The Band’s The Last Waltz is receiving the Criterion Collection treatment. The legendary and beloved Martin Scorsese-directed concert film’s Criterion Collection edition is set for release on March 29, 2022 and is available for preorder.
The Last Waltz took place on Thanksgiving 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Band’s farewell concert features them playing favorites from their catalog and also welcoming a host of special guests including Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and more.
The Band invited Martin Scorsese to capture the momentous event having both worked with producer Jonathan Taplin who introduced guitarist Robbie Robertson to the renowned director. Scorsese enlisted a team of seven camera operators — including renowned cinematographers Vilmos Zsigmond, László Kovács and Michael Chapman — to create one of the greatest concert films of all time.
The historic document, which originally arrived in 1978, is now receiving a release from Criterion Collection whose mission is to publish “important classic and contemporary films from around the world in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements…presenting each film as its maker would want it seen, in state-of-the-art restorations with special features designed to encourage repeated watching and deepen the viewer’s appreciation of the art of film,” as per Criterion Collection’s website.
Check out a trailer for the original Last Waltz below: