Am I the only one on this board old enough to remember this movie????
I remember going to the theater and seeing it when it first came out. Scorsese did a wonderful job filming this concert, and whoever put this package together for the DVD release was equal to the task. The images look great and the sound is awesome.
I would have been a bit young to appreciate it, though I was around. But I love it now and have for a long time. I was waiting quite a while for it to arrive on DVD, and the wait seems to have been worth it. I watched it the other night (probably 30th time, 1st on DVD in a quality transfer), and it was excellent.
hob - "The Last Waltz" is the final performance of The Band, who used to backup Bob Dylan. They were joined on stage by heavy hitters like Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Dylan, Muddy Waters, Ringo Starr, Ron Wood and Van Morrison. And the director was.......Martin Scorsese.
O/T I have Neil Youngs Silver and Gold DVD. I have the DVD movie Philadelphia with my favorite actor Denzel Wasington. Neil's song 'friends' was a moving song along, with song from Bruce Springsteen & the E street band singing.
The Last Waltz has taken over the #1 spot for "Best Concert DVD" on my all-time favorites list.
It's not really fair - Martin Scorsese's obsession with the concert resulted in filming in 35mm, using detailed storyboarding, and professional photographers and set design. (Bill Graham bought the chandeliers and set used for the backdrop from the SF Metropolitan Opera House.) Then Scorsese added three studio song productions and edited in interviews with band members on the road. So we end up with a concert film with true Hollywood production values throughout. I wonder if such will ever happen again - so many talented musicians, so much detailed planning, and such fine performances.
I can only endorse the reccomendation: Play It Loud!
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