Shine a Light (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Documentary / Music
Paramount || PG13 - 122 minutes - $39.99 || July 29, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-07-31

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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.

.:: A U D I O ::.

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Christina Aguilera, Jack White, Bill Clinton

Theatrical Release Date: April 4, 2008

Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette
  • Bonus Songs

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS MA 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), English (PCM 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

"I see a red door and I want it painted black..."

Shine a Light mixes concert footage, interviews and old footage of the Rolling Stones into one impressive package. With such classic hits like "Jumping Jack Flash", "Start Me Up", "Shattered" and "Some Girls" this Blu-ray edition is a dream come true that is sure to bring a smile to the face of any Stones fan.

Iíve never been a big Rolling Stones fan but that could be attributed to the fact that they simply were not the music of my generation. Even though I grew up in the 80's it was hard not to hear a Rolling Stones song on the radio or being played in a movie, so while I am familiar with the band, I simply didn't care for their music all that much (and this is coming from someone who loves music from the 60's and 70's like Simon & Garfunkel and Cat Stevens). That's not to say I think they are a bad band, itís just I am more use to the music of INXS or even Michael Jackson.

What the documentary lacks is any real tension between the crew. After playing together for some many years, you would think they would argue and bicker more than an old married couple but here they seem to be all fine and dandy. Maybe that footage was simply cut to bring us a more cheery film, but I would have loved to see some musical instruments being thrashed or a fight between the band.

If you have ever wanted to see the Stones play live but never got a chance...then you need to pick up this Blu-ray immediately. As someone who tried many times to get tickets to my favorite bands but struck out...I would have killed for a concert DVD/Blu-ray of this caliber. Every possible angle is captured in one way or another and the sound (if you are able to hear lossless) is fabulous. I felt like I was actually there...even if I was sitting on my couch.


All Special Features are presented in HD.

Featurette (~17 Minutes) - It appears this is simply a bunch of deleted scenes bunched up together to form a featurette. Nothing wonderful here.

Bonus Songs (~16 Minutes) - "Undercover of the Night", "Little T&A", "Paint it Black" and "I'm Free" are included here which, just like the featurette, appear to be deleted performances. Since Paint it Black is one of my favorite Stone songs I am glad to see it here.


Shine a Light is presented in its Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 (AVC/MEPG-4) on a 50GB disc. Itís hard to really judge this because the film shifts from so many different types of film and footage that we are never consistently on the same page picture quality wise. The black and white footage looks good as does the brand new concert footage.

Paramount has included not one... not two... but three different lossless tracks here. Included is DTS MA 5.1 Track, Dolby Digital 5.1 TrueHD Track and a simple PCM 2.0 mix as well. Comparing the DTS MA and TrueHD track I felt both were identical, with the exception of the DTS MA simply sounding a bit louder (like in most cases). Iíve personally always preferred TrueHD simply due to the fact that most Blu-ray players can decode them while DTS MA can only be decoded internally via the PS3 or the brand new Panasonic DMP-BD50. Either option will give you the same lossless experience so feel free to choose the one you feel more comfortable with.

As for the film... spectacular. Iíve watched a few of the Blu-ray concerts and the Stones ones have a tremendous score. Dialog is crystal clear and everything; even the faintest sound can be heard. Simply an amazing job from Paramount.


If you are a Rolling Stones fan this movie is a must buy. If youíre a casual fan... rent it. While it does provide one of the best lossless tracks available on the format, the content may not appeal to everyone.