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Pina [DVD]

Wim Wenders    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Wim Wenders
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X1STT6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,449 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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PINA is a feature-length dance film with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wupperta, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009. Director Wim Wenders takes the audience on a visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary ensemble and follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and the surrounding areas of Wuppertal the place, which for 35 years was the home and center for Pina Bausch s creativity.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Pina is a feature-length dance film with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wupperta, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009. Director Wim Wenders takes the audience on a visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary ensemble and follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and the surrounding areas of Wuppertal - the place, which for 35 years was the home and center for Pina Bausch's creativity. ...Pina ( Pina - tanzt, tanzt, sonst sind wir verloren )

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars original and very moving 11 Feb 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is a film you can watch many times, the dancers are so wonderful and the whole thing amounts to a statement of great beauty about movement and psychology. Pina herself remains an enigmatic figure, clearly much loved and missed by the dancers, but we don't see that much of her. What we do see has the kind of grace you might expect, both in her dancing and presence. We just see a short clip of her in Cafe Muller but it makes an indelible effect, it seems to come from some extraordinary place. She explains it in terms of where you look behind closed eyelids, but this doesn't seem to account for the interiority of her performance. The other dancers are all amazing in their different ways; I couldn't help thinking how soulful and beautiful they were, as if they all inhabit a state of grace. Maybe to dance at this level does give a special state of consciousness, removed from the hierarchy of a more traditional company. It is different in each case, however every one of them is compelling. The pieces they perform have a strangeness often, and a rightness. I don't always feel I know what is going on exactly, but they give joy in any case, and a kind of release, as if Bausch in her pieces was able to access something beyond other choreographers. There is a lot of play between genders and to do with sexual tension, as well as playfulness and humour. One dancer frolics in the water with a large fake hippopotamus. Another was asked to do a movement that meant joy to him, he improvised something, and Pina turned it into a brilliant ensemble piece. You are moved and burst into a smile at the same time. It is nice to see how she also used older dancers than we usually see, to great expressive effect. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another superb project from Wim Wenders.... 24 April 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Though I am a bit of a fan of Wim Wenders, which is why I watched this film when it came on Sky Arts, I was rather more sceptical amount watching a documentary about modern dance and one of its creators.

What did surprise and quietly amaze me, was, how different the pieces of dance were; all short and diverse and superbly filmed. I'm not familiar with Pina Bausch, nor in fact could I name any choreographers associated with modern dance, in fact. I'm not entirely ashamed to admit that, generally it's a niche genre within the arts.

What is great about this film is how those like me and others can get an enjoyable glimpse into this world, not have to put up the 'boring' bits and whilst we might not become converts to the cause, we certainly have greater respect for it. I enjoyed the pieces around man-made architecture; the oil refinery and under the intersection best. The contrast between the rigid angularity of industrial architecture with the gracefulness of the human form. The music, too, was very well chosen and again, had a variety to suit nearly everybody.

Wim Wenders certainly brings in his expertise and experience, which helps get the best out of all that appear. He also has made quite a reputation for himself in the documentary sphere, which adds respect to all he does now - you know that a project chosen by him will be treated with passion, enthusiasm and proficiency.

To me, learning about Pina Bausch was very much secondary and the film catered for this, which I, personally thought best. For those who wanted it the other way round, might be disappointed but I cannot answer for them.

"Pina" is an enjoyable piece, not enough of a pet subject of mine for me to buy the DVD. But, for lovers of modern dance and Pina Bausch, then I'm sure it must be.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPECTACULAR VISUAL FEAST 29 April 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
An amazing testimonial to the outstanding career of Pina Bausch, "PINA" displays all the attributes you would expect from a director such as Wim Wenders. Delivered in a documentary style, it includes stunning visual vistas taken from Pina Bausch's past performances intertwined with contemporary bespoke pieces that demonstrate vitality and sincerity. Tribute after tribute from her loyal dancers provide intriguing insights into her life and personality, often extremely moving. Having just viewed the 3D version of the film I can highly recommend it, whether you're a fan of the late Pina Bausch or indeed of Wim Wenders, whose use of the 3D format is startlingly brilliant and really does add significantly to the sense of presence as the camera intimately flirts with the dancers on stage. Whilst this film may prove a little too radical for some tastes, it is certainly a masterpiece for those who are appreciative of Pina Bausch's artistic talent. You won't be disappointed.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dance masterclass 5 July 2011
By cathyb
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
watched the movie in the electric cinema in notting hill. just loved it . first few mins a bit unsettling , more for my companions than me as they werent sure what theyd got themselves into, but was amazing and moving for me. especially the "cafe" piece. her dancers really illustrated their total devotion to bausch and dance which i found quite humbling and inspiring.you dont need to be a dancer to learn from and appreciate this great artist.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, bad DVD presentation 22 Oct 2011
By Adrian
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I wanted to give this 5 stars for the dancers and for the filming. Unfortunately the DVD presentation itself lets the film down. I love to read the credits at the end of films, particularly for all the information about the music (titles, composers, performers etc). But the credits are unreadable when watching on DVD. This wouldn't have mattered if Artificial Eye had put a booklet in with the DVD (even a small one) to give full credits for the film. I've looked on the internet and can't find details for the music. I bought the download of the 'soundtrack' but that only has about half the music from the film (I definitely wouldn't recommend buying the 'soundtrack'!) Most DVDs I buy have booklets in giving lots of info about the film (even a film I bought about T-Rex recently!) so I don't know why Artificial Eye could not be bothered. The 'extras' were disappointing as well; there is an interview with Wenders in an echo-ey room so you can hardly hear what he is saying. Hopefully in future someone will re-issue this with the presentation it deserves, or someone will put the full info on a website maybe...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly beautiful
Watch this sensual, seriously made movie. It is a deep portrait of an artist, visually and musically an amazing experience.
Published 3 months ago by Iris Jero
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing DVD
I saw this film in 3D in the cinema and wanted to send it to a director I know who might get inspiration from it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Christina Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Produced mixed feelings in me...
I appreciate that this film really inspired a lot of people, but for me it ended up being a little unsatisfactory. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Waite
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Amazing
A really amazing dance video with some very unusual locations and choreography. If you like dance this is for you.
Published 12 months ago by Bert
5.0 out of 5 stars Pina
Went to see the company recently and was spellbound. This is just a taster really but well worth owning if you are a fan.
Published 12 months ago by Katkin
3.0 out of 5 stars On Pina Bausch, by Wim Wenders
I was curious as I wanted to now more about Pina Bausch. My curiosity is satisfied. I will pass the DVD on to a professional dancer, who is very enthusiastic about it.
Published 12 months ago by Ulla
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Good documentary, nice music and perfect 3D images. If you like dance and music, I can recommend this one from Wim Wenders.
Published 13 months ago by b. heringa
4.0 out of 5 stars liked it
shows you a world what we don`t see everyday, work of love, interesting locations, lots of bra-less ladies dancing around
Published 13 months ago by Timea Nanasi
4.0 out of 5 stars Pina in 2D
I bought the Blu-ray 2D/3D combo of Wim Wenders' documentary film "Pina". I've only watched the 2D blu-ray disc. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE VERY BEST IN BALLET FILMS
Highly acclaimed in it's cinema release as the very best in 3D cinema.No ballet fan can afford to miss this superb film.Even in 2D it is still up there with the very best.
Published 14 months ago by Peter Fraser
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