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Sting: Bring On the Night (1985)

Miles A. Copeland III , Omar Hakim , Michael Apted  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Miles A. Copeland III, Omar Hakim, Darryl Jones, Kenny Kirkland, Branford Marsalis
  • Directors: Michael Apted
  • Writers: Michael Apted
  • Producers: Andrew Meyer, David Manson, Gil Frieson, Robert K. Lambert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Widescreen
  • Language: Unknown (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: A&M
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007VCZ50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,625 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sting: Bring On the Night" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

It's been available on audio CD since 1985 (now in a newly-remastered edition), but the long-awaited release of the DVD version of Bring on the Night will be a cause for celebration for fans of both Sting and the Police. Directed by Michael Apted (Coal Miner's Daughter, Gorky Park, Enough), the film observes Sting and his new band as they rehearse and then perform their first concert, in Paris. The musicians, including Branford Marsalis (sax), Kenny Kirkland (keyboards), Darryl Jones (bass), Omar Hakim (drums), and two backing vocalists, are all superb, all with strong jazz backgrounds but a good feel for rock as well; and Sting's then-new material, drawn from his The Dream of the Blue Turtles album, is among the best of his solo career, especially "Consider Me Gone," "Children's Crusade," and the brilliant "Fortress Around Your Heart" (there are also several Police tunes, including "Roxanne" and "Message in a Bottle"). Equally compelling, surprisingly, are the insights, intended or otherwise, into the characters of the various participants. Sting himself is a bit of a stiff, frankly. Guarded, controlled, and not a little arrogant (he calls the pop music of the day "reactionary and racist"--except his, of course), he's in direct contrast to the others, especially the outspoken, irrepressible Marsalis, who's not at all shy about needling his basically humorless boss; Sting's manager, Miles Copeland, also has no problem saying exactly what he thinks. With a crisp digital transfer and remastered digital sound, Bring on the Night is highly recommended on every level. --Sam Graham

Product Description

This DVD, which celebrates the 20th Anniversary of "BRight On The Night," includes 3 bonus music videos (Bring On the Night, If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, Russians), the original film trailer, a photo gallery containing Max Vadukul's photography fro

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Sting and Jazz or is it Rock March 29, 2005
By j.
I just finished watching this DVD. This is great early Sting, taking a risk; Post Police. I really enjoyed the music, from a cast of excellent musicians. This is a documentary, so there are interviews over some (not all) of the music. Within the 25 chapters, there are maybe 12 full concert songs. The rest is rehearsal, with breaks in songs and interviews. Even a few of the concert songs, are split with rehearsal footage. There is the option in the special features to set your favorite song list that I have not tried yet.

The transfer to DVD is superior in widescreen. The .1 bass is great. The 5.1 surround sound is good, but it does not have the obvious separation of the instruments - like a Sax sound from the surround speakers only (As in the Sting DTS DVD music discs).

Overall, this is Sting in the early years and well worth the price of admission.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sting: Bring on the Night - Blu-ray Info January 17, 2009
Version: U.S.A / Region A, B, C
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
MPEG-4 AVC BD-25 / High Profile 4.1
Running time: 1:37:02
Feature size: 18,70 GB
Disc size: 21,69 GB
Total bit rate: 25.71 Mbps
Average video bit rate: 19.98 Mbps

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2412 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2412 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles: English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish
Number of chapters: 25

#Music Video:Sting - Bring on the Night (HD - 3m:44s)
#Sting - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (HD - 4m:8s)
#Sting - Russians (HD - 3m:55s)
#Photo Gallery (HD - 1m:45s)
#Theatrical Trailer (HD - 32s)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic March 14, 2005
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Finally, those of us who have waited for the better part of a decade will have the great satisfaction of seeing and hearing one of the best inside-view videos on DVD. This is a landmark video - a reality video before the genre took off- and a very telling effort that relates the drama that unfolds behind the curtain for one of the most influencial rock musicians of the last couple of decades. An all-star line-up that features some of the jazz world's greatest young lions of the time: Omar Hakim (drums), Kenny Kirkland (piano), Darryl Jones (bass) and the venerable Branford Marsalis (sax). A truly stellar band playing some of the most progressive music of the time. The cd features different versions of the songs from the video release, which, most people who have seen the video will agree, was one of the most heinous crimes in the history of soundtrack releases. Be sure to check out the blazing solos in many of the songs; Kenny Kirkland's solo in the title track, Omar Hakim's drum solo - which seems to disrupt the fabric of time and space - in "I Burn for You," and Branford's smoldering-to-full-on-scorching solos throughout.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting's Best Solo Band (and work) August 27, 2005
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I was very pleased to see "Bring on the Night" released on DVD. I remember seeing this movie in the theaters many years ago and always wondered why it hadn't made it to digital, but no more!

