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A Not So Silent Night (Kate & Anna McGarrigle/Rufus & Martha Wainwright) [DVD] [2009]

3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Kate McGarrigle, Anna McGarrigle, Lou Reed
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Revelation Films Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov. 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MGJSSK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,683 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A TRULY MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT!
Recorded in 2008, direct from the Knitting Factory in downtown Manhattan, A Not So Silent Night features Kate & Anna McGarrigle in a live performance of The McGarrigle Christmas Hour, joined by Anna s children, Rufus & Martha Wainwright.

Joined by stars such as Grammy Award-winner Emmylou Harris, Velvet Underground front man Lou Reed and famed performance artist Laurie Anderson, the eclectic cast perform original and traditional Christmas-themed songs which transport viewers through a rousing musical rendition of the Christmas story.

Tracklisting:
1. Old Waits Carol Family
2. Good King Wenceslas Family
3. Big Bright Beautiful Tree - Sloan Wainwright
4. Christmas Spells - Justin Bond
5. Some Children See Him - Rufus Wainwright
6. Cherry Tree Carol Family
7. What Are You Doing New Year s Eve? - Rufus Wainwright
8. Trois Anges Sont Venus Ce Soir - Martha Wainwright
9. I ll Be Home For Christmas - Martha Wainwright
10. Blue Christmas - Lou Reed
11. Little Town Of Bethlehem - Emmylou Harris
12. Counting Stars Family
13. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Justin Bond & Rufus Wainwright
14. Carol Of The Birds Family
15. Beginning (Poem)
16. Christmas Time Is Here - Danny Barrett
17. Wise Men - Kate McGarrigle
18. Christmas Wrapping - Martha Wainwright
19. Minuit Chretien - Rufus Wainwright
20. Golden Cradle - Emmylou Harris
21. Silent Night - Rufus Wainwright & Friend
22. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Rufus Wainwright, Family & Friends
23. Thank God It s Christmas - Sloan Wainwright
24. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Lou Reed

Special Features:
Behind The Scenes Featurette
Rare Home Movies

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When I decided to purchase this DVD, I saw another reviewer had mentioned the synchronisation issues but as that was in Nov. 2009 and no other mentions, I thought maybe that was a one off. Unfortunately there was the same issue on the DVD I received in Nov. 2011 and it did really spoil the viewing, so much so that I have returned the DVD and received a refund from Amazon.
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Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the annual Mcgarrigle and Wainwright family concert, and last years spectacular filmed at New York's Knitting Factory is no exception. Yes it's indulgent, yes it's over the top, yes it's a bun fight for the mic, but yes it's BRILLIANT and I love it! I'm a massive fan of everything Rufus and his duet with Justin Bond, singing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" is simply fab, but the biggest highlight was his performance of "Minuit Chretien". Simply magical! Other note worth performances were from Sloan Wainwright (she's Loudon Wainwright III sister and she has a sensational voice!)
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Just got this today, it's a very enjoyable listen but is completely spoiled by appalling synchronisation between the audio and video tracks. Frankly its all over the place, being reasonably in sync at times and about 2 seconds out of sync at others. At times it changes within the same song, coinciding with a change in the camera shot!!
I think my copy will be going back.
Has anyone else had the same problem?
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This is a recording of a Christmas concert (24 Christmas themed songs) given in 2008 by the extended McGarrigle and Wainwright families who are folk singers and songwriters of French Canadian origin. It has several technical/presentational problems which meant I could not give it five stars. The worst of these is poor synchronisation of mouth and words of song but I did forget about this after the first couple of songs.I also found the physical positioning of the musicians on the small stage very awkward and amateur with singers constantly jostling for position though I suspect this may be due in part to competing egos! Having mentioned the bad points up front I can now say I loved the music and the sheer Christmas joie de vivre of this concert. The supporting band is excellent and you get the feeling that all these performers love and understand music without needing to be pompous about it. Sloan Wainwright, who I had never heard before, has a beautiful contralto voice and I felt the input by Lou Reed and Emmylou Harris enhanced the DVD. To sum up, I doubt if this is a DVD with much general appeal but if you like folk music - or perhaps just enjoy something different for Christmas with a bit of campness thrown in - you will enjoy this.
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I am so happy that this amazing Christmas concert has been released on DVD! My family and I are all huge fans of the Wainwrights and the McGarrigles and I couldn't think of a more perfect Christmas present for them!
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I love this DVD! I suppose I was expecting a remake of the McGarrigle Christmas Hour CD, but it contains much new material and new arrangements. I especially loved 'Cherry Tree Carol' and 'Wise Men'. The one song that baffled me on the CD was 'Conting Stars;, but here it works and is a highlight. There are too many highlights to mention. The extras are great and I loved the interview with Kate and Anna especially. A must buy.
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