Stop Making Sense [DVD] [1984]

  • SKU: 3790990
  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • Rating: NR
Palm Pictures' DVD treatment gives this landmark concert film the respect it deserves. For starters, it includes three audio settings. "Feature Film Mix 5.1" is a remixed and remastered version of the original soundtrack, "Studio Mix 5.1" uses the old mixing board tapes, and the two-channel stereo mix ensures that those without 5.1 Surround Sound don't miss out. The widescreen, 16:9 anamorphic presentation helps the movie look almost as good as it sounds. The extra features aren't nearly as sharp, but they're fun. Three songs ("Cities" and a version of "Big Business" that segues into "I Zimbra") emerge as bonus tracks. In another extra, frontman David Byrne dons ridiculous costumes and interviews himself, asking all the obvious questions and answering in a stunned monotone. Storyboards and Byrne's notes reveal how much of the show's on-stage lunacy was choreographed ("Now David does a spastic dance"). A commentary track features all four Heads and director Jonathan Demme, recorded separately, discussing Byrne's famous Big Suit, '80s new wave, song origins, and the anal-retentive work that went into the Stop Making Sense tour and film. For obsessive and casual fans alike, this disc makes sense after all.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 9)

Special Features


  • Audio commentary by all four band members and director Jonathan Demme
  • Bonus tracks: "Cities," "Big Business"/"I Zimbra"
  • Digitally re-mixed and re-mastered
  • Full-motion menu
  • Storyboard-to-film comparison, original promotional trailer, "David Byrne Interviews....David Byrne" promotional clip
  • Three audio mixes: Dolby Digital 5.1 feature film, 5.1 studio mix, and 2.0 stereo
  • Widescreen 16:9 anamorphic

Synopsis


Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense was the first feature-length documentary effort of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. The director's subject is The Talking Heads, a new-wave/pop-rock group comprised of David Byrne, Chris Franz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. The film was made during a three-day concert gig at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. What emerges on screen says as much about director Demme's taste and sensitivity as it does about the group and its visionary leader Byrne. Though some of the material in Stop Making Sense overlaps with the Talking Heads' earlier concert film The Name of This Band is Talking Heads, one never gets the feeling of by-the-numbers repetition; the group's energy is such that it virtually explodes from the screen. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Bernie Worrell
    Bernie Worrell - Synthesizers
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    Alex Weir - guitar
  • David Byrne
    David Byrne - Lead Vocals/Guitar
  • Image coming soon
    Jerry Harrison - Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals



Overall customer rating

5
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can't get enough of it

    Posted
    KansasBob

    I first saw this on Netflix where it is free to watch. Then I checked it out of our public library. Two weeks is not enough. I need to own it. I was not this much of a Talking Heads fan before seeing "Stop Making Sense." I knew they had a couple good songs, but the DVD just blew me away. I like them all. There is also a song in the concert by the Tom Tom Club which is also great. Highly reccommended. Special Features are good too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best live concert ever

    Posted
    OldSoundman

    This is arguably the best live concert DVD I've ever seen. If you are a Heads fan... you must own this DVD and share it with your friends. This version (re-mixed- re-mastered) is better than the original release in that it has extras like commentary and such. I don't have a Bluray but I have a HD TV and the quality is great but I'd spend the extra 5 bucks if i\I did.....Enjoy

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Maybe the best concert film ever

    Posted
    ChesterB

    An absolute joy to watch. It seems as fresh the tenth viewing as it does the first time you see it. This film does an amazing job of capturing one of the most influential bands of the New Wave era. The combination of David Byrne's artistic vision with Jonathan Demme's direction make it a must-see even if you only have a passing interest in Talking Heads music.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hard to beat

    Posted
    Billy87

    David Byrne is a great performer and looking back in time was no different. They were a pretty exceptional band even though very simple. He is still great to see live today. I saw him in Louisville and Bonnaroo and the performances are entertaining to say the least.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Concert DVD

    Posted
    tazmantiny
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    Even though this was shot in the 80s the sound and video quality are great. The band is excellent and I love how the concert was set up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stop Making Sense- Excellent

    Posted
    ElleF
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    A classic moment in rock history. I meant to buy this years ago! Will watch many times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best ever

    Posted
    Stuffy7
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    This is by far the best live show recorded ever!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must-own

    Posted
    championofthesun
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    The Talking Heads are the greatest band of all time, and this is the greatest music doc of all time.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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