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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best music films of all time
Sigur Ros have never done things traditionally. Why then, would one expect the same from a concert film of theirs? You wouldn't. And in that respect, you are not disappointed. First off, "Heima" is as far from the traditional concert recording as you can get. No jump cut zooms, no pans across the screaming crowd, no cuts to call-and-response singalongs.

It...
Published on 1 Jan 2008 by Mr. M. A. Reed

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's really only THAT good if you are a fan
Ok, let me start off by saying that I am a HUGE fan of Sigur Rós. I have seen them many times, and own everything they released.

So it may come as a surprise that I say that this DVD was not really THAT good. For the fans, its something new, a closer look at the band and their music. And some of the live versions of the tracks are sublime. (Staralfur...
Published on 7 Dec 2007 by Jamie


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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best music films of all time, 1 Jan 2008
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Mr. M. A. Reed (Argleton, GB) - See all my reviews
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Sigur Ros have never done things traditionally. Why then, would one expect the same from a concert film of theirs? You wouldn't. And in that respect, you are not disappointed. First off, "Heima" is as far from the traditional concert recording as you can get. No jump cut zooms, no pans across the screaming crowd, no cuts to call-and-response singalongs.

It follows the band in performance at seven concerts in Iceland in Summer 2006, and presents a non-linear, thematically-linked selection of their music. Each song is adjoined by minimal commentary from the band themselves : making clear that the band as individuals are frankly miniscule in interest compared to their ethereal, alien music. In many ways, "Heima" is a concert film in the same way that "Pink Floyd in Pompeii" is : it is a document of a group performing unusual music far removed from the usual enormodrome, crowd-pleasing way. No sign of Hamish Hamilton or Blue Leach here, and it can be more accurately described as a musical film.

In many ways, "Heima" looks as if it were funded by the Icelandic Tourist Board. Vast swathes of the live performance are in fact documented, not by prosaic shots of the band performing in an Icelandic arena, but by beautiful, engrossing, timelapse photography of nature, of open roads, dockyards, seafront, playing children, drying clothes, and the faces of the concert goers themselves. The focus is, as always, far from the band and the cult of personality itself. In this context, the music becomes a soundtrack to an internal meditation, a reflection upon the nature of the life we live, evoking the kind of self-examination that very few other artists ever achieve. In one segment, the band perform at a deserted school classroom, in another, at a local town hall dinner dance. In between this, the photography gently captures lapping waves, and rising sunsets. It evokes a sense of a way of life rarely captured in film - and it makes me want to go to Iceland and live there. The first DVD covers all the material in an encompassing, otherworldly fashion that somehow manages to be nostalgic for something as recent as last summer. The second DVD meanwhile, comprises of `deleted scenes' - or, more accurately the full performance as featured in part in the film, whilst maintaining the same type of wonderfully evocative imagery and musical levitation that Sigue Ros have made their trademark.

"Heima" (translation : Home) is a new type of concert film and one that other bands would be wary of emulating as it is clearly an intensely personal vision of a way of life alien to many people in the Western World. It is unique, successful, haunting, and probably one of the best music films ever made.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars overflowing generosity, 18 Dec 2007
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This is as good as a music DVD can get IMHO. I was also moved to tears in parts. The whole tour was done through Iceland for free and the generosity overflows out of the DVD and into your lap. I've seen them live and this absolutely captures it. Some of my favourite parts are when the band use the word "nice" all the time. It now has a whole new meaning for me.

Somehow Sigur Ros make more sense now in context.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars approaching perfection, 11 Nov 2007
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R. Yeatman (Bath) - See all my reviews
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Anyone contemplating buying this will already know how they feel about the music of Sigur Ros, so i'll just say that it's here in abundance and leave it at that. Aside from that, there's something quite magical about this film, which is largely due to it being shot in some of the most beautiful locations on the planet. The camerawork is imaginative but subdued, in muted and cool tones. It looks like the work of a great stills photographer. I love how the camera moves intimately among the musicians and the small gatherings of people in town halls and open air spaces, catching the light perfectly in each place. Also the opening sequence of film played backwards is quite spectacularly beautiful. This film made me want to jump on the next plane to Iceland.

