Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage

Rush

Being the music fan that I am, about a month ago when I started a free trial of Netflix I set out in search of all the music documentaries I could find. Having had Rush, and this very film, indirectly mentioned to me earlier I thought I’d check it out, and I’m glad I did!

Relatively recent picture of Rush.

The Review:

I began the movie with no background knowledge of the band and ended it able to name the members, many albums, and a few notable songs. That should be a good indication of how informative the film was. It spanned the lives of all three members, starting from their earliest musical interests to their touring life at the time of filming. Interviews with the band carry the narrative, and comments from famous fans, mostly other musicians, add to the chronology. The band’s entire history is covered in under two hours, from formation to the addition of Neil Peart to major headlining tours, all the important details seem to be fit in. The viewer gets to see Rush evolve from the blues-based rock band that couldn’t get a record deal to the progressive rock band they gained popularity as. The true musicianship of these three guys from Canada is so wonderfully displayed with live shows and music video footage dispersed throughout. And just as their great musical abilities shine through, their great personalities are evident in the interviews, and watching, you just have to love the band.

Bottom Line:

I’d recommend this documentary to any fan of great music, and anyone reading this should definitely check it out!

10 Rocks/10 Rolls

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And it seems I have stumbled upon Rush at the perfect time. Lots of news at the moment and that’s what I will discuss next time!

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A Hard Day’s Night (2014 Release)

The Beatles

The Criterion re-release of The Beatles’ first film A Hard Day’s Night is here for the movie’s 50th Anniversary! It was shown in theaters beginning July 4th, and stayed there for a few weeks in some instances, giving fans a chance to see the film as if it just premiered, and others not familiar with The Fab Four to see it for the first time.

Most hardcore Beatles fans have been eagerly awaiting to get their hands on the DVD or three-disc DVD/Blu-Ray deluxe set since they heard rumors of it being made, and now they can… and probably have!

This re-release is significant as the video was completely remastered from old tapes for a “4K digital restoration, approved by director Richard Lester,” and the audio was remixed by Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin.

I was able to pick up the single-disc DVD, and can attest to the fact that it looks and sounds great! The movie is so entertaining as it is, that the clarity of the audio and video allow you to become completely immersed in the fast paced one-liners and great musical performances. The brilliance that the movie was shot with really shines through in this quality too! The innovative shots and filming techniques used are a big part of what makes the movie so enjoyable.

The film shows that The Beatles were relatively good actors and showcases their sense of humor. I’d recommend buying this film to anyone, and if you are a Beatles fan, this new release is a must have!