Mick Jagger (left) and pals help Shine A Light on great concert footage.
Shine A Light (Paramount, 2008) D: Martin Scorsese, w/ Mick Jagger, Keith Richards. Rating: NNNN; DVD package: NNN
I'm amazed. Martin Scorsese's love letter to the Rolling Stones works almost as well on my nine-year-old 24-inch Sony Vega with the built-in speakers as it did on the IMAX screen.
At least the audio sounds as good as the soundtrack CD does on my mid-priced stereo - that is, like a really good live album, loud at any volume.
Scorsese's artistry stands up to any number of rescreenings for its endless stream of spectacular shots perfectly cut to the music. Some last only a beat, and in a few places he finds camera moves that mirror guitar riffs.
The camera gets close enough to show how the Stones function onstage, which is where my small screen doesn't cut it. On the giant screen, the nuances of expression reveal exactly how Jagger does his job. On my screen, not so much.
The four bonus songs in the extras - Undercover Of The Night, Paint It Black, Little T&A and I'm Free - are as good as anything in the movie. Better for Stones fans is the backstage footage. Not really organized enough to be called a doc, it offers a casual mix of interviews with the other band members, rehearsal and jamming footage.
EXTRAS Backstage doc, four bonus songs. Widescreen. English 5.1 or 2.0 audio. English, French, Spanish subtitles.