This entry in the Critical Review series, FREE 1968-1972 AN INDEPENDENT CRITICAL REVIEW, is exactly what Free's fans should want from a documentary about this supurb British blues-rock group. As before, I've shared this review with a few other sites, but I figure that the music video connoiseurs here will probably appreciate it the most. The documentary is an excellent overview of Free that doesn't drag or get caught up in too much debate over the minutiae; there's very little padding here as is present in some Critical Review titles. The documentarians have wisely focused on the music & backgrounds of individual members without omitting relevent production data or candy coating the historical information. Focus is maintained on the talent and creative energy that brought these guys together and allowed them to create the legendary songs that fueled their brief ascendence into worldwide popularity. The clips contained in the documentary are okay and some are fairly rare. While varying in quality, these clips serve the interviewer's requirements for providing examples of what's being discussed at the time. Note: If you watch the documentary in it's WS anamorphic mode all of the clips shown are 4:3 academy stretched to 16:9 WS aspect ratio. Unless, you have the means and desire to quickly shift back and forth between 4:3 & 16:9 modes just resign yourself to watching the WS; besides, you can shift back to 4:3 for to watch the BONUS footage which is most of what the clips are taken from in the documentary. More importantly and of interest to music performance mavens, this DVD includes 4 complete unedited BONUS tracks presented in proper aspect ratio sourced from Granada Television, and these are indeed rare. To my knowledge only a couple from this live set have appeared before in a digital format, and that was from an import LD release (Japanese) from the early 90's. Included on this DVD are: ALL RIGHT NOW, MR. BIG, RIDE MY PONY, & SONGS OF YESTERDAY. These full length performances are what make this Critical Review release almost indispensible, IMHO. The quality of the footage is extremely good, in consideration of it's age and source, and the sound, which thus far I've only heard as Dolby stereo, is excellent, MUCH better than it should be, in my estimation. Andy Fraser's bass is clear and deep, Paul Kossoff's vibratto and twisted runs are fluid, Simon Kirke's drums are crisp and Paul Rodger's vocals are lush and bluesy. Overall, the Bonus footage has an excellent sound mix for being sourced from a TV broadcast. The bottom line: It's amazing and just a little perplexing how much the Critical Review series varies from one title to the next, but based solely on the content provided and knocking off perhaps a 1/2 star for the documentary's aspect ratio shifts, I'd rate this release at 4 1/2 to 5 stars. Cat PS: One more thing about Classic Rock Direct and it's many sub-entities: it has come to my attention that since CRD titles are dispensed as dual inventory items (PAL & NTSC) mistakes can & do occasionally occur even when the DVD's are purchased from U.S. vendors! My copy. purchased from an Amazon.com vendor (Import CD Specialists) is NTSC, but that's no guarantee that an error can't occur elsewhere and a PAL format DVD slip through.. Of course, it doesn't matter for those who already own region FREE players if such a format dispensing mishap occurs, but if you don't have a multi-region player you may at some point find yourself returning a title for exchange. I know that can be frustrating, but if you're like me, some of these DVDs are worth the hassle. This is just a heads-up, not meant to impede anyone from purchasing this title.