The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights 2007 (Blu-ray) 2010 DTS-HD Master Audio

Blu-Ray/Region All pressing. 2010 documentary from the Alt-Rock duo. In the summer of 2007, shortly after the release of their sixth album Icky Thump, The White Stripes headed north of their hometown of Detroit to embark on an ambitious journey across Canada. The plan was to play a show in every province and territory in Canada, from B.C. to Newfoundland to Nunavut.

What Northern Lights does best, is document one of the biggest bands in the world, playing to local crowds in small towns. This forced a band that had been together for a decade to go back to a place reminiscent of the first shows they ever played together. For the first time in a long time, no one knew who they were and they had to make a first impression with their music. 29 tracks.

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Given the White Stripes reputation for powerful concerts, it s a little surprising that they waited until more than a decade into their career to release a live album. However, Under Great White Northern Lights was worth the wait: while nothing can really replace seeing the band live, this set captures most of its riveting on-stage presence. The album was recorded during the Stripes 2007 Canadian tour, which was such a special experience for them that they chronicled it with a DVD as well. The band was touring in support of that year s Icky Thump, and the Scottish and Celtic motifs that are woven throughout that album pop up here, too, from the bagpipes intro to a brisk version of Little Ghost that sounds almost like a reel. Like most White Stripes concerts, Under Great White Northern Lights features an evenhanded mix of early songs and newer ones -- Jack and Meg White go way back for incendiary takes on Let s Shake Hands and When I Hear My Name, which sound right at home next to the lunging Icky Thump and I m Slowly Turning into You. The album opens with four furious rockers that show just how primal the duo is live -- on Black Math and a breathless Blue Orchid they sound like they can barely keep up with the energy flowing through them -- but many of Under Great White Northern Lights brightest moments happen when they slow down. Jack and Meg settle into a groove on 300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues that makes the song fresher than it was on Icky Thump, while a particularly stunning version of The Union Forever, with extra-desperate vocals from Jack surrounded by a swelling, horror-movie organ, just might be the album s standout. The Stripes also include plenty of favorites, including Jolene, a bluesy Fell in Love with a Girl, a singalong I Just Don t Know What to Do with Myself, and a bruising Seven Nation Army as the finale, all of which capture the kind of show the band puts on for its fans. Since a big part of the Stripes live show also rests on their visuals, the Under Great White Northern Lights DVD gives the complete experience, but this album is satisfying enough to make it a must for most fans. [The live performance also saw a Blu-ray release in 2010.] ~ Heather Phares, Rovi


White Stripes
The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights [Blu-Ray]
Music Video & Concerts, Rock
Music Video (Concert / Performance)
16 March 2010
The White Stripes, Meg White, Jack White
Emmett Malloy
Not Rated
Blu-ray Disc
O: Blu-ray Disc

16 March 2010
ALL : All-Region
Enhanced Wide Screen Letterbox for 16x9 TV, NTSC
DTS, PCM Stereo, English
Discs:1 ~ Format:Blu-Ray ~ Region:All
Jack White, Meg White, The White Stripes
Cinematographer:Giles Dunning, Co-producer:Tim Wheeler, Composer (Music Score):The White Stripes, Director:Emmett Malloy, Producer:Ian Montone, Producer:Mike Sarkissian, Screenwriter:Emmett Malloy
Blu-Ray/Ws White Stripes Blu-Ray


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