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U2 - Rattle and Hum (1988)

Bono , The Edge , Phil Joanou  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., B.B. King
  • Directors: Phil Joanou
  • Producers: Michael Hamlyn, Paul McGuinness
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 1999
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000022TT6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,302 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "U2 - Rattle and Hum" on IMDb

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Rock group U2 travels across the U.S. during their sell-out Joshua Tree tour. 1988/color-b&w/99 min/PG-13.

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into The Arms Of America February 1, 2001
Rattle & Hum is a documterary of U2's 1987 tour of America. Director Phil Joanou follows the band to New York, Texas, Memphis, San Francisco, Denver and Arizona. The movie is shot in black and white for the most part until the end when a couple of concert sequences appear in color. The sharp contrast is startling and gives the film an added power. One of the more poignant scenes is the band's visit to Graceland and Sun Studios as the visit the cradle of rock 'n' roll. For four guys from Dublin, Ireland this visit is like a visit to the Holy Land and it is treated with justifiable reverence. While the interviews and look at the behind the scenes are nice, the meat of any rock film are the live performances and U2 does not disappoint. Their performance of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" with a Harlem choir in a church is uplifting. The do a gut wrenching take on "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and haunting version of "With Or Without You". They practically explode off the screen with the rampaging "Bullet The Blue Sky". Rattle & Hum is a must for any U2 fan and now that fourteen years have past and the band has changed its image and look a couple of times, it is interesting to look at them in a simpler time.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
. The BEST REASON TO GET THIS VIDEO is that there are versions of several songs that are arguably definitive live works by the band. It defies all logic that they didn't make it onto the album--or anywhere else for that matter. I would think that these songs warrant a "More Rattle & Hum" album, or at least a DVD version of the movie. For U2 fans, whether veteran or newly discovering the band, this video is a MUST HAVE.
The opening in the studio version of "WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME" has some of Edge's most recognized guitar work. In the movie they surprise us by leading in with organ music taken from the song, yet not immediately recognizable, crescendoing into reinterpreted guitar licks by Edge. It works magic by improving an already classic lead-in to a classic tune. The same can be said for "WITH OR WITHOUT YOU." Bono sings, lower and more intensely than in the studio version and ads new lyrics that really speak to the band's essence-" stars in the summer night, one heart, one hope, one love"
The "Wide Awake in America" album has an incredible version of "BAD" but the version in the movie, surprisingly breaks new ground. Bono shifts in to an impromptu chorus of "Goodbye Ruby Tuesday" with bits of "Sympathy for the Devil" sprinkled in. The net effect is definitely more than the sum of its parts--at once a tribute to the Rolling Stones and fresh perspective on what is already one of U2s most stirring and emotional songs.
Another song that the band mixes up to excellent effect is "EXIT." In the middle of the song Bono throws in references to "Gloria" and whips the audience into a frenzy of singing along.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars U2-The Birth of a Super-Band October 31, 2000
U2--nothing more nothing less. This is U2 at it's best. No video screens. No Zoo-tv. No props whatsoever. Just a band that knows how to rock. And rock they do from the beginning with a version of The Beatles "Helter Skelter". They take you on a journey thru America in 1987 and 1988 during the Joshua Tree tour--perhaps the bands best years. Highlights include a version of "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" with a Harlem chior, and the recording of "Angel of Harlem" at Sun Studios in Memphis--same studio that Elvis used, and a blazing version of "Desire". Perhaps the most moving moment is the chilling version of "Running to Stand Still". Along the way Bono tries to educate, from the problems in Northern Ireland ("Sunday, Bloody Sunday") to the problems in Nicaragua ("Bullet the Blue Sky"). During one such moment, Bono uses one of the best lines I've heard in a long time when talking about money-hungry evangelists--"The God I Beleive in Doesn't Run Short of Cash". If you missed this defining moment, this is a great catch-me up.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like U2, you'll like this DVD December 27, 1999
By Tim CC
This DVD is a slightly dressed up version of the VHS tape, with some introductory panorama shots overlaying the opening tracks. The sound quality is great, the "grainy" black and white is intentional as is the eventual transition to color toward the second half of the movie (I saw it in the theatre on 70mm...) If you already have the VHS, it is worth getting the DVD just so you can skip to your favorite tracks. There is no new material on the disk, even though it claims to hold "Ruby Tuesday" and "Sympathy for the Devil" - they have just put that down on the track list since Bono sings a few lines from those songs towards the end of "Bad". Like I said, if you like U2, you should own this DVD.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh. My goodness. December 16, 2004
It's easy, in these iPod-era times, to forget why we originally fell in love with U2. We still listen to "The Joshua Tree" and think that "I Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" is one of the best songs ever written in all of human history. But somewhere between "Achtung Baby" and "Atomic Bomb" Bono morphed into "the fly" we started taking U2 for granted, knowing they would always make good music (even "Pop" was listenable)(I just lost a ton of "helpful" votes saying that anything U2 does isn't perfect) but we forgot when they were great.

