The Rolling Stones In The 1960s The
Complete Review (Chrome Dreams/MVD
Sound: C+ Extras: C Main Programs: B+
A while ago, Chrome Dreams and Music Video Distributors
issued one of the best documentary DVDs on The
Rolling Stones from their Under
Review series covering the years 1962
1966. We reviewed it favorably
Now, that impressive show is being reissued in a set that
includes a second DVD with the follow-up program covering 1967 1969 in a set
entitled The Rolling Stones In The 1960s
The Complete Review and it is as strong and maybe a little stronger than
the first one. We see the band loose
Brian Jones, go psychedelic, reform as one of the strongest bands of all time
and make some of the most important music of all time. Besides some films Mick Jagger did himself
experimenting with acting, the band made three in this period.
One was their Circus
concert film, only just recently issued on DVD.
Another was their concert film with Jean-Luc Godard that had several
titles and did not work out. The third
was Gimme Shelter (reviewed
elsewhere on this site) and helped end the 1960s for good.
But the programs have interviews with music scholars,
lovers and people who were there telling the story, some aspects of which you
will only hear about here. They also
cover all the albums and their successes in this period with great detail. That makes this one of the best Stones DVD sets to date.
The 1.33 X 1 image on both has letterboxed images at
times, but look pretty good throughout with a generous amount of new
interviews, vintage clips and the money has been put out for prime footage and
classic hits. This series always
delivers. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
is just fine throughout both discs, but sometimes the audio is monophonic from
the vintage footage. The 1967 69 disc
expands on the same extras as the last volume, but adds an interview with Keith
Altham on The Beggars Banquet Press
For more on this period, you should see the film Gimme Shelter, which Criterion has just
upgraded to an exceptional Blu-ray edition.
Read more about it at this link:
- Nicholas Sheffo