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1 Giant Leap (2002)

Asha Bhosle , Duncan Bridgeman , Duncan Bridgeman , Jamie Catto  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Asha Bhosle, Duncan Bridgeman, Jamie Catto, Neneh Cherry, Ram Dass
  • Directors: Duncan Bridgeman, Jamie Catto
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2002
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IUJZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,982 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "1 Giant Leap" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Two music videos: "My Culture" (featuring Robbie Williams and Maxi Jazz) and "Braided Hair" (featuring Neneh Cherry and Speech from Arrested Development)
  • Loop mode (plays all the album tracks in a continuous loop)
  • Jukebox mode (program a playlist of up to 9 chapters)
  • Explore mode, including making-of material
  • 42-page booklet

Editorial Reviews

World music, world travel, and worldly wisdom form the unified whole of the ambitiously bohemian DVD 1 Giant Leap. Creators Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto cast themselves as globetrotting ambassadors of goodwill and good music, and they prove better as musical explorers than as filmmakers. The result is a flowing, loose-knit tapestry of imagery, interviews, and diverse performances. Gathering material from 25 countries and dozens of famous and not-so-famous musicians, authors, celebrities, spiritualists, philosophers, and unique individuals from nearly every cultural background, this enveloping DVD is best enjoyed as a soothing audiovisual odyssey (select "loop mode" for continuous play!). Assembling this cornucopia by theme (Time, Inspiration, Sex, God, Death, etc.), Bridgeman and Catto function as co-composers with an astonishing array of collaborators, giving 1 Giant Leap its richly international (and some might say inter-spiritual) identity. The result is a far-reaching glimpse of our world through the eyes of those who improve it by their musical presence. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

1 Giant Leap is a collaborative dvd project for the 21st century, which fuses music, words, sounds, rhythms and images from over 25 locations in 20 countries around the globe to celebrate diversity of musicians, story-tellers, authors, filmmakers, artists, entrepreneurs, artists, and thinkers from many different cultures. 1 Giant Leap is a title, a philosophy, a leap of faith that sprung from the minds of visionary UK musicians/visual artists Jamie Catto (Faithless) and Duncan Bridgeman. It is the embodiment of the unity in human diversity and a cross-cultural exploration of universal truth that is a global journey unto itself. 1 Giant Leap features: Kurt Vonnegut, Dennis Hopper, Ram Dass, Tom Robbins, Anita Roddick, Brian Eno, Michael Stipe (REM), Robbie Williams, Neneh Cherry, Speech (Arrested Development), Stewart Copeland, Baaba Maal, and many more.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Giant Leap! September 23, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was fortunate enough to stumble upon the first public preview of this DVD last month at Yerba Buena Gardens, in San Francisco. This DVD is so incredible! It didn't take long to recognize the creative alchemy and authenticity that went into this work. The result is a treasure of profound beauty and thoughtful wisdom.
The music, the imagery, the story-telling and spoken word, all fused brilliantly with inspired arrangements... I've not seen anything else quite like it--1 Giant Leap is as thought-provoking as it is beautiful to watch. The information is densely packed, throughout. The DVD is initially set to let you play just one chapter at a time. This is to allow viewers to take it all in and evoke discussion. There is also a 'jukebox mode' to let the viewer create their own viewing experiences, as well as a 'loop mode' to play the whole thing in its entirety.
One Giant Leap is a a real treasure, and I whole-heartedly recommend it!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a rarity amongst media pieces September 16, 2004
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Every year, there are a few media projects that capture the imagination, and provide wider perspectives on "life, the universe, and everything."

Here you have one. Or two. The Music is inspirational and poignant.

The arrangements draw from many cultures, with the musical performers being some of the best on our globe. Baaba Maal, Asha Bhosle, Brian Eno, and many, many more. The PASSION obvious in the screen production of the "1 Giant Leap," DVD is a joy, and a reality-check. Both. Throughout.

Some of the speakers are rarely heard outside of the books they write.

There are strong moments, as some in this arena have mentioned before. See it first before your children do, or as the DVD is segmentalized into "concepts," one can choose the parts appropriate for any particular audience.

The DVD is not a completely "light" feeling production, at times, but it is sparkling, at others. Highly recommended.

