Basic Information on new release titles is posted as soon as titles are announced. Once reviewed, additional data is added to the database.
WSR Detailed DVD Review
Last Waltz, The
Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 61 (June 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ringo Starr, Paul Butterfield, Dr. John, Van Morrison, Ronnie Hawkins, The Staples, Muddy Waters & Ron Wood

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
Download WSR Review
Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score: 4
Internet Links
Special Features
Includes two audio commentary tracks (one by Robbie Robertson and Martin Scorsese; the second includes band members and crewmembers), archival outtakes, a 22-minute featurette, booklet liner notes by Robbie Robertson, and an extensive still gallery. A $5 rebate coupon for the

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1003426
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $14.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1978
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/07/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Martin Scorsese
(Screenplay/Written By): Subscribe Now!
(Story): Subscribe Now!
(Music): Subscribe Now!
(Director Of Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Production Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Visual Effects): Subscribe Now!
(Costume Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Editor): Subscribe Now!
(Supervising Sound Editors): Subscribe Now!
(Re-Recording Mixers): Subscribe Now!
(Executive Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Co-Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Academy Awards): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Picture Information

(Principal Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Anamorphic Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Letterbox Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Sound Information

(DVD Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Sound): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(DTS Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Dolby Digital Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Additional Languages): Subscribe Now!
(Subtitles): Subscribe Now!
(WSR Superb Sound Qualities): Subscribe Now!

  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
On Thanksgiving Day in 1976, The Band took the stage for the very last time in Winterland Theatre in San Francisco. The concert was billed as The Last Waltz, perhaps to make the final statement on an era that is arguably unrivaled in rock history. They are joined on stage by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, and Eric Clapton; not to mention a special finale. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits images that are nicely rendered, though at times a bit

The remastered 5.1 soundtrack sounds impressive with the musical performances, in terms of the spatial attributes, and the original recording sounds well restored and with notably good fidelity. The stereo surrounds are engaged prominently, and the .1 LFE is active throughout, which, along with the low frequencies from the main channels, delivers a palpable, welcome low-end foundation to the music. The interview segments are quite peculiar, though, with significant directional steering of dialogue across the screen. The effect is actually unusual to experience. (Perry Sun)