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Rush - Beyond the Lighted Stage [2 DVD]

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Rush is one of rock's most influential bands. Ranked third in consecutive gold or platinum albums after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the band enjoys a devoted following by legions around the world and is revered by generations of musicians. Yet, their incredible success story has, up to this point, remained largely untold. Now comes the new documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, the first comprehensive exploration of the extraordinary power trio. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with notables such as Jack Black, Billy Corgan, Trent Reznor, Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Gene Simmons, this film explores the forty-year career and phenomenon behind what could be the world's biggest cult band. This 2-disc DVD in deluxe packaging features over 3 hours of video, including a 1.5 hour bonus disc of never-before-seen live performances, special features, and deleted scenes from the film. A 12 page color booklet of rare and unreleased photos is also included.


There isn't a directorial duo better equipped to profile Canada's famed power trio than compatriots Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen, the makers of Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. Insightful and entertaining, Beyond the Lighted Stage starts with the band's roots in working-class Ontario. Singer-bassist Geddy Lee, the son of Holocaust survivors, a self-described "nebbishy quiet kid," bonds with guitarist Alex Lifeson, the son of Yugoslav immigrants, over "this manic love for music," completing the lineup with "literate, opinionated" drummer Neil Peart (replacing John Rutsey). Getting gigs comes easy, but landing a record deal proves difficult until a Cleveland station takes a chance on "Working Man," and Mercury comes calling. The film proceeds oral-history style through the ensuing ups and downs: a tour with KISS (inspiring ribald comments from Gene Simmons), the making of classic records like Moving Pictures, the fashion faux pas, the personal tragedies, and the derision of critics versus the devotion of fans. Jack Black, one of several notable participants, praises their "deep reservoir of rocket sauce," while Metallica's Kirk Hammett proclaims them "the high priests of conceptual metal." They're also engaging conversationalists, and Dunn and McFadyen up the ante with home movies and early performances. The second disc offers additional live material and a look at a Rush convention. Old hands and new converts alike will find it hard to resist the true-life tale of three men who've stuck together through thick and thin, surviving and thriving where others have succumbed to petty squabbles and commercial pressures. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

Full-length, never-before-seen performances of:
-Working Man and Best I Can with original drummer John Rutsey from 1974
-La Villa Strangiato from the 1979 Pinkpop Festival in Holland
-Between the Sun and Moon from the band's first show back after hiatus in Hartford, CT in 2002
Live performances of Far Cry and Entre Nous from the Snakes and Arrows tour & Bravado and YYZ from the R30 tour
Pre-gig warmup
Reflections from the band on Hemispheres
Dinner with the band at a hunting lodge
And much more

Product Details

  • Actors: Rush
  • Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Zoe Records
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (439 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003J27WFW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,031 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rush - Beyond the Lighted Stage [2 DVD]" on IMDb

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Saw "Beyond" last night at a one-night special showing in a Minneapolis theater, and it is without a doubt one of the most interesting and entertaining films I've seen this year, and beyond. And yes, yes, I'm a Rush fan...but I'm not a RABID Rush fan. I'm missing a few of their albums and while I have a ticket to see them in concert this fall, that will be the first time. I say this only by way of stating for the NON-Rush fan: Don't let that deter you from seeing this great documentary. There is so little actual music in it, that anyone, even those just interested in human interest stories and biopics, will find plenty to love here. There is close friendship, tragedy, very comical moments, inspiration...the whole package. And how great is it to see "rock stars" who are intelligent and generally lacking an over-inflated sense of ego? I think my favorite moment in the film might have come when the trio was aboard a plane, heading, if I remember right, to their next concert, and they all three pulled out books and began to read. I didn't see what everyone was reading, but Alex was half through Christopher Hitchens' God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. I have a hard time picturing just about any other rock stars doing something like that--with the possible exception of Bad Religion's Greg Graffin.

One funny thing from the film showing of "Beyond." I arrived fairly early, and then three other guys sat down to my left, and then a few minutes later another guy was about to sit in the single seat remaining to my right, and I asked him, "Couldn't get your girlfriend to come either, huh?" And he said, "No, my wife wouldn't come.
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Wow! What a treat! Saw this in the theatre at Tribeca Film Festival with a packed crowd. It was extremely well done -- funny, informative, and all the topics were addressed (from the tragedies to the outrageous clothing styles). I understand that the DVD may include an extra hour long bonus feature that were not in the theatre release.

Wall Street Journal gave it a great review and the movie won the festival's 2010 Heineken Audience Award.

Lots of great interviews with parents, rock stars, and the band. Quite an enjoyable experience. A MUST buy for any Rush fan, and a fantastic treat for those of you who just appreciate a great rock documentary. Will the ROck and Roll Hall of Fame be next? Enjoy....
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I've seen an advance DVD of Disc 1, the main film, and it is very, very good. Rush's humor, which often escaped (and still does, remarkably) critics shines through on this set. The way the filmmakers and Alex, Geddy and Neil themselves explain things is fascinating. Now we know why Neil really never does meet-and-greets, even with equally famous people. The early footage of John Rutsey (RIP) on drums was rewarding too, from a historical pespective. What is more shocking, though, is how clean the "Exit Stage Left" concert footage looks on this release, compared to the DVD version released by Rush a few years back. The live 1981 clips on here look like they were shot yesterday, except for the slightly hazy, gauzy camera lens effect so often employed to movies and TV back in the early 1980s, and, of course, the fashion styles. Maybe we'll get a cleaned-up version of the "Exit Stage Left" movie with extra footage someday.
Back to "Beyond the Lighted Stage" - even hard-core Rush fans who think they know everything about Canada's most famous trio will be captivated by this documentary. I certainly learned a lot from watching, and I've been a fan since 1983. It's almost amazing to see film footage of Rush as teenagers - the clip of a young Lifeson defying his parents' wishes to pursue school is a time capsule deluxe. :)
Picture and sound are clear and look great on the first disc. (Still waiting for the second (bonus features) DVD advance.) Rush fans will only be disappointed in the fact that we all wish this was a 3-hour documentary film, but 1 hour and 48 minutes is a lot better than nothing. Enjoy, and play it loud. Long live Rush ....

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The documentary movie, "Rush:Beyond The Lighted Stage" is a gift that keeps on giving. (sorry for the cliche). This movie is really a gift from the Rock group "Rush" to all its fans-from the past, present and future. The band that has been around for more than 40 years and has more than its shares of ups and downs in the world of rock and roll and in their own personal lives.

The reason that the movie is a gift from Rush is because they did not have to allow the filmmakers into their private lives to make a documentary about the rock band's history and their unconventional rise to fame and glory. But they did it for their fans. It's for all those middle-age men with greying hair who are located around the world. But they did allow it to be made. That's the most important thing. Rush fans have been peg by critics as white, middle-aged men in their 40's and 50's with greying hair who hold down steady jobs probably with families. I would even dare to say that some of these fans are grandfathers. And believe it or not there are women Rush fans out there too.

I can attest to this because my son and I made our way down to Nashville, Tenn., for the first showing of the movie at The Belcourt Theater near Vanderbilt University on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. June 15th. Naturally, we got lost in Nashville and turned around but finally we found our way to the theater. When we arrived there was a long line that outside the building and it curve around the corner onto another street. I thought, "Oh crap, we'll never get a seat." However, when we got inside, there was plenty of seating. There were some other men with their sons and maybe even their grandsons too. We found the perfects seats while my son went to the concessions stand to grab us a couple of cold drinks.
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Yea..it's definately incorrect. In fact I just checked out a website that states runtime of the film and bonus disc includes over 3 hours of content.

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