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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 deserved Grammy nominations for this masterpiece!
This DVD is the first ever 'film album' fusing spoken word from extraordinary writers like Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins, scientists, Indian Gurus, African Chiefs, pornstars, grave-diggers and all manner of inspiring artists and musicians from the 25 countries 1 Giant Leap visited. It began as an album project, bringing together stars from world music (Baaba Maal, Asha...
Published on 23 Jan 2003

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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing but still beautiful
Given the blurb and factoring in the extremely powerful music on the original "1 Giant Leap" CD, this should have been a life-changing, tear-inducing film, that inspired its viewers to go out and change the world for the better. Unfortunately, it is not.
Made by two musicians, Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman, who travelled the world sampling music, the film is...
Published on 18 Dec 2002 by David Abbott


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 deserved Grammy nominations for this masterpiece!, 23 Jan 2003
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This review is from: One Giant Leap [2000] [DVD] (DVD)
This DVD is the first ever 'film album' fusing spoken word from extraordinary writers like Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins, scientists, Indian Gurus, African Chiefs, pornstars, grave-diggers and all manner of inspiring artists and musicians from the 25 countries 1 Giant Leap visited. It began as an album project, bringing together stars from world music (Baaba Maal, Asha Bhosle) and mainstream pop/rock (Michael Stipe, Robbie W.) and creating music that would make these artists sound like never before - unmissably emotional and uplifting.
The DVD has 12 chapters, 12 short films, each one focusing on a huge life subject. The films are INSPIRATION, MONEY, SEX, CONFRONTATION, MASKS, DEATH, FAITH, BLASPHEMY, UNITY, HAPPY, TIME, and the blend of musical sessions (each one filmed in the artists village or home), the wisdom of the speakers and the stunning imagery is truly staggering. There is no FBI warning and no 'PLAY MOVIE' button, just a grid of words through which we navigate our own path.
Totally ahead of its time and perfect for right now - unmissable!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beauty of the Human Spirit!, 8 May 2003
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R. King (Hertfordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: One Giant Leap [2000] [DVD] (DVD)
When I first saw this DVD I raved about it to all my friends.
This fantastic project is a collaboration of some of our best musicians, artists, thinkers, writers, philosophers etc. It will expand your mind, fill your heart and move you to tears of happiness and joy.
This wonderful project captures the beauty and riches of the human spirit through the medium of world music.
What these two guys have done (Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman) is so inspiring. Discs like this are what DVD is all about!! Having the CD is great but being able to **SEE** the musicians while they play adds a dimension and quality to the material which is completely unavaiable from the CD alone. Being a witness to how it was all done and the work these guys put into it. Its like your two best friends have been on a world trip and they made this video just for you.
From the moment the disc begins you realise you are being taken on a journey within as well as around the world. It will expand your mind and perhaps have you think about some familiar things in a whole new way. This disc is truly enriching. Buy it - you wont regret it! Enjoy!!
A BIG Thank you to Jamie, Duncan and all the performers! AWESOME!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowingly fantastic, 10 Jan 2005
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This review is from: One Giant Leap [2000] [DVD] (DVD)
This DVD is quite possibly the best music ever produced, and is unbelievably good value for money...When you see how they put all the pices together you will be suitably impressed im sure.
If you like world music and want something to take you on a bit of a journey then check it out!!! (NOW)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning, 22 Dec 2005
This review is from: One Giant Leap [2000] [DVD] (DVD)
Watched it for the first time by accident (channel hopin) and was inspired by what was said and the music. The music is stunning. Quality entertainment. Really good stuff. Really really good.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing but still beautiful, 18 Dec 2002
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David Abbott "therealgoatee" (Gloucester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: One Giant Leap [2000] [DVD] (DVD)
Given the blurb and factoring in the extremely powerful music on the original "1 Giant Leap" CD, this should have been a life-changing, tear-inducing film, that inspired its viewers to go out and change the world for the better. Unfortunately, it is not.
Made by two musicians, Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman, who travelled the world sampling music, the film is divided into twelve chapters, each examining a particular issue facing the world at large today: war and sex are two of the most obvious examples. Footage of the pair's journey around the world is accompanied by the music they created and by shallow interviews with extremely minor celebrities that they met en route, on the topics in question.
I was expecting "1 Giant Leap" to be a living, breathing version of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's Earth From The Air photographs, a thought-provoking work with an understated agenda to make the world a better place. Instead, the film plays more like a series of home movies belonging to a minor celebrity who's just come back from a particularly long safari - which, in essence, is precisely what it is. The same production values have not been applied to the film as to the album; where Catto and Bridgeman successfully enhance and complement the ethnic music on the soundtrack, the opposite is true of the images, which are seemingly intercut at random, often badly synchronised to the sound, frequently irrelevant to the topic of discussion and occasionally repeated in other parts of the film. The images themselves are beautiful - sometimes profoundly so - but they just do not serve the overall purpose of the work.
The worst thing about "1 Giant Leap", though, is the selection of interviewees on display, some of which are obscure and some just plain inarticulate. In order to make a film that sets out to challenge the viewer's belief, the people doing the convincing need at least to sound credible.
Another, similar disappointment is that the locations visited, whilst sometimes exotic, are also occasionally bland (the London Underground, for example) and this juxtaposition sometimes jars. There are also fewer locations than might initially be supposed; a glance through the Credits section on the DVD shows that many of the artists and contributors are interrelated, so the scope is not as wide as might be assumed.
The DVD has been thoughtfully put together. In fact, the film is not a single film at all, but a series of twelve films, each of around ten or fifteen minutes in duration, which can be accessed individually, in a loop or in a user-defined order using a "juke-box" function. There is also plenty of behind-the-scenes footage, much of which consists of the musicians rehearsing or preparing. Additionally, the two excellent singles from the album (My Culture and Braided Hair) are both included. The soundtrack is extremely lush, with a particularly powerful bass emphasis that shows off the often superb ethnic drumming to best advantage. Nonetheless, it is hard not to be disappointed by a film that promises so much.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The original is better, 8 Jan 2004
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This review is from: One Giant Leap [2000] [DVD] (DVD)
My favourite music film of all time was swedish electronica
veterans "Lucky People Center - International". A film about
travelling around the world and use samples and film to discuss
the spirit of human kind. When I heard that One Giant Leap was
going to do exactly the same (even the cover colours are the
same as LPC international) I was really looking forward to it.
I was however very disapointed. Unfortunately they couldn't even
get close to the feeling of LPC. It is too technical, not
musical enough. And they should have brought a good
photographer. One Giant Leap is a music video, LPC is art.
If you can't get hold of "Lucky People Center - International",
I would recommend One Giant Leap because the concept is
intresting. If you want to float into another world of music and
religion and views of life... keep looking for LPC, you won't
find it with One Giant Leap.
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