Eagle Rock Entertainment // 2013 // 105 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // August 17th, 2013
Livin' on the edge...of high definition.
Flamboyant front man Steven Tyler and the entire Aerosmith line-up assemble in Japan after a massive earthquake to rock your socks off! The band plays some of their biggest hits like "Toys in the Attic" and "Sweet Emotion". With a blistering 5.1 mix and high definition visuals, Aerosmith: Rock for the Rising Sun is a rabble-rousing concert for the ages.
The set list for this Blu-ray includes:
* "Draw the Line"
* "Love in an Elevator"
* "Livin' on the Edge"
* "Hangman Jury"
* "No More No More"
* "Mama Kin"
* "Money on My Back"
* "Toys in the Attic"
* "Listen to the Thunder"
* "Sweet Emotion"
* "Boogie Man"
* "Rats in the Cellar"
* "Movin' Out"
* "Last Child"
* "S.O.S. (Too Bad)"
* "Walk This Way"
* "Train Kept a Rollin'"
Aerosmith is one of those bands that takes a licking and just keeps ticking. Although they aren't as old as the Rolling Stones, it seems like they've been around since the beginning of rock and roll's inception. The band was a big deal in the 1970s, got a little lost in the 1980s, than seemed to find their footing again with the hit 1989 album "Pump." From there on out the band became a staple of the 1990s, churning out hit after hit (usually accompanied by a video with a purring Alicia Silverstone on a stripper pole or scenes from a Michael Bay film) until finally ebbing again in the mid-2000s. Although they don't turn out radio friendly hits anymore, the band is certainly considered rock royalty and is beloved by millions of fist-pumping fans.
Aerosmith: Rock for the Rising Sun features the band during their tour in Japan (after the horrible Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown), surrounded by screaming fans who seem to look at Steven Tyler and company as practicaly demigods. There is some footage of the band in and around Japan, including visiting the Hiroshima Memorial, stopping by collectible shops in the area, and interacting with their fans. Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Brad Whitford, and Tom Hamilton all seem to be having the time of their lives both on and off stage.
Speaking of on stage, fans watching this concert are going to mostly be tuned into the music. It's this section that's a real sticking point for me. As a casual fan who has their 'greatest hits' on his iPod, I was really hoping this concert would features a lot of the songs I know and love. While there are some tunes here that I was able to sing along to ("Walk This Way," "Sweet Emotion," "Love in an Elevator," "Livin' on the Edge"), a lot of the songs I was unfamiliar with. The good news is that I discovered a few songs that I liked ("No More No More," "Boogie Man") and the rest of the songs, while unknown by me, still rocked. That being said, it's clear that the band hadn't rehearsed to perfection; while certainly adequate, some of the songs are a bit unpolished and sloppy. Then again, even a bit sloppy, Aerosmith is able to deliver the goods.
Aerosmith: Rock for the Rising Sun is presented in a very attractive 1.78:1 widescreen transfer in 1080i high definition. This is a great looking concert that features solid colors and dark black levels. Fans will feel like the can reach out and touch Steven Tyler's scarf-tied microphone. The soundtrack is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround in English. Much like the video, this audio mix is excellent with full dynamic range and side/rear speakers that are fully engaged. This is a loud, bombastic, and sonically full audio track. Also included is an LPCM 2.0 mix in English. There are no subtitles.
The only extra features included on this disc are two bonus tracks: "Lick and a Promise" and "One Way Street."
Aerosmith: Rock for the Rising Sun isn't the greatest rock show ever filmed, but it's still a rip snorting good time, especially for fans of the band (and it's commendable that the band would head to Japan to help during a crisis). Casual viewers may have their patience tested if they expect only big hits, but as an overall concert experience, this is above average.
A worthy edition to any diehard Aerosmith collection.
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Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080i)
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
* PCM 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 105 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Bonus Tracks