The Last Waltz [WS] [Special Edition] [DVD] [1978]

  • SKU: 4581919
  • Release Date: 05/07/2002
  • Rating: PG
Martin Scorsese's legendary concert film The Last Waltz is given the DVD treatment it richly deserves on this disc from MGM/UA. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. This film has never looked so good on home video. The real highlight is the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Even those familiar with this film's amazing music will be surprised by the strength and clarity of the remastered sound. A Dolby Digital Surround track is available as well. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Scorsese and Robbie Robertson; a second commentary track featuring Levon Helm and other musicians who performed that night as well as rock historians and journalists who provide a history for the band and the songs they perform; a featurette that does a fabulous job of explaining how the film came together and how the shoot evolved from a simple 16 mm project into a full-blown 35 mm epic; and an essay written by Robertson. Finally, this movie, arguably the greatest concert film ever made, is available in a package that is the equal of its competition for that title, Gimme Shelter and Stop Making Sense.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (44 out of 44)

Special Features


  • New 5.1 digital audio track
  • 2 audio commentaries with the director and musicians
  • Rare, unseen footage
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Collectible 8-page booklet written by Robbie Robertson

Synopsis


The Last Waltz
Martin Scorsese's documentary of the 1976 final performance of the legendary Sixties rock group The Band is at once a show featuring some of the greatest rock performers of their generation and a bittersweet look back at an era that was just beginning to fade. As Scorsese guides the group through interview segments discussing their 15 years together, these relatively young men sound like battle-weary survivors. But The Band were in splendid form for this show, and their multiple guest stars pulled out all the stops, especially Muddy Waters, whose "Mannish Boy" is so powerful it nearly burns a hole in the screen; Van Morrison, with a rousing performance of "Caravan;" and Bob Dylan, whose "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" displays the brilliant cockiness of his barnstorming days with this band. The all-star camera crew and superb stereo sound mix create what is considered to be of the best-looking and sounding rock films ever (as the opening credit says, play this movie loud!), and two studio-shot sequences with Emmylou Harris and The Staple Singers stand on their own. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan - Himself
  • Joni Mitchell
    Joni Mitchell - Herself
  • Neil Diamond
    Neil Diamond - Himself
  • Emmylou Harris
    Emmylou Harris - Herself
  • Van Morrison
    Van Morrison - Himself



Overall customer rating

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

    GREATEST ROCK FILM ...............EVER!

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    thrall
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    Yes friends there was a time before swillfests such as American Idol, The Voice, etc, blighted the musical landscape, where we had true MUSICIANS who ACTUALLY had talent and a passion for their craft, played live and well without lipsyncing, and really cared about doing music well...............this is a beautiful testimonial to this truth! I've seen this film several times throughout my life, and each viewing is a treat, from my original copy, to a well worn DVD, to (finally!) a Blu ray, this thing just ROCKS from start to finish. Reads like a Who's Who of great musicians, an absolute must for any fan of timeless music! This Blu is a generation back, as the 40th Anniversary was issued late in 2016, but still very clean sound and video and a bargain to boot...................I highly recommend this disc

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cannot really rate, as I have not seen the film.

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    AuntiKate
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    Bought this for my sister's husband (widowed). It reminded me of her and the music she loved. He is a senior with some lifestyle limitations, likes to listen to music and watch films when he's home alone, so I thought he'd enjoy this. I have not seen it myself yet, but am looking forward to an opportunity to do so. Love that I could get it from Best Buy instead of their unfair online competitors.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An excellent concert documentary

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    Vidman31
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    I partly checked this movie out due to being a huge Martin Scorcese fan. I was familiar with the song The Weight but that was about it. I have to say after viewing the film I became a big fan of The Band. Audio/Video quality on the blu ray are excellent. Video is not pristine quality due to age and source elements, but a major upgrade over the DVD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great PQ and sound; shame about the commentary

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    rexgambill
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    This is a great film, deserving of Blu-ray treatment. However, the original DVD release contained two commentaries, including one with members of the band. It's not on the Blu-ray, presumably because of the content. I'd recommend hardcore fans buy the Blu-ray for the sound and picture quality, but seek out the DVD for the commentary.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb film

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    WayneB
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    Martin Scorsese one of films greatest directors helms this remarkable following of one of the true classic rock bands The Band . Follow The Band on one of their last tours and see the reaction from the crowds as they soak in the moment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding

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    MusicFanNY
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    This is a great documentary that is a must for any music lover. Not much can be said about this DVD that hasn't been said already. Highlights include "Evangeline", "The Weight", and MUDDY WATERS! I mean this has Muddy live in concert....which makes it worth the price alone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good music from way back

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    Twister
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    It was cool to watch The Band doing all these old songs that have always been around and everyone knows the songs but not who does them. Also loved seeing all the guest stars doing their thing. Good stuff from the late 60's & early 70's.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!!

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    Dobyone
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    One of the best fairwell concerts ever. Couple that with direction by Martin Scorsese and you can't miss. The audio is excellent. Sit back play it loud and enjoy!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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