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  The Last Waltz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Last Waltz is the name of The Band's final concert, the Martin Scorsese concert film, and the album of the concert.
Rob Reiner's appearance and interview style in his mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap is widely believed to be a reference to the way Martin Scorsese conducted interviews in The Last Waltz.
Sony has announced that The Last Waltz will be among the first twenty titles released in its new high definition Blu-Ray DVD format in March of 2006.
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 The Last Waltz (album) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Last Waltz was the 1978 soundtrack to the film of the same name, documenting the "farewell" concert of Canadian-American rockers The Band, which took place at Bill Graham's Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving Day, 1976.
The soundtrack, featuring numerous other musicians whom the Band had either played with or influenced throughout their career, was a sampling of the full concert set occupying the first five sides of the 3-LP set, and "The Last Waltz Suite", five new songs and a new version of "The Weight", occupying the sixth side.
There would be three more albums, way up the road and only featuring three of the five, but for the original quintet, it ended with the release of this album and the film of the same name.
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 MovieFreak.com - "The Last Waltz" DVD Review
More than a concert, The Last Waltz, the name given the event by the band itself, was meant as a celebration.
It began with dinner and dancing for 500, a real waltz, and there even someone who came out to recite the prologue from “The Canterbury Tales.” The Last Walt was a singularly theatrical event, and Scorsese was able to turn The Last Waltz into something wholly and compellingly cinematic.
Revisiting The Last Waltz: A featurette that talks about how the film was made, the challenges behind it, and how the film holds up all these years later.
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 Blu-ray Review: The Last Waltz | High-Def Digest
So it was with The Band and 'The Last Waltz,' as I honestly have probably heard only about two songs from the group in my entire lifetime.
Well, now I'm so glad I finally got around to watching 'The Last Waltz' and educating myself, because their music and legacy really is as fresh and relevant today as it was in the at the time of the 1978 farewell concert.
Admittedly, as a documentary I didn't learn much from 'The Last Waltz.' Though Scorsese was a pioneer in helping to form the core aesthetic of the music docu-concert genre, which even today pretty much remains a series of musical segments interspersed with "revealing" between-song band banter, his approach is certainly no longer revolutionary.
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 The Last Waltz
Whether you subscribe to notion that The Last Waltz really was the last waltz -- a matches-flaming final encore for the American rock of the `60s -- or a farewell concert overfreighted by some fans with cultural import, there's no escaping its sheer brilliance as a film.
Restored and sonically enhanced for its 25th anniversary and DVD debut, The Last Waltz is a searing musical party with soaring ambitions that rarely disappoints.
The Last Waltz Special Edition is a wonderland of special features, including previously unseen jam footage, audio commentary with Scorsese and Robertson, and a new featurette, "Revisiting The Last Waltz." It's one of the year's best DVDs, and we're especially glad MGM pulled this one out of the time capsule and dusted it off.
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 The Last Waltz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The four discs in the Last Waltz boxed set on Rhino ("dedicated to the memory of Rick Danko and Richard Manuel"), feature a variety of previously unreleased performances featuring Van Morrison, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, and Emmylou Harris.
Outside of his songs, his greatest achievement in myth-making was the Last Waltz, where he doesn't necessarily overstate the amount of time the Band spent on the road, but he sure tried to make it all seem like something special, both in amount of time they spent on the road and what they've accomplished.
The Last Waltz teeters between these two schools of thought, wanting to celebrate the end while blithely ignoring that musicians make music for a living -- and that's what keeps the music from truly captivating, from being essential, even if this set is perfectly assembled.
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One doesn't have anything to do with the other, but Martin Scorsese's hypnotic concert film/rock 'n' roll elegy The Last Waltz, while being no less uncritical of its subjects or their milieu, exposes the spuriousness of Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous once and for all.
A document of The Band's farewell performance at the San Francisco venue Winterland and the aftermath of that all-star evening, The Last Waltz was made during the peak of a tumultuous period for Scorsese, with time borrowed from his simultaneous production New York, New York.
Scorsese calls The Last Waltz the only bright spot of his New York, New York days--you wouldn't know it save for the sporadic joy found in the songs (which stick in your head for days after, particularly "The Weight" (a.k.a.
