I Hate MTV-style editing
T. McCool | Lafayette, IN United States | 01/13/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Four Flicks is full of great performances. That goes without saying. But the MTV-style editing is enough to make a person seasick. Is it really so bad to hold a shot for more than 1 second? And there is this annoyingly trendy method of editing in shots that in the past would have been edited out. You know, when the camera man is zooming into a shot? It used to be that would end up on the cutting room floor. But it's seemingly hot and trendy not only to keep zooming, out of focus shots in, but to delete the tight, focused shots that come after! If you want to see how a concert film should be shot and edited, watch The Last Waltz.
Although the editing has all but ruined this DVD set, there is the unique Select-A-Stone feature that allows YOU to be the editor! You can choose to focus on one Stone throughout an entire song, or choose when you want to cut from Mick to Keith to Woody to Charlie. Or you can torture yourself with the "original" multi-zooming split-second editing.
The documentary disc and some of the interviews are worth watching, especially if you are a casual fan. Hardcore fans have heard most of this already, but it's always fun to watch Keith talk, no matter what he's saying, as if you could understand what he's saying at all.
Another neat feature is the ability to select your own set-list. You can pre-program the songs you want to hear, in any order. Besides these features, the discs are somewhat scant on extras and easter eggs - especially for a four disc set. But this is normal for the Stones, who always leave you wanting just a little bit more."
Stones for the ages
Riccardo Pelizzo | baltimore, maryland USA | 12/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"the four flicks dvd is simply great. it takes you in the back stage, in the studio where the stones rehearsed, it takes on stage for three very different concerts in New York, London and Paris.
It gives a good sense of how good the band is: the Stones are just excellent: very energetic and very inspired.
It's very hard to tell which of the three concert is the best. I should probably say the concert at the Madison Square Garden (first dvd) or the one in London's Twickenham Stadium. In both concerts the Stones performed some of their most solid rock: Jumpin'Jack Flash, Satisfaction, Honky Tonk Women and so on.
But the concert in Paris is interesting for other reasons: Charlie Watts saying to the public that he wanted to sing a song but Mick Jagger would not let him (a joke that made everybody laugh) and Keith Richards singing Hoagy Carmicheal's Nearness of You (a song that Keith had recorded many years before, that can be heard in the soundtrack of the movie Basquiat).
It's a wonderful wonderful dvd set. It's a great document of the Stones for the ages."
THE STONES ROCK PARIS
Avalon Don | Huntington Beach, California United States | 09/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Paris Olympia Theatre concert is a confirmation "The World's Greatest Rock And Roll Band" never needed gimmicks, large staging, ramps, cages, fire or anything. On this night they nail it doing what they do best - rock. The band members play a tight set pulling out obscurities ( "No Expectations", "Dance Pt. 1", "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love", "That's How Strong My Love Is", "Love Train" ) instead of the predictability of the large stage shows. The camera work captures just the right angles maximizing the modern features of DVD technology. For long time fans waiting for a Rolling Stones concert like days back in the "Gimme Shelter" movie, this is it. The concert closes with awesome versions of "Honky Tonk Women", "Brown Sugar" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash". The sound quality? Finally the Stones get it right. ( THE REST ) The stadium and arena shows are just what fans expect in spite of the gimmicks - a lot of energy. "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" from New York's Madison Square Garden is the highlight showcasing the group's instrumental musicianship. I also like hearing the guys get back to some real Blues at London's Twickenham Staduim on a slow version of "I Just Want To Make Love To You". The documentary DVD gives an interesting behind the scenes look at what's involved before a superstar band hits the road on a long tour. The Stones take a hands on approach on everything including the t-shirts. The "Four Flicks" set is something special. The Paris concert alone is worth the price. Highly Recommended."
Worth every penny..! Your DVD collection (and your life..) i
D. Bolter | 11/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't usually say that about DVD releases (or anything for that matter..), but this one's quintessential for any concert or Stones collection. What's left to say which hasn't been said in the item description or reviews..? With options like 'Select-a-Stone' on certain songs, choice of venue (stadium, auditorium..), select a custom track listing for seeing only the songs you want, concert commentaries, bonus documentaries, jumbotron-alone segment ~ Hey, the list goes on and on.
Having finally saw them during the current 'Bigger Bang' tour for the first time, get a home screen big enough with surround sound, and it's like you're "up in front". Glad I saved up to purchase this.
OK, there's ONE pan I can think of..: Why doesn't "Select-a-Stone" include Lisa..!?! I could watch her groove, slink and jiggle all day long. (Artistically speaking, of course..)
Again, essential for proper Stones collection. Long live, Midnight Rambler..!"