Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense

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"Stop making sense"
5 stars"
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Im loving this dvd gets better every time you here n see it lol 2 thumbs up , a must have if your into talking heads !!!

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"Toe-tapping and visually weirdly fabulous"
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Fantastic live recording of Talking Heads. Fun, quirky and energetic performance from all of the band – and David Byrne is a truly mesmerizing performer.

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"As brilliant as I remember!"
5 stars"
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I loved Talking Heads music in the 80s and it's as brilliant as I remember. Starting with David Bryne alone on the stage with a tape deck backing track and building from there. Only wish I had seen them performing live as this is one of the best concert DVDs I've seen!

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This quintessential music film features the incredible music of Talking Heads.

Jonathan Demme revolutionized the art of shooting rock concerts with this innovative and lively record of the Talking Heads. Filmed at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, California, this video cements the group's place as one of the day's most unique rock groups. Among the 18 songs included are "Take Me to the River," "Once in a Lifetime," and "Burnin' Down the House." Starting with a solo by David Byrne, the film escalates as the other members join in.

Those who aren't familiar with the work of seminal 1980s band The Talking Heads may find themselves becoming instant fans after viewing this incredibly entertaining concert film. It starts with David Byrne stepping out alone on empty stage with an acoustic guitar to sing "Psycho Killer." The rest of the musicians follow one by one and the stage gradually fills to bursting with powerful, tightly orchestrated brilliance. Director Jonathan Demme (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, PHILADEPLPHIA) expertly captures the music's energy, fusing cinema with performance to create something more than the sum of its parts.

Through it all, Byrne comes off as a charismatic artist of supernatural energy and robotic precision, and he's backed by an equally inspired group of musicians, including bassist Tina Weymouth. Artistically ambitious, filled with joyous but controlled energy, this is considered by many critics to be the best concert film of all time. Songs performed include "Take Me to the River," "Once in a Lifetime," "Girlfriend is Better," "Burnin' Down the House" and a hilarious cover of "Genius of Love, " by the Tom-Tom Club (a side project for bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Christ Frantz). It was filmed at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles.

  • Commentary From Director Jonathhan Demme & Talking Heads
  • Interview - David Byrne
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Promotional Clip
  • Film to Storyboard Comparison
"…One of the best performance movies ever made…"

"…A rock concert film that looks and sounds like no other… It may well help inspire (rock films) of the future."

"…It captures Talking Heads at their artistic apex, in a way that holds up as cinema, as opposed to music video… 'Stop Making Sense' is a masterpiece…"

"…One of the most brilliantly edited movies of any kind from any era…"

"…This is a magnificent performance by America's greatest rainbow-funk art-and-party band…"

"What many regard as the perfect concert movie. Filmed in exemplary manner by Jonathan Demme, it appeared to be a seemingly effortless exercise in building momentum."

1. Psycho Killer
2. Heaven
3. Thank You for Sending Me an Angel
4. Found a Job
5. Slippery People
6. Burning Down the House
7. Life During Wartime
8. Making Flippy Floppy
9. Swamp
10. What a Day That Was
11. Naive Melody (This Must be the Place)
12. Once in a Lifetime
13. Genius of Love
14. Girlfriend is Better
15. Take Me to the River
16. Cross-Eyed and Painless
17. Cities (bonus)
18. Big Business (bonus)
19. I Zimbra (bonus)

Release date NZ
February 19th, 2010
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  • Standard Edition
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