The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Paramount - 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 121 Minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: MPEG-4 (AVC)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English 2.0 PCM
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Christina Aguilera, Jack White III, Buddy Guy
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Music by: The Rolling Stones
Director of photography: Robert Richardson
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 29, 2008
"Ladies and gentlemen I give you The Rolling Stones"
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese and the world's greatest rock n' roll band, The Rolling Stones, unite to bring audiences the year's most extraordinary film event, Shine A Light. With special appearances by Christina Aguilera, Jack White and Buddy Guy, and four Rolling Stones performances not seen in theaters, Shine A Light is a must-own for rock n' roll fans across generations.
I have never really been a fan of The Stones although I appreciate their contributions to Rock and Roll and the music industry as a whole. I am familiar with a good portion of their material and enjoyed (for the most) what I recognized from this performance. I spent a number of years as a drummer in a local band and can appreciate the bands musical chops. Everyone looks quite old and Mick is slowing down in his advancing years. His attempt to bump and grind on stage with the very young, talented, and beautiful Christina Aguilera was almost embarrassing. Buddy Guy was truly impressive along with Keith in their rendition of Muddy Water's Champagne and reefer. There were quite a few archival interviews of the band spliced in which I found entertaining. I could have done without the whole Bill/Hilary Clinton and friends portion of the film although I liked Bills introduction of the band before the start of the concert. I got a kick out of Martin Scorsese in the pre-concert footage. His attempts to get a hold of the concert set list just tickled me for some reason. The funny part is that he finally gets it about 30 seconds before the concert's first song begins. The concert itself was fine although not my cup of tea. I am sure that fans will be thrilled with the opportunity to see The Stone's in this venue.
The rating is for brief strong language, drug references, and smoking.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
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Shine a light comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount featuring 1080p AVC encoded video with an average bitrate of 30 mbps and lossless DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel audio that have average bitrates of 4.3 mbps and 3.7 mbps respectively. An uncompressed 2.0 PCM track is included as well however I did not evaluate it during this review.
Being a concert one would hope for great sound from this lossless audio mix and I am happy to report that is exactly what was presented. I switched back and forth between the DTS-HD MA and Dolby TrueHD audio tracks and found that both sounded excellent. The DTS-HD MA audio might have a bit more presence (after matching the outputs) in the upper octaves but the differences if any would not be measurable. The mix did an outstanding job of proper placement of the musicians within the front soundstage. Surround sound activity followed the camera and helped to create the feeling of being in the wide open space of the Beacon Theater as the sounds of the cheering audience and reverberated music filled the rear sound field. Instrumentation was cleanly reproduced with superb clarity and dynamic impact. The mix didn't contain any deep sub bass frequencies but neither did the music. Bass was punchy, tight and quick with solid depth.
The video presentation had an intentional look to it that had the Scorsese signature all over it. Black and white film was used for a good portion of the pre-concert footage. Grain and high contrast was used to create a very distinct look which was quite interesting and seemed to be apropos. The video moved in and out of this and went to a more conventional style which utilized fairly natural looking colors and flesh tones. Noise was visible within the image and fine details were not readily apparent. Blacks were deep with a slight crushing effect. Once the concert got underway the image took on more of a three dimensional quality with clean lines, sharper detail and richer colors. I think that Scorsese did an outstanding job with this. I loved the camera work and his decision to give the video segments more defining style.
The bonus features include a 16 minute behind the scenes look and four additional concert songs which were not included in the original release of the film. Fans will appreciate this more than most.
- (HD) Four bonus songs not featured in the original film release
Undercover of the night, Paint it black, Little T&A and I'm free
- (HD)Behind the scenes featurette
The Rolling Stones are Rock and Roll icons and this film is a fitting testimonial to their staying power. It has been skillfully helmed by Martin Scorsese and features excellent audio and very good video quality on high definition Blu-ray. Fans will want to run out and add this to their collection.
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