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U2 Rattle and Hum (Widescreen)

Bono , The Edge , Phil Joanou    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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This is not a film for anyone looking for an introduction to Irish band U2's career in the 1980s, but it is a vibrant portrait of an established group making its musical pilgrimage through the America it has always imagined through blues, gospel, and early rock 'n' roll. Filmmaker Phil Joanou (Heaven's Prisoners), a veteran music-video director and maker of the distractingly kinetic Three O'Clock High, finds a suitable outlet for his high energy in this juggernaut of a journey, which finds U2 collaborating with a black gospel choir and B.B. King, recording inside the legendary Sun Records studio, dropping by Graceland, and in a moment of fearlessness, performing the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" to exorcise Charles Manson's sick claim on the song. --Tom Keogh

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Alfred Music Publishing is the world's largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational reference pop and performance materials for teachers students professionals and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument style and difficulty level. Rattle and Hum follows the Irish group U2 on their concert tour of the United States in support of their seventh album Joshua Tree. The politically involved rock quartet sets their sights on American musical influences quickly immersing themselves in the musical culture with a recording session at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. Four tracks were recorded that ended up on their next record appropriately called Rattle And Hum. Blues Legend B.B.King adds his vocals and guitar work to Love Comes To Town and Angel Of Harlem is a passionate tribute to the late Billie Holiday. In addition to their original material the band covers gems from The Beatles Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. Director Phil Joanou combines black-and-white with color photography to capture the band on and off the stage. Rattle And Hum is one of the best musical documentaries of all time. Both the musical and political passion of U2 is evident in every frame. Approximate running time is 98 minutes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stirring view of U2 at their peak Sept. 18 2003
My bias on this film should be adequately explained by my 21 years as a fan and a veteran of nearly 20 live shows dating back to the "War" tour...
This is simply the best U2 has to offer in live performances that you can go to the store and buy.
The high points:
-"Exit". The one song I was most looking forward to seeing live on "The Joshua Tree" tour, as I knew it would simply kick a** live. It did. The version in the film doesn't disappoint, though we are afforded an inordinate amount of screen time of Bono struggling with the settings for his guitar at the base of the drum riser.
-"Bad". While no better sonically, really, than the version on "Wide Awake in America" (audio only), it is a lovely version, and it leads into the better portion of the film:
-"Where the Streets..." The beginning of the color portion of the film which has a great impact after 45 mins or so of B&W photography.
-"With or Without You" I had the audio version of this movie version on CD from the late 80's, on a promo CD, and still consider this to be the best live version of the song available... Includes an extra verse not on the album version of the song, the inclusion of which has prompted me to refer to this version as the, heh heh, "songs for saps" version of the song.
-"Running to Stand Still" Every time I see this, and I mean EVERY TIME, it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
-Generally speaking, the whole movie elevates the art of "concert films" to a new level. Nothing else can touch it... Absolutely nothing.
The Low Points:
-Too much humorless interview time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie? Nah, but the music! July 31 2003
I remember Rattle and Hum missing the mark with almost all critics and all but the most hardcore U2 fans. Those who did not like U2 already liked them less after the film. Remember that in 1988 most Americans still knew very little about the band and what they had learned, especially about Bono rubbed them the wrong way. They were 8 years and 5 albums into their career, but followers of the music scene considered Bono humorless, sanctimonious and unduly self-satisfied. Some probably still feel that way.
Whether that was/is true, it has nothing to do with the fact that this was some of the band's best live music ever. Whereas the studio tracks of Bullet the Blue Sky and In God's Country sound sedate and monotonous, the live versions feel like they want to jump through the speakers. Then the live Running to Stand Still sounds positively haunting. While Bono's politics have seemed pedestrian and superficial at times, this version of Sunday Bloody Sunday, shot after the Enniskillen riot, depicts Bono at his angry best. Even though his reaction might not have been as sincere as his interview suggests, the howling passion makes it worth the view. Any chance to see BB King play a guitar, including the rough cut of When Love Comes to Town.
Some of the covers feel unnecessary. Helter Skelter never needed a new version, but it gets one here. Their riff on All along the Watchtower sounds like they've heard the Dylan original, but never the immortal Hendrix perfection (the best cover done of any song for my money). Still, if that was a quid pro quo for Dylan's keyboard work on Hawkmoon 269 then we all benefit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rattle and Hum Feb. 18 2004
Looks like I have finally found what I was looking for...
Rattle And Hum on DVD is what every U2 afficionado cannot and will not do without! A travelogue of sorts for the irish band in the US, Phil Joanu's film captures the band's essence in the 80s, when they were essentially basking in the glory of Joshua Tree. Loads of attitude (Check out their interviews) but no pretensions here, its just the band at their musical best, as ordinary people who can be dazzled by the splendour of Graceland and get excited jamming with B.B. King and amidst their bantering admire with all honesty a roadside blues guitarist and do an impromptu session with a Church choir for I Still Havent Found What Im Looking For. In between all this is the exemplary courage shown by Bono to go public against the IRA in one of the bands concerts. If I had to look in perspective, this DVD serves as a perfect window to see the band as who they were and what they would be [As seen in Zorropa] before their radical Discotheque days. Right at the start of the film, you are treated to an exquisite vocal rendition by Edge of a song thats hauntingly familiar [I dont remember the name]. Gloria was not how I expected it to be, but in the larger scheme of things, it hardly matters. Though the entire format is in black and white, I would say this is an excellent decision taken by the director, because in a certain way it has added a subtle surreal atmosphere. All in all an hours worth of pure music fidelity... Sit back and enjoy...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Full Of Great Music. Dec 10 2003
Okay, so maybe "Rattle And Hum" isn't the greatest concert film ever, but watching it you just have to feel puzzled at how much lashing this film got. It's a really good concert document with a lot of great songs, many of the performances show the best of U2's abilities as a live act. They play some of their most adored hits and still go on to cover a few classics along on the way with great skill and a lot of passion (something lacking in today's new band scene). "Rattle And Hum" is director Phil Joanou's documentation of U2's trek through both America and American music, a lot of it sounds damn good and it's flaws can be forgiven, even forgotten. The film opens with a driving cover of The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" and goes on to look into the band exploring ideas and recording new songs (which of course are for the soundtrack) like "Desire" and "When Love Comes To Town," a roaring duet with B.B. King, both these tracks alone prove U2 are masters at the blues form. Frontman Bono comes off a lot as an impassioned artist who likes to make statements (check out his stinging indictment on the Irish revolution during "Sunday Bloody Sunday") but he has a magnificent voice, something rare when it comes to today's rock music, and it soars along with the rest of the band's wonderful playing. The film's flaws aren't too annoying, there is a cheesy but interesting trip to Graceland and the film fails to really get INTO the band's world, it is more about their performances than the members themselves. These aside, it's a must for fans of the band and a trip back to the days before U2 went into more daring experimental routes. It's also an interesting film to compare with today's U2 releases like the "Elevation 2001" DVD. Read more ›
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