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Gimme Shelter [DVD] [2009]

The Rolling Stones    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: The Rolling Stones
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018O51DS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,504 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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To cite Gimme Shelter as the greatest rock documentary ever filmed is to damn it with faint praise. This 1970 release benefits from a horrifying serendipity in the timing of the shoot, which brought filmmakers Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin aboard as the Rolling Stones' tumultuous 1969 American tour neared its end. By following the band to the Altamont Speedway near San Francisco for a fatally mismanaged free concert, the Maysles and Zwerin wound up shooting what's been accurately dubbed rock's equivalent to the Zapruder film. The cameras caught the ominous undercurrents of violence palpable even before the first chords were strummed, and were still rolling when a concertgoer was stabbed to death by the Hell's Angels that served as the festival's pool cue-wielding security force.

By the time Gimme Shelter reached theater screens, Altamont was a fixed symbol for the death of the 1960s' spirit of optimism. The Maysles and Zwerin used that knowledge to shape their film: their chronicle begins in the editing room as they cut footage of the Stones' Madison Square Garden performance of "Jumpin' Jack Flash," and from there moves toward Altamont with a kind of dreadful grace. The songs become prophecies and laments for broken faith ("Wild Horses"), misplaced devotion ("Love in Vain"), and social collapse ("Street Fighting Man" and, of course, "Sympathy for the Devil"). Along the way, we glimpse the folly of the machinations behind the festival, the insularity of life on the concert trail, and the superstars' own shell-shocked loss of innocence.

Gimme Shelter looks into an abyss, partly self-created, from which the Rolling Stones would retreat--but unlike its subject, the filmmakers don't blink. --Sam Sutherland

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Birth of The Stones as a Stadium Band 28 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
This is a shockingly fantastic film. It was meant to start out as a filmed document of the Stones live comeback of '69 and instead, mostly, turned into a document of the Altamont Free Concert disaster. Indeed a young man was stabbed, Hunter Meredith was only 18.

I do object to Amazons review of this DVD stating, "the on-screen stabbing of a young African-American man (during 'Sympathy for the Devil,' no less)" In fact the song permormed at the time was 'Under My Thumb.' This sort of proves that Amazons reviewers don't actually watch the DVD's before reviewing them.

Still a fantastic film no less. The look on Jaggers face at the end, when he asks the film editor to rewind the section of film where Meredith Hunter is stabbed, shows total shock and empathy. And a short great scene I like where the camera pans across the studio to find Keith lying on his back behind the amps (for some reason) is quite amusing.

This film captures the Stones at the start of their live performances as we know them today. After a two and a half year absence from the stage they returned to a different musical world to the one they'd left. No longer did concerts last 30 minutes (although in the '69 tour they only played around 80 minutes a show, unlike other bands at the time clocking 2 hour concerts). The stage presences, the glam, Jaggers strutt all starts here.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrible...But Compelling. 16 Nov 2009
Format:DVD
After years of reading about this infamous concert in various Stones bio's/ magazine articles etc. to finally get the chance to see it was an exciting moment. What can I say!? It's every bit as unsettling and brutal as I'd been led to believe. The idea of the film was to show the Stones on their tour of America at the end of 1969, culminating in a free concert, Woodstock-style, at a suitable venue, which eventually became the Altamont Speedway when no suitable venue would give them permission. What started as a triumphant tour as witnessed in the early footage at Madison Square Garden quickly degenerated into chaos. The film is of course, notorious for showing an audience member (18 year old Meredith Hunter) being stabbed to death near the stage while the Stones are performing. The film-makers didn't know at the time that they'd caught a murder on camera. To them it was just another of several unsavoury scuffles that had been raging throughout the day. Watching Jaggers face as he's shown the fatal blows in an editing room is chilling. Several other scenes leave an indelible impression. The hideous faces of tripping, scruffy looking, hippies (God, these people are ugly!), the explosive bursts of violence from the Hell's Angels, the argument between Jack Cassady of the Jefferson Airplane and an Angel when the bands singer Marty Balin has been beaten up for questioning the Angels heavy-handedness. In fact, you can almost feel the nasty vibe coming through into the room as you're watching. I'm not someone who is easily shocked but I was left in a daze when the film had finished. To see an actual murder on film, rather than seeing one in a work of fiction, is a totally different experience and I couldn't get the scene out of my head for nearly 24 hours. Altamont signalled the end of the 60's dream in the most brutal way possible and Gimme Shelter captures this superbly. So, not an easy watch then but utterly essential viewing.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of Flower Power! 13 Jun 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
If you're a fan of the Sixties or the Rolling Stones, you simply have to have this video. This is the Stones at their best before it all went tragically wrong at Altamont when 18 year old Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death in front of the stage by Hell's Angels. For many, this free concert by the Stones at Altamont at the end of 1969 spelt the end of the Sixties and the flower power era. For that reason alone, this is compulsive viewing for devotees of the genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
At present this 1970 musical masterpiece is only available on BLU RAY in the States. But therein lies a problem for UK and European buyers…

