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Stone Roses: Made Of Stone Steelbook (Blu-ray + DVD)
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In 2012, a resurrection no-one thought possible took place when legendary band, The Stone Roses reformed after 16 years.
With unprecedented access to previously unseen archive footage, Made of Stone is a revealing journey through the life of one of the most revered and influential bands in British music history.
Acclaimed film-maker Shane Meadows brings his unique directorial style, humour and emotional depth to the film, capturing the band at work and in their everyday lives as they rehearsed for their much-anticipated reunion, which culminated in three triumphant homecoming gigs at Manchester's Heaton Park in front of 220,000 adoring fans.
Incorporating never-seen-before material spanning the band's musical history, the personal experiences of many of those touched by the band and their music, and unparalleled access to the record-breaking sell-out concerts which took place in summer 2012, this is the definitive record of the definitive band of the past 25 years.
- Audio Commentary with Shane Meadows (director) and Mark Herbert (producer)
- Additional Performances including Fan Footage Highlights of Spike Island ‘90
- Behind the Scenes - Warrington Parr Hall
- Locating the Rehearsal Venue
- Shane's Hallelujah Moment
- Manchester Premiere
- Channel 4 News Piece
- Interview with Fans
- Fan Phone Footage
- Stoned love: Tour Montage
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As expected, the access he has to the boys is unprecidented and this really becomes apparent during the jaw-dropping rehearsal footage. Shane was able to get right in their faces and you see them connect with each other like never before. I was smiling so hard my face was aching and just seeing this footage is worth whatever price Amazon ends up charging for the DVD. I was lucky enough to see it on the big screen last night and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy so I can watch it again. And again.
There are so many other highlights - the Parr Hall footage that takes you behind the scenes but also makes you feel like you were AT the gig (I've never felt that from any other documentary or live film before) - the Heaton Park footage - the opening scene that just pulls you in and gives you goose bumps - the fan interviews that make you realise how much they still mean to so many people. I could go on and on.
Basically, if you're a fan go and see it at the cinema!!! If you missed the chance to do that, pre-order this DVD and wait by the letter box until it arrives.
You won't regret it, you lucky people. Cheers Shane - you nailed it!
However for 'newbies' to the music of the Roses their history gets documented in narration by the band themselves with revealing archive footage and TV interviews. Shane Meadows has been unfairly criticized by the the odd reviewer for not adopting the inquisitive journalistic approach in this documentary but for me and countless others I'm sure he was perfectly right to focus on the music and fans and not the personal lives of individual band members There are countless biographies around on 'The Stone Roses' so the message is resoundingly clear, if your after more in-depth personal information on the individual band members go buy a book or surf the Internet and rightly so.
Shane, a huge Stone Roses himself, lets the camera roll and lets the music and fans do the talking. There is wonderful rehearsal and warm up gig footage that ends with their culmination gig at Heaton Park. When a free gig at Warrington is announced on the day the gig was to take place itself Shane is there with camera in hand to capture devoted fans arrive unceremoniously as they queue in hope and sheer desperation to get one of only 1000 tickets issued.
There are some great moments here as fans talk candidly about their love of the Stone Roses and how the music has meant so much to them in their lives. As with the age of the band members many are middle aged people now.Read more ›
Anyone who went to the Heaton park show will know what an incredible show it was, and the build up and backstage access and coverage of the day is non-existent in the film. A real shame.
It's still a must have for any Roses fan and inspirational, but prepare for some disappointment as the film doesn't get the ending it deserves.
I'm also unable to recall a music based documentary that does such a sterling job of joining the music to the visuals. There are a number of distinct choices he's made for each musical moment that allows him to explore different performances in different ways. From the electric rehearsal, which sparks with laughter and a shocked awe from the crew through the crowd pleasing moments around Parr Hall you'll be blown away by how engaging and moving every shot is.
From Parr Hall we follow the lows at the end of the European tour to the moment of glory in Heaton. In the final scenes you simply watch the band, almost divorced from the crowds and the events and simply washed over by the performance. And then, the final musical moment - it creates an almost transcendental sense of joy.
You won't be able to look away from a frame. I love Shane's other work so I can't be certain this is his best film but I honestly think it may be the single best music documentary that has been made.
Live those moments again, you'll want to be back in the cinema in a second to watch every moment again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting/intriguing bio-pic of this notoriously inconsistent & enigmatic group that die-hard fans will love. But, for those not so inclined, probably three stars at best... Read morePublished 7 days ago by nicjaytee
Greatest band ever, also a top director. This is a tour de force in musical documentaryPublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a cracking story about an amazing band staging its lucrative comeback. The footage is pretty honest so much so that they come across as quite pretentious to me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Miller