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  • Directors: Dziga Vertov
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Ninja Tunes
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2003
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008PRRV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,404 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Special Features
  • 1. "Man With A Movie Camera" directed by Dziga Vertov (full length film with Cinematic Orchestra soundtrack (68 mins with IDs for each track)
  • 2. Video for "Man With A Movie Camera" Edited version by Eva Katzenmeier (9 mins)
  • 3. C4 4 Play Documentary/Interview with J Swinscoe etc. (10 mins)
  • 4. Cinematic Orchestra LIVE @ Cargo (26mins), including:
    -Man With A Movie Camera
    -Theme de Yo-Yo
  • 5. All That You Give (promo video-super 8 version, 4 mins)
  • 6. Band Info (photo gallery, biography)

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In 1929, Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov made the groundbreaking Man With a Movie Camera documentary--a visual essay on life between the two world wars. Touching on poverty, sport and employment in Russia in the 1920s, Man With a Movie Camera was a masterpiece of silent filmmaking.

There have been numerous soundtracks over the years that have attempted to provide Vertov's stunning images with the musical accompaniment they deserve, Michael Nyman minimalist take or Biosphere's electronica reading to name two. The Cinematic Orchestra have been using footage from the film for their live visuals and wrote a piece of the same name for their last album Every Day. They debuted their full soundtrack on the opening night of the Barbican's Only Connect season, augmenting their line up with a string section.

The Cinematic Orchestra, as their name would suggest, can work detail and development into their compositions that reflect the mood of the film. The addition of a string section compliments the bands music, moving away from the jazz funk of their live sets towards something more powerful. Often fusion between the music and images work so well, you forget that the film remained without this soundtrack for 70-odd years.

On the DVD: The Cinematic Orchestra extras include two live tracks, two videos ("All that you give" and "Man with a movie camera") plus a documentary entitled "From Reel To Reel". --Robert Smoughton

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Michael Guisti on 28 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
I still need to watch the version with the soundtrack by the Alloy Orchestra, as that is the more "classic" soundtrack for this seminal film. But this version exceeded my expectations, and the soundtrack makes so much more sense now.
Calling this version of MWAMC a "music video" for the Cinematic Orchestra is a bit unfair: they intentionally wrote the album as a score for the film. But it was definitely mellow compared to (what I hear is) the sometimes cacophonous and radical score by the Alloy Orchestra.
Overall the film is a fascinating look at Russian life. The director was far ahead of his time, and the work is dripping with creativity.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jan ducheyne on 3 Jun. 2003
Format: DVD
I saw the concert of this stunning and extremely skilled jazz-band. Jazzband? Well, they're much more than that actually...
I have all their other releases in my collection and they have a wide range of musical interests and styles. The magnificent tracks on their last studio album 'Every Day' all have that magic touch where the room gets filled with their laidback but powerfull sound. The concert where they played along with the movie 'Man With A Movie Camera' projected behind them on a big screen was pure magic... All members of the band are gifted with the skill to play nothing more than the essential notes that are necessary to give the images the right sound. And sometimes you are stunned by the fantastic combination of music and image. Yes, perfection, it's impossible to beat this. And I also want to say that the movie itself is so very pure... Check it out yourself, you will show this to your grandchildren !!! Believe me, this is state of the art. Respect.
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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 April 2010
Format: DVD
A well designed film by Dziga Vertov's that looks like a documentary than show the man and the city. We are constantly looking at fictional city where it is compared to the man with a camera. This film shot in black and white in 1929 is often compared to "Berlin: symphony of a great city" however this film is much more.

The real interest in the movie is how it is cut, and the choices of what to film. Every time you turn around you will see something not of other documentaries. What is real and what is film reality?

The voice over is just as good if not better than the original film as it describes how the film was made.

An added plus is just looking at the ancient technology. And then again how they are ahead of us in electric transportation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sofia on 13 May 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one I had to have in my DVD collection. Love the band and love what they did with this (silent and very very old) movie.
Glad I bought it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paddy Loiner on 26 April 2011
Format: DVD
Simply excellent. Bought this as a replacement for a lost copy and it's great to have it again. An essential film and Cinematic Orchestra's soundtrack is superb.
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