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5.0 out of 5 stars For those who think and feel, 29 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Beyond The Lighted Stage [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
For the love of Benji, why did we have to wait 30 years for this? If 'Lighted stage' had been available in 1981, after 'Moving Pictures' was released, I'd have willing sacrified a finger to get my mutilated hands on a copy. Well, almost - you get the idea.

'Lighted stage' is essentially a chronological view, a stage-by-stage, album-by-album sweep through the unique history of Rush, accompanied along the way by Geddy, Neil and Alex themselves, their families, entourage, and us - the fans, all talking openly, in a warm, friendly and revealing manner. And I can promise you it's as magnificent as that sounds.

This is more than mere historical interest to add to what we've learned from books; it's incredibly personal, enlightening, enthralling and moving - like finding your parent's diaries.To have that veil of decades suddenly and completely lifted overwhelmed me in a totally unexpected way. Watching a succession of rock gods in their own right espouse Canada's finest export literally brought goosebumps to my arms.

The uninitiated will doubtless be nonplussed by what appears here, but for those of us who've kept the faith into a fifth decade, there is only one true love, one constant band and its name is 'Rush'.Even though they've lost something in this century, overall Rush are unquestionably the finest rock group ever formed. I seriously doubt that fans of 'All time low' and all those other vapid teen bands out there will still be tuning in after 33 years, which is what I'm doing with Rush and will be as long as there's a spark of life in me.

If I had any complaint it would be that 'Roll the bones' - for me, their finest hour - is the only album overlooked, glossed over in barely a sentence (excluding a two minute section in the extras). And if they could write sings on the road back then and produce an album every six months, why are we now wating 4 years per album?

Billy Corgan's words are particularly apposite: who gives a damn about 'Rolling Stone' and their phoney Hall of Fame? Rush have connected with their fans - that's all that matters. It's immutable and lifelong, spanning decades and generations. It always amazes me to see those teenage boys and girls, who should be into Fall Out Boy or some other passing fad, partying like crazy in Brazil. Just as people either love or hate Rush then every fan will definitely embrace this film as a matter of faith. As for everyone else, who cares?

On a technical level, the colour, clarity, quality and editing on this blu ray are superlative, adding greatly to the very personal sense evoked by the film itself to the point of feeling immersed in glorious history. It's particularly nice to see 'Fancy dancer' and 'Garden Road' make their offical debuts.

An absolute, absolute joy from beginning to (hilarious) end. If you're a Rush fan why haven't you got a copy?
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Initial post: 29 Jun 2010 16:57:50 BDT
Are you serious about Roll the Bones being Rush's finest hour?
Was it released in the 70s? - NO!
So can it be Rush's finest hour? - NO!
One of the best bits of the film was the lack of Roll the Bones.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2010 18:36:54 BDT
Each one to his/her own opinion!

Posted on 3 Aug 2010 20:43:14 BDT
While I don't think that Roll The Bones was Rush's finest hour there were some great tracks on it, namely Dreamline, Animate, The Big Wheel, Heresy and the title track itself so I was a bit surprised that the album was mostly ignored. As with most Rush albums after Power Windows there is a bit of inconsistency with some great tracks, a few not so great and a couple of decidedly iffy ones.
I don't see what Pesto's point is regarding Rush's finest hour being in the 70's - what album is he talking about. As good as 2112, A Farewell To Kings and Hemispheres are is Pesto seriously suggesting they are better than Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures and Signals from the 80,s. I will admit that Grace Under Pressure from the 80's is Rush's worst moment by a long way - utter crap).
Personally, I would say that Moving Pictures is Rush's finest hour but all their albums, except GUP, have brilliant moments in them.
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