Last Waltz (Blu-ray)

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Join an unparalleled lineup of rock superstars as they celebrate The Band's historic 1976 farewell performance. Directed by Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, Goodfellas), The Last Waltz is not only "the most beautiful rock film ever made" (The New York Times), it's "one of the most important cultural events of the last two decades" (Rolling Stone)!

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 202458193
UPC 027616150240
UPC 14 00027616150240
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
1970s
Classic
Concert
Concerts
Documentary
Essential Cinema
Legends
Live Concerts
Live Performances
Music (General)
Music Video
Pop/Rock
Recommended
Rock
Rock And Roll
Rock Bands
Rock Concerts
Rock Documentaries
Rock Legends
Rock Music
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In what just might be the finest rock & roll concert film ever, THE LAST WALTZ celebrates the final performance by the Band (Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Levon Helm, and Garth Hudson). The show took place on Thanksgiving Day in 1976, at San Francisco's Winterland Arena--where the group had played their very first show more than 16 years before. In order to make their farewell even more unforgettable, they recruited numerous guests to join them onstage, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Hawkins, Paul Butterfield, Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, the Staple Singers, Dr. John, Ringo Starr, Ron Wood, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Martin Scorsese, a former roommate of Robbie Robertson's, employs some of the world's greatest cinematographers--including Michael Chapman, Vilmos Zsigmond, and Laszlo Kovacs--to film the set in a way that captures the show's sweat and energy with a powerful intimacy. Interspersed into the songs are a series of interviews with the Band's members, who recall their early days playing for empty bars and their emergence as major players in the rock & roll game. THE LAST WALTZ is a thrilling concert film, mandatory viewing even for those unfamiliar with the Band or rock music in general.
Plot Summary
Summary Martin Scorsese's stunning THE LAST WALTZ captures the Band's historic farewell performance in San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day, 1976, and features many revealing interviews with members of the legendary group. Among the many titles included are "The Weight," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Helpless," and "I Shall be Released." Featuring some of rock & roll's most revered figures--including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell--THE LAST WALTZ is unquestionably one of the greatest concert films ever.
Reviews
Variety "...An outstanding rock documentary....The film is a series of highlights....Tight and exciting...It fits together beautifully..." 04/12/1978
New York Times "...A dazzling array of talent on display here..." 04/26/1978 p.C15
Chicago Sun-Times "...A revealing document..." 04/29/2002 p.36
USA Today "...The first rock-concert film shot in 35mm....It's a RAGING BULL knockout job supervised by Scorsese and Band guitarist Robbie Robertson..." 05/10/2002 p.16D
Entertainment Weekly "...Some of the best musical performances ever caught on film..." 05/10/2002 p.56
Rolling Stone "...The film boasts kinetic, crisply lighted camerawork and foot-of-the-stage sound..." 11/27/2003 p.78
Total Film 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he gig is alive and momentous....The Band live up to their myth in Scorese's scorching testament." 01/01/2012
Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's worth seeing in a cinema, partly because Scorsese took uncommon care over little things like camera placement and content, but also because they really crank the volume." 01/01/2012
Directors
Martin Scorsese
Cast & Crew
Bob Dylan - Featuring
Boris Leven - Production Designer
Emmylou Harris - Featuring
Eric Clapton - Featuring
Jan Roblee - Editor
Jonathan T. Taplin - Executive Producer
Joni Mitchell - Featuring
Martin Scorsese - Director
Michael Chapman - Cinematographer
Muddy Waters - Featuring
Neil Diamond - Featuring
Neil Young - Featuring
Paul Butterfield - Featuring
Ringo Starr - Featuring
Robbie Robertson - Producer
Ron Wood - Featuring
The Band - Featuring
Van Morrison - Featuring
Yeu-Bun Yee - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1978
Catalog ID 15024
UPC 00027616150240
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 117 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, English, French Dubbed, Korean Dubbed, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed, Thai Dubbed, Chinese Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Eye Weekly
Review The Last Waltz remains an unusually dignified portrait of rock excess. Since its release in 1978, Martin Scorsese's documentary of the Band's star-studded "farewell" show in 1976 -- it reformed in the '80s, minus guitarist Robbie Robertson -- has been widely imitated by other concert films. Yet its most striking quality is its sense of restraint. The manic editing of most rock movies since Woodstock is largely absent. Simply put, Scorsese knew that when he had one camera on Muddy Waters belting out "Mannish Boy," there was no point to cutting away to a shot of an usher just for the sake of variety...Intercut with the concert footage are interview segments in which the nervy Scorsese tries to pal around with the infinitely cooler Band members -- the director's awe for his friend Robertson, who later created soundtracks for The Color of Money and Casino, is still very amusing.
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Reviewer Jason Anderson
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The rock documentary was filmed by Martin Scorsese at a farewell concert given on Thanksgiving Day 1976 by The Band, which had been performing since 1960, in recent years as the backup band for Bob Dylan. Now the film is back in a 25th anniversary restoration. "Sixteen years on the road is long enough," says Robbie Robertson, the group's leader. "Twenty years is unthinkable." There is a weight and gravity in his words that suggests he seriously doubts if he could survive four more years...In "The Last Waltz," we have musicians who seem to have bad memories. Who are hanging on. Scorsese's direction is mostly limited to closeups and medium shots of performances; he ignores the audience. The movie was made at the end of a difficult period in his own life, and at a particularly hard time (the filming coincided with his work on "New York, New York"). This is not a record of serene men, filled with nostalgia, happy to be among friends.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine ...one of the best films ever made, period.
Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner ...will make you want to sing and dance.
Los Angeles Times An elegant toast to the glories of American rock 'n' roll.
NewsWeek The finest of all rock movies!
Robert Wilonsky, New Times Still matters and still moves...

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