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Because this was done with High Definition TV equipment, it seems all that more detailed on a standard TV in VHS. This production exceeded my expectations of what today is mostly background with a few snippets of the artist's work. The pans and zooms of the work is just what is needed to elaborate the fine detail of Eakin's pieces.
There is a fine segment showing how Eakins put together one of his works with his use of photographs. This new technology is state of the art in his time and the documentary shows off Eakins' brilliance and grasp of Photography and its promise. I highly reccommend this program.
During the '50s, Walt used his studio as a backdrop for several episodes of the Disneyland TV series. "The Story of the Animated Drawing" traces the history of the medium, including re-creations of Emil Reynaud's Théâtre Optique (1892-1900) and Winsor McCay's vaudeville routine with his landmark film Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). "Tricks of Our Trade," which focuses on the creation of Sleeping Beauty, shows staged footage of four of the celebrated "Nine Old Men"--Marc Davis, Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, and Ollie Johnston--sketching. In the DVD bonus material, host Leonard Maltin traces the development of the studio facilities from a Los Angeles garage to its present location in Burbank. Maltin also chats with Disney legend Joe Grant, who cowrote the "Baby Weems" sequence in Reluctant Dragon. Recorded at the time of Grant's 94th birthday, the artist displays the sly wit that continues to inspire animators. (Unrated: Suitable for all ages: cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon
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Heck - if Zeppelin can do what they did with 30+ yr old VIDEO AND MUSIC, DT, with more recent footage recorded with current technology, should be able to surpass LZ's amazing feat of engineering prowess. All of this talk about DT's engineer and he puts out a DVD that sounds as weak as this?!
Anyway - back to the hidden feature. You can find & watch the casting call for the hypnotherapist by going to the color bars and let them run for 5-6 mins.. Fast forward & you'll see it.
As you already guessed, this is the DVD counterpart for the live album LIVE SCENES FROM NEW YORK, which featured the entire full-length concert on three CDs. On the DVD however, it contains the band's final full performance of their classic concept album SCENES FROM A MEMORY from beginning to end. Although ironically, the sound quality of the CDs are superior to that of the DVD, nevertheless the picture quality is awesome and DT puts on a fiery, blistering performance that never lets up as soon as "Overture 1928" gets rolling.
Listening to this August 30, 2000 concert on CD is a great experience. Watching it is an entirely overwhelming experience altogether. Witnessing John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, and Jordan Rudess go off on their instruments is jaw-dropping to watch. If you really didn't believe these guys could play like that, then you REALLY won't believe the stuff they do here. Lead singer James LaBrie is very strong vocally throughout, and John Myung, despite standing perfectly still the whole time, holds things together with his fast and fluid six-string bass.
To bring the SCENES story to life, the band uses actual movie footage (shot in Sweden) on the screens behind them as "reenactments" for the events described in the lyrics. I didn't mind the movie footage, but the psychedelic images that pop up here and there are pretty distracting. Sometimes they look cool (like during "The Dance of Eternity") and other times they frustrate (during "Fatal Tragedy"). At least they use them occasionally and they don't detract for the overall power of the concert. There's even a live narrator for "Regression" which was a neat touch.
There are a ton of great moments on here, but these have to be the best: the killer opening combo of "Overture 1928" and "Strange Deja Vu"; the band literally going nuts during the instrumental jam section of "Beyond This Life"; the dark, haunting rendition of "Home"; the breakneck performance of "Dance of Eternity"; and "The Spirit Carries On" which reaches an emotional, spiritual peak by bringing out Teresa Thompson and the full gospel choir to sing along with James.
The special features are also excellent. There's an insightful yet hilarious audio commentary with the entire band, discussing how the story, album, and music came into place; a short behind-the-scenes documentary; and bonus live footage from the concert's second set, comprised of the "Mind Beside Itself" trilogy, "Learning to Live," and the 23-minute juggernaut "A Change of Seasons."