Can you tell...?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leap into now September 20, 2004
This thought provoking film is like nothing else. By truly capturing the universal essence of creative thinking, 1 Giant Leap takes you on a musical and philosophical journey around the world and explores the very essence of human nature. The captivating beauty of its' music provides a catalyst for hopeful contemplation while the dialog challenges the viewer to move beyond limited thinking. This amazing work erases the borders we create in our minds and asks us to move into a wider landscape of human experience where the things that we share far outweigh the things that seperate us. When men first set foot on the moon and looked down; they saw the world for the first time as it truly is, without borders. 1 Giant Leap, in a similar way, shuttles us out of our prejudices and egos and asks us to see ourselves as part of a universal community of humankind. This movie is not meant to be watched, it is intended to be experienced. In the viewing, you will be invited to participate in the marelous possibility of a world without physical, spiritual or creative borders. If you accept the invitation, you will be connected to the extended family of humankind; and if you are honest, you will connect with yourself. 1 Giant Leap is sublime.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful leap... August 29, 2003
Having travelled to many of the locations featured in this beautiful film, and getting a very real chance to relive some of those experiences by viewing this DVD, I can only say buy it-it is real. This is NOT a film about RACE as -myopically- stated by an earlier reviewer and it is NOT a new age look at the world - it is about SO many things-consumerism, religion & God, sex, love, life, mortality, is REAL. This review is not based on whether this movie was conceptually, an original idea, but on the thought provoking content.
I could go on & on. Wonderful.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take One Giant Leap March 14, 2004
In order to thrive, ecologies need diversity. Functionalism has proven itself in the wild. What seems bad to us, if removed causes disturbance in the equilibrium of nature. As immune as we might feel, our cultural ecology is not excluded from the rule of diversity.
What can you say in two hours that will move your audience to action, thought and consideration? Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman wondered the same thing three years ago. They packed a grip (i.e., laptops, digital video cameras, and high-quality microphones) and hit twenty-five locations in twenty different countries in search of the voices of cultural diversity. The sounds, images and spirit they documented along the way they aptly titled '1 Giant Leap.'
Maintaining focus on the words, visuals, sound and spirit of some of the world's most significant thinkers, musicians, artists, authors, actors, and scientists, 1 Giant Leap is a cerebral, musical, visual extravaganza. It's an album, a movie, a documentary, and a work of art. Among the minds melded here are Stewart Brand, Michael Franti, Tom Robbins, Brian Eno, Grant Lee Phillips, Speech, Michael Stipe, Kurt Vonnegut, Dennis Hopper, Ram Dass, and Neneh Cherry. Diversity incarnate.
Take two hours and take a trip that will change you. Take 1 Giant Leap.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Giant Leap (DVD) January 30, 2006
this is one of the best musical documentaries i have ever seen. the only reason it didn't get 5 stars is that somehow, the origional copy of this DVD is flawed. every copy i have seen of it, (one rented from my local library, one purchased through amazon, sent back and purchased another one, and one my friend bought from Borders Books) has been flawed in the same places. bummer.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless!
I have been watching this DVD for proally 7 years. No matter how many times I watch this movie, I never get tired of it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Keith poland
5.0 out of 5 stars Works for me.
This piece may be old but there's lots of information here that humanity needs to know and live today.
Published 2 months ago by James K. Hadcroft
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
This movie has different chapters - and everyone has great music mixed together from all over the world and comments of people that make you start thinking what life is all about.
Published 4 months ago by Rikki
5.0 out of 5 stars This was great!
The music is like going an adventure around the world. Cannot wait for their next DVD! Buy one for yourself.
Published 7 months ago by becky hutchens
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I loved this movie and send a few copies to close friends, also my first teacher Ram Dass is in it.the music is beautiful and the message is clear. Read more
Published 9 months ago by iya
3.0 out of 5 stars Music marks
A mix of Baraka with supposedly philosophical talks, assembling the pieces from different continents is presented rather in a chaotic way murky Main Menu is. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by Michael Kerjman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my absolute favorite documentaries!!! Watch it and you will...
After a friend suggested this documentary, I went and bought and have bought 5 since then to give to others! It is dynamic, fantastic and ethereal! Read more
Published on December 23, 2011 by Lila
5.0 out of 5 stars The Leap Worth Taking
I'm going to keep this simple. The vision and realization of this extraordinary project are both about a perfect as they can be. Read more
Published on November 30, 2010 by Tony Vacca
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcending global boundaries
I love this DVD. I love the concept, the interviews and most of all the music. I think that this DVD really shows how beautiful the world can be when we are brought together. Read more
Published on February 1, 2010 by Molly Mckee
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational and fun
This is a mesmerizing mix of music, mantra and fun. Interviews with some very interesting people (some of whom are truly profound) on issues of spirituality and music are... Read more
Published on May 15, 2009 by Oscar Wilde
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