Monday, October 12, 2009

Stop Making Sense Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 43.9 GB
Film Size: 26.2 GB
Film Rating: Not Rated
Region: A

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.

The release features 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.

Audio Commentary
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.

Big Suit
Read about the big suit, and who made it happen.

Trailer (1:51) (HD)

Previews (5:52) (SD)

Blu-news Summary
Stop Making Sense, constantly being quoted as one of the best concerts films of all time, and it really does live up to those quotes. Don't believe me? Check out the hundreds of glowing reviews about the concert alone. The concert is certainly different, which gives it the unique charm and why everyone loves it so much. The music is also very very enjoyable and fun, you can't help but love it. Even if you don't think you will like it, I recommend giving it a chance at least via rental.

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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