U2: Rattle and Hum

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/2009
  • UPC: 032429072740
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
U2
Bono Himself
Adam Clayton Himself
The Edge Himself
B.B. King Himself
Larry Mullen Jr. Himself
Technical Credits
Phil Joanou Director, Editor
U2 Score Composer
Robert Brinkmann Cinematographer
Jordan S. Cronenweth Cinematographer
Gregg Fienberg Associate Producer, Asst. Director, Production Manager
Michael Hamlyn Producer
Jimmy Iovine Songwriter
Paul McGuinness Executive Producer, Producer
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Rattle and Hum
   Helter Skelter
   Van Diemen's Land
   Desire
   Exit
   Gloria
   I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
   Freedom for My People
   Silver and Gold
   Angel of Harlem
   All Along the Watchtower
   In God's Country
   When Love Comes to Town
   Heartland
   Bad
   Ruby Tuesday
   Sympathy for the Devil
   Where the Streets Have No Name
   MLK
   With or Without You
   The Star-Spangled Banner
   Bullet the Blue Sky
   Running to Stand Still
   Sunday Bloody Sunday
   Pride (In the Name of Love)
   All I Want Is You
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  • Posted January 1, 2011

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    It's Worth It!

    This movie truly shows an insight into U2's state of mind- and their state of creation. Their highly marketable gospel and blues mixture has sold millions of records. This concert film shows that although U2's sound (excluding Boy) can come off as pop... that's NOT what they are. Perhaps the most inspirational part of the whole movie is when they record "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" with a gospel choir from Harlem. After that comes the closing speech, Bono's famed "F*ck The Revolution" speech. It also contains the rare sight of Bono spraypainting Embacardo, which gained him hefty fees. The outcome of these sights is the overall feeling that although U2 has been criticized for being commercially safe and a group of sell outs, they do have completely true intentions. There are only three downsides for this whole film: it's slightly grainy due to the lack of technology to successfully reproduce it, it's lacking some of the "interview" material that is so talked about... and many songs from it aren't known to listeners of the pre '88 era. However, the Rattle and Hum album shows a side for U2- one that should be enough to change anyone's mind about "Achtung Baby".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    This rock-docu is an absolute must for any U2 fan (or anyone interested in the rock docu's)! Enjoyed every minute of is (except the manner in which Adam is treated throughout, but that's just a personal objection). Other than the latter, it is a wonderful piece that captures the last tour before U2 re-invented themselves (which they continue to do).

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    Posted December 26, 2009

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