Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Shine a Light |
Actor: The Rolling Stones
Director: Martin Scorsese
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Widescreen. PG 13. Starring The Rolling Stones with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts. Director: Martin Scorsese. Documentary/feature-film spanning the career of the Rolling Stones, with concert foo... more »
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Simon D. Collier | Riverside, CT USA | 08/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a Stones fan, then just buy it and enjoy; the negative reviewers miss the point. Towards the end of a long and fantastic career it's all about the band having fun; for the viewer its all about watching them experience that joy. And if you feel the need to quibble about the price or production values, then you shouldn't be buying such a DVD in the first place. The BluRay looks wonderful and the concert is nice and 'up close'. One of the most interesting aspects is watching how MJ tries to control the band with a raised eyebrow or nod here and there, or moving to gently push KR back to center when he goes 'off the plot'. It beats me why anyone would quibble on little details that aren't relevant to the central theme - its a celebration of one of the world's true entertainment super-groups. Relax."
rash67 | USA | 11/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One notably good movie I've seen lately, on Blu-ray. Martin Scorsese's "Shine a Light" filming of some live Rolling Stones concerts is not only great, good music, but one of the best examples of the possibilities of HD 1080p TV and Blu-ray. Mick Jagger (and Ron Wood) look like gargoyles. Mick is amazingly thin and spry for some one who is 65 years old, if memory serves, and bounces all over the stage, like he did in his twenties, like a cricket who drank a lot on coffee. Keith Richards looks like a zombie undead superannuated version of Captain Jack Sparrow. Charlie Watts, who must be nearly 70, now looks the youngest of the lot. But it's all about the music!
Beautiful, sexy guest Christine Aguilera and sings and jumps around in the highest pair of spike heeled boots I've ever seen a woman be able to stand on - must be 5-6 inch heels? While she looks really sweet, she shrieks the lyrics.
The music in the film, despite the guests, is much better when Jagger sings alone. Typical of the great Rock concerts the Stones have been doing for 40+ years. We never thought they would be when they started out, but the Stones have become the default Kings of Rock after the breakup of other groups like the Beatles, Doors, CSNY etc. That having been said, their best tunes still come from the sixties and early seventies, best from their period on London records and when Brian Jones was alive, "Let it Bleed" and before.
Intercut in this is parts of a mid `60's interview with Jagger and the Stones, like Scorsese used in his definitive Dylan documentary "No Direction Home"!
Buddy Guy helps Mick sing the Muddy Waters blues song "Champagne and Reefer". Unfortunately, Guy shouts the lyrics, overloads the mike and makes the anti-cocaine message nearly unintelligible.
The Stones music is loud and concert-like and the Blu-Ray sound will test the limits of your sound system.
But the most amazing thing is the video effects, the huge array of high intensity lights and strobe lights which Scorsese shoots off repeatedly and uses to backlight and then solarize Mick Jagger to a complete white.
This is what Blu-Ray can do!
If you have Blu-ray and 1080p capable HD TV, this is really a demonstration DVD!
Shine a light
Hrvoje M. Bubalo | 09/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i will be very short because all i can say this disc as a concert blu ray presentation is just best of the best.
stones are still amazing and like i have said before watching this on blu ray is just amazing picture and a sound is a five stars so as you can tell i will rate this disc as a 5 star concert."
T. Simmons | Nor Cal | 12/15/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Like others have said the sound quality is bad the performance unispired. The sound may be a result of poor production or more probably the Stones just aren't that good. The Rolling Stones may be the most overrated band of all time. I used to be a fan, but after seeing this I lot much respect for them. As a guitar player myself I was disappointed at how sloppy and simplistic the musicianship was. SO many more talented bands out there."