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Carlinhos Brown - Bahia Beat [2000] [DVD]
Carlinhos Brown - Bahia Beat [2000] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Claude Santiago
Price: 23.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Samba! Viva Favelas! Viva Carlinhos!, 19 Jun 2007
Anyone who loves high-energy, real music, for jumping up and down to, could love Carlinhos Brown. The singer, songwriter, musician and star from Brazil has electrified Western audiences live, and this disc represents a chance to bring the groove home.

A 32 minute concert segment recalls Brown's great gigs, with a blazing horn section and unbelievable drum orchestra.

The documentary features 16 chapters including another two big live numbers. There are four segments of Carlinhos solo, with guitar, and several guest singers also appear here. Samba is the favela, favela is samba!

Finally, there are two pop videos: A Namorada ( sexy, funky tune), and Covered Saints (a ballad). The documentary has English, French and German subtitling options.

Superb.


Pan's Labyrinth (2 Disc Set) [2006] [DVD]
Pan's Labyrinth (2 Disc Set) [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Doug Jones
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 4.20

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new kind of film, 18 Mar 2007
This is not a fantasy film, nor a war film, but both, and more. Other films allow us to be spectators. Pan's Lab. makes us constantly reasess our own selves in relation to the screen. One minute, the child in us dominates, in the next we are forced back into adulthood. To have both worlds present on screen, and evoked in the viewer, simultaneously is (I think) unique.
The movie crosses many other opposites, too: Christianity and paganism, individuality and society, cruelty and compassion, justice and tyranny- I could go on. This film is so dense with meaning and symbol, it merits careful study.
The principle character- Ophelia- is surely so named to evoke the Shakespearean character, in Hamlet, who dies for love.
Why do we try to protect children from the horrors of "real life", when "fairy tales" are often horrific and cruel?
It is an important film. Not for those of set opinions, or those who wish to be comfortable with human nature, but for those of us wishing to learn about life.


The Pat Metheny Group - Imaginary Day - Live [1998] [DVD] [2002]
The Pat Metheny Group - Imaginary Day - Live [1998] [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ The Pat Metheny Group
Offered by collectorsheaven
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginary day live DVD, 7 Mar 2007
I enjoyed this film very much. Having attended the same concert when it was performed in London, I can testify that this is exactly how the music sounded then, and that is what a concert film should achieve. In this case, it's extraordinary how full, rich and varied the sound is. The musical range of this group is very hard to match; they play everything from whisper- quiet ballards to electric thrash jazz. There are undeniable Latin and Flamenco influences among the americana, and Pat's unique guitar zither sitar, which opens the show, evokes the far East. The PMG has outsold every other "jazz fusion" group consistently worldwide for a decade and more: give this DVD a chance and you will begin to understand why.
Some other reviewers have criticised the use of filmic effects in Steve Rodby's production of this film, in terms which led me to expect the excesses of the Woodstock movie genre. They mislead. There are a few such effects, but they are presented in context, and they in no way distract from the essentially musical nature of this experience. The two more recent DVD's, "The Way Up live" and "Speaking of now live" are more conservatively produced and do not contain such filmic effects.
The group has evolved since this tour. In musical terms, one might say Pat Metheney Group is even better now. Nevertheless, Imaginary Day was an important and especially intense period in their history.


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