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 NP1 Review: The Last Waltz
For the most part, The Last Waltz was enjoyable for me, both for its technical aspects and also because it was the first exposure I'd had to The Band.
The Last Waltz is, in essence, a film that wants to entertain and be a time capsule of great music performed by great people.
But The Last Waltz showed them at their zenith, just five guys giving one last performance together with their friends along for the ride.
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 DVD Verdict Review - The Last Waltz
The criticism of The Last Waltz as being overdone is curious.
Although Martin Scorsese briefly considered shooting The Last Waltz as simply an archival film in 16mm, he wisely made the move to 35mm and thus we have a beautiful concert film brought to disc in anamorphic video.
The featurette is a twenty-two minute glimpse into the band and the genesis of The Last Waltz, primarily though the participation of Robbie Robertson and Martin Scorsese.
www.dvdverdict.com /reviews/lastwaltz.php   (1335 words)

 DVDlaunch.com: The Last Waltz: Special Edition review
Anamorphically enhanced, "The Last Waltz" is presented in its original Academy Standard aspect ratio, and rarely shows signs of its true age.
The color palette of "The Last Waltz" is for the most part muted, with rich maroons rather than bold reds, as evidenced in the draperies adorning the concert stage.
His shared commentary track on "The Last Waltz" is no exception, even though it is not screen specific, as his partner's is. Robbie Robertson, always literate, if sometimes self-inflated, shares the track with Scorsese, but Roberton's comments were recorded as he viewed "The Last Waltz;" whereas Scorsese's comments are gleaned from various interviews.
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 The DVD Journal | Reviews : The Last Waltz: Special Edition
The resulting film, The Last Waltz, has been called the greatest concert film ever made (of course, so have D.A. Pennebaker's Don't Look Back and Monterey Pop, as well as Michael Wadleigh's Woodstock.) And it may well be — although perhaps not for the reasons one might assume.
Younger viewers, those in their 20s, surely won't see The Last Waltz in the same way as those who were around in 1976 —; especially those who were around music and musicians at the time.
The film is amazingly intimate, lingering on faces more than guitar licks, catching the seamless way that the players communicate on stage — as well as the tired, world-weariness that accompanies the workmanlike (yet no less impressive) way they present their music.
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 The Last Waltz - a Movie Review of The Phantom Tollbooth   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
With The Last Waltz, Scorsese dispensed with his usual dissection of the violence of the male psyche and concentrated on the emotive power of rock and roll instead.
The Last Waltz is peppered with one to one conversations with each of the individual members of The Band.
The Last Waltz is the perfect companion piece to Cameron Crowe’s recent picture Almost Famous.
www.tollbooth.org /2001/movies/lastwaltz.html   (812 words)

 UGO.com DVD - UGO's Top 50 DVDs of All Time
The answer is The Last Waltz, a concert film/documentary capturing the Band's final show on Thanksgiving Day of 1976.
Forget the fact that the collection of rock talent on stage during this concert has perhaps never been equaled since, or that the performances of songs like "The Weight" by the Band or "Helpless" by Neil Young are pretty much as definitive as you're going to get.
The Last Waltz is brilliant because Martin Scorcese is a freaking genius, and knew how to make a concert film that would stand the test of time.
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 Delta Sierra Arts » The Last Waltz
And what a film it is: true, The Last Waltz’s star-studded lineup of the Band, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, and others makes this a record of some kind of magic nexus of great musicians, but Scorsese also manages to make this a true film, rather than just concert footage spliced together.
The Last Waltz preserves the Band’s final 1976 performance (held at San Francisco’s justly famous Winterland) on celluloid, and it certainly brings one back to less slick times in concerts.
Like the band it depicts, The Last Waltz looks raw (thanks in part to Scorsese and DP Michael Chapman shooting the film in dark moody lighting) and yet is perfectly polished.
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 "The Last Waltz" - Salon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
That film aside, however, "The Last Waltz," as the pristine DVD version attests, is the single best movie about rock 'n' roll and only rock 'n' roll ever made.
At the time "The Last Waltz" was created, the rock film was still a rarity, despite the magisterial "Woodstock" and the shockingly fun mid-1960s Beatles outings.
So, in 1976, when it was filmed, and 1978, when it was released, "The Last Waltz" had some striking features.
