Band - Last Waltz (Special Edition) (Region 1 DVD)
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- R 184
- 11 Jan 2005
- Live Concerts
- Region 1
- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
- Supply Source
- Last Waltz
- Release Year
- Running Time
- 117 min
- Musical & Performing Arts / Pop Music / 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
- 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.
- Theatrical Release: April 26, 1978.
Filmed on location in San Francisco, California.
The Band perform the following tracks: "Don't Do It," "Theme from The Last Waltz," "Up on Cripple Creek," "Stagefright," "It Makes No Difference," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Shape I'm In," "Ophelia," "Life Is a Carnival," "The Well," "Evangeline," "Old Time Religion," "Genetic Method: Chest Fever," "Out of the Blue," and "The Weight."
The film was originally rated R by the MPAA but rerated PG on appeal.
The film marked the first appearance in a major motion picture for composer and musician Robbie Robertson, who went on to act in such films as CARNY.
"Evangeline" (with Emmylou Harris)
"The Weight" (with the Staples)
"Further on Up the Road" (with Eric Clapton)
"Baby Let Me Follow You Down" (with Bob Dylan)
"I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)"
(with Bob Dylan)
"Forever Young" (with Bob Dylan)
"I Shall Be Released" (with Ensemble)
"Mystery Train" (with Paul Butterfield)
"Dry Your Eyes" (Neil Diamond)
"Down South in New Orleans" (with Dr. John)
"Who Do You Love?" (with Ronnie Hawkins)
"Coyote" (with Joni Mitchell)
"Helpless" (with Joni Mitchell & Neil Young)
"Caravan" (with Van Morrison)
"Such a Night" (with Dr. John)
"Tura Lura Lura (That's an Irish Lullaby)"
(with Van Morrison)
"Mannish Boy" (with Muddy Waters)
- Release Notes
Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Region [unknown]
- Keep Case
- Package Note: Blue BD Case
- Full Frame - 1.33
- Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Surround Sound 5.1 - English
- PCM 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean Thai - Optional
Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: "Revisiting THE LAST WALTZ"
- Audio Commentary: Martin Scorsese - Director
- Cast & Crew
- Martin Scorsese
- Executive Producer
- Jonathan Taplin
- Robbie Robertson
- Production Designer
- Boris Leven
- Music Performer(s)
- Movie Critics
- Chicago Sun-Times
- "...A revealing document..."— Roger Ebert (29 Apr 2002, p.36)
- Entertainment Weekly
- "...Some of the best musical performances ever caught on film..."— Rob Brunner (10 May 2002, p.56)
- New York Times
- "...A dazzling array of talent on display here..."— Janet Maslin (26 Apr 1978, p.C15)
- Rolling Stone
- "...The film boasts kinetic, crisply lighted camerawork and foot-of-the-stage sound..."— Rolling Stone Staff (27 Nov 2003, p.78)
- 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."— Damien Love (1 Jan 2012, )
- 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."— Kevin Harley (1 Jan 2012, )
- 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..."— Mike Clark (10 May 2002, p.16D)
- "...An outstanding rock documentary....The film is a series of highlights....Tight and exciting...It fits together beautifully..."— Hege. (12 Apr 1978, )
- Canadian-American roots rock group gradually coming together from 1960 to 1964 as Ronnie Hawkins' band The Hawks.
Upon leaving Hawkins in 1964, they were briefly known as Levon And the Hawks. In 1965, they released a single under the name Canadian Squires.
In late summer 1965, Bob Dylan was looking for a backup band for his first U.S. "electric" tour, & Levon and the Hawks were recommended by blues singer John P. Hammond.
Sessions with Dylan ended in October 1967.
Stories vary as to the manner in which they ultimately adopted the name "The Band.", but by 1968 with the release of their first album, , they were performing officially as The Band.
From 1968 to 1975 The Band was one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world, with the magazine Rolling Stone lavishing praise on them, giving them more attention than perhaps any other group in the magazine's history.
Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 (Performer)
Rick Danko: bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, trombone, vocals
Levon Helm: drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals
Garth Hudson: keyboard instruments, saxophones, trumpet
Richard Manuel: piano, drums, baritone saxophone, vocals Robbie Robertson: guitar, vocals
- Garth Hudson
- Jim Weider
- Levon Helm
- Randy Ciarlante
- Richard Bell
- Richard Manuel
- Rick Danko
- Robbie Robertson
- Stan Szelest