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Stop Making Sense [Blu-ray]

Talking Heads , Jonathan Demme    NR (Not Rated)   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
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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

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is not my beautiful DVD player !! July 8 2004
but it is my extremely entertaining, albeit "contrived" concert event. But that is not a bad thing ! as the resulting DVD manages to capture the energy and talent of a truly great American band. If I could go back in time, one of my first destinations would be the CBGB in New York City, 1977, to see the Talking Heads open for the Ramones. Obviously the Talking Heads stole every show, which is probably why the Ramones disliked them so much !
And even though the four members of the "Talking Heads proper" kind of get lost in this nine-member stage ensemble, David Byrne is still the clear leader, and the contributions of the other original band members are essential to the energy of the Talking Heads experience. and what an experience it is ! Every song is an artistic presentation, with the visual effects beautifully complementing the funky, up beat, afro-synchronic musical riffs. With absolutely radical versions of Life During Wartime and Once in a Lifetime, this is my second favorite musical DVD (second only to Led Zeppelin - which is really saying something !)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Postmodern Cinematic Catharsis Narrative May 1 2004
According to the commentary track included with this DVD, David Byrne may be considered to be the central character in this Talking Heads concert documentary. In the course of the film's 90 minute duration, he is transformed as "a stiff white guy who sheds his inhibitions, gets loose and lets go. He is both changed by the music and set free."
The concert starts on a bare 60 by 40 foot stage with a solo performance of "Psycho Killer" and then slowly adds both equipment and musicians during the first five songs. By the sixth song, "Burning Down the House", nine musicians are present and will remain fully engaged for the next 10 tracks. Three additional tracks are included on the DVD as a bonus.
Seven cameras are used to record the performance, with much of the footage being shot from the perspective of the audience. Indeed, the viewer of the documentary is made to feel that they are witnessing a live event. The director takes great pains to record the artists not just as musicians, but also as "characters" with their own individual performance personalities.
The stage is lit solely by white lighting, with both the type and positioning of the lights permitting an amazing visual variation. Backlit slide photography of both text and representational images are sometimes used in the stage design as well.
The title, "Stop Making Sense", refers to David Byrne's approach to writing song lyrics during the early 1980's. His lyrics are often irrational and illogical, not making sense from one line to the next, yet they still tend to remain both intuitive and emotionally involving.
"Stop Making Sense" is resplendent in its entertaining divergence from the commonplace. Watch, listen and be moved by its wonderfully liberating creative energy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lifelong journey June 19 2004
First I saw the video on MTV. I bought the record, then the CD. Finally I found the VHS and I thought I had everything. Then they released the anniversary edition CD and finally I bought the DVD. If only I would have been able to actually attend.
Need I say more. The music is fantastic, and the presentation is entertaining. This is by far, the best concert video I've ever seen, and if your not already a Talking Heads fan, you will be after you watch and listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest of its genre April 17 2004
I first saw this at a party and was just blown away. Afterwords I figured that the movie was so great because I was drunk and there were a lot of cannabanoid molecules in the atmosphere. However, I saw the DVD again when I was of a completely straight mind and the affect was the exact same. I was just as mesmorized by the music and movements of David Byrne as I was at the party.
This is no mere concert, it is the best piece of musical entertainment ever filmed. I say that because I wasn't too found of the parts of Woodstock where the camera would focus on the audience for long periods of time (except when the women were bathing) where as, while you certainly are aware of it, the audience is never visually acknowlledged in Stop Making Sence so there is no doubt that you don't miss any action.
If you haven't experienced it then do so. Though, if by some miracle you don't like it, make sure you don't pass that judgement before you see Life During Wartime (obviously my personal favorite).
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5.0 out of 5 stars IF you only own one concert film Dec 20 2003
By A Customer
This review is from a casual fan of the band before seeing "Stop Making Sense".
This is simply the best concert film I have seen. The production is great, the music energizing. Visually, you couldn't ask for more. "Stop Making Sense" will not only make you appreciate the brilliance of the Talking Heads, but of director Jonathan Demme as well. I could watch this film over and over again. The DVD is a visual improvement over the video version. The only thing I envy is that my brother was in the concert crowd and saw this being made - lucky stiff.
As for the reviewer who commented on David Byrne leaving the stage during "Genius of Love" - I doubt it was out of a lack of respect for the other members of the band. Rather, he was changing into the famous "Big Suit". Better that the Tom Tom Club play a song (and do it well) instead of dead time on stage. The scheme worked brilliantly as the entrance of the Big Suit is a major highlight of the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incroyable
Did I listen he Talking Heads in the 80' ? No. But every time I watch and listen this film, it's from the beginnig to the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eric G
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but....
I purchased this Blu Ray because the DVD I had would no longer load in my Blu Ray player.

Why did they not do it properly and give proper widescreen? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hank Kingsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't stop!
Wow! Energy, amazing music. If you like Talking Heads even a little, you have to see this. If you like Talking Heads a lot, you have to own this video.
Published 8 months ago by raisedbypenguins
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware
My DVD player refuses to play this DVD. "Cannot play, restricted area". My computer will play but no audio. Very disappointed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gbone2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Best band ever!
They were the best that ever were, or ever will be, or ever was. Listen to them. Please? Okay. Cool.
Published 9 months ago by Jonathan
3.0 out of 5 stars Stop Making Sense
Probably will not watch it again. But good for posterity. History!
Relieved that everything I ordered from Amazon arrived quickly and with no problems.
Published 9 months ago by Nadine Bojarra
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Blue-Ray Region!!!
I ordered the Blue-Ray from (and I live in) Zone A. The Blue-Ray delivered only plays in Zone B!
Needless to say I cannot watch the movie. Enough said.
Published 11 months ago by Anthony Bridarolli
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent production
Video and sound quality is superb! Just like being present at a Talking Heads concert. The dvd provides a lot of back ground information on the dhoreagraphy and the meaning behind... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Paul
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong format
I was really keen on watching this movie and when I popped it into my blu ray player a big message comes up on screen. Wrong Format. WTF? Was I sent a Europeon disc? Fail! Read more
Published 19 months ago by E. Forster
5.0 out of 5 stars great performance
I was not familiar with this group but after listening to this show, I am now a fan. I highly recommend this video.
Published 19 months ago by sailor
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