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 The Last Waltz DVD : Read reviews and compare prices at Ciao.co.uk   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
THE LAST WALTZ is a thrilling concert film, mandatory viewing even for those unfamiliar with the Band or rock music in general.
The Last Waltz of the Tyrants: The Prophecy
...Last Waltz’ was made, charting the last concert performance of ‘The Band’; one of the most highly rated ensembles to come out of the folk country rock tradition of the 60’s and early 70’s.
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 The Last Waltz
One item that one will take away upon enjoying The Last Waltz is how appropriate the name The Band is. It describes their original material with the numerous genres they cross.
The Last Waltz is among the top tier music films ever, both the film and soundtrack.
The Last Waltz is available on DVD as well as two options in audio.
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 The Last Waltz-Special Edition
Considered one of the greatest rock films ever made, The Last Waltz finally comes home to DVD with a new 5.1 soundtrack remastered by Robbie Robertson, and excellent special features.
The concert itself featured The Band favorites, all played with a new energy, as the members realized this was their last gig.
Emmy Lou Harris is featured in a country number, "Evangeline", that accurately reflects the group's country influences and The Band's film theme" The Last Waltz", written by Robertson, closes out the film as the stage slowly pans back and fades away.
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 The Last Waltz (1978)
The Last Waltz appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, dual-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions.
This segment was the penultimate number of the evening; only one song - “Don’t Do It”, which opens The Last Waltz - According to a text screen that appears toward the end, the cameras began to overheat from excessive use, so they were shut down as the song progressed.
While I can’t say I agree that The Last Waltz stands as the greatest concert film ever made, I can’t deny that it’s a fine piece of work.
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 dOc DVD Review: The Last Waltz (1978)
So The Last Waltz is an affectionate though hard-edged two-hour compression of that evening, the last time these guys put their songs through their paces.
He shines especially in the three numbers that were shot after the event; The Band wanted to round out their acknowledgments of their influences, and hence on an MGM soundstage, they shot The Weight with The Staples, a nod in the direction of gospel, and Evangeline with Emmylou Harris, recognizing their debt to country music.
The Last Waltz is of course principally a concert movie, but it's loosely strung together with interview footage of the members of The Band, shot at their Malibu retreat a few months after the concert.
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 The Last Waltz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Martin Scorsese's 1978 capsule history of the Band is mixed with footage of the group's allegedly last performance (certainly their last performance as a quintet) in this particularly stylish concert film.
When I actually thought of the caliber of talent that was involved in that concert, I ached that I wasn't able to be there in person.
See also the pages for triple album The Last Waltz, the movie (Internet Movie Database), the bootleg The Complete Last Waltz and Jonathan Katz' article on the different versions of the Last Waltz.
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 The Last Waltz - Movie Info - Moviefone
The Last Waltz I first saw the movie The Last Waltz at a theater in 1979.
Amazon.com: The Last Waltz: DVD: Robbie Robertson,Mavis Staples I was dissappointed by quite a few I bought but, then I saw "The Last Waltz" for $9.99 and remembered I kind of loved the movie (I'm 52).
The Last Waltz - Cast & Crew, movie showtimes, plot, synopsis, exclusive features, trailers, clips, theater listings, reviews, message boards, dvd, videos, rentals and more on Moviefone.
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 Last Waltz by Band CD
THE LAST WALTZ is the recorded document of their 1976 farewell performance.
Sort of a rock version of "This Is Your Life," THE LAST WALTZ brought together performers from all phases of the group's career, giving them a chance to pay tribute and join The Band one last time.
Although not the last track on the disc, the Dylan-led all-star rendition of the Band/Dylan classic "I Shall Be Released" is the emotional finale of one of the most important records in contemporary music.
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 DVD Savant Review: The Last Waltz Special Edition
When Martin Scorsese determined to make The Last Waltz, he wanted to thoroughly cover the performances with multiple 35mm cameras, working with stage lighting and camera moves coordinated and choreographed to the lyric lines of the songs being sung.
Robbie Robertson is photogenic enough to have experienced a surge in popularity after The Last Waltz; he even became an actor for a short while, doing good work in Carny, for one example.
I saw The Last Waltz on a double bill with a reissue of a five-year-old movie that Universal had originally not wanted to release at all, American Grafitti - dolled up in remixed Dolby stereo surround as well.
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