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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, Quality, The power of Image and Perfect Music...
I saw the concert of this stunning and extremely skilled jazz-band. Jazzband? Well, they're much more than that actually...
I have all their other releases in my collection and they have a wide range of musical interests and styles. The magnificent tracks on their last studio album 'Every Day' all have that magic touch where the room gets filled with their laidback...
Published on 3 Jun 2003 by jan ducheyne

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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If only...
I got the first release of this, it was pre-ordered so I'm not sure if the mistake was corrected but my version is terrible. The audio levels are totally wrong and the bass is so distorted it's hardly worth watching. This applies to the main film and one of the music videos - Man With The Movie Camera. The person responsible for mastering these should already have been...
Published on 27 Aug 2003 by A. BADDELEY


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, Quality, The power of Image and Perfect Music..., 3 Jun 2003
This review is from: Cinematic Orchestra: Man With A Movie Camera [DVD] (DVD)
I saw the concert of this stunning and extremely skilled jazz-band. Jazzband? Well, they're much more than that actually...
I have all their other releases in my collection and they have a wide range of musical interests and styles. The magnificent tracks on their last studio album 'Every Day' all have that magic touch where the room gets filled with their laidback but powerfull sound. The concert where they played along with the movie 'Man With A Movie Camera' projected behind them on a big screen was pure magic... All members of the band are gifted with the skill to play nothing more than the essential notes that are necessary to give the images the right sound. And sometimes you are stunned by the fantastic combination of music and image. Yes, perfection, it's impossible to beat this. And I also want to say that the movie itself is so very pure... Check it out yourself, you will show this to your grandchildren !!! Believe me, this is state of the art. Respect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After loving this album for years..., 28 Mar 2013
I still need to watch the version with the soundtrack by the Alloy Orchestra, as that is the more "classic" soundtrack for this seminal film. But this version exceeded my expectations, and the soundtrack makes so much more sense now.
Calling this version of MWAMC a "music video" for the Cinematic Orchestra is a bit unfair: they intentionally wrote the album as a score for the film. But it was definitely mellow compared to (what I hear is) the sometimes cacophonous and radical score by the Alloy Orchestra.
Overall the film is a fascinating look at Russian life. The director was far ahead of his time, and the work is dripping with creativity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I already saw it and love it, 13 May 2013
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This is one I had to have in my DVD collection. Love the band and love what they did with this (silent and very very old) movie.
Glad I bought it.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best experience of your life, 25 Sep 2003
This review is from: Cinematic Orchestra: Man With A Movie Camera [DVD] (DVD)
I'll level with you I haven't seen the DVD but I have seen The Cinematic Orchestra perform the soundtrack live at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and it was the most fantastic experience of my life. The music is (I cant think of a suitable adjective, its so fantastically wondefully majestically inpirationaly daringly artily just great, so insert you own here) "very good" and suits the film absolutely perfectly which is worth a watch on its own the way it conveys so much with just brief glimpses of peoples lives.
In short get this DVD and grovel at the feet of geniuses.
P.S I recommend a srround sound system very loud for full eye whopping effect.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack for wonderful film, 26 April 2011
Simply excellent. Bought this as a replacement for a lost copy and it's great to have it again. An essential film and Cinematic Orchestra's soundtrack is superb.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music and Film Work Surprisingly Well Together, 23 Jun 2006
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I'm a big fan of The Cinematic Orchestra and have all theie albums. I finally picked up the DVD for The Man With A Movie Camera... although I've had the CD album for a considerable time.

Having seen the DVD, I'm amazed how well TCO's music goes with the images. You might have thought that TCO's brand of jazz and beat work (great drumming by the way...) would be totally out of sync with a film made in 1929. Nothing could be further from the truth. I hope this leads to TCO and Jason Swincoe getting more film and tv work....
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If only..., 27 Aug 2003
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A. BADDELEY "sawtooth12" (Cape Town, South Africa) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cinematic Orchestra: Man With A Movie Camera [DVD] (DVD)
I got the first release of this, it was pre-ordered so I'm not sure if the mistake was corrected but my version is terrible. The audio levels are totally wrong and the bass is so distorted it's hardly worth watching. This applies to the main film and one of the music videos - Man With The Movie Camera. The person responsible for mastering these should already have been shot. Cinematic Orchestra are making the best music the world over and must be so upset that their first venture onto DVD was ruined for some if not all of their viewers. If sound ain't too important then get it. Otherwise confirm from Ninja Tune that the mastering has been reworked.
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3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film - pointless, stupid 'urban jazz' soundtrack, 28 Aug 2010
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S. D. Nunn (UK) - See all my reviews
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There's no need to review Vertov's masterpiece. But the soundtrack is another matter. The question has to be: what is it that the Cinematic Orchestra seeks to bring to the film? As far as I can tell the answer would have to be self satisfaction. In typical Ninja style the music is grimly conservative - proud of being uniformly `different' without the slightest ironic insight. This is probably because Ninja has successfully established itself as a niche genre of supposedly grownup urban music i.e. jazz with a bit of turntablist electronica thrown on. Therefore evidently it would be too much to ask for innovation.

So that's what accompanies this film, entirely failing to grasp that what Vertov was seeking (probably unsuccessfully but that's not the point - it's the attempt that's interesting) was a wholly new Telos for film. Thus his work - and Enthusiasm is probably his greatest achievement - necessarily requires something much more aporetic from any audio accompaniment. In the hands of the Cinematic Orchestra we get no more than the predictable soundtrack of the professionally stoned, so I suppose that at least it is now apparent that illicit drug use has nothing to do with opening any doors of perception. Through their instruments the imagination is thoroughly extinguished. These fools might want to consider undertaking some research next time they decide to turn art into pointless pop promos. They could take a look at Eisler's writing on film scores and it wouldn't hurt to bear in mind that the early Soviet state was not culturally isolated, but actually sustained strong connections with all the craziness going on in Weimar. So taking a look at early avant-garde European cinema might have given them more of a feel for what's going on upon the screen. Ultimately a failure on every level. If you want to watch the film you'll be better off picking up the BFI DVD. Nyman's soundtrack has its own issues but is an infinitely more evolved attempt to bring audio juxtaposition to this astounding film essay.
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