The US issue is REGION-A LOCKED - so it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK Blu Ray players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't). Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Until such time as someone else gives “Gimme Shelter” a long-overdue REGION B and C release – check your BLU RAY player has the capacity to play REGION A – before you buy the pricey Criterion issue…
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Preach it brother! 5 Dec 2005
Format:DVD
Gimme Shelter is an astonishing look at the dark side of the rock 'n'roll collective hallucination: Jagger thought he was lucifer, the fans thought he was lucifer ... and the Hell's Angels thought he was a loser.
The story is one of the best known examples of how not to organise a free concert.The Stones were at their musical peak: Mick Taylor was there to help Charlie keep it together, Keith had rarely looked so elegantly wasted and Jagger was Jack Flash in all his androgynous splendor.
Unfortunately it was decided that the Angels would make great security guards. Even more unfortunately they got to have as much alcohol as they could drink in return for herding hippies.
The Mayles cameras seem to have been omnipresent : in a situation where nobody could budge an inch they were absolutely everywhere. They got the endless to and fro with the Stones manager Grossman (?)trying to find a venue for the concert, the breath-taking build up with eye in the sky shots of thousands upon thousands of people honing in on the Altamont Speedway, the first signs that things were not going to go according to plan (what plan?)as musicians got attacked by Hell's Angels ("My God, they're attacking musicians? That doesn't seem right!") , the agonising slide into ugly anarchy, the irate fan (former fan ?) who punched Big J in the lip as he came out of his caravan to preen, the bad-tripping Angel/stage hand going down on bad acid and glaring at Jagger with contempt and fascination, the stray dog ambling across the stage totally unfazed by the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world, Jagger calling for calm as fighting breaks out yet again: "What are we fighting for ? You know if we really are all one, let's be all one!" ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 20 days ago by nizze 2
5.0 out of 5 stars The Altamont Altercation
I remember watching the Woodstock movie on BBC3 a while ago and thinking it would be a far better film if they focused more on the festival-goers and less on the music which, with... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr NS Shark
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stones at their best
This documentary has it all. The Stones are brilliant and the history of the gig adds to the unique atmosphere of the show. Not to be missed
Published 6 months ago by Russeldust
5.0 out of 5 stars Stones at their best
As a fan of the Rolling Stones it saddens me to witness their gradual slide to mediocrity. This shows them when they really were the greatest rock'n roll band in the world.
Published 7 months ago by Jim Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion Collection Gimme Shelter
I have now 3 DVD'S which revolve around documentaries made. The first ordered was 50TH ANNIVERARY"HURRICANE CROSSFIRE. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Leila Pinky
5.0 out of 5 stars Gimme Shelter
Loved the track Gimme Shelter from the Let it Bleed album and been a fan of the Rolling Stones since I was a schoolgirl. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S. Dunstan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gimme Altamont Speedway
I first saw this film in a small cinema in Soho (London W1) back in the early 70's. The atmosphere building during the film, peaks at the concert with the band pleading for order,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alan Robert Lancaster
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must for any Stones fan
A brilliant product for any Rolling Stones fanatic. Great to see how life was for the stones back then and to see history happen which cannot be described in words
Published 11 months ago by Mr C A Coombes
4.0 out of 5 stars The Premier Stones Documentary
Always a favourite of mine, it was great to see it released on DVD again. What makes this such a great film, is that it features the Stones in what many consider their peak. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ben D. Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary
This film, whatever may have been the intentions of those who commissioned it, is not a conventional collection of concert footage put together to promote the Rolling Stones but is... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jack Point
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