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  • Actors: Bjork
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: One Little Indian
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002SVY1E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,500 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Recorded in 18 different locations including New York, Iceland, Venice and The Canary Islands, Medúlla sees Björk collaborating with another crack-team of alchemists and fellow mavericks. Some of them – programmer Mark Bell; mixer Mark 'Spike' Stent; Valgeir Sigurdsson--were already time-served Björkians. Others – Inuit throat-singer Tanya Tagaq Gillis; Japanese a cappella ace Dokaka; the esteemed Robert Wyatt--were not. Erstwhile Faith No More singer Mike Patton and Rahzel, his buddy from The Roots, are on the album, too. The former came on-board after Björk, adrenalised post-gig, took him to one side to rave about the project.

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Normally, an artist such as Bjork with a mass audience across the globe steadily eases off as the back-catalogue starts to grow. However, Medulla, the fifth proper studio album from Bjork is without a doubt the most challenging collection of music she has ever released.

For the most part, the album is made up of layers uponlayers of processed vocal parts arranged in either harmony or dissonance such as "Vokuro" and "Oll Birtan", respectively. Some, such as "Show Me Forgiveness" are simple acapella, the aforementioned sounding like a vocal cut from Debut minus the music. Another echo of Bjork days gone by is "Desired Constellation", a slow trancy pulse underpinning her distinct vocals. "Where is the Line", "Who Is It" and "Triumph of a Heart" are a bit grimier with a semi-urban twist, the latter a fantastically funky beatbox number with an outstanding introduction, the closest moment to a pop song appearing on Medulla.

Although traditional instruments and breaks have been removed from this album, Medulla is no great departurefor Bjork but in a sense it is radically different from any of her previous work. Some will love it, some hate it, and some just wont be sure what to think. --David Trueman

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By I. Reed on 29 Sept. 2004
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I just received this yesterday and was a bit nervous that it might not play in region 1 players, as it is coming from the UK and has not been released in the USA (I'm referring to the DVD-Audio version with documentary). I am pleased to report that the disc is in both PAL and NTSC and appears to be region-free! I have watched/listened to it and have had no problems at all. I just thought I would mention this since I looked everywhere for this info and could not find it. Enjoy Bjork's amazing latest work!
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I have to say, that when I first listened to the album, I did think it was a bit weird, and did not completely enjoy every song (but really loved certain ones like mouth's cradle/The triumpth of a heart/pleasure is all mine). I came to the conclusion that it was an album she did for herself (like more experimental approach), but yet, I was still intrigued to find out how and why Björk decided to make this particular album, as it is complies of pretty much all voices. She talks about this album being being made of people just entering society (as if society were just being formed), and using the first primal thing; the voice. She also stated how she thinks that the fact that she gave birth recently, had a big influence on the album too. I really did not imagine so many of the sounds had been created by beat boxers! They were great.

Only thing I didn't like about the dvd, was that in some of the english subtitles (in which they spoke in icelandic), it was almost impossible to read, as the subtitles were white, and half the screen (because of the light beaming on the sound mixer) was white too! You can just about make out the words if you pause the screen.

Overall, brilliant find if you want to find out more about this album/and or into Björk's wonderful mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HolyGrail on 28 Nov. 2010
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I can play this documentary over and over and it's still interesting! I'm a huge Björk fan, so this is a must have!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Sept. 2004
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I just received my copy of "Medulla [Includes Documentary] [DVD AUDIO]" from amazon.co.uk. While enjoying the 6ch surround version on the DVD, I found out that uncompressed linear stereo version on the DVD has some annoying production bugs :P
Both "Where Is The Line" and "Vokuro" tracks have "Show Me Forgiveness" mixed in with them! So both tracks comes out like pure chaos. What drives me crazy is that high-res stereo version was as important for me as the 6ch surround, as I want to listen to Medulla with my headphones more that I do with my surround system.
To double check the problem I grabbed the stream on my computer and opened the file with Sound Forge. Yeah, it is still there, both tracks have Show Me Forgiveness mixed on top. OH! Those two were among my favorites in the album! :P
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4 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dark Paths VINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2004
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Always treading that line between 'innovative' and 'bonkers' must take its toll on the knees. Bjork has gone AWOL from the mission, and left it all behind. A surprising mix of usual and unusual separates this album from the back catalogue, but do we really like it? Buy it. Puzzle over it. Bjork never stops to surprise, which is becoming a little tiresome.
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