U2: Rattle and Hum

U2: Rattle and Hum

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Director: Phil Joanou

Cast: Phil Joanou, U2, B.B. King

     
 

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This excellent documentary 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, previously ignored. They quickly immerse themselves in the musical culture with a recording session at the legendary Sun Studios in…  See more details below

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This excellent documentary 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, previously ignored. They quickly immerse 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. Only the band's visit to Elvis Presley's Graceland seems out of context with the rest of the feature. Although the band's reverence for Elvis and his music is evident, they are merely tourists standing on the other side of a velvet rope. Spinal Tap had a more poignant visit to the king's palace, but Rattle And Hum is still one of the best musical documentaries of all time. Both the musical and political passion of U2 is evident in every frame.

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U2's tribute to the roots of American music, Rattle and Hum may have been somewhat of a disappointment at the box office, but the film offers enough insights to satisfy a larger audience than just fans of the band. As directed by Phil Joanou, the documentary is little more than a paean to the Irish supergroup, but the band is in good form; they carry the film through some of its sluggish moments. Joanou's previous film was the jumpy, frenetic cult hit Three O'Clock High, and though his techniques can be distracting at times, the director's visual flare is well-suited to shooting musical performances. Among the film's highlights are U2 playing Bob Dylan covers, hanging out at Memphis' Sun Studios, and rehearsing and performing with the legendary B.B. King.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
UPC:
0097361385143
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Theatrical Trailer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- U2: Rattle and Hum
1. Helter Skelter [3:10]
2. Van Dieman's Land [2:14]
3. Desire [4:51]
4. Exit [4:21]
5. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For [4:39]
6. Freedom For My People/Silver And Gold [6:44]
7. Angel Of Harlem [3:41]
8. All Along The Watchtower [4:54]
9. In God's Country [2:43]
10. When Love Comes To Town [5:50]
11. Heartland [4:05]
12. Bad [8:14]
13. Where The Streets Have No Name [6:27]
14. Mlk [2:02]
15. With Or Without You [5:23]
16. Star Spangled Banner/Bullet the Blue Sky [5:51]
17. Running To Stand Still [4:20]
18. Sunday Bloody Sunday [7:48]
19. Pride (In The Name Of Love) [4:47]
20. All I Want Is You [6:34]

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