Last Waltz

Directed By: Martin Scorsese

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The Last Waltz is Martin Scorsese's film of the last concert by the Band. The audio and video have been redone in fine fashion. There are plenty of extras including two full length commentaries (one by Robbie Robertson and Martin Scorsese, the other by fans, friends and Band members.) But the key is the music. The Band and their special guests (Dr. John, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, and on and on) are in top form. It is clear that they are enjoying their music not just putting on a concert. I rented this DVD and it isn't going back until the copy I purchased arrives!

-Jeff Fritz quote

Although I was too young to have been there, this movie may be the best made concert film of all time. A great director teamed up with superb performers.

-pat young quote

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by Jeff Fritz on 7/5/2002

The Last Waltz is Martin Scorsese's film of the last concert by the Band. The audio and video have been redone in fine fashion. There are plenty of extras including two full length commentaries (one by Robbie Robertson and Martin Scorsese, the other by fans, friends and Band members.) But the key is the music. The Band and their special guests (Dr. John, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, and on and on) are in top form. It is clear that they are enjoying their music not just putting on a concert. I rented this DVD and it isn't going back until the copy I purchased arrives! Read More

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Best Concert Movie Ever

by pat young on 11/17/2002

Although I was too young to have been there, this movie may be the best made concert film of all time. A great director teamed up with superb performers. Read More

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Product Overview

Twenty-five years ago, on thanksgiving day 1976, five thousand cheering fans gathered for the historic farewell concert of the band. Superstars eric clapton, joni mitchell, neil young and van morrison join the musicians on-stage. Special features: subtitles in english, french and spanish and much more.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 40165652
UPC 027616875754
UPC 14 00027616875754
Format DVD
Release Date 1/11/2005
Rating NR
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
Actors
Name Band
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Cast & Crew
Michael Chapman - Cinematographer
Laszlo Kovacs - Cinematographer
Vilmos Zsigmond - Cinematographer
Martin Scorsese - Director
Jonathan Taplin - Executive Producer
Ron Wood - Featuring
Ronnie Hawkins - Featuring
The Band - Featuring
The Staples - Featuring
Van Morrison - Featuring
Joni Mitchell - Featuring
Muddy Waters - Featuring
Neil Diamond - Featuring
Neil Young - Featuring
Paul Butterfield - Featuring
Ringo Starr - Featuring
Bob Dylan - Featuring
Dr. John - Featuring
Emmylou Harris - Featuring
Eric Clapton - Featuring
Robbie Robertson - Producer
Biros Leven - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1978
Catalog ID 1003426
UPC 00027616875754
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 117 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Features
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Band
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner ...will make you want to sing and dance.
Matinee Magazine, Chuck Rudolph ...one of the best films ever made, period.
Robert Wilonsky, Los Angeles New Times Still matters and still moves...
Newsweek The finest of all rock movies!

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