I had first heard of the The Temptations thanks to a hit they had with Rick James in the 80s called "Standing on the Top". I went thru some of the folks old albums and got hooked on the Tempts older stuff after that. When I heard that there was a miniseries coming out on them back in 1998, I was all over it.
I ended up videotaping the series and kept that in my personal collection. When it eventually came out on video, I got that too. Naturally, when I made the transition to dvd, "The Temptations" was a no-brainer.
What I liked most about this movie is even with all the hits from them that I knew, it turned me on to even more songs I had never even heard of. "I Want a Love I Can See" and "I'm Losing You" are now two of my all-time Tempt classics that I never would have known about were it not for this movie.
I also had no idea of everything that group had been thru until watching this. I remember D watching it being surprised that so many of them had already died. If it didn't actually happen, it would seem almost too incredulous to believe. And it's even sadder that the two remaining members, Otis Williams and Dennis Edwards (even if Dennis wasn't actually an original member), don't get along now to the point where they tour as two separate Temptations groups.
In addition, I had a greater appreciation for seeing their 80s video "Standing on the Top". You could look at that just that three minute video and correlate it with the movie to tell all they had been thru and what they still had ahead.
Since it first aired, it continues to come on television non-stop. Most of the time it will be on VH1's Movies That Rock or sometimes even BET. No matter when it's on, I still watch it as if it's the first time I have seen it. I still wonder how come the cat who played Paul Williams, Christian Payton, hasn't gotten more work.
Lastly, the thing that really did it for me was for a lot of these songs, these cats were singing their own parts and sounded just as good. I would have never known it until I heard the studio version and the movie version of certain songs and they sounded different yet just as tight. I could go on and on about "The Temptations" but you get the idea. Get the movie.