- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 21 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 14, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Capitol
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Packaging: Keep Case
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Single Side - Single Layer
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Additional Release Material:
5 DVD-Only Bonus Video Clips: "Surfin' USA/Things We Did Last Summer," "Little Deuce Coupe," "In My Room," "Sloop John B," and "Friends"
7 DVD-Only Bonus Mixes: "California Girls," "Kiss Me Baby," "God Only Knows," "Surf's Up," "Long Promised Road," "Sail On Sailor," and "Do It Again"
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Mojo - 10/01/2005
"[T]he old black-and-white TV show footage is wonderfully kitsch, while the poignant Dennis eulogy suggest he could make for a fascinating film."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Buoyed by vibrant voices, infectious melodies and ingenious arrangements, the sounds of The Beach Boys have captivated music fans across the globe for nearly four fantastic decades. Touched in equal measure by success and sorrow, The Beach Boys' career has been scrutinized by nearly everyone - except the California natives who made it happen.
Now for the first time, The Beach Boys themselves reveal the story of their rise from suburban pop fledglings to American Institution. Featuring exclusive interviews with Brian and Carl Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston, as well as previously unreleased tracks and the band's own archival footage from the Pet Sounds era and their European tours, Endless Harmony explores the unique contributions of each individual to The Beach Boys' ongoing legacy.
This DVD features 45 Beach Boys' songs, including previously unreleased versions of the classics "Good Vibrations," "California Girls," "God Only Knows" and "Heroes And Villains," and revealing rarities, including "Loop De Loop (Flip Flop Flyin' In An Aeroplane)," "Brian's Back," "Barbara" and "Soulful Old Man Sunshine"; 5 bonus DVD video clips for "Surfin' USA," "Things We Did Last Summer," "Little Deuce Coupe," "In My Room," "Sloop John B." and "Friends"; and 7 bonus DVD 5.1 Surround Sound audio mixes for "California Girls," "Kiss Me Baby," "God Only Knows," Surf's Up," "Long Promised Road," "Sail On Sailor" and "Do It Again."
Intelligently assembled with over 40 songs dispersed throughout, ENDLESS HARMONY works not just as a rockumentary but as an important historical document of American music. It was obviously a labor of love for director Alan Boyd, who has also produced several other works about the Beach Boys. Carl Wilson died just a few months after filming was completed, making this an especially poignant journey for the group's many fans. This refreshingly down-to-earth film gives plenty of attention to the drug and psychological problems of brothers Dennis and Brian Wilson and their sufferings at the hands of their abusive dad and manager Murray. All of the surviving members (including Brian) tell their stories themselves, from the early surf days to their experimental PET SOUNDS sessions, leading up to and beyond their controversial gig at Ronald Reagan's 1985 presidential inauguration. There are testimonials from Sean Lennon, Elvis Costello, Glenn Frey, Jackson Browne, and Barry Gibb; along with lots of concert footage and rare home-movie-style promo films of the boys goofing around in pools, parks, and European cities. This film also provides a rare chance to hear alternate versions of classic songs, including very different renditions of "God Only Knows," "Good Vibrations," and "California Girls."
Clips And Highlights |
Concert Footage |
Music (General) |
Music Video |
Pop / Rock |
- ENDLESS HARMONY originally aired on VH1 on August 23, 1998.
- The DVD includes separate videos for: "Surfin' USA," "The Things We Did Last Summer," "Little Deuce Coup," "Sloop John B," and "Friend," as well as seven other tracks as DVD audio mixes.
- A soundtrack for the documentary, ENDLESS HARMONY: THE ALBUM, is available.
- ENDLESS HARMONY was nominated for a 2001 Grammy award for "Best Long Form Video," but lost to GIMME SOME TRUTH: THE MAKING OF JOHN LENNON'S IMAGINE ALBUM.
- The running time of 141 minutes listed on the back of the DVD box is for total running time of film and extras. The actual documentary is only 105 minutes, which is expanded from the original VH1 broadcast length of 90 minutes.