While younger audiences know Martin Scorsese for his "mob" films, he's established his mastery of utilizing music with earlier films, including "MEAN STREETS" and a the great concert film, "THE LAST WALTZ." It speaks volumes to find one of the greatest rock bands of all time(The Rolling Stones) and one of the greatest directors of all time, Scorsese, have come together in creating "SHINE A LIGHT," a performance/documentary film that should stand the test of time as a great film in its own right.
Scorsese has put together a team of the industry's greatest cinematographers, enabling for any of the shots, utilized in the editing to look terrific, albeit, sometimes different in their look. "SHINE A LIGHT" blends a variety of footage, 16mm, 35mm and high-def, creating a wide array of resolution and contrast. There's also a lot of black&white footage utilized, mostly for off-stage moments. From the opening scenes, wherein stage prep for the upcoming concert is readying, a kinetic energy is simmering, and once it's released, it never loses its grip. The Stones demonstrate why they have the staying power that they have, and while even fans of them may not love a song selection or two, by the time the film ends, one wants even more!
PARAMOUNT has released a dvd and blu-ray of "SHINE A LIGHT." The dvd and blu-ray are presented in 1.78:1, with 16:9 enhancement for dvd, and 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 for the 1080p blu-ray.
The dvd image is impressive, and while grain is present on both formats, it's never intrusive. There are artifacts, appearing infrequently on blu-ray, but barely noticeable on dvd. The black&white imagery looks comparable on both formats, however, when color comes in, wow! Colors are well saturated on both formats, but the blu-ray offers deeper color levels,. While the varying footage inherently creates some flat looking moments, whenever close-ups are shown, the blu-ray offers jump off the screen type of high-def resolution. In comparison the blu-ray clearly outshines the dvd, but it's still a fine dvd.
PARAMOUNT has offered Dolby TrueHD 5.1/DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 for blu-ray and Dolby Digital 5.1 for dvd. The DTS mix is notably louder and with deeper bass than the other mixes, but the TrueHD offers better overall balance and dynamic range. The PCM 2.0 mix offers a very clean mix, however it appears dull in comparison to the other mixes on both formats. Surrounds and discrete effects are utilized effectively in creating a true concert atmosphere, but with better clarity than most concert films available on blu-ray, dvd or high-def channels.
Both formats offer a featurette and bonus songs, with the blu-ray offering them in High-def and Dolby TrueHD 5.1