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on 15 May 2017
Fabulous concert now with improved picture quality.
I personally never get tired of watching this.
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on 15 July 2017
Bought this in video many years ago, lent it out and didn't get it back. So this time, no one gets it.
Byrne has so much energy as does most of the band, but his just goes on and on. Great stuff.
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on 27 April 2017
The finest example of where live is greater than studio ! This video is the band at their best, way ahead of it's time! Byrne gives it his all. Brilliant !!!
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on 18 February 2009
I have seen the movie back when it had been originally released several times. IMHO, both the musical performance and the stage performance are great. The versions of some of the songs are definitely better worked out than on the original recordings, might be, because some really great artists are accompanying TH on that one. David Byrne proves an excellent performer, and Jonathan Demme has done a great job in catching the atmosphere. It starts with a solo performance by Byrne, doing Psycho Killer on an empty stage, and goes on with the duet "Heaven" with Tina Weymouth on bass. Then the drums are added, and so on. With every song done, the stage gets more filled, not just with people, but with instruments and decoration. Although the initial performances are intense, too, that way, the intensity of the performance is increasing throughout the movie. Not only Byrne's presence, but also stage performance of the others involved (the background singers, for example, really having fun!!, the fine percussion section featuring steve scales) add much fire and thrills to the funky rhythm base supplied by Weymouth & Frantz. Features a fine appearance by TOM-TOM-Club (essentially consisting of Tina & Chris), too. Together with the two albums prodcuced by Eno, this represents the lasting contribution of TH to popular music, IMHO. DVD has good quality and is complete (there are versions where songs originally featured in the movie are not indluded).
Anyone who likes that kind of music will enjoy the movie.
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on 18 July 2017
Probably the greatest music video ever made
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on 27 April 2017
Superb !!!
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on 29 May 2017
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on 13 March 2003
Before David Byrne's collaboration with X-Press 2,"Lazy", Talking Heads had fallen off the critical radar and disappeared from public consciousness. It is high time they were credited for "Remain in Light" and this, easily the best live concert of all time. Audio releases of the concert (especially the original nine track version) do the visual power of the concert an injustice even though "Slippery People" "Burning Down the House" and "Take Me to the River" better the respective studio versions.
The pacing of the film is exemplary: the gradual addition of musicians provides the context for David Byrne's metamorphosis from tense New Waver to full-on funkster. And while the rest of the Heads, augmented by musicians of the class and charisma of Bernie Worrell and Alex Weir amongst others, play brilliantly, Byrne steals the show. He is more compelling than Michael Stipe in "Tourfilm", Bjork at the Royal Opera House last year or anyone else you care to mention.
Thankfully the classic "I Zimbra/Big Business" (the latter a Byrne solo number from "Songs from the Catherine Wheel") is included as an extra and proves one of the many highlights of the disc. Making further great use of DVD's potential, the disc provides the viewer with a choice of sounds tracks. While the concert sound was always good, the remastered track blows it away for clarity, depth and feeling. The voiceover gives great history and background and is good accompaniment to "Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa", the biography of the band which reveals the extent of the inevitable animosity as Byrne garnered all the plaudits.
Accusations that this is over-rated and dated are without foundation as well as explanation. While the music is still great (same as it ever was), the influence of the visualisation of the concert is palpable: countless subsequent concerts/live performances such as REM's "Tourfilm" and U2's "Zooroopa" are unthinkable without "Stop Making Sense".
"Stop Making Sense" manages to be simulataneously cerebral and celebratory, enigmatic and ecstatic. In short, unmissable.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 March 2017
The best concert film by any band. Ever. A huge claim to make, but the originality of this documentary film shows Talking Heads at their absolute peak. An augmented 9 piece band arrive on an initially empty stage one by one, the set being built around them as the show progresses. David Byrne kicks proceedings off solo with a radical reinterpretation of 'Psycho Killer' - and it just gets better and better from there. 'Found A Job' and 'Slippery People' are just two early highlights, with Chris Frantz's syncopated rhythms driving things along. The excitement is palpable, it's hard not to get drawn into the sheer infectious nature of what's going on in a superbly realised and ordered setlist. There's lots of great dancing, led by Bryne especially  during a spirited 'Burning Down The House', who shows his ability at showmanship of a level that puts many bigger acts to shame. After the starkness of the non-existant set when the lighting effects finally begin they are all the more dramatic. Shadows and back projection are utilised superbly during 'What A Day That Was'. Household lighting joins the set in 'This Must Be The Place'

This is an extremely exciting concert, both musically and visually, capturing far more of the experience of being there than any number of concert films you can think of. The musicianship is exemplary throughout, the sheer audacity of the presentation breathtaking. The standard by which all concert films should be judged.
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on 17 February 2016
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