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Talking Heads (Musical group)

DVD - 2018

A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show

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Subjects
Genres
Feature films
Comedy films
Musical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Published
[Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection [2018]
Language
English
Corporate Author
Talking Heads (Musical group)
Corporate Author
Talking Heads (Musical group) (composer expression)
Other Authors
David Byrne, 1952- (film director), Karen (Producer) Murphy (-), Edward R. Pressman (film producer), Stephen Tobolowsky, 1951- (screenwriter), Beth Henley (actor), John Goodman, 1952-, Annie McEnroe, Jo Harvey Allen
Edition
Director-approved two-DVD special edition ; DVD edition ; widescreen
Item Description
Title from disc label.
Restored 4K digital transfer.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1986.
Wide screen (1.85:1).
Accompanying insert includes an essay by Rebecca Bengal.
Special features: New documentary about the film's production -- "Real life" a short documentary -- "Not time to look back", a new homage to Virgil, Texas -- New program about designer Tibor Kalman and his influence on Byrne and role in the film -- Deleted scenes -- Trailer -- Essasy by critic Rebecca Bengal.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Format
DVD, wide screen (1.85:1); NTSC, region 1; 5.1 surround.
Audience
Not rated.
Production Credits
Original music by Talking Heads ; director of photography, Ed Lachman.
ISBN
9781681435275
Contents unavailable.
Review by Booklist Review

Talking Heads bandleader Byrne essays the fictional documentary in his first film, the script of which is offered here with several embellishments. Each two-page spread displays, left to right, part of the script, a column of stills and storyboards from the film, then some written source material (either excerpts from tabloids like the Weekly World News or Byrne's miniessays), and finally one or more superb color photos shot on or near the film's Texas location. The film is about some slightly peculiar citizens of a small Texas city during the days leading up to a talent show in honor of the state's sesquicentennial. Lending continuity to the mock-documentary is Byrne's presence as a visiting narrator. The whole effort is animated by exceedingly dry topical wit and by Byrne's music, unfortunately represented here only by the fairly disjunct and nonsensical lyrics. A very attractive, very hip 8\\\\-by-10-inch paperback that Talking Heads fans are going to want to read and dissect closely. RO. 791.43'72 [CIP] 86-2537

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Review by Library Journal Review

Byrne sets Texas to music in 1986. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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