The Last WaltzDirector: Martin Scorsese
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Martin Scorsese's legendary concert film The Last Waltz is given the DVD treatment it richly deserves on this disc from MGM/UA. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. This film has never looked so good on home video. The real highlight is the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Even those familiar with this film's amazing music will be surprised by the strength and clarity of the remastered sound. A Dolby Digital Surround track is available as well. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Scorsese and Robbie Robertson; a second commentary track featuring Levon Helm and other musicians who performed that night as well as rock historians and journalists who provide a history for the band and the songs they perform; a featurette that does a fabulous job of explaining how the film came together and how the shoot evolved from a simple 16 mm project into a full-blown 35 mm epic; and an essay written by Robertson. Finally, this movie, arguably the greatest concert film ever made, is available in a package that is the equal of its competition for that title, Gimme Shelter and Stop Making Sense.
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Cast & Crew
|Roebuck "Pops" Staples||Himself|
|Jerry Grandey||Asst. Director|
|Boris Leven||Production Designer|
|Steve Maslow||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Anthony Mondello||Set Decoration/Design|
|Steven Prince||Associate Producer|
|James Quinn||Asst. Director|
|Jonathan Taplin||Executive Producer|
|John Toll||Camera Operator|
|Michael W. Watkins||Cinematographer|
1. Cutthroat/Don't Do It
2. Theme From The Last Waltz/Main Title
3. A Celebration
4. Up on Cripple Creek
5. The Skylight Lounge/The Shape I'm In
6. Who Do You Love, Ronnie Hawkins
7. Canadian Overcoats/It Makes No Difference
8. Introduction to The Canterbury Tales, Michael McClure
9. Such a Night, Dr. John
10. Helpless, Neil Young
12. A Name for the Band
13. The Weight, The Band & The Staples
14. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
15. An Adult Portion
16. Dry Your Eyes, Neil Diamond
17. Women on the Road
18. Coyote, Joni Mitchell
19. Sonny Boy Williamson
20. Mystery Train, Paul Butterfield
21. Rock 'n' Roll Melting Pot
22. Mannish Boy, Muddy Waters
23. Further on up the Road, Eric Clapton
24. Tour of Shangri-La/Sip the Wine, Rick Danko
25. Evangeline, The Band & Emmylou Harris
26. Genetic Method, Garth Hudson/The Music Teacher
28. Traveling Tent Shows
29. Caravan, Van Morrison
30. Loud Prayer, Lawrence Ferlinghetti
31. Forever Young, Bob Dylan
32. Baby Let Me Follow You Down, Bob Dylan
33. I Shall Be Released, Everybody & Ringo Starr & Ronnie Wood
34. Theme From The Last Waltz/End Credits
The Filmmaker and the Musician: On
The Filmmaker and the Musician: Off
The Band and Others
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Archival Outtakes Jam 2
Choose Audio: 2.0 Stereo
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Featurette: Revisiting The Last Waltz
The Studio Shoots
The NYC Premiere
Posters & Lobby Cards
Original Theatrical Trailer
Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Surround
Spoken Langauges: English 2.0 Stereo
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An excellent trip back in time to classic rock 'n roll. The farewell concert by ''The Band'' in 1976 is a house-shaking, roof-raising rock 'n roll revival. Before the glitz and glitter of slick made-for-MTV pre-packaged pop, this concert is pure, raw, unadultered rock, the way it was meant to be! Many rock legends jammed with The Band in this movie/concert - Dylan, Clapton, Young, Diamond, in their youth, if not their prime. If you grew up or listened to music in this era, this movie is a trip down memory lane. If you were wheened on MTV and VH-1, then take a glimpse into the roots and history of rock 'n roll. You will be moved by the music!
''The Last Waltz'' is not so much a retrospective as it is a musical link between the roots of American blues and the future of rock and roll. Alone, The Band was an awesome combination of talent and guts-the guts to mold the music as they heard it into a new form. When you combine the dazzling array of performers, all of whom have links with The Band, the result is music and history. It's easy to forget that such great music is a true craft honed on the road. (Imagine Brittany Spears and/or any boy band/''American Idol'' being ''on the road'' for 8 years before their first album, and 8 years thereafter. You can't and neither can I!) It is truly a joy to listen to Robbie Roberson's reason for joining the band (actually Ronnie Hawkins' and not repeatable here) as well as the others'--all showing a love of making music. It comes across loud and clear in the movie. If you have any notion that ''the good old days'' weren't what they were cracked up to be, watch the Movie and disabuse yourself. 100 years from now, The Last Waltz will be shown at what's left of the Smithsonian-the movie is (ironically) an American treasure.
The world's greatest director, Martin Scorsese, takes on the Band and some of the best musical artists ever, how could it be bad? That's right, it can't! This is perfection for rock movies and some of the most enjoyable performances ever. A wonderful film that all music lovers should see.
The last waltz is about a group of guys who's main LOVE is their MUSIC. THEY make you laugh and cry and remember a time when LIFE was much simpler. I cant wait to get THE other 3 albums about this great group. They play agreat mix of classic rock,soul,jazz,soft country& make the mix GREAT
Just recently I viewed the last waltz. After viewing this tenthralling documentary, the dulcet tones resonate through my sole to this very day. If you have any appreciation for music, this film is an integral part of yuor musical library. Filled with cameo appearences of the greatest contemporary musicians, the nastalgic musical arrangments nearly bring tears to my eyes.
Rented this film tribute to the Band from Netflix and was so impressed we are buying the video here at Barnes and Noble. If you like a variety of rock n roll then you must get this. Extremly entertaining, you won't be disappointed. Too many great artist pay tribute to the Band and the Band itself is just super.
Own and love it. Was never really aware of the group. Hopefully more of the present generation will become aware. Great classic rock.
After getting cable channels and a Moxi recording box, I saw this and kept it on my box to watch almost every night. Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell, the greatest! I had to change out my box and now have to buy the DVD, but the price is minor compared to the content! Robbie Robertson a genius! Van Morrison, best male vocals ever! Joni Mitchell, what can you say, she has been the best for more than 4 decades! Evangaline, the sweetest cajun song ever. Something for every boomer.
Those wanting to see THE LAST WALTZ can't go wrong watching the DVD. There are two commentary tracks. One features Martin Scorcese and Robbie Robertson (not together, but one or the other, throughout) and the other features various participants. The effect of the second one is almost that of a Ken Burns narrative, with different voices in succession. Some of the great rock critics comment as well. Altogether, this is a well-restored movie, with great sound. The stories told in the commentaries are fascinating.
The Band wrote some of the great songs of that time, and the rest of the cast of performers..... Magnificent. At the beginning of the film they tell you it should be played LOUD. So true. Enjoy the Show!
There are only a few filmed concerts that can be rightly called great. This is one of those films. If you love Rock N Roll you ought to own this one.