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Bjork: Inside Bjork

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The definitive profile of recording artist Bjork. With exclusive access to the artist, the documentary gives viewers an insider's view of her life her thoughts and her motivations. Also features interviews with such celebrities as Missy Elliot, Thom Yorke, Sean Penn, the RZA (Wu Tang) and more. Contains: A Documentary About Iceberg Lagoon Reykjavik Childhood Punk & Surrealism Early Bands Song Stories and Sonic Experiments Images Beats Nature Classical Influences Musicals Microbeats And Arctic Passion Amongst Other Things...

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  • Actors: Bjrk
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: One Little Indian Us
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009RGC8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By "valeska_" on October 6, 2003
Sent to music school at the age of 5, and at the age of 11 released her first album. But, she felt funny about it, 'cause it wasn't her work. Then she got involved in punk. Shows GREAT video of Einar Orn in Purrkur Pillnikk and Bjork in Tappi Tikkarass, and shows her book Um Urnat! And clips from the Kukl video "Anna"! Then the Sugarcubes, one of the first people they talk to is Beck, who discusses hearing Birthday for the first time.. the video for "Birthday" is shown.
Then Bjork moves on to her solo career, looking for new challenges. She collaborates with Graham Massey, on songs she had written since childhood. It shows an adorable clip of her singing "The Anchor Song" accompanying herself on an old pedal organ, in a little church. With gorgeous sights of Iceland.
She explains the mood of each album: Debut is like a polite new-comer, and Post is like a wide eyed girl consumed by the city and the city is consuming her. She talks about the story of Isobel, called Isobel, because of the ISO-lation. Elton John says: "A lot of people who aren't that musical, say "oh it's a lot of rubbish, it's noise", but it's not, it's extremely clever. And it's far more sophisticated then most things that are out there, by a hundred thousand times." (Agreed!)
According to Bjork, Homogenic is about a person put in an impossible situation, with a lot of pressure. She'd work 16 hours a day, rarely with a day off. Homogenic is like a warrior, not one with weapons, but one with love. Homogenic was like a "blue period" for her. She discusses Joga, like a national anthem with patriotic strings. She collected actual volcanic beats, for the song.
RZA dicusses Norse mythology with surprising insight.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Matt Toscani on July 23, 2003
This DVD documentary is a treasure to have. I am biased...but i love when Bjork is shown as an everyday person, working. I think this DVD shows 90 % of who Bjork is and why she makes the kind of music she makes. Next time someone says: "Oh , yeah...that chick who wore a swan for a dress"....shown them this DVD and watch them humbley realize that the surface of an artist is far less interesting compared to what lies inside. Plus, the performance at the very end is simple, pensive, and intimate....that alone is worth having this DVD!!! :)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 2003
I would only recommend this if you're an over-zealous Bjork fan and a collector of the twenty six DVDs she's released just in the past month, because what you see on this video is absolutely nothing new. You get a few pieces with Thom Yorke (who is of course, endearingly sincere when talking about Bjork), Missy Elliot, Lars Von Trier, Alexander Mcqueen, Sean Penn, and Elton John--who annoyingly rambles on, and also accuses all Americans of being Tommy Hilfiger lovin idiots--to name a few. "Inside Bjork" presents nothing you haven't already known.
However, if you love her music but don't have money to spend on buying everything she releases (few of us do), then pass this one up. I would instead recommend the Volumen 1993-2003 DVD or the Royal Opera House Live DVD.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn Stewart on August 20, 2003
not one of the best björk documentaries, but it's pretty darn good. it focuses on the early years of her musical career, all the way up to today. it is jam packed with info, and rare footage of her punk days.
the very best part of the dvd is the end, where she sings an acapella version of generous palmstroke. this 30 seconds makes the whole dvd. i have never heard a voice that powerfull come out of such a tiny body. she really is amazing, in every way possible.
the only thing i don't really like about the dvds are the "interviews" with famous björk fans. elton john, sean penn, missy elliot.. i love them all, but i really think it would have been nice to hear from her fans. everyday regular people. not to say that elton, missy and sean aren't fans, but it would make it a bit more personal, and i'd be much more interested in listening to someone like me talk about her. that's all :)
i hope this made sense! :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Akimon Azuki on October 24, 2005
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I usually skip all these biographical documentaries and hagiographies, but this one is very interesting. One of the reasons I got it was because it promised to discuss the influence of classical music on Bjork's music, but this DVD delivers a lot more than this.
Bjork is a very intelligent and serious interviewee, though she can be mercilessly funny too, and her comments help put many of her songs, albums and artistic decisions into focus. Yes, she discusses her troubled relationship with Western classical music, and how we need to make sure the children can be exposed to it in a good way, my feelings exactly. Being a classically trained but long drifted soul myself, I really liked hearing about how she found her way out and made peace with Shostakovich. She blows many of acclaimed composers out of the water in any case, but she is aware of her roots. Speaking of roots, if you want to hear her talk about many things Nordic, including mythology, and see some amazing Icelandic landscapes, then there's plenty of that on this DVD as well.
The whole thing was filmed roughly around the time Vespertine was released, and it will also give you a good overview of her career until that point and put certain decisions into perspective, but that's not to suggest that this video is just relentlessly dishing out the facts and (often fascinating) video footage, including rare early days, punky Bjork. It makes sense as a coherent whole and I found it to be very absorbing, also upon repeated viewings.
A whole army of Bjork's friends, supporters, collaborators and co-conspirators show up to offer their words of wisdom; my favourites are Missy Elliot, a funky genius herself, talking about Bjork and Mozart (pronounced Mozz-ahrt) and Elton John, fuming about the crtitical drabbing that fabulous swan dress took.
The final moment of this movie is Bjork, accompanying herself on a little church organ and singing Generous Palmstroke. Great finish to a wonderful trip Inside Bjork.
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