Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense
Director Jonathan Demme expertly crafted this unrivaled concert film from footage of three live gigs at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre. The staging concept -- the brainchild of Talking Heads front man David Byrne -- begins with the lead vocalist striding onto an empty stage, acoustic guitar and boom box in hand. With each new tune, another band member or backup singer joins Byrne onstage, building steadily toward the smokin' finale.
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- Jonathan Demme
- DVD and Blu-ray
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
This is the finest concert film I've ever seen on DVD -- and while Stop Making Sense would have virtually earned that accolade even if the disc included only the original film, the wonderful and well-thought-out extras clinch the deal. The film is in an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen, with a variety of sound options -- stereo, the original's Dolby 5.1 mix and a 5.1 remix. Best of all, there's a full commentary from all the Talking Heads (David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison) and director Jonathan Demme.
There are other extras, too -- the theatrical trailer, production notes, a discography, biographies and a bizarre "interview" where Byrne, in a variety of guises, interviews himself. Also included are three bonus songs (presented in full frame and of lesser quality than the film) and some DVD-ROM content. Palm Pictures has done a superb job with this thrilling piece of entertainment
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary; exclusive press conference with the band; 2 bonus songs; video short; David Bryne interviews..David Bryne; storyboard and staging comparisons.
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Common Sense Note
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it