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Stop Making Sense [Blu-ray] (1984)

Talking Heads , Jonathan Demme  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Talking Heads
  • Directors: Jonathan Demme
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Palm Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FE5XVK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,900 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The GREATEST CONCERT MOVIE OF ALL TIME... Rolling Stone Magazine
Talking Heads WILDLY ENTERTAINING concert SPECTACULAR is among the GREATEST music films EVER MADE... Entertainment Weekly
The movie rates with Woodstock as the GREATEST ROCK CONCERT FILM one that can be watched as frequently as an aerobics tape. - USA Today
Palm Pictures is proud to present the Blu-ray premiere of the groundbreaking Talking Heads concert film STOP MAKING SENSE directed by Academy Award ® Winner Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs). Entertainment Weekly described, the DVD s generous extras go a long way toward explaining the film s visual appeal: David Byrne and director Jonathan Demme contribute a smart audio commentary. The film has been remastered from the original 35mm source, allowing the brilliance of the visuals to take full advantage of Blu-ray technology.

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135 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was NOT a Talking Heads fan. But I am now. January 8, 2003
Format:DVD
Director Jonathan Demme's STOP MAKING SENSE, listed by Entertainment Weekly as one of the Essential Independent Films when they produced that list years ago, has been called, by others, the greatest rock concert films of all time. Better than THE LAST WALTZ. Better than WOODSTOCK.
After seeing it, not really knowing much about the quirky, catchy pop music of David Byrne and his brood, the band and the film won me over. The film starts, like the concert, with a bare stage. David Byrne walks out, alone, with his guitar and a radio. Within moments of beginning "Psycho Killer," Byrne's tripping all over the stage, falling all over himself, stumbling into the edges of the film frame. With that, he begins to show some individual, I-am-not-a-rock-star personality. When the staging does come, when the band joins in the fun, that personality expands.
And when it comes time for the giant suit, this film's more than just a concert. It's become a story. The story of the band, the story in the lyrics and a commentary on how abstract visual art and obscure, obtuse music can interact.
Demme never shows the audience through the film, though you can hear them, for the film is just about the band, the stage. It's not about the reaction they get.
It's fascinating, and you'll find yourself a fan of Byrne's music, as a result.
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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost there... December 21, 1999
Format:DVD
This is undoubtedly the Talking Heads at both their creative and commercial peaks. 'Speaking In Tongues'was their best album to date, and the live performances captured here imbue the music with a sense of unrestrained fun that was only hinted at on record.
The sound quality of the DVD edition is excellent (especially the bass), as is the picture quality (colors are crisp and the contrast is excellent) - plus it's nice to finally have an edition of the video presented in widescreen.
There's some interesting stuff among the extras, especially the storyboards (which can be viewed either alone, with notes, or in split screen with stills from the completed film). The David Byrne 'self-interview' is artful in its awkwardness, with one David Byrne in a number of different costumes interviewing a David Byrne wearing the big suit. There's a funky montage that works slightly better than the theatrical trailer that is also included; otherwise, they're almost interchangeable.
My only complaint with this re-mastered edition is that the three songs (Cities, Big Business, and I Zimbra) that were included in the original video release have been relegated to bonus tracks, rather than integrated into the film. Not only that, but they are presented in fullscreen/pan & scan format rather than in the widescreen format of the film, and in little more than a straight transfer. The improvements in image and sound quality of the film proper are sadly lacking here. The colors and contrast are dull in comparison, as is the quality of the soundtrack.
Well worth repeated viewings. Fix up them bonus tracks, and you've got a 5-star presentation...
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94 of 102 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray version no better than regular DVD November 13, 2009
By Eee Tee
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This review is primarily a comparison of the standard DVD to the blu-ray. See other reviews for more discussion of the performance itself.

First, to be clear, I love the Talking Heads of this era (and earlier) and this concert. As many have said before, Stop Making Sense is one of the best concert performances ever captured on film. Poorly captured, unfortunately.

