Rolling Stones: Live at the Max (also known as Stones at the Max) is a concert film by The Rolling Stones released in 1991. It was specially filmed in IMAX during the Urban Jungle Tour in Europe in 1990. It was one of the first efforts at presenting entertainment in the IMAX format.
Rolling Stones: Live at the Max premiered 25 October 1991 in Los Angeles at the California Museum of Science and Industry. In the UK it was shown at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1992. The tagline was "Larger than life".
|Rolling Stones: Live at the Max|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Julien Temple |
("2,000 Light Years from Home")
|Produced by||Michael Cohl |
Nicholas J. Gray
|Starring||The Rolling Stones|
|Cinematography||David Douglas |
|Edited by||Daniel Blevins |
|June, 1992 |
Rolling Stones: Live at the Max was the first feature-length film ever to be filmed in IMAX format.
Imaging fed to the jumbotrons at concerts came from "bread trucks" switching live feeds from an army of video cameras. Midway through post, the request came to use some of this video that had been recorded on 3/4" tape in the final IMAX film. This began a crazy series of tests to improve and up-res this video to be shot on IMAX neg at the lens facility in Mississauga. Test neg was processed in New York, prints made, returned to Toronto for screening at the IMAX theater at Ontario Place. After many tries, a process was created to improve imaging enough to be used. Final release included approximately 6 minutes of this footage.
Originally shot with 8 IMAX cameras outfitted with the first long load film magazines, for 5 concerts in 3 cities. The magazines were so huge and the logistics 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, transferred 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 also the live album Flashpoint, released in 1991, from the same tour.
All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
The list below reflects the sound recording dates. The video is a mix of the listed shows, plus footage from 29 July 1990.
|Song Title||Date Played||Venue|
|Start Me Up||24 August 1990||London, England|
|Sad Sad Sad||28 July 1990||Turin, Italy|
|Tumbling Dice||24 August 1990||London, England|
|Ruby Tuesday||25 August 1990||London, England|
|Rock and a Hard Place||28 July 1990||Turin, Italy|
|Honky Tonk Women||28 July 1990||Turin, Italy|
|You Can't Always Get What You Want||25 August 1990||London, England|
|Happy||14 August 1990||East Berlin, German Dem. Rep.|
|Paint It Black||28 July 1990||Turin, Italy|
|2000 Light Years from Home||28 July 1990||Turin, Italy|
|Sympathy for the Devil||28 July or 24 August 1990||Turin, Italy or London, England|
|Street Fighting Man||24 August 1990||London, England|
|It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)||14 August 1990||East Berlin, German Dem. Rep.|
|Brown Sugar||25 August 1990||London, England|
|(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction||13 August 1990 or 24 August 1990||East Berlin, German Dem. Rep. or London, England|
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