That's what this video is for.

I was introduced to Rattle and Hum by my wife. One day I was going through her CD collection because I was tired of mine, and came across the Rattle and Hum CD. I put it in, and couldn't belive my ears. This was U2 times seventy, "Why didn't anyone tell me there was music like this in the world?" I asked her. She smiled understandingly and said, "You should see the video." Then she gave me the video for my birthday. It was the best present ever.

Rattle and Hum writes in blazing lines of fire across your soul. There is intensity, passion, and raw rock and roll energy that surges through you and makes you see the world completely differently. If this video doesn't move you, you are clinically dead.

From Bono's classic reclaimation of "Helter Skelter" to the fading decrecendo of "All I Waint Is You", what you see is a rock and roll band at the top of their form, but still young enough and humble enough to adapt to blues and gospel along the way.

I can't explain it. Buy it, turn the lights off, take the phone off the hook, watch it, and 90 minutes later you will understand. Then you can write your own incoherent review. But at least you will know.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have for U2 fan. Takes people to a journey with the band.
a must have for U2 fan. Takes people to a journey with the band.
Published 11 days ago by Marco Probst
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was a gift for my husband, it was our first date, a long time ago.
Published 2 months ago by Kelli
4.0 out of 5 stars U2 at their zenith.
This is the U2 that I love. Before they morphed into various other personas. Bono with a "younger" voice and the energy of their earlier concerts. The segments with B. B. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bob F.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best U2 movie of her best era
This is the single movie I watch most in my life. I have the honor, as a 12 year kid, to watch in the theater. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paulo Goncalves de Barros
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic early U2.
Black and white documentary feel. Loved the Harlem choir and a young Bono voice. Priceless if you are a U2 fan or collector.
Published 6 months ago by NewlyPOS
5.0 out of 5 stars U2 broke the barriers with their music
An amazing journey chronicling their climb toward musical success! Their music is powerful and political. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dana Pavek
5.0 out of 5 stars Old stuff is still better.
U2 had a magic about them when they were still relatively new, and this DVD catches it magically. Taking nothing away from them today, they were still better then, and in a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by DPAZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a trip with U2
I have always loved the music of U2, the very sound of it. I owned this on VHS and have finally replaced it. The interviews are insightful. Read more
Published 9 months ago by texasFox
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I like so much this DVD edition. I'm a fan of Angel of Harlem and in this DVD shows how was made this song in US.
Published 10 months ago by huracan84
5.0 out of 5 stars A look into
Learned some new things about the band and their reason for some of their music. excellent concert shots and stories Loved it
Published 11 months ago by R. Parizek
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I've seen some bootlegged footage of the band offstage, shot inside a limo as it drove around. I imagine there is lots of stuff like that. Though I don't recall anything compelling about it (aside from it being new to me), I think it would be interesting if they rescued the best bits (onstage &... Read More
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