Gimme Shelter: The Landmark Rolling Stones Doc Rolls to Blu-ray

Gimme Shelter: The Landmark Rolling Stones Doc Rolls to Blu-ray

Sep 17, 2009

Gimme Shelter is just a kiss away thanks to the Criterion Collection. On December 1, the company will release the Blu-ray of the celebrated documentary that follows the Rolling Stones on their 1969 tour. Mick Jagger’s every strut and pout will be remastered and restored from an uncensored 30th anniversary edition with a full 1080p picture and DTS-HD Master Audio—incredible for a film that old. See Ike and Tina Turner open for the Stones (“It’s nice to have a chick occasionally,” says Jagger) and the enduring rock legends play some of their most potent songs right at their prime, including “Brown Sugar,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Under My Thumb,” “Sympathy for the Devil” and, or course, “Gimme Shelter.” You’ll need shelter from all the juicy extras Criterion throws at you, too. There are never-seen performances of several Stones songs (“Little Queenie,” “Oh Carol” and “Prodigal Son”) and backstage footage from Madison Square Garden, audio commentary by directors Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, excepts from KSAN radio’s Altamont wrap-up, an Altamont stills gallery featuring photography by Bill Owens and Beth Sunflower and more. The BD also comes packaged with a 44-page booklet featuring essays from Jagger’s former assistant Georgia Bergman, ex-Oakland Hell’s Angels chapter head Sonny Barger, music writers Michael Lydon and Stanley Booth, and film critics Amy Taubin and Godfrey Chesire. Talk about satisfaction—if this presentation doesn’t do it for you, check your pulse.

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