I've owned the standard DVD for years, and have viewed it on my Oppo 970 upscaling player at least 50 times. I know (and love) the content very well, warts and all. I eagerly awaited the release on blu-ray to improve the blurry, soft, artifact-laden DVD.

Sadly, on my 106" screen (fed by a Pioneer BPD-51FD blu-ray player though an Epson 1080UB), the video on blu-ray is so similar (poor) to the DVD that I consider it a wasted purchase. What makes it even WORSE than the DVD, is that all the grain, scratches, and film defects are greatly enhanced by the sharpness of blu-ray. When a scratch comes along, it's presented in high definition, making it leap out even more than it does on DVD. The sharp detail of the defects screams out how bad the source really is. Monty Python's Life of Brian was similarly horrific on DVD, but the restoration processing used for the blu-ray transformed it astonishingly to near perfect. I had hoped for SOME similar improvements on Stop Making Sense, but this blu-ray is a dud in my opinion. I see only moments of improved detail, but so little as to be of no consequence. Some reviewers feel that this is part of the films' charm and artistic intent. I respectfully disagree - strongly. The bad video quality just looks like sloppy, inept film making. The concept, direction and performances are wonderful, but the images look like a 4th generation VHS tape.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust me. TRUST ME! July 1, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'll cut to the chase: Do yourself a BIG favor and get this DVD. Even if you've never considered yourself a fan of Talking Heads, "Stop Making Sense" is worth watching and will probably give you an appreciation for band that you never had before. That's just what happened to me. Until I saw this film I was under the impression that Talking Heads was just another quirky art-punk outfit, perhaps because of their association with the early days of CBGB's in New York City. My few exposures to Talking Heads' music back in my college years (1977-1981) frankly left me scratching my head.
In retrospect, however, I think the demise of this band leaves a void in the world of popular music that may never be filled. Talking Heads created some of the smartest, funkiest sounds in the first half of the 1980s, and this film shows them in their finest form. Much of the credit goes to director Jonathan Demme for focusing our attention on the band and David Byrne's wide-eyed stage presence, while tipping his hat to the audience only at the end of the concert. Occasionally Demme comes up with a shot that is so utterly sublime in its balance and power that the viewer can only whisper, "Wow." Credit also goes to Byrne for the minimalistic set design and the particularly clever touch of assembling the set (and the band, for that matter) during the first four songs. And extra-special credit must be given to some of the COOLEST backup musicians (Steve Scales, Edna Holt, Bernie Worrell, Lynn Mabry, & Alex Weir) I've ever seen onstage. "Stop Making Sense" is unarguably the best concert movie ever made.
My partner Greg & I first owned this film on VHS, but the DVD is so much, MUCH better! The blacks are BLACK, the reds are SMOOTH, and the transfer is just as crisp as you please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ditto all other reviews
Anyone posting a one star review did so only because their player wasn't compatible with the region code... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Hikmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
takes me back to the 80's
Published 11 days ago by mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music, Sound & Sight
Just plain excellent, as I knew it would be. David Byrne invented a whole, new kind of music -- the lines don't even rhyme, but contrary to the title, it all makes sense; it... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars I can not watch it since it only works on ...
I can not watch it since it only works on players sold in the US. I did not get any warning whatsoever that this film was coded only for your part of the world.
Published 14 days ago by Jan Grounes
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
I absolutely love this movie. I can watch this over and over. It is well put together and the showmen ship is great.
Published 15 days ago by Rafael T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A rarity
Published 18 days ago by The Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars David Byrne is different
DB fans will love this early concert video.
Published 28 days ago by Albert J. Kubeluis
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
I saw this movie at the theater when it came out 30 years ago! I loved it then and I still love it more. Great fun, great music. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sha
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome band!
Published 1 month ago by Donald Bice
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful concert film
I wish I could have attended this concert because it had all the qualities I've seen in only a few: solid stage show, excellent music and the band is just pumped. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ElleWishes
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