Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense

Bernie Worrell
Director: Jonathan Demme Cast: Bernie Worrell
Bernie Worrell
, Alex Weir
Alex Weir
, Steve Scales
Steve Scales
Jonathan Demme

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo)

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Palm Pictures' DVD treatment gives this landmark concert film the respect it deserves. For starters, it includes three audio settings. "Feature Film Mix 5.1" is a remixed and remastered version of the original soundtrack, "Studio Mix 5.1" uses the old mixing board tapes, and the two-channel stereo mix ensures that those without 5.1 Surround Sound don't miss out. The widescreen, 16:9 anamorphic presentation helps the movie look almost as good as it sounds. The extra features aren't nearly as sharp, but they're fun. Three songs ("Cities" and a version of "Big Business" that segues into "I Zimbra") emerge as bonus tracks. In another extra, frontman David Byrne dons ridiculous costumes and interviews himself, asking all the obvious questions and answering in a stunned monotone. Storyboards and Byrne's notes reveal how much of the show's on-stage lunacy was choreographed ("Now David does a spastic dance"). A commentary track features all four Heads and director Jonathan Demme, recorded separately, discussing Byrne's famous Big Suit, '80s new wave, song origins, and the anal-retentive work that went into the Stop Making Sense tour and film. For obsessive and casual fans alike, this disc makes sense after all.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/1999
UPC: 0660200301323
Original Release: 1984
Source: Palm Pictures / Umvd
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 5,676

Special Features

Digitally re-mixed and re-mastered; Three audio mixes: Dolby Digital 5.1 feature film, 5.1 studio mix, and 2.0 stereo; Widescreen 16:9 anamorphic; Bonus tracks: "Cities," "Big Business"/"I Zimbra"; Audio commentary by all four band members and director Jonathan Demme; Storyboard-to-film comparison, original promotional trailer, "David Byrne Interviews....David Byrne" promotional clip; Full-motion menu

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bernie Worrell Synthesizers
Alex Weir guitar
Steve Scales percussion
Tina Weymouth bass
David Byrne Lead Vocals/Guitar
Talking Heads Actor
Chris Frantz Drums and Vocals
Jerry Harrison Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals

Technical Credits
Jonathan Demme Director
Jeffrey Beecroft Production Designer
David Byrne Score Composer
Jordan S. Cronenweth Cinematographer
Lisa Day Editor
Chris Frantz Score Composer
Gary Goetzman Producer
Jerry Harrison Score Composer
Gary Kurfirst Executive Producer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Tina Weymouth Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Song Selection
1. Psycho Killer [6:30]
2. Heaven [3:58]
3. Thank You for Sending Me an Angel [2:27]
4. Found a Job [3:28]
5. Slippery People [4:40]
6. Burning Down the House [4:20]
7. Life During Wartime [5:48]
8. Making Flippy Floppy [5:45]
9. Swamp [4:35]
10. What a Day That Was [6:33]
11. Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place) [5:26]
12. Once in a Lifetime [5:40]
13. Genius of Love [5:14]
14. Girlfriend Is Better [5:14]
15. Take Me to the River [8:02]
16. Cross-Eyed and Painless [10:55]

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