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Rolling Stones: The Biggest Bang [Blu-ray] (2009)

The Rolling Stones , Joe DeOliveira , Hamish Hamilton  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: The Rolling Stones
  • Directors: Joe DeOliveira, Hamish Hamilton, Anthony Green, Toru Uehara, Mr. Wang Xianshen
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English (DTS-HD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Castilian, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Umvd Labels
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017YZI7S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,240 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Includes the exclusive documentary and concert filmed in Texas, Austin (by 25 hd cameras) during their last Biggest Bang Tour. Features their biggest hits such as : (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Let's Spend The Night Together Tumbling Dice Sympathy For The Devil Brown Sugar Under My Thumb Honky Tonk Woman. Barclay/Universal.

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only One Concert June 21, 2009
The previous DVD release, a Best Buy exclusive, had the same title and cover art, but included three discs, including footage from three different concerts. This Blu-Ray release contains only one concert (which accounts for the lower price).

If you have the Best Buy edition, you'll probably want to hang onto it, as the Blu-Ray only has about one-third of the footage.

The concert presented here, from Austin, Texas, is a good one; although at 90 minutes you know there's a fair amount left out. It's rare for videos to include an entire concert but I'd prefer to see the whole show and pay a bit more.

The picture quality is what you'd expect from a high-definition broadcast, but the DVD release looked pretty good, so the difference is not stunning. The DTS 5.1 sound mix, however, is a big improvement (uncompressed PCM stereo is also available). I cranked this up good and loud and it's the next best thing to being there. If you're considering getting the Blu-Ray, the audio is the best reason to do so.

And if you're a Stones fan who missed the original release, this is a no-brainer. The Stones perform "Sway" in concert for the first time (Keith and Ronnie had to learn the song, as Keith didn't play on the original and Ronnie hadn't joined the Stones yet). A few other oldies ("Get Off My Cloud" and "Under my Thumb") are added to mix up the otherwise standard playlist. At this low price, it's well worth it.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biggest Bang for your buck ! August 13, 2007
Biggest Bang is essential viewing as a document of the Rolling Stones 2005/2006 world tour. It is a 4 x DVD set, filmed in Texas, South America (Brazil & Argentina) & Far East (Japan & China), I think BEFORE the coconut tree! Speaking of which, Keith Richards is such a character & raconteur, that in one segue in the Far East section of the DVD, Keith says of Shanghai "I hear they have a Chinatown there!" Boom. Boom.

There are plenty of extras/bonus features on each DVD. For instance, DVD 1 has sound-check or rehearsal footage of the Stones playing Muddy Waters' I Can't be Satisfied with Mick Jagger playing along on slide guitar! DVD 4 in the set is given over to a documentary of the whole tour including the Superbowl.

I think the centrepiece of this DVD set is probably the free Brazil concert on Rio's Copacabana beach. It's an amazing scene & atmosphere. The Stones seemed genuinely excited about this concert and it was reflected in their performance. It was captured well on film and you can almost feel the heat of that Rio night.

Biggest Bang has songs featured from their most recent CD release Bigger Bang, as would be expected. But Biggest Bang is overwhelmingly more versions of the same old songs. Take that as a given, that's what the Stones do; and I'm glad they still do. But there are still some interesting song variations to their set. The highlight for me, was the inclusion of Sway from (from Sticky Fingers). I have never heard or seen that song performed live before. It was from their greatest era and whilst I have never thought Ronnie Wood (God love him!) was at the level of the great Mick Taylor on guitar, Ronnie does a very good job on Sway. In fact I think Ronnie generally plays the best I've seen of him in recent years.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SET FOR THE MONEY! SWAY LIVE IS A PLUS! July 8, 2007
This box set boast two concerts and lots of bonus footage from concerts in Japan,China,Argentina etc. There are some good documentaries,cool bonus duets and a whole lot for under $30.00 on four DVDs. One of the best things about this set is that they perform Sway live. I will say that the Austin show is the best and the transfer looks fantastic! The sound is very good dispite what I have read from some other reviewers. I can hear Keith just fine.....when he's playing.Look,I love these guys,but lets face it...they are geting old. Keith plays he signature licks and rest his mummified fingers every chance he gets. It is still a pretty good set and I'm glad I own it. If your a fan your gonna buy it and if your not......what are you reading this for?
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag... August 19, 2007
First, the positives: the performances across these four discs are generally strong, the concerts well-filmed, and the breadth of (musical) material presented is admirable. While age seems to have finally begun to catch up with Keith Richards, whose once-impeccable rhythm sense is not quite as razor-sharp as it once was, compensation is at hand in the form of Ronnie Wood, whose new-found sobriety has lent a degree of focus and precision to his playing which raises his performances here several notches above anything to be found on live recordings from the Stones' previous few decades of touring. Aided and abetted by an array of professional but rarely overly-slick backing musicians, the band themselves, as presented here, still excel at what they do best - entertain on a huge scale. They're not breaking any new ground here, and the lack of emphasis on material from their latest, surprisingly-strong studio album A BIGGER BANG is disappointing (for the first time in years, they're touring off the back of a genuinely decent record, but the setlists are still overwhelmingly filled with tried-and-tested old hits, with a bare handful of numbers from A BIGGER BANG scattered across the four discs. A missed opportunity), but they still do what they do about as well as anyone could reasonably expect.

Specific musical highlights will differ from viewer to viewer - I was particularly taken with a rocking take on 'Bitch' taken from the band's first-ever show in mainland China, and the deep blues of 'Back of My Hand' hidden in the otherwise largely-skippable 'making-of' documentary on the fourth disc is compelling.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good quality for the price.
Published 23 hours ago by DENNIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Concert Performance by The Rolling Stones
Great performance. Very energetic. Very enthusiastic audience. Excellent video and sound quality. A vast improvement over the DVD version, which I bought before the Blu-ray Disc... Read more
Published 3 months ago by audiohombre
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing favorite songs
A few of my favorite stones songs were not on this album. Guess that was up to me to read the jacket before buying..
Published 4 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you Say!
Went to the concert live and this was the next best thing to being there, watched it several times and like the Stones, it just gets better with age.
Published 4 months ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great playlist
I saw the Detroit performance of this concert live main floor center stage 14th row and this version from Austin, TX is great. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bob D
4.0 out of 5 stars Blending RELEASES alert ! Which version RU reviewing? One disc, three...
I am in awe of the three versions that are all included in this 'one disc' sale page ! My rating is only for the manner in which the greatest rock and roll band in the last 50... Read more
Published 9 months ago by BigCityMtnWoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good concert videos
Good collection of the Rolling Stones' world-wide concerts. I'm glad to have it in my video collection. I like the way the menus are set up.
Published 13 months ago by Les Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars The Austin Concert is worth the whole package
I lived in Dallas when this show was done in Austin, I really wanted to go,,,
so now I can. Great show,great audiio-video
Published 14 months ago by George C. Hutton
5.0 out of 5 stars The Biggest World Tour ever!
What a deal I got! Paid $ 3 for a $ 30 brand new 4 disc live set- hours and hours of live stuff, rarities, hits, new songs, documentaries, extras, and lots of cool stuff for the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Duane Darr
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