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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars for one of the best Rock Documentaries, June 10, 2010
This review is from: Rush - Beyond the Lighted Stage [2 DVD] (DVD)
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 ....

P.S. The celebrity interviews included throughout the movie are like the ones included in The Who's equally great "Amazing Journey" documentary film - the talking head clips are short, to the point and never detract from Rush's greatness. Even Les Claypool, definitely a stellar bassist but a man who was cold and uncharacteristically boring during our interview last year, seems to come alive with some passion when discussing Rush. :)
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Initial post: Jun 12, 2010 2:28:59 AM PDT
S. Thomas says:
Les and the guys in Rush have a history. Primus opened for them during a leg of the Roll the Bones tour. I caught the last night of that leg and remember Les and Ler standing just off stage and firing nerf arrows at Alex during a song. Alex didn't miss a beat between strums picked up the arrows and tossed them back at the guys from Primus while cracking up

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2010 2:06:32 PM PDT
bass boy says:
Yeah, it's cool seeing Les in this video. I think Les was having a bad day when I interviewed him last year, so I don't hold that against him. Lol! :)
This documentary is very good. I just wish it was a little longer. You hate to see a good thing end so soon. :)

P.S. I can just see Alex throwing arrows back at them. The opening scenes of this movie that take place backstage show that side of Lifeson. You can tell they definitely are Three Stooges fans.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2010 10:56:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 25, 2010 11:02:17 PM PDT
JKat says:
What Les interview are you talking about? He's always seemed entertaining and funny whenever I've seen him. I remember him coming out on stage in a chicken suit when Alice In Chains played "Rooster" during the second Lollapooloza.

Rush was obviously a huge influence of his. His main band, Primus have played both YYZ and La Villa Strangiato live. You can download them from their website. Their version of YYZ is great, but Strangiato is a little sloppy.

Their DVD "Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People" is great too!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2010 8:03:26 AM PDT
bass boy says:
Hey JKat,

I interviewed Les on the phone before his Wakarusa Festival gig in 2009, and he must have been having a bad day. Even when I told him I played bass, too, and tried to get him to open up a little bit (that usually works with most of them), he only mumbled one, two and three word answers to my questions. When I heard him tapping on his new bass, I said, "That sounds great. I can listen to you play all day, man." He quickly shot back, "No you can't. I have other interviews" in a semi-nasty tone. It was a really big letdown, even though I'm not a huge Les/Primus fan. Oh well, they all can't be super cool every day, right? :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2010 10:00:55 PM PDT
JKat says:
Hmm... he must of been having a bad day, or just wasn't in the mood.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2010 10:26:20 AM PDT
bass boy says:
Yeah, usually when you tell them (especially bassists) that you play too, they really open up. Maybe Les was having a bad day. Or he just doesn't like smaller interviews. Lol! :)

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 7:59:43 PM PST
Wow...you saw an "advance" copy DVD? And you commenters..."I interviewed ___." Stick to reviewing the product. If you want to circle jerk, get a blog.
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