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It Might Get Loud (2009)

Jimmy Page , The Edge , Davis Guggenheim  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, Link Wray, Bono
  • Directors: Davis Guggenheim
  • Producers: Jimmy Page, Davis Guggenheim, Alba Tull, Bert Ellis, Diana Derycz-Kessler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002RVZV9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "It Might Get Loud" on IMDb

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    Product Description

    A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: The Edge, Jimmy Page, and Jack White. Starring: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White

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    Three generations of rock guitarists come together for It Might Get Loud, a 2009 documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth). These are not just your garden-variety guitar gods: Jimmy Page, in his mid-'60s at the time of the film, founded Led Zeppelin, who dominated the 1970s following the breakup of the Beatles. As a member of U2, 48-year-old David Evans, better known as the Edge, created one of the most distinctive and influential sounds of the past quarter century. And 34-year-old Jack White (of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather) was described by one music publication as "the most significant rock 'n' roll figure of the past ten years." Guggenheim, who followed the three around for the better part of a year, takes us into their individual lives, past and present. There are shots of Page as a young London session musician, with the Yardbirds and Zeppelin, at Headley Grange (the estate where much of the fourth Zep album was made), and at home with his record collection. The Edge takes us to the Dublin classroom where U2 first rehearsed, as well as to the practice room he uses now (never a virtuoso soloist, he developed a style based on texture and a mind-boggling array of effects); and White, whose insistence on authenticity is admirable but perhaps a tad self-conscious, constructs a "guitar" from a plank of wood, a piece of wire, and a Coke bottle (he also plays a recording by the primitive bluesman Son House, featuring just voice and handclaps, that White says is still his biggest inspiration). The three also converge on a Hollywood sound stage, where they chat and a do a little jamming on Zep's "In My Time of Dying" (with all three playing slide guitar) and the Band's "The Weight." It's hard to say if the film's appeal will extend beyond guitar freaks and fans of these particular bands, but at the very least, It Might Get Loud offers some interesting insight into the soul and inspiration behind some of pop's best and most popular music. --Sam Graham

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    88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars See it on the BIG Screen September 10, 2009
    By Arthead
    Caught this film yesterday and all I can say is wow. If you like music, guitars or any combination of the two catch this one on the big screen. Then you can easily decide if you need to add this dvd to your music archives. The progression of stories and how they are told is excellent, as well as the music presented. [...]

    I came here yesterday after getting home from the matinee to see if there might be a "soundtrack" available to accompany this movie. There's probably enough material here (Link Wray, Son House etc.) to make a sweet multi-disc collection. It may seem like an odd combination of guitar players, but all three are well represented and there are too many highlights to mention. Seeing these guys playing bottleneck slide guitar together on "In My Time Of Dying" is worth the price of admission by itself. Seeing this film was a joyful experience for me and my heart does a little happy dance just thinking about it.
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    95 of 102 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational! November 5, 2009
    Format:DVD
    I also saw this in a theater and when it was over, it was clear no one wanted to leave the room, we all would have been content to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening with these 3 guys. One of my fav moments is when Jimmy Page starts the opening notes of Whole Lotta Love - the looks on the Edge's face, and Jack White's face in particular are priceless: they are trying to maintain you know, professional demeanor, but inside they're going "OMG it's Jimmy Page playing Whole Lotta Love!!!!" I am buying this for a bunch of people on my list, and a copy for me too, to watch all over again.
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    49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars phenomenal! November 5, 2009
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    It's hard to put into words just how riveting this documentary is. If you are a fan of Led Zeppelin, U2, or Jack White (who I had never heard of before this film) you will want to watch this over and over. Some of the coolest parts: watching the Edge as he listens to old tape of U2 giving birth to a song, complete with Bono faintly counting time in the background; watching Jimmy Page put a 45 on a turntable and play air guitar in his home to one of his early influences - the 1958 hit The Rumble; watching Jack White build an electric guitar in the opening scene, and just being delighted overall at this "young" guy's appreciation for the blues and his talent as a musician.

