cosmic rock!
Posted by: Anonymous on April 02, 2005
Marc Bolan is the true rock star. About time he got his just RESPECT from a sadly lacking, of true stars, music industry. He effects my listening every day. Miss him deeply. SO excited about this DVD.
Posted by: Anonymous on April 03, 2005
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