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  • Actors: The Band, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, English, German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JNBF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,967 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary chronicling the farewell concert by The Band, featuring guest appearances from, among others, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Neil Diamond and Joni Mitchell. The performance took place at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving Day, 1976, and marked the end of the group's 16 years of touring. The film also includes interview footage with all five members in which they discuss their experiences on the road.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 April 2006
Format: DVD
No other concert film is as well made as this one. But this is no surprise, the film is directed by Martin Scorsese.
The DVD is a considerable improvement on VHS. The sound is better, there are a moderate amount of extras and of course its shown in its original cinema aspect ratio.
However, the main reason to buy this film is the music. Quite simply The Band were one of the greatest Rock N Roll bands ever. This is a film of their farewell concert (at least in the classic line-up with Robbie Robertson on guitar). The Bands music on its own would merit purchase of this disc. They run through a 'best of' set, that as a concert film would be hard to beat.
Add to this the guest list, and you have the best concert film ever. Van Morrison in his hey day belting out Caravan. Joni Mitchell singing Coyote. Dylan with Robbie Robertson burning incendiary guitar licks behind him. Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Dr John... The list goes on and on.
To flesh the film out a bit they filmed a few numbers on a sound stage. One of these is a version of The Weight. This version of The Weight features The Band with The Staples singers. If you haven't heard Mavis Staples, and you like gospel influenced music this takes what was already a great song to a new level.

Please note that Van Morrison's performance of Caravan is on this version of the DVD!

The same year this was filmed (1976) Punk came on the scene and changed music for ever. But it doesn't matter whether you were brought up on Elvis Presley, The Sex Pistols, Nirvana or Coldplay, this music is as essential now as it was 30 years ago
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Livia on 15 Nov. 2002
Format: DVD
What can I say really. Mix together the most talented musicians of their time along with the most talented film maker of the time and you get The Last Waltz.
The Band are at their best here and the special guests only enhance the spectacular talent of these guys. Everywhere the guests are outshone by Robbie and the boys, however Van Morrison's performance is amazing by any standard and even the Band themselves look at him in awe.
The special features are interesting. Interviews with Martin Scorsese and Robbie Robertson are a good insight into how a farewell concert became a piece of musical history. There is also a well stocked photo gallery, commentary by the film maker and musician and a short jamming session by some of the guests. This is a must have for every DVD collection. Buy it, keep it, show it to your kids and make sure you follow the instructions: THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By RAK on 5 Oct. 2002
Format: DVD
One of the great rock concerts of all time.... The Band at their best with an extraordinary list of guest musicians including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Ronnie Hawkins, Van Morrison, etc..... and, strangely, Neil Diamond (the first time I have enjoyed his music).
All arranged and played superbly, not the usual chaos of some many "great" concerts. (Or did Scorcese spare us the chaotic bits?!)
The songs are interspersed with interviews etc. which for me enhanced the concert, though I guess they would be a nuisance if you sometimes want to use the DVD as a CD and just listen to the music.
Very well filmed by Martin Scorcese who manages to bring out the best in the music without getting in its way. The interview with him on the making of the film is good stuff.
Highly recommended.
(PS I have a USA version, but I assume the British one will be the same)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "liesbeth_croon" on 1 Jan. 2004
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This is a great piece of entertainment!
Ofcourse,someone (dis)liking this depends 90 percent on their musical taste,if you really aren't into artists like The Band ,Van the man (Morrison),Neil Young,or even Bobby Dylan then I suggest you leave it alone.On the other hand, if you are like me and obsessed with this kind of music then stop reading this right now and try to find this great documentary/concert!
The entire film revolves around the very last concert that the band gave and is directed by Martin Scorcese.
The concert is like one big party with some of the best rock music their is ever written and the comments from Scorcese,Robbie Robertson and some of the other musicians really gives you a great insight into their perfomance and what it was like, in their case ,to be rockstars on the road.
The performances are are all of immense quality,ofcourse with such a line-up, what else can you expect?
Van Morrison in my opinion is the best performer on stage in this show.I usually can't stand to hear a single bad comment on Bob Dylan because he is possibly my greatest hero of all time, but his performance was not what I'm used to from him.Ofcourse he was still great but I think everybody that knows him even a little expects The Zim to be superb 24/7.
In my opinion this is worth four stars...
1)This is possibly the best artist line-up in Rock history.
2)The comments by director and performers give it an extra buz.
3)When you watch this you can't help but feeling you're actually there in the concert hall with them.
Great!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Colin Wells on 28 July 2004
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This is an excellent music film in every way. Historic concert - The Band's last, a glittering array of Rock royalty - Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond and more, plus Scorsesi's intimate camera work. The film looks surprisingly up to date and the music sounds as fresh and as energetic as many a current young rock band.
One piece of advice, though... There are two soundtrack options, original soundtrack and surround sound 5.1. Choose the surround sound one regardless of your setup because the other one has not been properly synched with the picture.
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