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Stop Making Sense

1 h 28 min202113+
Widely hailed as the greatest concert movie ever made, director Jonathan Demme's celebrated film captures Talking Heads live at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre in December,1983.
Jonathan Demme
David ByrneBernie WorrellAlex Weir
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4.8 out of 5 stars

1575 global ratings

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LensmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not as pictured.
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This a good quality blu-ray and a superb film of course. My reason for reviewing it is to point out that the depicted item is not what you will receive. The package shown was the original limited edition of the release and the current offering is the same disc but in a standard blu-ray box.
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boofus_smegReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 September 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Probably the best live concert performance ever filmed
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Even though it is now over 30 yrs old, this is still as enthralling as when I first watched it on VHS decades ago. IMO, it is the best live concert recording of any band and shows the band at the height of their powers, captured by Oscar winning director Jonathan Demme.
Play it LOUD and dance like no one is watching!
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ultramaroonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 June 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good gig!
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Although I wasn’t much of a Talking Heads fan back in the day, I quite liked some of their songs in isolation. And now, three and a half decades later, I had a sudden urge to check this gig out on Blu-ray, as I’d never seen it before in its entirety.

As most already know, the concert kicks off with a stripped down version of Psycho Killer, with just frontman David Byrne, his acoustic guitar, and a cassette player providing an electronic drum backing. Byrne is his usual manic, idiosyncratic self - I always wondered how he managed to do that thing where he almost falls over but somehow manages to stay on the ground! So far so good…

And then additional band members come on - one for each subsequent song - until the whole line-up is there. I liked the idea conceptually, but I found the second, third, fourth and fifth tracks a bit dull - sloppy even.

With the sixth number, Burning Down The House, the whole band springs into life, and everything is highly entertaining from then on. My personal favourites were Making Flippy Floppy and the classic Once In A Lifetime.

I’m still not really a TH fan, but most of the stuff on this DVD is highly watchable. It was also filmed very creatively by acclaimed director Jonathan Demme (Silence Of The Lambs, Philadelphia, etc). I’ll definitely be looking at it again!
4 people found this helpful
M. PARRYReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 July 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Where does that highway lead to?
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Sublime concert. I now have the LP, CD, DVD and Bluray. Slippery People, Burnin Down the House and Life During Wartime are some of the highlights. After watching this look up Singing Frogs on Youtube for a brilliant Muppets version.
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DaveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Talking Heads Music Video
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I have watched this concert on Amazon prime numerous times and love it. I ordered my own copy of Stop making Sense to appreciate the 5.1 surround sound on my home cinema surround sound system. It didn't disappoint. It has interviews, and bonus songs. This is a must for any Talking Heads fans. This was a fantastic music video.
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G. HeathReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
and enjoy..
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There is no reason to give this less than 5 stars. It holds up really well after all these years. The music brings back many memories for all of us. The stunning thing about this tremendous recorded performance, and visual feast, is the superb audio quality. Hear every note, and enjoy..
7 people found this helpful
Anglian TravellerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 June 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Blu-Ray starts to make sense of a classic performance
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This film combines footage of Talking Heads in concert, shot over three nights at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood in December 1983 as part of the `Speaking in Tongues' tour. An early directorial effort by Jonathan Demme, it was completely financed by the band (at a reputed cost of more than US$1million) and the first ever to deploy 100% digital sound recording. The result is widely regarded as a leading contender for the best rock movie ever made.

Having owned the VHS video for 25 years, I have to say the Blu-Ray transforms the viewing experience. The show opens with a performance of `Psycho Killer' by charismatic, eccentric band leader David Byrne on guitar and voice, playing over a thumping rhythm track on a 1980s ghetto-blaster placed on the stage beside him. It's absolutely riveting, mesmerising to watch. The other band members gradually join him one by one and two by two, until all nine are onstage.

The band's performance is truly awesome, and even if you were never a fan and haven't heard their music you're likely to be won over. It never lets up from start to finish, full of quirky touches like Byrne sprinting clockwise around the stage for several minutes while the rest of the band plays on, and the outrageous `fat suit' which transforms his physique.

There has never been a band quite like Talking Heads, combining catchy tunes, exemplary musicianship, poignant social commentary in the song lyrics and performance-art. Their demise was a loss to the spirit of true creativity and originality, but you still have this performance as a reminder of how great they were.

The extras on the Blu-Ray offer an entertaining insight into the dynamics of the band, the mutual respect and good humoured ribbing between the different members a persistent feature of the relationships behind this enduring music.
15 people found this helpful
M.IReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a fantastic concert. In fact, it's more than that, it's an experience. The music is tighter than a blast door in a fallout shelter and this is a visual treat. Looks great on modern TVs (for something of its age. Live concerts rarely get better than this. Highly recommended.
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