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On Her Majesty's Service [DVD]

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Polydor
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0087C4KFY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,793 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


On Her Majesty’s Service follows Gary Barlow as he embarks on a mission to record a special song to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. He writes the melody with Lord Lloyd Webber, but wants performers from around the Commonwealth to play on it. Prince Charles gives Gary some suggestions before he begins an extraordinary trip, recording a vast number of musicians on their home turfs to make the unique record "Sing".

Musicians include a children’s choir in Kenya, Rastafarian drummers in Jamaica, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia, pan-pipers in a remote rain-forest village on the Solomon Islands and Gareth Malone's Military Wives Choir in the UK. Gary also manages to persuade Prince Harry to make his own musical contribution.

This DVD contains the full documentary as well as the music video for “Sing” and 35 minutes of unseen extra footage.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
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All jokes about knighthoods aside, Gary Barlow is that bit more likely to be in the running for one after recent events. Not only has he been the chief entertainment booker for the special concert being held to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee outside Buckingham Palace tomorrow evening, but he and Andrew Lloyd Webber have been in charge of putting together a special song to mark the occasion - 'Sing'. 'On Her Majesty's Service' is the story of that song.

It's a breath-taking, eye opening film, directed by Ben Winston, who was also behind JLS' excellent tour movie 'Eyes Wide Open' last year, which sees Gary travel all over the Commonwealth to create a truly unique piece of music that captures all nations and all walks of life, from a junk band in Nairobi to a blind classical guitarist up in the Blue Mountains of Sydney. And yet at the heart of everyone Gary meets, something remains the same throughout; the universal language of, and passion for, music.

It comes full circle when he returns to London, and Abbey Road Studios to give 'Sing' it's truly British stamp with Gareth Malone and the Military Wives' Choir, before presenting the finished song to her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor. Never have I felt more inspired watching this film - you can tell that Gary and Andrew had an amazing time putting this record together and to witness such an eclectic range of cultures all drawn together by music is truly awe inspiring, and you really feel that when you hear the song as well. In a year where we have many reasons to be proud to be British, this encapsulates it perfectly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not PAL - Technical!! 3 July 2012
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This fine programme, partly paid for by TV licence fee payers, is labelled by Amazon wrongly as PAL. Although PAL technically is an analogue TV system the important point here is that it's 50 Hertz - which is the field frequency of the UK TV system.
This DVD, apparently at Gary Barlow's insistence for some obscure reason, is at 60 Hertz. This means that DVD players that can cope (mine can't) and computers will not display it as well as they would had it been 50Hz.
To their merit Amazon did replace it, but with exactly the same version!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sing 11 Jun 2012
By Trish
Sing (Commonwealth Version)
I absolutely loved this song and was moved to tears watching the dvd.
10 out of 10 BRILLIANT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Her Majesty's Service (DVD) Garry Barlow 11 Aug 2012
By Mary
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This is a wonderful DVD showing an ingenious way of producing a very special song for Her Magesty the Queen
on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of her Coronation. Gary Barlow travelled round some of the Commonwealth
countries to include music made by various people of the Commonwealth. The song is just simply called 'Sing'
and was performed for the Queen at the concert outside Buckinhgham Palace Monday June 4th 2012.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On her majesty's service 27 July 2012
By KathyF
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Excellent value DVD. Had watched it on the television but really enjoyed the extra scenes that came with this DVD. Will treasure for a long time, it was worth it just for the video of the song.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Inspiring and Magical 1 July 2012
I had set up my PVR while I was out in London with the Jubilee festivities and watched it a few days later and my PVR had cut off the end, so I was glad to hear the release of the DVD. To actually comment on the product - I found this film really engaging, as I don't often think about the commonwealth all that much so it really brought it home to me, and further cemented just how special our Queen is around the world. It was a truly amazing idea to put so much world music into a song and made it something incredibly special which is why it was a joy to watch it's conception from simply cords, growing into words, vocals, bass and percussion, plus all the little instrumental touches that makes it sound so rich. I think the most amazing thing was watching Gary put it together on his laptop as he went, whether it was on the plains of Kenya, or in the front seat of the car, etc. You could hear the rough final version even before they arrive in Abbey Road Studios. The most magical moment for me was the part with the Aboriginal guitarist Gurrumul in the Blue Mountains of Austraila - he adds an amazing sound and its personally my favourite part on the track. It's an awe-inspiring track and the documentary made me appreciate the hard work, unity and dedication that went in to making it even more, and consequently like the track even more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 30 May 2014
By carol
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great dvd great guy loved watching it again the david becham of music a great icon for great Britain 10/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars a musical cocktail 9 May 2014
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i love this DVD it overwhelming how people from all over the world can come together in a common cause. it restores your hope in humanity. the song comes out amazing. it is a musical cocktail i would recomend
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This DVD is absolutely fanfastic and in watch it everyday non-stop. I love Gary Barlow and advise everyone else who like him to watch it too
Published 9 months ago by Zoe Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars On Her Majesty's Service
I purchased 2 of these DVDs for my mum and mum-in-law as we saw it on television and really enjoyed it so we thought that they would too which they did.
Published 9 months ago by KarenR
1.0 out of 5 stars Hypocrite
So I'm expected to buy this out of my taxed income and give money to someone who doesn't pay any tax. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rockmill
5.0 out of 5 stars What a super documentary
A very talented man, who I admire very much. The insight into the making of the song "Sing"was truly amazing and so interesting
Published 12 months ago by Mrs Bren Horne
5.0 out of 5 stars So inspiring
I loved this really humble and heart-warming DVD. It was great to see how well Gary and Andrew worked together, as well as following Gary's inspring journey to collect a wide range... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Christy
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD of the making of On Her Majesty's Service
Loved this DVD because it was such a humble approach to the making of a beautiful piece of work for the Queen. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Vicky F
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
A really heart warming DVD which shows how music crosses international boundaries and shows how it can make people forget their troubles for a short while.
Published 16 months ago by Mr Nigel J McTear
5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely talented production
Loved watching this. So intrigued with how Gary Barlow managed to get snippets from the various participants -miles apart- and then place them producing such a wonderful song. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. B. Hughes
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