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The Last Waltz

(DVD - 2004)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Last Waltz
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The Band, one of rock's superstar groups, decided to call it quits after sixteen grueling years on the road. The group held this farewell concert on Thanksgiving Day, 1976, at San Francisco's Winterland, the site of their first performance. The performance is interspersed with interview footage.
Title: The last waltz
[videorecording]
Published: [United States] : MGM Home Entertainment, c2004.
Edition: Special ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Includes: feature length audio commentary with Robbie Robertson and Martin Scorsese; feature length audio commentary with musicians from the film; rare footage and memorabilia; "Revisiting The last waltz" with Robbie Robertson and Martin Scorsese.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1978.
Summary: The Band, one of rock's superstar groups, decided to call it quits after sixteen grueling years on the road. The group held this farewell concert on Thanksgiving Day, 1976, at San Francisco's Winterland, the site of their first performance. The performance is interspersed with interview footage.
Audience: MPAA rating PG.
Local Note: 1 2
ISBN: 0792852508
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.4216 LAS
Statement of Responsibility: directed by Martin Scorsese ; producer, Robbie Robertson
Performers: The Band: Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson ; featuring Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, The Staples, Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Ronnie Hawkins, Ringo Starr, Ron Wood.
System Details: DVD, Dolby digital, widescreen, aspect ratio: 1.85:1.
Other Language: Closed-captioned.
In English with optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles.
Subject Headings: Video recordings for the hearing impaired. Rock music 1971-1980 Video recordings. Last waltz (Motion picture)
Topical Term: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Rock music
Publisher No: 1003426
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Jan 18, 2014
  • jessibird rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Must-see, even if all you want to do is be in the know when people reference this film. If you mention you haven't seen it, you will be gently pitied and urged to view it with no delay. With good reason. Besides The Band and Bob Dylan, you'll see rousing and moving guest performances by:

Paul Butterfield
Bobby Charles
Eric Clapton
Neil Diamond
Dr. John
Emmylou Harris
Joni Mitchell
Van Morrison
The Staples
Ringo Starr
Stephen Stills
Neil Young

Thanksgiving Day, 1976, I was living in San Francisco. Tickets for this concert were $25, an outrageous amount for me in those days, but it did include a dinner and a dance. I decided not to go. When I heard about it the next day, I knew I'd regret that decision the rest of my life. So far, I do. Thank goodness they filmed it and thank goodness our wonderful library has a copy for all of us to see.

I've been watching this d.v.d. while looking at the sunset outside my 6th. floor window - so enjoyable!

Apr 19, 2012
  • biblioholic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Much as I enjoy the concert footage, my favorite parts are the recordings on the stage either before or after the concert: The Staples playing "The Weight", Emmylou Harris playing "Evangeline", and The Band alone playing "The Last Waltz." Removed from the concert dynamics, these pieces, surrounded by silences, somehow seem to stand more on the music.

When I saw this movie in the theater 22 years ago, I'd never heard of The Band. I was tagging along with a woman I was interested in, and she had a crush on Robbie Robertson. By the end of the evening, I was hooked.

(RIP, Levon)

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