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4.0 out of 5 stars BLU RAY EXTRA FEATURES Review Only !
This is simply a list of the Extra Features on the Region 2 (U.K.) edition of the Blu Ray version.
1. Two live performances including film of the band getting off the plane and leaving in a car at Munster,West Germany 11th September 1965,
the live tracks are: 'Satisfaction' and 'I'm All Right' (There is some great footage of Brian Jones playing live here)...
Published 23 months ago by Jack Daniel

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3.0 out of 5 stars Can you sometimes get exactly what you want? The Rolling Stones turn the clock back on 50 years and open up the vaults.
It is high time for a look back on an illustrious career that has famously had more than its fair share of sex, drugs and rock n' roll. However, those looking for a Beatles Anthology-esque examination will be disappointed. This is more ramshackle than that, much like the band themselves. This is a concise one-off film of only 118 minutes. Considering it took director,...
Published on 31 Oct 2012 by G. Wetherall


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4.0 out of 5 stars BLU RAY EXTRA FEATURES Review Only !, 27 Jan 2013
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Jack Daniel "J.D." (The Highlands Of Scotland) - See all my reviews
This is simply a list of the Extra Features on the Region 2 (U.K.) edition of the Blu Ray version.
1. Two live performances including film of the band getting off the plane and leaving in a car at Munster,West Germany 11th September 1965,
the live tracks are: 'Satisfaction' and 'I'm All Right' (There is some great footage of Brian Jones playing live here)
All this film is in very good quality black and white and is all filmed with multiple cameras (one on stage) and has reasonably good sound quality for the year. (this all runs for a total of 08:36)
2. Interview with Director Brett Morgan (this runs for a total of 10:48)
3. The Sound And Music Of Crossfire Hurricane (this runs for a total of 05:30)
4. Theatrical Trailer for Crossfire Hurricane (01.06)
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Stones DVD around., 27 Oct 2012
This review is from: The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane [DVD] [2013] [NTSC] (DVD)
If you buy one Rolling Stones DVD - Make it this one. A true labour of love produced my Mick Jagger himself; Crossfire Hurricane is now officially THE definitive Stones documentary. Although there are a plethora of Stones films out there, mostly excellent, this is now the one to get. Although it's not a concert film, you do get full tracks and live excerpts from various concerts throughout their fifty year career, from very early television appearances playing early blues tracks like Little Red Rooster to later era classics like Miss You. The documentary covers the band's full career, although it does focus mainly on their best era, 64' to about 72', looking at everything from line up changes to drug busts. Surprisingly, one thing it didn't focus on were the actual records themselves, there no comments on the making of classic records like Beggars Banquet, Let it Bleed or Exile on Main Street, but this is not bad thing, as there are countless DVDs that look at this in depth already. Throughout the film, you get bits of old interviews, as well as archive pictures and home film. Starting off right at the begging, you get a small insight as to what life must have been like for the Stones in the early days through revealing commentaries all of the bands surviving members. The new interviews are audio only, which is actually a good thing, as instead of repeated cutting back to whoever is speaking; the film is free to show concert film. Really, if you are Rolling Stones fan, you have to own this. Forget the rest of the stuff released to cash in on the bands fiftieth anniversary; this is the one to get. It's a superbly made documentary that ranks up there as one of the best docs I've seen in a long time, and is a must own for fans of the band. This isn't all the Stones you need to own though, their early concert film Rock and Roll Circus is essential watching, and Stones in Exile is an interesting watch if you want a doc specifically on what many consider to be the Stones' best record, Exile in Main Street.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can you sometimes get exactly what you want? The Rolling Stones turn the clock back on 50 years and open up the vaults., 31 Oct 2012
This review is from: The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane [DVD] [2013] [NTSC] (DVD)
It is high time for a look back on an illustrious career that has famously had more than its fair share of sex, drugs and rock n' roll. However, those looking for a Beatles Anthology-esque examination will be disappointed. This is more ramshackle than that, much like the band themselves. This is a concise one-off film of only 118 minutes. Considering it took director, Brett Morgan, four months to wade through the archive footage (with assistance from co-producer, Mick Jagger), it is a shame that he hasn't been minded to create a more sprawling work, befitting of the Stones' lengthy career. In fact, the documentary ends abruptly at around 1977, and offers nothing after this date, save for closing credit live footage of Exile On Main Street track 'All Down The Line' lifted from the 2008 film, Shine A Light.

Opening with colour backstage footage and a live rendition of 'Street Fighting Man', attention soon turns to the early days, and the maelstrom that consisted of live performance in the early and mid-60s for the Rolling Stones, with the incessant screaming and stage invasions. Emphasis is firmly placed on what it must have been like have been within this vortex, having to deal with a rapid ascent and devotional teenage girls (England) and boys (the rest of the world).

