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U2: Rattle and Hum (Documentary) (Blu-ray)

Released on 08 September 2008

Featuring: Bono, The Edge & Adam Clayton

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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This film documents the 1987 North American tour of the great rock band, U2. Fresh with their success of their best selling album, The Joshua Tree, the band plays monster gigs. Along the way, the band takes the opportunity in indulge in some special musical activities like playing with BB King and performing "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" with a famous church choir. All the while, concert footage of the band's biggest hits on tour is featured while Bono speaks his mind on the problems of his homeland.
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 Average rating (3 reviews)

 It's paramount you read this Blu-Ray specific review!

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Firstly if you don't own this on DVD, it's brilliant I owned it on VHS, DVD and now Blu-Ray.....it's a raw and passionate glimpse into U2 at their absolute peak in the late 80's so much so they knew they could go no further and famously reinvented themselves in the early 90's. The version of Sunday bloody Sunday on this release still gives me goose bumps, so if you don't own a version of it or have not seen it buy it now!

HOWEVER if you are already a DVD owner of this release, put your money down and don't make the mistake I made. Firstly to be clear I am a massive fan of Blu-Ray and High Def in general and own the high-end components to do the content justice. The other day I compared Batman Begins on DVD to the Blu-Ray release and the level of detail in comparison was astonishing...the same was true of "The Doors" (Stone -1991) a movie that on Blu-Ray looked transformed especially the desert scenes, the sound on both releases were also notably clearer with better channel separation.

So my point, well out of all the U2 back-catalogue video available, Rattle and Hum is the one which you can do very little in terms of improvement...for starters 80% of it is in black and white (Blu-Ray get most of it's attention by boosting colours), the work done when releasing it from VHS to DVD included much time re-mastering and improving the picture and sound ten-fold leaving very little room for further improvements. The grainy black white scenes are still grainy, the colour scenes look very similar (and by colour remember most of the colour scenes were filmed in very blue/gray conditions)

It's also worth remembering that this was intentionally filmed using casual equipment to help capture that raw spontaneous on the road feel, with almost nothing in the way of the visual effects that we have become accustomed to with this super-group, (No the famous spot-light scene during "Bullet the Blue Sky" doesn't really count). The reason well at the time U2 did not want to detract from the passion of the performances and the music itself....of course a few later years they lightened up and became the most visual band in the world with first Zoo TV then the POP extravaganza.....that's what needs to be released in high def from paramount and hopefully will be, but this Blu-Ray release, well this is bit of a farce.

 A Must For Fans

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Widely ignored on it's cinematic release, Rattle & Hum deserves a second viewing, especially on Blu Ray. At a time when U2 were clearly riding on the crest of global wave, this documentary includes a few cringe-worthy moments. However, the songs are the real stars, especially the live performances. Essential for fans.

 U2's finest hour

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pq is 1 star, maybe 2. but the rest is easily 5 stars.
it's true that the film quality isn't very good. but it's still better than the dvd version. and the HD audio track is brilliant.
this is, for me, U2 at their best. before Bono became as big as the Pope, and before they went away from their original sounds that made the first albums which by many are regarded as their best .
so you're left with a very good band, and a singer who was, in my opinion, at his best around this period.
the black & white makes the film more timeless (check out the gig in colour in the joshua tree box - which looks so much more dated cause of outfits etc). and it contains some great moments; larry mullen talking about elvis, bono being in awe when BB King praises his lyrics (maybe the last time Bono was in awe of something?), probably the best version of Running to stand still, and many other great things.
Get this, not for the picture quality, but for EVERYTHING else.

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ActorsBono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr., B.B. King & Phil Joanou
DirectorPhil Joanou
Certificate15 years and over
Year1988
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1
LanguagesEnglish
Duration1 Hour and 39 Minutes (approx)