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5.0 out of 5 stars Must watch for all fans
Great documentary. Loved the way it was filmed. It tells a story and you get the chance to see them in concert too. Definitely a must see for all Rolling Stones fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a strong film with many bonus features
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
Gimme Shelter is regarded by many as the most important rock film of all time. It follows the Rolling Stones on their infamous 1969 US tour. It covers the Madison Square Garden concert and the near-disastrous Altamont Speedway concert, along with actuality footage of the band in meetings with their...
Published on June 20 2004 by Ted


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a strong film with many bonus features, June 20 2004
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Ted "Ted" (Pennsylvania, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gimme Shelter (DVD)
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
Gimme Shelter is regarded by many as the most important rock film of all time. It follows the Rolling Stones on their infamous 1969 US tour. It covers the Madison Square Garden concert and the near-disastrous Altamont Speedway concert, along with actuality footage of the band in meetings with their lawyer, Melvin Belli (also known for defending Jack Ruby and for a guest appearance in a Star Trek episode) It remains one of the most popular rock films ever made and is as thought-provoking today as it was 35 years ago. An actual now-famous homicide was caught on tape and is featured in this film (as well as nudity), making it inappropriate for children.
The Criterion DVD includes many special features also.
There is a theatrical trailer and a re-release trailer for the film as well as the films, "Salesmen" and "Grey Gardens" also directed by the Maysles brothers.
There is film restoration deomonstration, several deleted scenes and outtakes, audio commentary by the directors and collaborator, Stanley Goldstein. There are also 80 minutes of excerpts from the 4 hour call-in radio show done after the Altamont concert and a photo gallery of the Altamont concert.
As an added bonus the accompanying booklet is many times larger than normal (this one is 44 pages) and contains several essays by many different people.
This DVD is a MUST for Rolling Stones fans as well as Criterion Collection DVD fans alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must watch for all fans, Jan. 31 2014
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Great documentary. Loved the way it was filmed. It tells a story and you get the chance to see them in concert too. Definitely a must see for all Rolling Stones fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must own!!, Jan. 22 2014
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One of the best documentaries ever made and one of the best Criterion releases! Even if you're not a fan of The Stones, this a very haunting film and one that will stay with you for quite some time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the late 1960s, without the rosy spectacles, May 25 2004
This review is from: Gimmi Shelter (VHS Tape)
Despite the bad sound and grainy film quality, this is a riveting, brutal documentary that focuses on the 1969 free concert at Altamont Speedway that was envisioned by the Rolling Stones as a fun time for everyone to "get it on", and ended with chaos and someone being killed, which is shown in the film. With the Hell's Angels in charge of security, and a vast crowd in a senseless and often aggressive drug induced stupor, watching this evolve is like looking into the abyss of the damned. The mid and late '60s were not the flower-power love generation years some remember through rose-tinted lenses, they were very often violent and hateful, as anyone who saw the rabble "express themselves" at the 1968 Democratic Convention can attest. There are people who blame the outcome of this concert on the Hell's Angels, but this film proves that they were only a part of the problem.
There is also much pretension: Guys in suits trying to be hip and cool, and Melvin Belli, the celebrity attorney of his day, making sure he gets his 15 minutes of camera time. The Rolling Stones (at this point Mick Taylor had replaced Brian Jones, who had died in July of that year) seem to be out of place in dealing with their fame, and trying to "act the part", as well as being in a fog of substance abuse. Mick Jagger is the one that appears to be the most "in control", and he tries his best to bring calm and order to the concert crowd, to no avail.
There are short sequences of other groups, like the Jefferson Airplane, and musically, perhaps the best part in the entire film is Tina Turner, as she sings "I've Been Loving You Too Long" all the while using the microphone as a substitute love interest.
Total running time is 91 minutes.