The viewer can ignore the "dramatic" subtext of the movie ("Can Sting, risking his career, make it as a solo artist playing with jazz musicians?"; I think that the answer was never in that much doubt)that they try to establish through a series of interviews with Sting and others. Sting is overly stiff and didactic (and, frankly, boring!); the only guilty pleasure is seing Miles Copeland (his manager) run roughshod over evryone who is not Sting.

This movie is about the band and the music that they create. All of the band members are exceptionally strong; you can see and feel the pleasure that they get from playing with each other (check out Omar Hakim's smile as he solos in the middle of "Burn for You"). The set list draws from (for me) Sting's best solo work and some tasty new arrangements of Police hits (the plaintive "Message in a Bottle" stands out). But the best thing in this movie is the FUNKY jazz groove that the band adds to Sting's compositions. Check out the extended jams on "Consider Me Gone" and "Bring on the Night."

In short, if you want to see and hear musicians playing great songs WITH, not against or over, each other (listen to Branford Marsalis' sax support the melody and the message of "Fortress Around Your Heart"), check out this movie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD October 26, 2005
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I purchased the "soundtrack" to this when CDs first came out in the 80s... now finally I have the DVD and am able to watch this great movie... It is the story of how a band and album are created... The performances are great... the documentary is great... Definite re-playability... Plus it has been mixed in 5.1 and also has some bonus videos... If you have listened to the CD, buy the DVD!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" ! January 8, 2006
Gigantic as Sting is, for me, he is still in the TDWR category. This exceptional DVD provides an insight into the genius of Sting as a star, songwriter, singer, musician, guitarist and actor. (And I think he knows a bit about bass too) This is Sting "bridging the chasm", showing his incredibly rich colours as the greatest jazz rock musician ever. Whoa! That's a big claim! Or is it? Does anyone else come close? Well i love Steely Dan, but they don't have the incredible reach of this living legend who has reached ears and hearts in every crevice of the world. And if you count looks, voice and charisma too, then there is no one even remotely close.

This is a promotional film for the "Dream of the Blue Turtles" album and also a documentation of a historic concert tour with a band that is made up of some the finest Jazz players of the 70-80 fusion era. Each one plays within Stings unique version of this genre and excels. It would be hard to compliment any one of these musicians, as each is playing at a mind blowing level. Omar Hakim certainly gets a chance to show his awesome prowess, as does everyone else in varying degrees.

The song line up is the entire DOBT album plus some, ending in what may well have been the first solo version of "Message in a Bottle" that was to become a Sting concert signature. The transfer is well up to Sting's very high standards, in particular, the DTS audio track. Hey! This film was made in 1985 in stereo, on film! The extras are good fun too!

Sting's acting skills are on display as well, for the 'rehearsals' shown here are probably after the DOBT album was released, which would mean that all these musicians, not exactly amateurs, know the music by heart already. Knowing this titbit however, takes nothing away from this film or the music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting took a risk with this project and it still pays off.
Honestly, is there anything Sting can't do and make it look so cool? Sting's first post Police project was a risk in 1986 and the result was amazing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Poole
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music...interrupted a bit too much by the documentary.
The music is wonderful. Branford Marsalis and company really helped Sting grow as a musician. The documentary, however, is not as enjoyable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Hennessy
5.0 out of 5 stars bring on the night
I can't believe this film finally made it to dvd,let alone bluray disc.I'm in heaven!!!! This was a great sale.
Published 3 months ago by Keith E. Hunsucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This DVD really holds up. Fantastic! Great music, interesting story line, good individual interviews with band members and support staff.
Published 9 months ago by ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the best
This film changed my life as a musician. I've known about this film for years. It's a part of history now to see a rock musician be so versatile with music style.
Published 12 months ago by Hans
4.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but goodie, . . . .
While Sting can never capture the impact The Police hold on a live show, this band he puts together warrants some praise in putting up with him and his cast of misfits that follow... Read more
Published 12 months ago by cheesefilms
5.0 out of 5 stars Never get enough of it
This is one of the greatest works of the 80s, and still very influential today. Sting and all the other band members demand respect, and they get it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by David McCall
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting at his best...
This is a true classic early rockumentary (or I suppose jazz-rockumentary). Younger kids of today may think everything was always shot in "reality" style, but it was not. Read more
Published 18 months ago by CJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good On Balance
I had taped this off of Bravo or another channel back in the day, but have not watched it for years, especially since I haven't owned a VHS player since 1998 or thereabouts. Read more
Published 19 months ago by George Eliseo
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME !!!!!!
Please get this Disc if you love music and Sting ...
love seeing a concert movies from the rehearsals to show
the fun time between bands members ... Read more
Published 20 months ago by William F. Watson
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