Return To Waterloo/Come Dancing With The KinksProduced by: Ray Davies, Dennis Woolf, Chris Pye, etc.
Directed by: Ray Davies, Julien Temple, Ken O'Neill
Type of release: Film (Return To Waterloo) and video compilation (Come Dancing With The Kinks)
Date Label Number Country Format Running Time ---- ----- ------ ------- ------ ------------ Mar. 9 1999 Image Entertainment, Lightyear Entertainment ID4705LYDVD USA DVD, NTSC, all regions 95 minutes
Ray Davies - Return To Waterloo"...a little masterpiece, Davies got it just right." -- The Listener (BBC)
"...strikingly original and, at times, brilliant." -- London Daily Mail
"...a cryptic but arresting blend of drama and pop video, a kind of mind's eye journey with music..." -- The (London) Standard
Ray Davies of the Kinks, well respected as one of rock's best storytellers, makes his film-making debut as director, writer and composer of RETURN TO WATERLOO. This hour-long feature is a unique approach to the synthesis of music, video and cinema. Instead of dialogue, the story is told through music and lyrics. The haunting songs, unavailable on any Kinks album, take renowned actor Ken Colley on a suspenseful journey through his imagination, as he confronts reality and fantasy, love and violence. Also starring: Valerie Holliman, Dominique Barnes, Tim Roth and (briefly) Ray Davies himself. This film, a cult classic, is a watershed event in the development of the music video art form, as it was created for itself rather than to promote a record; not a concert, not a grouping of promo videos, this is a real movie, and an impressive directorial debut.
RETURN TO WATERLOO embrases Ray Davies' satirical (and occasionally comical) view of modern society, as reflected in over thirty albums over a remarkable twenty-five years with The Kinks.
Written and Directed by RAY DAVIES
Music Written by RAY DAVIES and
performed by RAY DAVIES, MICK AVORY,
JIM RODFORD, IAN GIBBONS of THE KINKS
With KEN COLLEY as "The Traveller"
A Waterloo Films Production for Lightyear
Entertainment in association with Channel Four.
Come Dancing With The KinksThe Kinks have been anything but "predictable" throughout their more than two decades together. The international hits included here range from their first Top 10 hit You Really Got Me through the more recent Do It Again. The songs and their clever, evocative videos explore themes familiar to all Kinks' fans: paranoia, nostalgia, sexual and societal confusion and the Everyman. Collect the extraordinary Kinks. And don't forget to dance.
Ray Davies (vocals) - Dave Davies (guitar) - Mick Avory (drums)
Jim Rodford (bass) - Ian Gibbons (keyboards) - Bob Henrit (drums on "Do It Again")
All conceptual videos directed by JULIEN TEMPLE
All Live Videos Produced by RAY DAVIES, CHRIS PYE for JON ROSEMAN PRODUCTIONS
Directed by KEN O'NEILL
Photos by KEITH MORRIS & ROBERT ELLIS
Hand Tinting by PHYLLIS CORTESE
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