Olé Olé, Olé! A Trip Across Latin America: The Rolling Stones

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Eagle Rock Entertainment
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Olé, Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America was given a strictly limited theatrical release around Europe in September 2016. The film follows The Rolling Stones on their 2016 tour through ten Latin American cities while at the same time trying to stage their first-ever concert in Havana, Cuba, a colossal once-in-a-lifetime, open-air free show the likes of which Cuba has never seen before. The film captures the unique chemistry that exists between The Rolling Stones and their Latin American fans, a bond that has stretched across many years. Featuring electrifying live performances, intimate moments with the band members, anticipation and reaction from the fans, and all the twists and turns of staging the Havana concert. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a collection of full-length performances from the Latin America tour: “Out Of Control” (Buenos Aires, Argentina), “Paint It Black” (Buenos Aires, Argentina), “Honky Tonk Women” (Sao Paulo, Brazil), “Sympathy For The Devil” (Sao Paulo, Brazil), “You Got The Silver” (Lima, Peru), “Midnight Rambler” (Lim, Peru) and “Miss You” (Lima, Peru).

The 2.42:1 1080i AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upscaled to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally with a 2K intermediate transfer, looks terrific. The color palette is wonderfully saturated and vivid, with strong primaries and shades that really pop. The color richness is quite evident in the stage presentations. The urban settings in the various countries appear natural throughout. Fleshtones are perfectly natural. Clarity and sharpness is excellent throughout. Resolution exhibits fine detail, especially during close-ups of The Rolling Stones and the fans. Remarkably, the local locations are incredibly eye-opening with such a real feel for the architecture, the culture, and the people, even the decrepit environments shown. Contrast is generally good, especially the stage moments. Black levels are deep and solid, and shadow delineation is generally revealing. As a documentary, of course, there are segments that are less stellar, but overall this is a spectacular visual experience that will absolutely thrill fans of The Rolling Stones. A real life spectacular! (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is a really open enveloping sonic experience that projects a holosonic® presence throughout, especially during the intermittent performances. While fidelity during the performance is less than clear and articulate, the rumblings and the loud crowd noises make for an exciting, though, extremely reverent experience. So often, due to the loudness of the crowds, the soundfield becomes an arena of noise. But this is really about The Rolling Stones, and the dialogue, as they share their experiences, is quite intelligible with at times decent spatial integration. Overall, this is an exciting and intimate look at The Rolling Stones set is various Latin American cultures. (Gary Reber)