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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Stop Making Sense
Directed by Jonathan Demme
88 minutes

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (audience mix)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (studio mix)
English: LPCM 2.0

I was passionate about music long before I became passionate about film. It began when my neighbor played Hunky Dory to me, and became stronger through school as I discovered the likes of Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Joy Division, The Fall and too many punk bands to mention. We shared albums on cassette and I started listening to the John Peel show on the radio. He broadened my appreciation for obscure music. I mention this because Talking Heads were a big part of my musical education. I remember playing Fear of Music to death when it came out.

David Byrne is not a conventional singer. In fact, very few of the bands I love have people who can really sing. It's just not a requirement for me. I prefer vocalists who obviously feel what they are performing, even if their vocal ability is limited. A list of my favorites would include:

Ian Curtis - Joy Division
Neil Young
Stephen Malkmus - Pavement (can't even stay in the same key)
Black Francis - Pixies
Tom Verlaine - Television
David Bowie
Kristin Hersh - Throwing Muses
Polly Harvey
Nick Cave
Thurston Moore/Kim Gordon/Lee Ranaldo - Sonic Youth
Kurt Cobain - Nirvana
Jonathan Richman - The Modern Lovers
Mark E. Smith - The Fall

Byrne whines, growls, yelps and screams. It works...for me. It may not work for everyone. The same goes for most people on the above list. That's why all those bands, and Talking Heads, don't sound like anyone else.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong format Jan. 19 2013
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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! I wrote the company and they said they'd exchange it or refund me but it's a big hassle. Why are they sending out Europeon discs? I'm in Canada!
Not pleased at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incroyable June 9 2014
By Eric G
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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. Intelligence, energy and performance from a real and a amazing band!

À voir et à attendre absolument. L'intelligence, l'énergie et la performance d'un groupe, un vrai. Absolument incroyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but.... May 1 2014
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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? This fill the screen product leaves me less that fully satisfied.

My old DVD was the anamorphic widescreen and I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't stop! Dec 14 2013
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware Nov. 28 2013
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My DVD player refuses to play this DVD. "Cannot play, restricted area". My computer will play but no audio. Very disappointed. I've bought many DVDs and never run into this problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best band ever! Nov. 3 2013
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They were the best that ever were, or ever will be, or ever was. Listen to them. Please? Okay. Cool.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stop Making Sense Nov. 1 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Probably will not watch it again. But good for posterity. History!
Relieved that everything I ordered from Amazon arrived quickly and with no problems.
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