A filming of the 1990 Rolling Stones "Steel Wheels" concert that traveled Europe. This was filmed in the IMAX process, which allows the film to be projected in a size ten times the size of a regular 35mm projected image.
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In 1989, the Rolling Stones go on their "Steel Wheels" tour: Jagger, Richards, Watts, Wood, and Wyman, backed by three singers, a sax, four horns, and two keyboards. In Turin, Berlin, and London, they perform on a gigantic stage in front of masses. The staging includes huge air-filled figures of women and of a wolf; there are fireworks and a light show. On stage, the musicians are sometimes yards apart, with Jagger racing up and down wide staircases that project like wings to the left and right of the stage. All the while, the music pours forth, sixteen songs in all, from "Satisfaction" and "Sympathy for the Devil" to "Start Me Up" and "Rock and a Hard Place." Written by
Originally shot with 8 IMAX cameras outfitted with the first long load film magazines. 5 concerts in 3 cities. The magazines were so huge and the ballistics of the loading so unpredictable, there was no guarantee of complete coverage of any song in any single concert. Eventually trying to cut this on a flatbed proved impossible. Recently re-released EditDroids were in Toronto on various projects and one was custom configured with the help of the folks at Lucas in Los Angeles. All 35mm "twist reduction" work print was reassembled in original rolls, transfered to video and recorded on one-off laser videodiscs. The 8-headed Droid could load all data bases and imaging for a single song in all concert locations. The editors could jump to any point in a song, see what was available (or not) then jump to the same spot in all subsequent concerts. The trick was tracing back from the Droid data through laserdisc data through video data back to 35mm stepdown print edge code and ultimately to the original IMAX neg - frame accurately to produce the neg cut list that needed to sync with the original 64 track digital recordings. See more »
If you love movies, you'll love this. If you love the Stones, you'll love this. If you love concert movies, you'll love this! It's just an awesome movie-going experience. This film is the 1989/1990 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle world tour filmed in the IMAX format, when projected in 70 mm film on a screen 5 stories high, completely fills your field of vision. The sound is mixed in Dolby 6-track and is deafening!
What keeps the movie going is Mick Jagger, front and center for most of the movie and his awesome energy as a performer will have you tappin' your foot along to the oldies but goodies like "Satisfaction" and "Ruby Tuesday", as well as the newer songs such as "Start Me Up" (the opening number) and "SadSad Sad".
It was just an incredible experience and the tunes were in my head for weeks afterward, I don't know if it was because of the loudness, or the memorable impression I walked away with. 10 out of 10!
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