Stop Making Sense comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film just doesn't look good at all in high-definition, but to be honest this concert film was never looked that great. The whole film in general is very simple, and while there are improvements from the high-def upgrade, don't expect miracles for this release.
The footage is fairly gritty, slightly dirty, and definitely grainy. But to be honest, I found no technical issues with the Blu-ray transfer itself. This is definitely about as good as it gets for Stop Making Sense, and fans of the concert film will definitely know what to expect visually. It's overall ugly look will not please those looking for their next visual demo material, but at least it looks to be accurate to the source, and that's all we can really ask for. 6/10.
two 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks, including feature film and studio mix versions. There is also a 2.0 PCM audio track included. I expected the concert to sound good, but I didn't expect it to be this good.
The 5.1 audio mixes were certainly aggressive to say the least, and in a very good way. Vocals were crisp and clear, while each instrument also had a great sense of separation and clarity which was never there before lossless audio.
Like other top notch concert audio releases (which include Celine Dion and John Mayer), it does a fantastic job at creating an environment that just wasn't possible with previous formats. Everything is so clear and lively, you may think you were there. 10/10.
Bonus Tracks (HD)
Included are 'Cities' and 'Big Business/I Zimbra' and both feature 5.1 DTS-HD MA studio mixes.
David Byrne audio commentary
Byrne Self Interview (4:36) (SD)
Byrne plays both people in the interview, truly interviewing himself.
Montage (3:09) (SD)
A small montage of clips from the film.
1999 Press Conference (1:05:57) (SD)
The press conference in it's entirety is present, it features the four members of the band reuinted to answer questions.
Compare storyboards to the final product.
Read about the big suit, and who made it happen.
Trailer (1:51) (HD)
Previews (5:52) (SD)
The Blu-ray release is great, featuring a video presentation that won't get much better considering the elements, as well as fantastic demo material audio mixes. This Blu-ray release is 'A Must Own' for fans of the film, and 'Very Recommended' to those new to the concert film.
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