This is a really great DVD. Dream Theater prove that they can pull off their complex, intricate music on stage and still know how to have fun. If the July 10th concert is anywhere near as good as this, I will be very impressed.
Bergman is absolutely perfect in presenting the ebbs and flows of the relationship. The dialogue is amazing, and Ullman and Josephson couldn't have been better. Bibi Andersson's quasi-cameo sets the stage for the entire film, and the brutally acerbic dinner table scene is a classic of cinema.
A lot of people have been looking forward to the proposed sequel, but I'm not. Scenes from a Marriage couldn't have been better, and a sequel is likely to detract from one of Bergman's Top 3 movies in a long and illustrious career.
There's just something about Bergman's vision as a director and the camera of Sven Nykvist that brings this film to life. Bergman just throws these characters right into our faces, and we are truly mesmerize by them and their actions.
For those who have never seen this film, it is basically just as it's title may suggest, a look into the life of one couple's marriage. Marianne (Liv Ullman) and Johan (Erland Josephson) are our couple in question. They have been married for a while now, and seem to have a good solid marriage. One wouldn't think anything was wrong, especially when compared to their friends like Katarina (Bibi Andersson) and Peter (Jan Malmsjo) a couple whom act like their about to kill each other at any given moment. The scene is involving them, is one of many sterling moments in this masterpiece.
If I were to go on and talk about more scenes in this film, I would clearly be ruining the entire experience for you. Just rent this movie or even better buy this movie and be prepared to see the power that cinema can convey.
"Scenes From A Marriage" is one of Bergman's best films. And, while yes, there is talk of a sequel, I can only hope, that it all remains a rumor. To make a sequel out of this masterpiece would surely be a mistake. Here's a film that is perfect as it is. Just leave it alone and don't add anything to it. Though, Bergman did make a sequel out of the Katarina and Peter characters and made "From the Life of the Marionettes", which does have it's powerful moments, but doesn't quite build up to what this film has become.
For those who have never seen a Bergman film, I'd suggest watching "Wild Strawberries" first, then "The Seventh Seal", "Cries & Whispers" and then build yourself up to this one.
Bottom-line: Truly one of Bergman's most powerful films. The single greatest film I've seen as of yet on the subject of marriage. This movie hits an intensity few have have ever achieved!
Bergman gives us a host of conventional reasons for the marriage's failure, but he has never been very interested in the naturalistic causes of anything. In long, compelling takes, he gies us the process of marital drama; the experience, the taste, the gestures, irritations; the words expressed to fill up space, or words not thought through enough, yet taken as Holy Writ by the partner; the games, strategies, sarcasms, insults; the veneer of middle-class civility teetering on the brink of savage violence.
There is nothing as irreperable or final as a Hollywood film here, people feel one thing one minute, do another the next: they bear the scars but move on, there is no 'fixed' character. People used to Hollywood practices of closure or plot inevitability may find this disturbing.
The characters played by Erland Josephson and Liv Ullmann are rarely sympathetic, but they are more: difficult, sometimes devious, always vulnerable people forced to make hasty decisions that can change lives, or who bear the scars of routine for years before flaring out. In other words, real, true - infinitely more important.
On their 16th wedding anniversary (with big plans for a celebration) both confess to the other their affairs. Halfway into the film, I wanted them to get a damn devorce and get it over with. These two quickly turn from annoying to totally unbearable. Only one thing would be worse than watching this nonsense: Being one of the two characters. Sad!
Allen and Middler are Superstars who need not waste their talents on such stupid material. Are they selling out, or why would they do this to their solid fan base? Please, don't offend my intelligence like this ever again!
This particular video only covers the important scenes and leaves out some of the long and boring parts. Personally, I would prefer a complete opera on video where I can use my remote control to zip past the boring parts.
The performance here is not really first rate, while the soloists do a fine job, the orchestra and acoustics are not the best in the world.
Overall a good intro to Wagner, but not for dedicated Wagnerites.