Whilst discussing the early period, coverage is given in a frank manner as to the band's feeling about the demise of original band member, Brian Jones. Whilst acknowledging his talent, it turns out that the band felt a degree of inevitability over his eventual death. Even though an element of mystery hangs over the drowning, Jones' relationship with drugs is well-known (Godard's film, Sympathy for the Devil, shows an induced and distracted Jones in the studio). As matters arose, the death came only two days before a free Hyde Park gig in front of 500,000 people - a gig that would mark a baptism of fire for new guitarist, Mick Taylor, and also act as a remembrance for Jones. Drummer Charlie Watts recalls Mick crying in the corner of the dressing room on the day of the performance. By contrast, Keith states that his reason for not going to the funeral is because he didn't want to make it 'a circus', and that he didn't even go to the funeral of his own mother and father.

Arriving at the late 60s, there are compelling scenes offered up by the Altamont stabbing of Meredith Hunter, but these are taken from the previously released feature, Gimme Shelter. This time around, however, it is enhanced by comments from the band looking back, which is illuminating seeing as it has since been perceived as the incident that killed the hippie dream and the anti-Woodstock.

Although the archive footage is interesting, there is not necessarily a dearth of unseen live material. The narrative itself is loosely played with, especially at the start, diverging down different avenues whilst vaguely seeking a chronological path (of sorts).

There are some interesting revelations contained within this documentary that will interest fans. For example, Mick Taylor finally provides the reason as to why he left the Stones. Jagger himself concedes that he did not know or understand why, and Taylor goes on to explain that during the early 70s, he was falling into heroin addiction.

Bill Wyman also distills what he believes is the sound of the Rolling Stones. Bearing a theory to Richards oft-quoted opinion that many bands can rock but not many can roll, he points towards the sound as being a consequence of Charlie's decision to follow Keith's lead, which means that the drums come in slightly behind the guitar, which is unusual in itself, whilst Bill's bass would be slightly ahead. Wyman describes this as leading to 'a wobble' effect, where things could fall apart at any given moment.

There is some interesting black and white footage of Mick and Keith writing material together in what is either backstage or in some sort of hotel room. Having an insight into how they worked together on the verge of what would be a particularly prolific part of their career is fascinating. Keith later voices opinion that of all the songs they wrote, 'Midnight Rambler' would be the essence of the Jagger/Richards writing partnership. He states a belief that anyone else could have written any of the other tunes, but only he and Mick would have thought about making an opera out of the blues.

Coincidentally, much like that tune, this is certainly a film goes on a ramble of its own. Starting in slightly messy fashion, like a band tuning up after a short time apart, and taking a while to lock into the groove. As far as flaws go, no reference is made at all to Ian Stewart, which seems a glaring omission considering this is an overview of the Rolling Stones' career and all the significant players. His distinctive piano work enhanced songs such as 'Brown Sugar', amongst many others, and his lack of appearance in this documentary feels unfair and a missed opportunity. Also, there is no real detail on the relationship the Stones had with manager Andrew Loog Oldham.

Introducing the film, Jagger congratulated Brett Morgan for managing to cover 50 years of the Stones in a couple of hours. Well, he hasn't managed that. He has covered 25 years pretty well, but with some gaping holes. Whether this is down to the Stones' reticence in opening up, or a lack of probing is anyones' guess.

I know it's only a rock n roll film, and you might not necessarily love it, but you'll probably like it.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best "Stones" DVD EVER!, 7 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane [DVD] [2013] [NTSC] (DVD)
As a potted history of the the Rolling Stones early days through to their megastar status today, this is an unmissable DVD!
The birth of this Rock'n'Roll phenomenon is shown in nitty gritty detail! Plenty of early days film footage including stacks of back stage clips! Genuinely unmissable!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD lives up to cinematic experience, 13 Feb 2013
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This DVD was a must-have for me after seeing the documentary at one of its special screenings at the movies.
And watching it on a television screen doesn't take much away from what is a fantastic viewing experience.

It's a great overview of the Stones' rich history, taking the viewer through the many transformations of the stars, full of humour, wit and fabulously rock'n'roll tales.

It's filmed in such a way that often you feel as though you are right there - whether it's feeling the exultation at Madison Square Garden or a real sense of fear at the infamous Altamont Speedway concert.

Narrated by the voices of the Stones as they are today lends some great hindsight and insight to the historical footage.

I can't recommend this DVD enough to all Stones fans and those looking for an introduction to these musical greats.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last., 25 Jan 2013
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Great movie/documentary, mainly the 70's. Have to wait for this one a long time. But it's worth waiting that long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the greatest rock band ever, 19 Jan 2013
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Watched this on tv and felt I wanted to have it in my dvd library. A great insight into the greatest rock group ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done Stones Doco (BluRay), 15 Jan 2013
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I really enjoyed this BluRay. The editing is seamless. There is a lot about Brian Jones and even Mick Taylor. The footage is great and flows really well. I like the way the story is told with members of the band telling their story.
The picture quality is great, sound is clear and well produced.
The fact that the story ends at the end of the 1970s is interesting. One thing I noticed how the last 5 or so years is covered in only 10-15 minutes which shows how much emphasis is covered to the 1960s era of The Stones.
Overall this is a great film that tells us their story. A must get if you are a fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, 13 Jan 2013
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A really great film about an iconic band ..... and something i could watch again and again .... Thankyou so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD - EVER, 12 Jan 2013
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If you don't understand why the Stones always will be the best band in the world, buy this and watch it. For those that didn't live through the times, this will explain what it was like to have done so.
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