Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 1, 2009
- Originally Released: 1970
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Note: 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 Re-release Theatrical Trailers
- Plus: A Booklet featuring essays by Film Critic Amy Taubin, Music Writer Stanley Booth, Mick Jagger's former Assistant Georgia Bergman, Music Writer Michael Lydon, and Film Critic Godfrey Cheshire
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- DTS HD Master Audio - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 09/01/2000
"...Mesmerizing....The only rock-and-roll film that exerts the saturnine intensity of a thriller..." -- Rating: A
USA Today - 07/10/1992
"...Framed with photographic precision in an all-out combat zone, this is a landmark documentary..." -- 4 out of 4 stars
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2001
"...A genuinely scary affair, a slow-motion depiction of a cultural car crash, which turned the dewy-eyed optimism of Woodstock on its head..."
Rolling Stone - 11/27/2003
"...A gripping chronicle of the Stones at their height..."
Total Film - 10/01/2009
5 stars out of 5 -- "In its unwilted capacity to shock and palpable sense of a culture shifting, SHELTER gives potent testimony to tragedy."
The Maysles brothers unwittingly captured the end of the 1960s as they documented the Rolling Stones' tragic 1970 free concert at Altamont, California. The backstage antics and the logistics that go into planning an event that was to be attended by 300,000 people pales as the Hells Angels fatally stab an audience member to death while Jagger helplessly performs "Sympathy for the Devil." Terrifying and electrifying filmmaking.
Concert Footage |
Essential Cinema |
Live Performances |
Music (General) |
Pop / Rock |
Rock And Roll |
- Theatrical release: December 6, 1970
- Restored for a theatrical re-release in August 2000 as GIMME SHELTER: 30TH ANNIVERSARY.
- George Lucas was a cameraman on the film, but his footage was not used in the final print. (Removed George Lucas as Cinematographer as per Kritsten at Maysle Films, Nov. 22, 2002)
- A total of four people died at the Altamont concert.
- New Yorker critic Pauline Kael wrote a scathing review of the film upon its release, accusing the filmmakers of setting the stage for the violence that transpired.
- The film includes footage of the band in a southern recording studio listening to tracks that would appear on their STICKY FINGERS record.