It Might Get Loud (2009)
Main Menu Audio
|Year Of Production||2009|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Davis Guggenheim|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Larry Mullen Jr.
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
English Audio Commentary
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
Rock guitarists are a strange breed, flashy but generally less out front and communicative as their singers. They tend to be more the quieter genius who speaks through their guitar rather than the showman leading the discussion and creating the headlines. This documentary made in 2008 brings three very different rock guitarists together from three different generations and allows them to interact in an unstructured and artistic way. The three guitarists are Jimmy Page, the legendary lead guitarist of Led Zeppelin, The Edge from U2 and Jack White of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs. My initial reaction was that they would not have a lot in common although there is a lot more in common here than you might think. They all acknowledge the blues as an influence and despite being from very different backgrounds, age groups and musical styles they find a lot to like about each other as players and people.
The film runs for 90 minutes and includes a mixture of material specific to each of the players covering their careers, childhood, how they developed their guitar style and some interesting live footage from all of them in their famous bands. Also, there is material recorded during their meeting in early 2008 where they share riffs, jam together and discuss the guitar and how they play it. Some will find it disappointing that there are no full songs or proper performances here unless you count the jam on The Band's The Weight during the credits. Certainly, I had hoped for more of this than was included considering the names involved.
The film was directed by Davis Guggenheim whose last major project was An Inconvenient Truth. Technically, the film includes some quality cinematography which adds to the viewing experience. To be honest, this is really for guitar geeks and other guitar players rather than the general rock'n'roll audience. Guitar fans will certainly find it interesting and others with wide musical tastes and an interest in how music is created will certainly get something out of it. In some ways, this film is a little indulgent and sometimes lacks focus.
Overall, I would describe this documentary as interesting but not essential although it probably is essential for guitar nuts.
The feature is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. It is 16x9 enhanced widescreen. This is the original aspect ratio.
The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout with some MPEG artefacts to be seen and quite a bit of grain such as at 2:40 and 61:40.
The colour was very good with no major issues to report.
The only other artefact was some pretty obvious edge enhancement.
There are subtitles in English, English for the Hearing Impaired, Arabic and for the commentary. They are clear and easy to read.
There is no layer change.
The audio quality is excellent.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448Kb/s and an English commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 192Kb/s.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout.
The music sounds great with lots of surround presence both in live performances and solo guitar pieces. The playing was clear and filled the soundstage.
The surround speakers provided an immersive experience during the music sections of the show.
The subwoofer added bass to the music as required.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu is still and includes music. It allows for subtitle and chapter selection.
This commentary is a little dry however there is some worthwhile information although it tends to be quite focused on the onscreen action. There is discussion around the development of the idea, the personalities involved and some anecdotes.
There is some great stuff here especially for fans of Jimmy Page. It includes some extra performance stuff and also discussion around the Kashmir riff and the guys playing with a Theremin. Better than some stuff in the feature.
An excellent press conference where interesting questions are asked and mostly answered. All three of the guitarists are in attendance and they are quite focused and interesting in their responses. Again this material is in some ways more interesting than the feature for fans of the guitarists.
The Region 1 version seems to be the same. A Blu-ray version is also available in the US but not locally.
The video quality is good.
The audio quality is excellent.
A good selection of quality extras are included.
|DVD||Sony DVP-NS708H upscaling to 1080p, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|