Rent Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense on DVD

Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense

1984 Rated NR 1hr 39m

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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Movie Details

Ratings
NR
Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.

DVD details

Blu-ray details

Screen formats

Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

Subtitles

No

Closed captioned

No

Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1

Other 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

Screen formats

Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1

Subtitles

No

Closed captioned

No

Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

Other 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.