All or in part, the songs performed by the Stones are:
"Honky Tonk Man"
"Brown Sugar"
"Gimme Shelter"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"Love in Vain"
"Satisfaction"
"Street Fighting Man"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"Under My Thumb"
"Wild Horses"
"You Gotta Move"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb look at The Rolling Stones' ill-fated 1969 tour, May 29 2004
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Terrence J. Reardon (South Carolina and Mass., USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gimme Shelter (DVD)
Gimmie Shelter is The Rolling Stones' documentary on the band's ill-fated 1969 North American tour in support of the album Let it Bleed. We see the band performing at Madison Square Garden playing songs like Jumping Jack Flash and Love in Vain among others, which was also released on the classic 1970 live album Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out. We also get to see the band record Brown Sugar and Wild Horses from their 1971 album Sticky Fingers at the legendary Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama. However, the most famous bit from this classic movie was the ill-fated performance in Altamont in December of 1969 which was toted as a West Coast Woodstock but turned out to be anything but when a fan was killed by The Hell's Angels and rioting by the crowd caused the band to stop performing a few times. Musically, this film has great versions of Sympathy For the Devil, Under My Thumb, Jumping Jack Flash, Love in Vain and many other great Stones classics. I first saw this movie when I was 9 in 1985 and enjoy this film seeing as my mom is a huge Stones fan. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Startling Glance Into The Heart of Darkness, May 21 2004
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This review is from: Gimme Shelter (DVD)
All the muddy good vibes of Woodstock were negated after Altamont. The 60's, one of the most tumultuous and violent decades of the last century, were officially over. These hapless filmmakers were supposed to film the Stones on tour in America, what they got was the decade's dying last breath. This documentary is like having a front row seat as Manson orchestrated the Helter Sklter murders, it's quite shocking. In terms of a concert film, it's probably a little disappointing. Considering the Hell's Angels keep beating people up (including a member of the Jefferson Airplane) it's not surprising that the Stones sound so horrible. From a voyeuristic point of view, this film is unprecedented. The murder on screen happens so fast they probably weren't even aware of what they were seeing as it happened. They have to slow down and freeze frame the shot to even see it happen. Lurid and horrifying. As far as DVD's go, this is a Criterion DVD so you know it's KILLER. You get tons of bonus stuff, commentary from the filmmakers, a studio mix session and more. As a Stones document, it is priceless. The behind the scenes footage (and Madison Square Garden footage) is remarkable. And I love the Stones in Muscle Shoals working on what would become the 1971 masterpiece LP Sticky Fingers. Watching Keith listening to the Wild Horses playback is a rare privilege.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No sympathy for the devil, March 26 2004
This review is from: Gimme Shelter (DVD)
This Concert/documentary whatever you want to call it is truly very good, in fact until this moment, my favorite concert dvd was Metallica's S&M but that has just changed my man, yes it is violent, yes it is tragic, but by god man, it's true, everybody blames it on the angels, they were out of line yes, that is true but they did help in the end, for instance, when a guy pulled out a gun, it was an angel who stopped him, don't get me wrong, I have no sympathy for those animals but I must admit to the facts that they were trying to help but some of them got out of line. Anyways, the picture and sound are 5/5, I love all the behind the scenes they have and it's mixed in DTS 5.1 sound which is never bad, good show, 4births, 4 deaths and a whole lot of scuffles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic documentary!!! This Criterion DVD delivers!!!, Dec 28 2003
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Jason P. Pumphrey "the movie & music man" (Falls Church, Virginia United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gimme Shelter (DVD)
This great film finally gets the DVD treatment and it's spectacular!!! It's from Criterion so you know you're getting nothing but the best!!! The transfer is superb!!!(There is a cool restoration demo on the disc!!!)And the sound is top notch too!!! Extras include a commentary,outtakes,trailers and much,much more!!! Great for Rolling Stones fans or anybody that loves classic rock and roll!!! AN AWESOME DVD!!! Five Stars!!! A+
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5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest band ever, July 11 2011
This review is from: Gimme Shelter [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
this film shows the most infamous concert involving the world,s all-time greatest touring rock band,the legendary rolling stones.even non-music people would love this blue-ray dvd.it,s an all-time classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 35 years later ... where's the rest?, March 17 2004
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Okay, so the film has to be valued as a piece of cinema verite capturing a nightmarish moment in countercultural history, but going on 35 years later, I'm still waiting for the Stones tour documentary that was, after all, the original intent of having the Maysleses & Co. around the Stones at all.
This "anniversary edition" of the film offers a ray of hope in the form of a few snippets of outtake material - the scenes from the Muscle Shoals studio in particular are a real joy (and bravo, guys, for showing you *were* capable of noticing somebody besides Mick Jagger for at least a few seconds!).
So where's the rest? By all accounts the Stones' performance at Altamont was brilliant - they didn't just stop playing and flee, as this film misleadingly suggests. Granted, the events at Altamont turned the film into something other than originally anticipated - but that story's been told already, and the movie's gathered its due laurels. Now can we *please* finally see the rest of the Stones' concert??
I'm sure I'm not the only one who would value that miles more than the interminable self-congratulatory "commentaries" the filmmakers tacked onto this edition (really, who *cares* that you adore Mick's scarf?!). The remastering job is very fine, though, so ... all right, four stars. I'll save the fifth one for when you let us have the Stones.
(And for the record, re another reviewer's remarks: That's not Andrew Oldham, who had long since parted ways with the Stones, it's Sam Cutler, their road manager; and there were no Stones hanging around in any "local civic offices" - what an idea!)
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