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U2 - Rattle and Hum [DVD]
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2009
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
on 28 September 2009
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
on 16 June 2002
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.
get it now
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on 14 August 2014
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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2001
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2009
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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on 20 April 2012
When the intro to 'Where the streets have no name' begins you know why you bought this.Probably sounds just as good on dvd as this bd doesn't offer a hd audio track but c'est la vie.,the transfer is just gorgeous,total respect for this piece of film....grain and all.
Absolute U2 at their best & any fan will sincerely agree with me.,any contempory fans 'the fly' onwards may not like this era as contrasts greatly to their 'beautiful day'.
Does come with dts audio though which reproduces great through a home theatre kit so not a complete loss and a recommendation just the same.
Wazza.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2013
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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on 21 December 2014
A brilliant film/DVD! If you love U2 you gotta love this. This was the Dublin lads at their peak in my opinion.
The filming in black and white just seems to underline the dynamic stage presences captured in this musical document of a truly fabulous band.
When some colour breaks in on The Streets Have No Name, it just seems right.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2002
I'd read a review following the original release of the original LP on vinyl. That review affected my judgement of Rattle and Hum for years, until a few days ago. I sat and watched an old TV taped version of Rattle and Hum that I'd done myself in the early nineties but never had the time to absorb properly until a few days ago, and I was spellbound. I had to get the DVD version. There on the shelf at a snip sat the best music DVD I've ever bought. Lovely guitar work of course by The Edge, particularly the solo song he does, and this version of Sunday.. is a moment to be seen, particularly poignant because of Enniskillen...sums up everything about the Troubles, takes all the terrorists' excuses on both sides in Northern Ireland and throws them in the bin. OK, enough of the politics. Yes, I can understand the not so glowing LP review, particularly if you had the preceding LPs in your collection, but the DVD? Fantastic. There's an extra 11 tracks that aren't on the CD for God's sake!?! The sound is a mite patchy in places with a couple of dropouts, but, heck, what do you expect when it's live. I'm going to buy the Essential tour by U2 next! Truly worth every penny, especially at this knock down price!?!?!
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