Excerpt: One way to achieve a bit of anonymity is to call yourselves "The Band". Another way is to not dress or act like typical rock stars- for The Band it was all about the music. They had class and they had a deep understanding of the true sources of Rock and Roll- plus they had multi-talented people in the group, drummer Levon could pick up a mandolin, Piano player Richard Manuel could sit behind the drums. Keyboardist Garth Hudson could blow on sax.
Excerpt: I saw this movie in cinema in 1980(79?). It was magic. Bought the record and loved it. Then in 2008 I got the dvd and took a time trip. Very pleasing. And then in 2009 I found it on blu-ray. All these artists... well, it is a ode to joy. Music, sound and pictures are great. Buy it and enjoy.
Excerpt: This is one of my favorite concerts to watch. It is really a beautiful showing by a variety of artists not to mention The Band itself. I hate to say anything bad about the movie but I think it could have been done better overall. The video was an upgrade from the DVD however they took out some of the extras and the audio didn't seem to be that much of and improvement either. The sets and close ups looked great and you could really see the detail.
Excerpt: Fantastic concert, great setlist, awesome audio. It's funny how coming from Canada I know all their songs, however, it wasn't until recently I put a face with The Band. Would have been a great concert to be at, thankfully it was captured Scorsese captured it. The PQ is sub par, but it doesn't take away from the experience. This is folk music, to be crystal clear just wouldn't seem right. The audio is what counts and this delivers.
Excerpt: 1 of my all time Favs, i love The Band and the other Musicians they play with like Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield! but the absolute great thing about this entire movie is the sound! i mean i play it like it tells me too, LOUD!!!!!!!
One of the best, simplest, and most joyous films ever made
20 April 2008
Summary: In the words of Robbie Robertson, "The Last Waltz" began as a concert and turned into a celebration. There is no word that can be used to describe "The Last Waltz" better than 'celebration'. This is a celebration of The Band, and of music, specifically American music, which The Band loved and played so many styles of. "The Last Waltz" is a concert film, and there's a common sentiment outside of the rock fan community that such films can never be true art films.
Excerpt: i love the band and i think that this was a great concert, i especially loved how they managed to get muddy waters to play there. overall i thought that they did a great job remastering this movie, a definite buy for anyone from the 60s and 70s.
Excerpt: This was the first Bu-Ray I purchased after getting my PS3 (But gamers don't watch movies right?). I did so because I wanted to compare it to the DVD copy I had. Even on the 13" tube TV I had at the time, the improvement was big!. I was so excited, I took it back to the store and asked if I could pop it into the Blu-Ray player they had hooked up to some mammoth Hi-Def set (so I could see what I was missing). It was beautiful.
Excerpt: Folk Roots? Only if you don't know their history - used to play with Ronnie Hawkins. When they split from Hawkins they were known as Levon Helm and the Hawks; I used to sit through Sat. afternoon matinees here in Toronto and what they mostly played was R&B. Richard Manuel was (outside of Captain Beefheart) the best white R&B singer I've ever heard. That's his voice that cuts through all others on I Shall Be Released.