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Cinematic Orchestra: Man With A Movie Camera [DVD]

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  • Directors: Dziga Vertov
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Ninja Tunes
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2003
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008PRRV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,392 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Special Features

  • 1. "Man With A Movie Camera" directed by Dziga Vertov (full length film with Cinematic Orchestra soundtrack (68 mins with IDs for each track)
  • 2. Video for "Man With A Movie Camera" Edited version by Eva Katzenmeier (9 mins)
  • 3. C4 4 Play Documentary/Interview with J Swinscoe etc. (10 mins)
  • 4. Cinematic Orchestra LIVE @ Cargo (26mins), including:
    -Man With A Movie Camera
    -Theme de Yo-Yo
  • 5. All That You Give (promo video-super 8 version, 4 mins)
  • 6. Band Info (photo gallery, biography)

From Amazon.co.uk

In 1929, Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov made the groundbreaking Man With a Movie Camera documentary--a visual essay on life between the two world wars. Touching on poverty, sport and employment in Russia in the 1920s, Man With a Movie Camera was a masterpiece of silent filmmaking.

There have been numerous soundtracks over the years that have attempted to provide Vertov's stunning images with the musical accompaniment they deserve, Michael Nyman minimalist take or Biosphere's electronica reading to name two. The Cinematic Orchestra have been using footage from the film for their live visuals and wrote a piece of the same name for their last album Every Day. They debuted their full soundtrack on the opening night of the Barbican's Only Connect season, augmenting their line up with a string section.

The Cinematic Orchestra, as their name would suggest, can work detail and development into their compositions that reflect the mood of the film. The addition of a string section compliments the bands music, moving away from the jazz funk of their live sets towards something more powerful. Often fusion between the music and images work so well, you forget that the film remained without this soundtrack for 70-odd years.

On the DVD: The Cinematic Orchestra extras include two live tracks, two videos ("All that you give" and "Man with a movie camera") plus a documentary entitled "From Reel To Reel". --Robert Smoughton

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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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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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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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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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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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