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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EMI
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov. 2007
  • Run Time: 217 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WIHRGA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,462 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
Sigur Ros have never done things traditionally. Why then, would one expect the same from a concert film of theirs? You wouldn't. And in that respect, you are not disappointed. First off, "Heima" is as far from the traditional concert recording as you can get. No jump cut zooms, no pans across the screaming crowd, no cuts to call-and-response singalongs.

It follows the band in performance at seven concerts in Iceland in Summer 2006, and presents a non-linear, thematically-linked selection of their music. Each song is adjoined by minimal commentary from the band themselves : making clear that the band as individuals are frankly miniscule in interest compared to their ethereal, alien music. In many ways, "Heima" is a concert film in the same way that "Pink Floyd in Pompeii" is : it is a document of a group performing unusual music far removed from the usual enormodrome, crowd-pleasing way. No sign of Hamish Hamilton or Blue Leach here, and it can be more accurately described as a musical film.

In many ways, "Heima" looks as if it were funded by the Icelandic Tourist Board. Vast swathes of the live performance are in fact documented, not by prosaic shots of the band performing in an Icelandic arena, but by beautiful, engrossing, timelapse photography of nature, of open roads, dockyards, seafront, playing children, drying clothes, and the faces of the concert goers themselves. The focus is, as always, far from the band and the cult of personality itself. In this context, the music becomes a soundtrack to an internal meditation, a reflection upon the nature of the life we live, evoking the kind of self-examination that very few other artists ever achieve. In one segment, the band perform at a deserted school classroom, in another, at a local town hall dinner dance.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By nm1270 on 26 Jan. 2008
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Following their 2006 world tour Sigur Ros arrive home and embark on a free and unannounced tour of their native Iceland,'Heima' is a two disc document of this tour.The first disc includes interviews with the group who explain why the gigs take place in such unusual and rural 'venues' in the outskirts of Iceland including school halls,town halls,disused dams and small fields.As the reasons for playing at these locations are explained you realise that Sigur Ros are very aware of Iceland's geography,history and culture and are reluctant to let Western influence spoil a deep,rich tradition.I smiled when drummer Orri Pall Dyrason explained the reason for playing in a disused but once thriving fish processing factory in the ghost town of Djupavic-"We just wanted to bring some life back to the place for one more time".
Disc 2 is an elongated but no less intriguing affair which is taken up with all the music from disc 1 but includes delightful shots of the band visiting a museum, a chapel and village hall functions.
The viewer could be forgiven for mistaking 'Heima' as a film/documentary about Iceland with Sigur Ros providing the soundrack.Footage of the bleak and beautiful Icelandic landscape with camera shots of drying clothes,children playing on beaches and dogs wandering inbetween speakers,wires and instruments while Sigur Ros perform songs in the open-air is an unusual breath of fresh air.This music,intense and beautiful set to the stunning scenery of caves,fjords,snow-capped mountains,icy rivers and remote disused buildings provides such a refreshing change to the sometimes transparent 'Western Pop' culture as we know it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Yeatman on 11 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
Anyone contemplating buying this will already know how they feel about the music of Sigur Ros, so i'll just say that it's here in abundance and leave it at that. Aside from that, there's something quite magical about this film, which is largely due to it being shot in some of the most beautiful locations on the planet. The camerawork is imaginative but subdued, in muted and cool tones. It looks like the work of a great stills photographer. I love how the camera moves intimately among the musicians and the small gatherings of people in town halls and open air spaces, catching the light perfectly in each place. Also the opening sequence of film played backwards is quite spectacularly beautiful. This film made me want to jump on the next plane to Iceland.

Also, if you're interested in photography, or Iceland, it's worth paying the few extra pounds for the photo book. It's a beautiful compliment to the film.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By tinseljim on 18 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
This is as good as a music DVD can get IMHO. I was also moved to tears in parts. The whole tour was done through Iceland for free and the generosity overflows out of the DVD and into your lap. I've seen them live and this absolutely captures it. Some of my favourite parts are when the band use the word "nice" all the time. It now has a whole new meaning for me.

Somehow Sigur Ros make more sense now in context.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Shaw on 11 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
Heima is the second great musical film of 2007, Anton Corbjin's "Control" being the other. Rarely will a film have captured the spirt of a band and it's native environment, Iceland, so lovingly. Much of the film evokes a wonderful sense of community as Sigur Ros tour different locations and play to audiences from, what appears to be, tens to thousands. The cinematography is stunning, creative in the extreme, and many sequences are shot through the eye of a stills photographer, such is the attention to detail.

Having seen Sigur Ros play Birmingham in the same year the film was made and witnessed the extremes in their music; from achingly touching string arrangements to thrash guitar rock outs, watching this film clearly identified one of the sources for the almost bi-polar extremes of their work: the Icelandic landscape.

Heima is a rare thing of beauty made by a wonderful, self effacing group of musicians, their friends and families. Truly magnificent and worth every penny.
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