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Gimme Shelter

David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin

 
Gimme Shelter (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1970
  • 91 minutes
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #99

Called the greatest rock film ever made, this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour. When three hundred thousand members of the Love Generation collided with a few dozen Hells Angels at San Francisco’s Altamont Speedway, Direct Cinema pioneers David and Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin were there to immortalize on film the bloody slash that transformed a decade’s dreams into disillusionment.

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer of the uncensored thirtieth-anniversary version, with exclusive Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround sound mixes on the DVD edition, and DTS-HD Master Audio surround and stereo mixes on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring directors Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin and collaborator Stanley Goldstein
  • Performances by the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden in 1969, including “Oh Carol” and “Prodigal Son," plus backstage outtakes and footage of the band mixing “Little Queenie"
  • Audio excerpts from KSAN Radio’s Altamont wrap-up, recorded December 7, 1969, with introductions by then DJ Stefan Ponek
  • Altamont stills gallery, featuring the work of renowned photographers Bill Owens and Beth Sunflower
  • Original and rerelease theatrical trailers, plus trailers for Maysles Films’ classics Grey Gardens and Salesman on the DVD edition
  • Filmographies for Maysles Films and Charlotte Zwerin (DVD only)
  • Restoration demonstration (DVD only)
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film critic Amy Taubin, music writer Stanley Booth, Jagger’s former assistant Georgia Bergman, music writer Michael Lydon, ex-Oakland Hell’s Angels chapter head Sonny Barger (DVD only), and film critic Godfrey Cheshire

    New cover by Frank Kozik

Film Essays

Gimme Shelter: Rock-and-Roll Zapruder

By Amy Taubin December 01, 2009

Gimme Shelter documents the last ten days of the Rolling Stones’ 1969 North American tour, from the ecstatic appearances at Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving weekend to the disastrous free . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Gimme Shelter: The True Adventures of Altamont

By Stanley Booth December 01, 2009

The first words we hear are Sam Cutler’s: “Everybody seems to be ready—are we ready?” We were nowhere near ready for what was to come, there at the bitter end of the sixties. I remember that . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Gimme Shelter: Snapshots from the Road

By Georgia Bergman December 01, 2009

By the end of the summer of 1969, my life with the Rolling Stones had taken on a fairy-tale quality. The Stones were the Lost Boys and I was Wendy. True, Brian Jones had died. But even his death . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Gimme Shelter: The Decade That Spawned Altamont

By Michael Lydon December 01, 2009

In the fall of 1969, I landed the coolest possible writing gig: touring with the Rolling Stones on assignment from the New York Times (the Times rejected the hundred-page piece I turned in, but . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The “Demonic Charisma” of Gimme Shelter

By Godfrey Cheshire December 01, 2009

Gimme Shelter is the film I’ve seen more than any other. I guess you could say I was obsessed with it for a spell. I saw it first during its premiere New York run in late 1970. Back home in . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Gimme Shelter: From Let It Bleed

By Ralph "Sonny" Barger November 13, 2000

All the opening bands had finished playing, and it was time for the Stones to come out. The sun was still out and there was plenty of daylight left. The crowd had waited all day to see the . . . Read more »

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November 19, 2010

A whole bunch of questions arose when the critics at Time Out New York were compiling their new list of the fifty greatest documentaries of all time. As they explain in their introduction to the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Gimme Shelter: Rock-and-Roll Zapruder

By Amy Taubin December 01, 2009

Gimme Shelter documents the last ten days of the Rolling Stones’ 1969 North American tour, from the ecstatic appearances at Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving weekend to the disastrous free . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Gimme Shelter: The True Adventures of Altamont

By Stanley Booth December 01, 2009

The first words we hear are Sam Cutler’s: “Everybody seems to be ready—are we ready?” We were nowhere near ready for what was to come, there at the bitter end of the sixties. I remember that . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Gimme Shelter: Snapshots from the Road

By Georgia Bergman December 01, 2009

By the end of the summer of 1969, my life with the Rolling Stones had taken on a fairy-tale quality. The Stones were the Lost Boys and I was Wendy. True, Brian Jones had died. But even his death . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Gimme Shelter: The Decade That Spawned Altamont

By Michael Lydon December 01, 2009

In the fall of 1969, I landed the coolest possible writing gig: touring with the Rolling Stones on assignment from the New York Times (the Times rejected the hundred-page piece I turned in, but . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The “Demonic Charisma” of Gimme Shelter

By Godfrey Cheshire December 01, 2009

Gimme Shelter is the film I’ve seen more than any other. I guess you could say I was obsessed with it for a spell. I saw it first during its premiere New York run in late 1970. Back home in . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Gimme Shelter: From Let It Bleed

By Ralph "Sonny" Barger November 13, 2000

All the opening bands had finished playing, and it was time for the Stones to come out. The sun was still out and there was plenty of daylight left. The crowd had waited all day to see the . . . Read more »