Also, if you're interested in photography, or Iceland, it's worth paying the few extra pounds for the photo book. It's a beautiful compliment to the film.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Powerful, 26 Jan 2008
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Following their 2006 world tour Sigur Ros arrive home and embark on a free and unannounced tour of their native Iceland,'Heima' is a two disc document of this tour.The first disc includes interviews with the group who explain why the gigs take place in such unusual and rural 'venues' in the outskirts of Iceland including school halls,town halls,disused dams and small fields.As the reasons for playing at these locations are explained you realise that Sigur Ros are very aware of Iceland's geography,history and culture and are reluctant to let Western influence spoil a deep,rich tradition.I smiled when drummer Orri Pall Dyrason explained the reason for playing in a disused but once thriving fish processing factory in the ghost town of Djupavic-"We just wanted to bring some life back to the place for one more time".
Disc 2 is an elongated but no less intriguing affair which is taken up with all the music from disc 1 but includes delightful shots of the band visiting a museum, a chapel and village hall functions.
The viewer could be forgiven for mistaking 'Heima' as a film/documentary about Iceland with Sigur Ros providing the soundrack.Footage of the bleak and beautiful Icelandic landscape with camera shots of drying clothes,children playing on beaches and dogs wandering inbetween speakers,wires and instruments while Sigur Ros perform songs in the open-air is an unusual breath of fresh air.This music,intense and beautiful set to the stunning scenery of caves,fjords,snow-capped mountains,icy rivers and remote disused buildings provides such a refreshing change to the sometimes transparent 'Western Pop' culture as we know it.The film of the group attending functions and dining with their fellow countrymen,women and children is a lovely touch and is almost as absorbing as the music itself.Iceland's people,religion and landscape really do play a large part in this moving and beautiful film.No cheering crowds or close up camera shots here,just a group of young musicians not basking in the limelight but modestly displaying their talent while showing their appreciation,admiration and love for their country and it's people.
With 'Heima' Sigur Ros and director Dean Deblois have re-invented the 'rock' film.
You will not have seen another music documentary quite like this.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thing of rare beauty, 11 Nov 2007
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Heima is the second great musical film of 2007, Anton Corbjin's "Control" being the other. Rarely will a film have captured the spirt of a band and it's native environment, Iceland, so lovingly. Much of the film evokes a wonderful sense of community as Sigur Ros tour different locations and play to audiences from, what appears to be, tens to thousands. The cinematography is stunning, creative in the extreme, and many sequences are shot through the eye of a stills photographer, such is the attention to detail.

Having seen Sigur Ros play Birmingham in the same year the film was made and witnessed the extremes in their music; from achingly touching string arrangements to thrash guitar rock outs, watching this film clearly identified one of the sources for the almost bi-polar extremes of their work: the Icelandic landscape.

Heima is a rare thing of beauty made by a wonderful, self effacing group of musicians, their friends and families. Truly magnificent and worth every penny.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime, 9 Nov 2007
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Beautiful. A masterpiece in film making, art, and music without ever being pretentious or full of it's self. Should be the bench mark for future music/film projects.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a rock film Jim, but not as we know it..., 11 Jan 2008
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I'm not an overly sentimental person but there were moments during this remarkable film where I could feel myself welling up inside, yearning for something I couldn't quite consciously articulate. Others may have already said this, but there is a real sense here of community, old and young alike, joining together under the spell of this other-worldly music and the staggeringly beautiful Icelandic landscape. Sigur Ros' world may seem strange and alien to us, but they embody the antithesis of the greedy, gaudy world of commercial pop, the world of over-produced over-exposed throw-away "hits". This is film making of the highest quality and "Heima" is destined to be one of those films I will return to again and again years from now. I can't recommend this DVD highly enough, even if you don't particularly like or know Sigur Ros' music - the cinematography, as well as the subtle beauty of the film's unspoken message, should appeal to many beyond the band's fanbase.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely STUNNING!, 24 Dec 2007
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The best "rock" movie ever? Very possibly. The juxtaposition of imagery and sound is just mindblowing here. Put it on, sit back and just let this amazing movie flow over you. This is an experience unlike any other music movie I have ever seen. It will nail you to your seat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbound, 24 Nov 2007
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Mr. D. J. Arnold (Laggan, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This is a film that captures the rare beuty that is Sigur Ros. The music is only half when put with the incredible scenery of Iceland the band are onto a winner. With interviews and live sets this is a must buy for anyone who enjoys or appricates music that is unique and generally good. The 116 pages of photos set the whole purchase off.
10/10
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking, 15 Nov 2007
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Sigur Ros create some of the most atmospheric, dynamic and beautiful music you are likely to hear these days. This DVD captures there whole essence perfectly. Beautifully edited capturing the life, people and countryside of Iceland as the band travel there homeland playing wild and wonderful live performances. If your a Sigur Ros fan then you will adore this DVD.
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