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Palm Pictures is proud to present the groundbreaking Talking Heads concert film "Stop Making Sense." This critically acclaimed 15th Anniversary theatrical re-release, has been digitally-remastered, allowing the brilliance of the music and visuals to take full advantage of state-of-the-art technology.
Over the course of three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December 1983, filmmaker Jonathan Demme joined creative forces with cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth and Talking Heads... and miracles occurred. Following a staging concept by singer-guitarist David Byrne, this euphoric concert film transcends that all-too-limited genre to become the greatest film of its kind. A guaranteed cure for anyone's blues, it's a celebration of music that never grows old, fueled by the polyrhythmic pop-funk precision that was a Talking Heads trademark, and lit from within by the geeky supernova that is David Byrne.
The staging--and Demme's filming of it--builds toward an orgasmic release of music, rising from the bare-stage simplicity of Byrne, accompanied only by a boom box on "Psycho Killer," to the ecstatic crescendo of "Burning Down the House," by which time the Heads and additional personnel have all arrived on stage for a performance that seems channeled from heaven for the purpose of universal uplift. (God bless Demme for avoiding shots of the luckiest audience in '80s pop history; its presence is acknowledged, but not at the viewer's expense.) With the deliriously eccentric Byrne as ringleader (pausing mid-concert to emerge in his now-legendary oversized suit), this circus of musical pleasure defies the futility of reductive description; it begs to be experienced, felt in the heart, head, and bones, and held there the way we hold on to cherished memories. On those three nights in December 1983, Talking Heads gave love, life, and joy in generous amounts that years cannot erode, and Demme captured this act of creative goodwill on film with minimalist artistic perfection. Stop Making Sense is an invitation to pleasure that will never wear out its welcome. --Jeff Shannon
- The 15th Anniversary re-release of the live concert film has been digitally re-mixed and re-mastered, featuring three audio mixes in 5.1 Dolby Digital feature film soundtrack, 5.1 studio mix and linear PCM stereo
- Bonus Tracks: "Cities," "I Zimbra"/"Big Business"
- Storyboard-to-Film Comparison
- Original Promotional Trailer & other clips
- David Byrne Self-Interview
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I hadn't watched it in years and finding and viewing it on Blu Ray was a real treat.
I kept having to remind myself that this was originally released all the way back in 1984.
Not only are the musical performances impeccable the stage craft is uber professional!
I was still working as a lighting designer/director back then and I can tell you the crew for this deserves as many accolades as the band.
Hubby is the audio engineer in the family and he loves the different audio set-up options and has no complaints ( rare for him for a concert movie ).
I love the way the concert builds momentum and that's all I can say without giving away too much.
Some describe this as "post punk" and I dunno....I don't much care for labels. I'll just say it rocks and is a DVD I'll watch over and over.
If you're a music fan, check this out and I guarantee one way or another, this WILL impress and rock you.
As far as the Blu Ray quality goes, it's not the best video out there, that's for sure. It's better than the DVD, but I wouldn't buy it again if you already have the DVD for the video quality.
The sound is a different story. The Blu Ray sound shatters the previous DVD entry. The instruments are so crisp it almost sounds too perfect. Also, you pick up many other smaller sounds that you couldn't even tell were in the DVD version.
This concert was actually shot on three different nights and spliced together for the film. It's a masterpiece.