Release Date: May 7, 2002
The Last Waltz was filmed in 1976 and released in 1978 as a documentary, or more often referred to as a "Rockumentary". Directed by Martin Scorsese, it catalogs the farewell concert for The Band, and is often considered one of the best rock films of all time.
The Last Waltz [DVD]
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Sound: The Last Waltz was filmed in 1976 and released in 1978 as a documentary, or more often referred to as a "Rockumentary". Directed by Martin Scorsese, it catalogs the farewell concert for The Band, and is often considered one of the best rock films of all time. The Band is a Canadian-American group that began as a backing band for Ronnie Hawkins and later Bob Dylan, eventually releasing their own music to a wide audience. The Last Waltz is a finale to 16 years of touring. The sound on The Last Waltz is excellent, especially considering that it was filmed in the late 1970s. Although many members of The Band are multi-instrumentalists, for the most part they each stuck with their primary instrument through the concert. The band members and their instruments are: Robbie Robertson - guitar, vocals; Rick Danko - bass, vocals; Levon Helm - drums, vocals; Richard Manuel - keyboards, vocals, drums; Garth Hudson - keyboards, saxophone. The music on this DVD encompasses many varieties of music, showing just how diverse The Band was. Their songs range from blues and country, early rock and roll to even a little bit of funk. // 10
Overall Impression: As far as live concert DVDs go, this is simply one of the best. Not only does it include many of The Band's greatest hits, but it has covers from some of the best artists of the time. The best thing about this DVD are the special guests. Just as you start to get comfortable with a set of music, a new guest comes out and changes everything. The versatility of The Band is amazing, and is apparent throughout the entire film. If you enjoy The Band's music as well as the music of the special guests, this DVD is definitely for you. It clocks in at just under 2 hours of almost continuous live music, so you definitely get your money's worth with this DVD. // 10