The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter (2009) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1
This musical documentary concerns the Rolling Stones and their tragic free concert at Altamont Speedway near San Francisco in early December 1969. The event was all but destroyed by violence that marked the end of the peace and love euphoria of the 1960s. The night began smoothly, with the supercharged Flying Burrito Brothers opening up for the Rolling Stones and performing the truck-driving classic "Six Days on the Road" and Tina Turner giving a sensually charged performance. But on this particular evening, the Stones made the fateful (and disastrous) decision to hire the Oakland chapter of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang as bodyguards and bouncers. It was a foolhardy, careless choice that turned the night into an unmitigated disaster; halfway through the Stones' act, the Angels killed one black spectator, and injured several others who were present (including Jefferson Airplane's lead singer Marty Balin). In the film, we watch Mick Jagger -- ere an ebullient, charismatic performer of bisexual charm -- reduced to standing on stage like a frightened child with his finger in his mouth in wake of the violence. Unsurprisingly, the Grateful Dead refused to perform after the violence erupted; the picture ends on a despairing note, with the Stones repeatedly watching a film of the murder. Celebrated documentarians Albert and David Maysles directed and Haskell Wexler shot the film, with heightened instinct and control; as a result, this film is considered one of the greatest rock documentaries ever made. Stones songs performed include "Brown Sugar," "Under My Thumb," and "Sympathy for the Devil." --Dan Pavlides
• A dark counterpoint to the lovefest of the film Woodstock, this documentary about the Rolling Stones' 1969 American concert tour centers on the hallucinatory nightmare of the Altamont Music Festival. The free rock concert attracted 300,000 fans. The Stones hired members of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang to conduct security, but the gang ended up implicated in a fan riot which left one person dead. Cinematographer Haskell Wexler's tremendous camera work captures the connections between The Stones' hypnotic and provocative music and the drug-addled frenzy of the crowd. Directors David Maysles and Al Maysles take a hands-off approach, and the result is a disturbing look at the hellish side of the 1960s rock & roll counterculture. Gimme Shelter is one of the most gripping concert films ever made, and one of the very few to examine the dangerous interplay between performers and live audiences. --Michael Betzold
• The Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash" "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" "You Gotta Move" "Wild Horses" (in studio at Muscle Shoals) "Brown Sugar" "Love in Vain"
Disc Title: The Rolling Stones.Gimme Shelter.1970.BD1080p Disc Size: 36 952 543 511 bytes Protection: AACS BD-Java: Yes Playlist: 00001.MPLS Size: 29 860 915 200 bytes Length: 1:31:44 Total Bitrate: 43,40 Mbps Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 34983 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1 Audio: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3804 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit) Audio: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1990 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit) Audio: English / Dolby Digital Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps Subtitle: English / 48,255 kbps "Honky Tonk Women" "Street Fighting Man" "Sympathy for the Devil" "Under My Thumb" "Gimme Shelter" (live version, over closing credits) • Ike and Tina Turner "I've Been Loving You Too Long" (at Madison Square Garden) • Jefferson Airplane "The Other Side of This Life" (at Altamont) • Flying Burrito Brothers "Six Days on the Road" (at Altamont)
• 1969 KSAN Radio Broadcast - recorded December 7, 1969, KSAN's four-hour post-Altamont broadcast fielded calls from a range of people who attended the concert and a few who helped organize it. Among those included in the excerpts provided on this Blu-ray disc are Sam Cutler, road/production manager for the Rolling Stones' 1969 tour; Emmet Grogan, a leader in San Francisco's counterculture movement; and Sonny Barger, then head of the Oakland chapter of the Hells Angels. In 2000, the late Stefan Ponek, the host of the original show, recorded new introductions to the material especially for Criterion. Not subtitled. (30 min). • Outtakes - a rare archival footage of the Rolling Stones in their prime preserved as a work print from the original editing sessions for Gimme Shelter. The performances and backstage footage - "Mixing Little Queenie", "Oh Carol", "Prodigal Son", and "Backstage with Mick, Ike, and Tine" - were filmed at Madison Square Garden on either November 27 or 28, 1969. The mixing sessions occurred in London in early 1970. Not subtitled. (19 min, 1080i/60). • Images from Altamont - photographers Bill Owens and Beth Sunflower were on hand at Altamont December 6, 1969. Two collections of images, from both photographers, are offered here. (1080p). • Trailers - two theatrical trailers (1080i/60) and a rerelease trailer (1080i/60). • Audio Commentary - recorded exclusively for the Criterion Collection in 2000, this commentary features director Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, along with collaborator Stanley Goldstein.
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