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It Might Get Loud (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

December 14, 2009 by  



Just brilliant!  Definitely a fantastic up close and personal documentary with Jimmy Page (The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin) The Edge (U2) and Jack White (White Stripes, The Raconteurs).  Definitely one of the best music documentaries to come out on Blu-ray!  Fantastic and highly recommended!

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TITLE: It Might Get Loud

YEAR OF FILM RELEASE: 2008

DURATION: 98 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:78:1), English, Portuguese 5.1 DTS-HD MA and Spanish 5.1.   Subtitles: English SDH,  Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic

RATED: PG (For Mild Thematic Elements, Brief Language and Smoking)

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Classics

RELEASE DATE: December 22, 2009

Directed by Davis Guggenheim

Executive Producer: Michael Mailis

Producer: Peter Afterman, Lesley Chilcott, Davis Guggenheim, Thomas Tull

Associate Producer: Erica Beaney, Michael Birtel, Diana Derycz-Kessler, Rebecca Hartzell, Jimmy Page, Alba Tull

Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro, Erich Roland

Edited by Greg Finton

Production Design by Donald Graham Burt

Starring:

Jimmy Page

The Edge

Jack White

Bono (archive footage)

Robert Plant (archive footage)

Meg White (archive footage)

Unlike any other rock and roll documentary, IT MIGHT GET LOUD gets three legendary guitarists – The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs) – onto an empty soundstage to create an unparalleled music summit, in the process of jamming together they bring their own perspectives about craft, inspiration and how each used their unique backgrounds in order to create their own musical rebellion and revelatory sounds.

In 2009, the documentary “It Might Get Loud” directed by David Guggenheim (“Gossip”, “An Inconvenient Truth”) made its way through the various film festivals.

The documentary was created to highlight the electric guitar, so what best than to feature three iconic electric guitar musicians: Jimmy Page (The Yard Birds, Led Zeppelin), The Edge (“U2”) and Jack White (White Stripes, The Raconteurs).  Each men with different musical backgrounds and from different countries and get to know how they became passionate for the electric guitar, learning of their musical inspirations, revisiting areas where they first became involved in their bands, footage of them performing live (with vintage footage) and their approach to music, what goes behind-the-scenes when they are writing songs and much more.

The documentary captures these musicians up-close and personal but also what happens when you bring these three musicians together with their instruments and what kind of music they come up with together.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“It Might Get Loud” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1).  The picture quality is fantastic.  The documentary was shot in HD and aside from the vintage footage and old photos, the modern footage was shot entirely in HD and the amount of detail is just wonderful.   You literally see the detail in some of the vintage instruments.  For example, in one scene, Jack White performs a song on the piano and you can see the rugged look of the old piano.  Especially later on as he performs on an older guitar.

You do see quite a bit of grain on some of the stock footage and of course, older vintage footage is not exactly going to be the best looking on Blu-ray but for the most part, picture quality is quite solid for the modern sequences of this documentary.  Skin tones are natural, blacks are nice and deep.  Some modern scenes has its share of low light noise and I did notice certain scenes with occasional dust but for the most part, picture quality is solid!

Audio quality is presented in English, Portuguese 5.1 DTS-HD MA and Spanish 5.1.  Lossless audio is fantastic!  From when you first hear Jack White messing around with a guitar, that the electric guitar comes out quite clear through the front channels.  But when you start hearing Jimmy Page and The Edge play and the followed by Jack White and the various bands, you can’t help but be impressed about the clarity of the instruments.

I can’t tell you that by watching these guys play, especially when Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White just sat together and then started jamming, you can’t help but get goose bumps.  Absolutely fantastic!  Especially the final improvisation scene with all three men just jamming.  Just brilliant!  There was no rehearsal, these three guys just start jamming in unison.  Awesome!

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“It Might Get Loud” comes with the following special features featured in Standard and High Definition.  English Stereo and subtitles in Portuguese in Spanish and French.  Included are:

  • Audio Commentary — Audio commentary by Director Davis Guggenheim, Producer Lesley Chilcott and Producer Thomas Tull.  An informative commentary with good insight on what happened behind-the-scenes and what the filmmakers wanted to accomplish.
  • Toronto Film Festival Press Conference —(38:26) Q&A footage from the Toronto Film Festival Press Conference featuring Director Davis Guggenheim, Producer Thomas Tull and Lesley Chilcott and the three musicians: Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White.
  • Deleted Scenes—(26:06) Featuring the following eleven deleted scenes:  Jimmy Page plays Acoustic, Four Sticks on Acoustic, Kashmir, Strings, Theremin, Nicknames, The Edge plays “Stairway to Heaven”, The Edge’s Sound Check, I Fought Army’s, Seven Nation Army, Deleted Animation.
  • Theatrical Trailer – (2:26) Original theatrical trailer for “It Might Get Loud”.

An incredible and amazing documentary.

For anyone who enjoys rock n’ roll especially these talented guitarists such as legend Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White will love this film.  I was pretty amazed about how enjoyable this documentary turned out to be.  Learning about their passion for the electric guitar, playing music, learning about their past and also footage of their bands (vintage footage of Led Zeppelin and U2) was pretty awesome.

But what really made things much more enjoyable was watching “It Might Get Loud” on Blu-ray.  The film was shot in HD and the detail was just amazing.  From the old vintage instruments, you literally see the age on them and the various locations where the documentary were shot looks quite impressive.  The lossless audio was fantastic and to hear the three perform and hear the guitar so crystal clear and so well-defined through your home theater is quite amazing.

This documentary goes beyond just enjoying the music and historic information from Page, The Edge and White, you also get to see other classic footage of artists and bands that these musicians enjoyed.  Seeing 1930’s Blues artists to punk bands such as The Clash and the Ramones was pretty awesome.  But there are some deep thoughts from the musicians that you can’t help but listen.  This is probably one of the most personal rock documentaries as we see the thought process behind the music, their first instruments, the challenges they faced earlier in their career or at a young age and more.

I know there are some people who wish there was more music and less talk but personally, I was amazed by hearing their stories.  Yes, I enjoy listening to their music but to tell you the truth, aside from listening to their music, I never knew the personal side to these men.  Director Guggenheim let these men do their thing and I know some wish there was more prodding by the director but this was a different type of documentary that Guggenheim wanted to accomplish and so, it’s less about ego’s or personal clashes, it’s all about the love of music.  So, I found this documentary to be quite fascinating and just highly entertaining.

Also, the special features were just enjoyable to watch.  The fact that these three musicians allowed the filmmakers to get up close and capture the personal side of them was quite amazing and when all is done, the special features showcase some enjoyable scenes as Jimmy Page plays the guitar and The Edge and Jack White are just in awe by the legend.  You can tell that these musicians savored the moment, especially when the three start jamming with Jimmy Page while he plays “Kashmir”.

Overall, if you are a rock musician or a fan of any of these talents or the bands they are part of, “It Might Get Loud” is a magnificent documentary worth owning on Blu-ray.

“It Might Get Loud” on Blu-ray definitely receives my highest recommendation!

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