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Rattle and Hum [HD DVD] [1988] [US Import] [1999]


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  • Actors: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., B.B. King
  • Directors: Phil Joanou
  • Producers: Michael Hamlyn, Paul McGuinness
  • Format: Colour, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GX57YU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,163 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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U2 - Rattle & Hum [Hd Dvd]

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Rattle and Hum is not a film for anyone looking for an introduction to Irish band U2's career in the 1980s, but it is a vibrant portrait of an established group making its musical pilgrimage through the America it has always imagined through blues, gospel, and early rock 'n' roll. Filmmaker Phil Joanou (Heaven's Prisoners), a veteran music-video director and maker of the distractingly kinetic Three O'Clock High, finds a suitable outlet for his high energy in this juggernaut of a journey, which finds U2 collaborating with a black gospel choir and B.B. King, recording inside the legendary Sun Records studio, dropping by Graceland, and in a moment of fearlessness, performing the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" to exorcise Charles Manson's sick claim on the song. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jjaviroquai on 13 Mar 2009
Format: Blu-ray
One of the best documentarys of Rock of all times. The Blu Ray quality is good enough for a U2 performance. It has all the magic of the Joshua Tree and Rattle and Hum records and captures the best of the Joshua Tree american tour.

But all the blu ray titles before this century (90s, 80s, etc.) have a bad definition, so the 1080p experience is not as good as it could be.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By fireblue on 28 Sep 2009
Format: Blu-ray
This is a great film and will be enjoyed by anyone who has any interest in U2 - if you're not a fan it's unlikely to convert you. I've had this on Video and DVD so it's safe to say I like the movie. There is a lot of passion in the songs and there are some interesting time afoot as Sunday Bloody Sunday is sung on the day of the Eneskillen bombings in Ireland - very raw.

It's an interesting mix of Black and White (indoors) and Colour (outdoors) footage but the black and white works best. Some real classics on here which will be enjoyed by all.

As for the Blu-Ray conversion? Well, contrary to most old conversions the sound has come over intact which is really good for a soundtrack based movie. As for the picture? Well, most of it is shot in grainy Black & White so what you get is very high resolution grainy Black & White. It doesn't look soft and does actually look a little more real as you pick up bits of detail you didn't see before, but maybe that's just me viewing with a fresh pair of eyes.

Love the film, sounds awesome, picture is rock solid, absolute bargain on Amazon.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "bilbojohnstone" on 16 Jun 2002
Format: DVD
if youve ever seent hem live and yearn to try and relive some of the magic then this is it. An amazing dvd, featuring the best version of sunday bloddy sunday ive ever heard with bono and the capacity crowd roaring NO MORE! - magic. Then the gretaest live performance of any song ever in my opinion, and possible the greatest way to finish a concert ever - Pride, the crowd join in as per ususal but this performance is a one off special which left me gaping, so emotional and spine tingling, i owuld have killed to have been there. The video work is also amazing with some momentsa of brilliance.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sep 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Even if you're not the biggest U2 fan, anyone who's into music should appreciate something about "Rattle and Hum." This is the last tour of the most iconic band of the eighties before they adapted a more sleek, stylish look for their 1991 ZooTV tour. Filmed mostly in grainy black and white, it shows the more serious, dour and socially concious U2 of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Bullet the Blue Sky" fame. However, the social commentaries in this film never outweigh the general celebration of music and phenominal stage presence. One does feel as if they are in the middle of a U2 show, especially if you view the DVD copy with the remastered sound. The film follows U2 though "The Joshua Tree" tour of 1987-1988, planting the Irish band in the heartland of America, the gritty streets of New York and the outlands of Arizona for some showstopping numbers. Highpoints of the film include a duet with blues guitar legend B. B. King, a gripping anf heartfelt version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" during which Bono makes some daring comments on IRA bombings and the revolution of his homeland and a version of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Lokking For" backed with a Harlem church choir. The only lowpoint is an unnecessary trip to Memphis' Graceland. I mean, did these guys never see "Spinal Tap"?
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
One of the most controversial U2 releases that divides fans and critics, Rattle and Hum sometimes comes off a bit too serious and puts the band into a different perspective. The film was made during the 1987 Joshua Tree tour during the band's American obsession which gets a bit annoying after a while. The film was shot on 16mm black and white film (colour on a few outdoor songs) blown up to 32mm which gives the film it's intentional grainy look. Even when the print is scanned at its highest resolution it still looks grainy and dull - the picture isn't much better than the DVD release or the HD-DVD but the grain isn't as bad on this Blu-ray.

However, the audio is fantastic and will sound great in headphones, surround sound or just coming out of your TV's speakers.
Rattle and Hum is a good release considering that it was one of the first of the format released. What really lets it down is the lack of extra features. There is a 30 second teaser trailer and that is it. Considering the amount of archive footage U2 fans know exists (check out 'From The Sky Down' - it has plenty), this is a huge disappointment.

An average release but it is a classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 11 Mar 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a must for any U2 fan.

It is U2 at their finest - simple and emotional live shows.

Blu-ray conversion is no better than the DVD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Gardiner on 10 Jan 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I havent bothered with the DVD extras, and really dont care about commentries and the like . Rattle and Hum on Blu-ray is nothing short of awesome. Granted its been a few years since I last saw this but the experience on Blu-ray was fantastic. I have a high end LCD tv and sound system was staggered by the quality of the music and picture. Like them or loath them U2 definatly put their best foot forward in this rockumentry.
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