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Shine a Light Blu-ray

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The Rolling Stones Paramount Pictures | 2008 | 122 min | Rated PG-13 | Jul 29, 2008

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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0

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Audio 4.4 of 54.4
Extras 3.6 of 53.6
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Shine a Light

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Shine a Light Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

On April 4, 2008, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker and the world's greatest rock n' roll band will unite to bring audiences the year's most extraordinary musical film event, Shine a Light, to theaters everywhere. Martin Scorsese's concert documentary Shine a Light will show the world the Rolling Stones as they've never been seen before. Filming at the famed Beacon Theatre in New York City in fall 2006, Scorsese assembled a legendary team of cinematographers to capture the raw energy of the legendary band.

For more about Shine a Light and the Shine a Light Blu-ray release, see Shine a Light Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards (II), Charlie Watts, Jack White, Christina Aguilera
Director: Martin Scorsese

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Shine a Light Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Paramount delivers another good encode, this time 1.78:1 ratio, using the MPEG-4 codec. Part of the intrigue of the video quality is Scorsese's use of digital, 16 mm and 35 mm content from different sources. The contrast is pumped up a bit to dramaticize the lighting in the Beacon Theater. Spotlights and backlights play a major role in the picture. The colors appear very rich and when the lights are dim, the inky black level becomes apparent, as does some noise and grain. Unfortunately, the color saturation and nonstop motion of the cameras and subjects on the stage make the detail and definition problematic. It's not a major issue because close-up shots deliver adequate resolution. When the cameras pull in tight, it often shows dramatic front-to-back depth, with the background going soft.

The real wow-factor proves to be Scorsese's dramatic long, wide shots, with the camera slowly sweeping across the stage. The way the colors burst from the screen, these shots have the most impact, delivering a visual celebration of the performance. The video is not perfect. I believe some of the digital-sourced footage has signs of artifacts (but you have to look closely to see it) mostly resulting from motion. As touched upon before, the nonstop movement is the main impediment to detail, but it suits the imagery and allows the concert to be captured with fire and grit. Not to mention, a reference-quality, ultradefined look at haggard guitarist Keith Richard is not an image I care to see.


Shine a Light Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Maybe Warner should take notes from Paramount. The former is often delivering just a Dolby Digital track on its BDs, while the latter gives us three high-resolution tracks on Shine a Light: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround (at 24-bit, 48 kHz) and uncompressed PCM 2.0 Stereo (at 2.3 mbps). I much preferred the TrueHD surround track. In step with my observations from other titles, the DTS-HD MA mix sounds a touch brighter and more digital or harsh than other high resolution formats. It is almost like an unnatural bloating of the treble and bass that sucks out the midrange. Both surround formats feature a surround mix that heavily anchors the music across the front three channels. While ambient sounds and crowd noises are assigned to the rear channels, it is at a much lower level than the music being played onstage. The mix packs a lot of bass slam and the LFE channel is featured prominently.

During the interview interludes, the audio level is very low. It also appears to have been subject to noise reduction, sounding a bit subdued and lifeless. But don't turn up the volume too loud. As soon as the band starts playing, you will be blown out of your seat. The concert audio is that much louder than the interview segments. Loud as it is, there is a cleanness to it. The guitars lack the grittiness of the Stones' music I know and love on the original albums, making me wonder if the concert footage itself was unnecessarily subject to some type of digital tool.


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