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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Shine A Light

Genre: Stage Performance

Reviewed In Issue 134 (Sept 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Christina Aguilera, Buddy Guy & Jack White III

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include a 15-minute behind-the-scenes featurette with archived interviews, four bonus songs, and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 35187
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For brief strong language, drug references adn smoking
(Retail Price): $19.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 122
(Color Type): Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/29/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Martin Scorsese
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Filmed during The Rolling Stones' 2006 "A Bigger Bang" tour, Shine A Light takes a fresh look at the world's greatest rock band through the lens of one of the world's all-time greatest filmmakers, Martin Scorsese. Concert footage, mainly from The Beacon Theater in New York during a birthday bash thrown for Bill Clinton, features cameo guest performances by such musical icons as Christina Aguilera, Buddy Guy, and Jack White III (The White Stripes). Rare archival interviews and performances also punctuate this documentary, which is sure to please classic rock fans, young and old alike. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD begins with heavy stylization, switching between black and white and full color, with heavy grain and without, but once the concert begins the scenes look very good, with nicely saturated colors and sharp detail. Black levels are slightly elevated in the concert scenes, though, which can give the image a washed-out appearance, but shadow delineation is good, providing a noticeable sense of depth. Contrast is balanced well, especially for a stage performance, and fleshtones look natural. Edge enhancement is not a distraction. (Danny Richelieu)