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Gimme Shelter Blu-ray

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The Rolling Stones / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1970 | 92 min | Not rated | Dec 01, 2009

Gimme Shelter (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (34.98 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Region A (locked)

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.6 of 54.6
Extras 4.2 of 54.2
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Gimme Shelter

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Gimme Shelter Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Called "the greatest rock film ever made," this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour. When 300,000 members of the Love Generation collided with a few dozen Hell's Angels at San Francisco's Altamont Speedway, direct cinema pioneers David and Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin immortalized on film the bloody slash that transformed a decade's dreams into disillusionment.

For more about Gimme Shelter and the Gimme Shelter Blu-ray release, see Gimme Shelter Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor
Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin

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Gimme Shelter Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Gimme Shelter arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

A new high-definition transfer was created for Gimme Shelter on a Spirit Datacine from the 16mm camera original and the 35mm duplicate negative under the supervision of co-director Albert Maysles. Lee Kline, Albert Maysles, and Maria Palazzola were the telecine, audio and 35mm restoration supervisors.

Fine detail, definition, and grain have benefited from the upgrade to 1080p. Despite some minor fluctuations, the-color scheme is also noticeably better on the Blu-ray. On the SDVD release of Gimme Shelter, the reds, blues, browns, and blacks are weaker. Furthermore, when blown through a digital projector, the film retains a nice thick - I would also describe it as healthy - look. A few minor flecks pop up here and there, but it is very easy to tell that a serious clean-up has been performed - there are no disturbing debris, scratches, splices or warps. The occasional blockiness that appears on the SDVD release has also been addressed. To sum it all up, given the nature of the original elements, I believe that this is undoubtedly the best Gimme Shelter has ever looked. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free player in order to access the disc's content).


Gimme Shelter Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There are two audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. I opted for the English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track and later on did a few random comparisons with the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track for the purpose of this review.

Technology has advanced so much nowadays that audio and film technicians can practically do miracles with older films. Still, a properly restored stereo track impresses me a lot more than a freshly done 5.1 mix (Criterion's release of The Complete Monterey Pop Festival immediately comes to mind).

Similar is the case with Gimme Shelter and its DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track. I prefer its simplicity, the type of "dated" feel it offers. Dynamically, this is a very strong audio track that captures the intensity and atmosphere of the live performances heard throughout Gimme Shelter flawlessly. Mick Jagger's voice, the raspy guitar solos, the crowd noise, and especially the well rounded bass are very convincing.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track adds quite bit in addition to what the DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track has to offer. The crowd is more prominent in the surrounds, the bass and drums brought forward, and Mick Jagger's singing slightly fuller. The transition from the simple dialog footage to some of the concert scenes, however, does not appeal to me. I prefer the slightly better balanced DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track. Still, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and the DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 tracks are both very strong, and probably one of the key reasons why you would want to upgrade your SDVD copy of Gimme Shelter.



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