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THE LAST WALTZ
« on: March 21, 2002, 23:31:05 »
United Artists, MGM Home Entertainment, and Warner Bros./Rhino Revisit Martin Scorsese's Groundbreaking Concert Film with Theatrical Release, Special Edition DVD, and 4-CD Boxed Set
Classic and Previously Unavailable Performances by The Band with Guests Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Others

Spring 2002 marks the launch of a multifaceted campaign celebrating the 25 year anniversary of the concert event that topped all others and the motivation for Martin Scorsese's landmark concert film The Last Waltz. United Artists, MGM Home Entertainment, and Warner Bros./Rhino respectively announce a theatrical release, Special Edition DVD, and audio boxed set honoring The Last Waltz both as a legendary live event in rock history and as one of the most important concert films ever made.

The Last Waltz Theatrical Release
On April 5th, United Artists will launch a limited theatrical run of The Last Waltz in San Francisco (where the concert took place in 1976). The New York theatrical release begins on April 10th, and Los Angeles opens on April 12th. On April 19th, the film opens in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle, Washington DC, and Toronto. The new release prints will feature a digitally remixed and remastered soundtrack, personally supervised by Robertson. Additionally, the film will be heard for the first time in state-of-the-art 5.1 stereo surround sound and be shown with newly restored color corrected prints approved by Scorsese. A star-studded premiere of the restored film is scheduled at New York's Ziegfeld Theater on April 10th, the same venue that originally premiered the film 25 years ago.

The Last Waltz Special Edition DVD
Offering a brand new, flawless 16X9 digital transfer of the film with the remastered original stereo mix as well as a new digital mix in 5.1 surround sound supervised by Robertson, the technical improvements made for the DVD further enhance the Last Waltz experience. The special edition DVD bonus material includes the "Revisiting The Last Waltz" featurette; Robertson and Scorsese discuss their own experiences in attempting to accurately capture the historical live music event on film, including the necessity of expanding their respective music and film mentalities in order to work together creatively. The featurette also includes Scorsese's original storyboards, and artwork from production designer Boris Leven (West Side Story, Sound Of Music).

A never-before-seen "Jam Footage" segment has been edited by Scorsese and mixed by Robertson specifically for this DVD. This footage includes never-before-seen performances by The Band, as well as guests Butterfield, Clapton, Dr. John, Radle, Starr, Stills, Wood, and Young.

Two full-length audio commentaries are also included on the DVD. In one, Robertson and Scorsese provide a shot-by-shot narrative of the film with detailed memories of all aspects of the production. In the second commentary, remaining 'Band' members Levon Helm and Garth Hudson, musicians Hawkins and Mavis Staples, and various production crew members and music journalists tell tall tales, dissect lyrics and recollect the making of the legendary concert event.

The DVD also features a photo gallery with nearly 100 rare images chronicling the legendary concert and film premiere. The original theatrical trailer and television advertisement is included on the special edition DVD, as well as a collectible booklet with introduction authored by Robertson.

The Last Waltz Boxed Set
Newly remixed by Robertson from the original multitrack masters of pre-concert, concert, and post-concert material, The Last Waltz boxed set is the most complete audio restoration ever available of this landmark event. With nearly all the original concert elements restored and additional performances available for the first time ever, The Last Waltz collection realizes Robertson's musical vision for the project.

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Re: THE LAST WALTZ
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2002, 23:31:18 »
In addition to all 30 tracks from the original 1978 soundtrack, The Last Waltz boxed set contains 24 previously unreleased performances from the concert, rehearsals, and film. The previously unreleased material includes performances by The Band with Clapton, Dylan, Mitchell, and Young; previously unreleased concert rehearsals of The Band with various guest stars, including Dr. John and Morrison; Robertson's personal demo of The Last Waltz theme and the rehearsal of Robertson teaching The Band "Mad Waltz" (the sketch track for "The Well"); two previously unreleased musical jams, one of which will be a bonus on the Special Edition DVD; and the previously unreleased concert performance of "Caldonia" by Waters.

The audio set will be packaged in a 6x12 Digi-Box, replicating the original album cover, with the gold and black embossed logo from The Last Waltz. With an intro from Robertson and liners notes penned by Rolling Stone's David Fricke, the 80-page CD booklet will include reproductions of poster art, plus rare and previously unseen photos, notes, and memorabilia from the personal collections of Robertson and Scorsese.

The Last Waltz celebration officially begins at this year's SXSW Film and Music Conference in Austin, Texas. Robertson, who will give the convention's opening keynote address, will be the subject of a one-on-one panel interview with music journalist Ben Fong-Torres, who originally covered The Band in Rolling Stone. In addition to the interview, the audience will hear audio clips from the boxed set, as well as see segments from the Special Edition DVD. The newly restored film will also be screened during the conference.

On Thanksgiving Day in 1976, The Band (Rick Danko, Helm, Hudson, Richard Manuel, and Robertson) took the stage for the very last time at the Winterland Theatre in San Francisco. Produced by legendary rock promoter Bill Graham, the concert was billed as The Last Waltz, perhaps to make the final statement on an era that is arguably unrivalled in rock history. The $25 ticket included a full turkey dinner, complete with trimmings. Robertson composed the title song -- written mostly the day before the show -- then The Band rehearsed it backstage during the only break they took in their five-hour performance. Joining The Band on stage throughout the evening were legends and pioneers in rock, pop, country, and R&B.

Days before the concert, Scorsese put together a detailed, 300-page "script" for a concert documentary - the first to be shot with 35mm film. Seven cameras, 160,000 feet of stock and two years of editing later, The Last Waltz premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, setting a new standard for feature-length concert films.

When The Last Waltz appeared in theaters a quarter century ago, the film represented more than a collaboration between musician and filmmaker. Scorsese's only concert film not only documented the last appearance of the chart-topping rock group The Band, but also became the first of its kind to be shot in 35mm film, and the standard by which all future concert films would be measured. The critically acclaimed documentary is still widely regarded as the best concert movie of all time.

The Band's legacy transcends their association with Dylan, which ultimately sparked a folk revolution. Their roots-inspired, earthy approach steered music away from the "flower power" sound; The Last Waltz marked the end of an era (as punk was on the rise), and their music has influenced many great rock artists, including The Beatles, Clapton, Counting Crows, Train, and Travis, to name just a few.
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Re: THE LAST WALTZ
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2002, 23:46:31 »
Die moet ik hebben! (Want mijn videoband is totaal versleten)
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