    My favorite band is Led Zeppelin, my wife's is U2, so this film would have had to absolutely fall on its face for us to not like it. But even as excited as we were, as high as our expectations were, and as much as this film had to live up to in our eyes, it did, and more!
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Lovers December 22, 2009
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    Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds, and solo career), The Edge (U2), and Jack White (The White Stripes and Raconteurs) get together to talk and play guitar. Does anyone that loves guitar need to know more? These three guitarists are from totally different schools of playing - Page is all about the sound and which guitar he plays; The Edge is all about the technology and sound effects; and White is all about playing with anything that he can get his hands on (he says, I have this guitar with a bent neck and I work to make great sound with it). They are three different generations of guitar players. To have these three play together and make gorgeous music is incredible. The three styles end up working together beautifully.

    December 26, 2010 update: I purchased the Blu-Ray disc, what a huge disappointment compared to the DVD. The sound wasn't over the top incredible a million times better than the DVD. The image is not that much better either. Granted the style of this film, high definition isn't necessarily important (after all, do you really need to see every wrinkle on Jimmy Page or The Edge and Jack White's sweat). Honestly, save your money and buy the DVD, it is equally fine. One caveat with my recommendation, I do have an upconverting receiver that takes DVD's to 1080i, and sound is run optically into a fine receiver for decoding there. It is possible I've eeked out every shred of quality possible in the DVD, and the Blu-Ray (PS3) just doesn't do that much better in this case.

    The DVD is gorgeous. The sound is incredible. The film style does not get in the way of these three artists. It would be easy to pick on some of the film techniques, but I just couldn't stop pinching myself over the sound these three made.
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    27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars It Might Be Brilliant November 5, 2009
    Format:DVD
    I caught this limited release documentary in the theater and cannot wait to see it again and to gift it to every guitar-loving friend I know.

    "It Might Get Loud" is ridiculously, thunderously, deliciously good. If you love music, if you love guitars, if you love the creative process, you'll love watching while the boys pull back the curtain on their first guitars, on falling in love with music and on how it all comes together.

    Some of the highlights; the Edge at the bulletin board where he first spotted 'Larry's' ad for musicians, the grown-up Jack White talking to little Jack White and getting to see Jimmy's face light up when he starts talking about the music. It's all just fabulous.

    And when it was all over, I was just so glad that I play the guitar-- until I remembered, uh... I don't. But they do. And their enthusiasm and appreciation is just so infectious, you'll be running home to grab your imaginary Fender.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    This is so worth buying!!!!!
    Published 2 days ago by christian
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great insights into the creative processes of these brilliant musicians. Mandatory viewing for all guitarists!
    Published 7 days ago by Joe Hogler
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Excellent movie! Loved it!
    Published 25 days ago by Katie
    5.0 out of 5 stars It will be interesting & entertaining!
    Great documentary for Led Zep, U2 or Jack White fans, as well as guitar players or rock fans in general!
    Published 1 month ago by Pam E.
    4.0 out of 5 stars If you can tune out Jack White's pontification, the film is great.
    I would give this 5 stars except Jack White, who I greatly admire, is just too arrogant in a film with two much better guitar players, that can school him all day long. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Phillip Davis
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is fantastic and I've recommended to everyone I know who loves...
    This is fantastic and I've recommended to everyone I know who loves rock of all types. All three guitarists are uniquely talented and when they get together it is a blast! Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Shika
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Loved it. Interesting, Nostalgic. A must for budding guitarists.
    Published 1 month ago by Phil Grabmiller
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    As advertised
    Published 1 month ago by andy karlic
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Jimmy and Jack steal the show. The Edge loses his....
    Published 2 months ago by Blair H Daggett
    4.0 out of 5 stars If JW let loose it would have gotten loud, but no.
    So sorry to learn that the U2 guitarist really doesn't jam out , but more so orders his sound through the computer. JW was fun to watch in this video and had a lot to share. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Zappato
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    Definitely agree!!!
    Apr 1, 2011 by glenrue |  See all 7 posts
    when this release to the public
    You can purchase it from iTunes store as a download or buy it right here on DVD.
    Mar 30, 2011 by hoeshort |  See all 2 posts
    Who wouldve been your dream players in "It Might Get Loud"?
    Jimmy Page and Jack White make so much sense. You old timers like me, need to open your mind up to what this kid Jack White is about. He's the first guitar hero/genuis in a generation that we can relate to. Check out the White Stripes Great White North Tour. Damn impressive.

    The Edge was kind of...
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