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The Last Waltz [1978] [DVD]
The Last Waltz [1978] [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Band
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.25

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL!! Best rokumentary ever produced!, 8 Dec. 2003
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This review is from: The Last Waltz [1978] [DVD] (DVD)
I have had this for a week, and I still can't believe how good it is! I'd seen/heard this concert several times before, but never on DVD through a proper sound system...ASTONISHING!! The picture and audio quality are superb...almost like being there in person. The docu pieces of this film are very revealing, and often a little sad. The live performances, esp. those of Joni M, Neil Y, Bob, Van the Man, Clapton, Robbie Robertson and the rest of the Band, are marvellous!! I had forgotten what a magnificent guitar player Robertson is...and watching his "duel" with Clapton is breath-taking. Van and Neil Young provide unexpected moments of comedy during their astoundingly good performances, whilst the vocal abilities of Joni and Bob blow you away! You just don't hear rock 'n' roll like this anymore...and what a shame that is!
As a piece of film making it is also fantastic. Scorsese's direction and documenting of one of the last great gatherings of the most influential, down-right talented and successful popular music artists ever, not only witnessed the passing of The Band, but of an era. The Last Waltz was the musical climax of the 60's & 70's, marking the end of a period of innocence, discovery and invention.
The Bonus material on the Collector's Edition includes a fascinating Last Waltz Revisited documentary-style piece, which details the evolution, aims and production of this film. There are in-depth interviews with Scorsese and Robertson, as well as a theatrical trailer.
All-in, this DVD is a must have for all fans of Rock 'n' Roll. Even if you own the CD and VHS copies, go get the Collector's quite literally ROCKS!!

City Of God (Cidade De Deus) [DVD] [2003]
City Of God (Cidade De Deus) [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Alexandre Rodrigues
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £1.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest films of recent times!, 4 Dec. 2003
This movie is terrific....virtually perfect cinema! No sooner was it over, than I wanted to watch it again.
The viewer is taken on an emotional journey through the modern history of a Rio de Janeiro flavela/barrio; from the more innocent days of street kids knocking off gas cylinders to give to the local community, and commiting small-time robberies, to recent times, when life is cheap, and narcotics is the number one business. Children get involved in this trade, are armed to the teeth, and often buried in the blink of an eye....this really is dog-eat-dog living!
There is warmth and compassion emanating in abundance from this story, as well as a no-holds barred vision of the horrors and betrayals involved. The direction is superb, as is the cinematography, editing and soundtrack, not to mention the writing, which relates a brilliant storyline and wonderful characterisations.
The bonus material is a fascinating documentary of the drug/gun crime in Rio. Whilst this is very welcome, it is a little insubstantial. Deleted scenes, interviews and soundtrack information would have been I gonna have to buy this twice?

Apocalypse Now Redux [DVD] [1979]
Apocalypse Now Redux [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Marlon Brando
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £14.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Now - Redux, 4 Dec. 2003
The re-edited version of this dark classic makes for superb movie viewing. "If it aint broke, don't fix it!", doesn't apply here. The original version was unquestionably superb, but this edition fleshes out the story and gives the viewer a more in-depth feeling for the horrors and betrayals of "pointless" wars. Redux is a more coherent telling, coming closer to the spirit of Conrad's "Heart of Darkness". Sure, it makes for a long evening in front of the screen, but a very worthwhile one all the same.

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