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Bjork - MTV Unplugged & MTV Live (1994)

Bjork  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bjork
  • 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: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y71S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bjork - LIVE MTV's Live & UnPlugged

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Unique Performances February 19, 2003
I absolutely love this DVD. It presents two very different Bjorks, in different settings and at different parts of her career, though both succeed admirably in conveying the spirit and magic of live Bjork intimately and lovingly.
The MTV Unplugged performance is astounding, demonstraiting the younger Bjork with beautiful and unique arrangements, courtesy of an incredible number of musicians (including Talvin Singh, tabla player extrordinaire). Almost all of the songs from Debut are represented, but seeing them performed with all live musicians rather than electronics casts a dramatic new light on them, and the arrangements are all top-notch (the harpsichord Human Behavior being a personal favorite). And the sight of Bjork in a bright yellow and incredibly short dress playing in front of a room of stuffy, black-clad, 1994 hipster types is laugh out loud funny, and displays wonderfully her irreverance and sense of humor. She flits around the stage barefoot, bouncing from one end to the other and singing like a pixie while the audience sits mostly somberly, evidently not sure quite to make of the sprite on stage. This was very early on, surely before Bjork's reputation as a beautiful weirdo was well-established, so it is amusing to watch their bemused reactions to our favorite Icelandic Queen.
The Live and Loud segment is also quite astounding, with a string octet and Mark Bell on beats in the back. The instrumentations are much more like what one hears on the albums, though the passion comes through in spades. Bjork is beautiful, looking more properly dressed for the occasion than the previous performance, though nothing short of furious in her singing. Pluto is a notable example as Bjork pushes it to a simply explosive climax. As for the much-derided effects and goldfish...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bjork: MTV Unplugged/MTV Live January 25, 2005
By Ererin
Bjork is one of the most amazing artists ever to grace my ears and her MTV Unplugged DVD is a ride of wonderful emotions.

Review I: MTV Unplugged

The MTV Unplugged performance is nine song concert of Bjork's 1993 album "Debut". If you are a fan of Bjork's other performances, this is not even close to her later shows. At this time, Bjork's solo era was in it's infancy so you won't see her running around the stage twitching and screaming.

1): HUMAN BEHAVIOUR: She comes out wearing a yellow dress and says "Thank you". The song begins to play, and it barely sound like it. Then she starts to sing and her angelic voice brings the song to life.

2): ONE DAY: One Day is another favorite from "Debut". This song sounds amazing unplugged with all of the percussion instruments. It sounds like a percussion ensemble performance interlude, with a vocalist.

3): COME TO ME: This song sounds amazing here, the record, and the "VESSEL" release. It sounds almost like the album, only a little less intense. She makes it subtle. Like a lullaby.

4): BIG TIME SENSUALITY: This song starts out very rough with the organ type sound. Then it greatly intensifies when she starts sings.

5): AEROPLANE: This song is nothing short of perfect. Her voice soars and the MUSIC IS INCREDIBLE!

6): LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE: Again, it's amazing and she not even thinking about singing because it just flowing out like water

7): CRYING: The song sounds a bit like a .midi file but it gets better because it becomes something so different than the Debut's Crying.

8): ANCHOR SONG: She sings the song and she sounds great but the music soars better than the record.

9): VIOLENTLY HAPPY: Violently Happy is nothing like the record.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way better than expected April 30, 2002
To be perfectly honest I was having second thoughts about this DVD while it was being shipped. I mean, I do love Björk but I've never been very fond of Unpluggeds as many are just some excuse to release and album and keep on selling but with very little innovation to the music to make it worthwhile. And specifically with Björk......I mean.......her music pretty much uses every electronic sound you can imagine and once you "unplug" it.....what's left besides her voice?
Well, I'm happy to say that what's left is probably one of the most innovative Unpluggeds ever made (if not the most). While most artist when deprived of an electronic instrument just go to it's acoustic counterpart Björk more or less does away with all the instrumental background of her songs and find quite creative ways to overcome the constrains of an unplugged. No music boxes, no synthetisers, no programmers and no mixers indeed. Instead a quite peculiar orchestra. Guy Sigsworth playng the harpischord, trumpets, saxophones, marimbas, something that seemed as a chinese percussion instrument (I just had never seen it nor can I describe it) and this guy making sounds out of glasses filled with water with his fingers (I just don't know how that's called), a hindu guy playing these kind of drums (typical instrument from India) are just some of the "innovations" in the unplugged. And if you think that the only songs that could be played were the not-so-electronic songs think again as Violently Happy and Big time sensuality are both there and they both sound amazing. Of course Björk's performance is amazing as always so I don't think that there's any need to talk about it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence at it's best.
I absolutely LOVE this DVD. Bjork has never failed me and this is an early example as to why. Every single song is an adventure that allows us to divulge a Debut +1 like never... Read more
Published on May 9, 2011 by Angel
5.0 out of 5 stars The Songs Stand Up By Themselves
My bias: I find Bjork to be an incredibly creative composer of music, and a talented and unique performer with an unmatchable sound. Read more
Published on October 22, 2006 by Brian D. Tuttle
3.0 out of 5 stars solo por el unplugged, un buen dvd
la primera parte de este dvd contiene la sesión unpolugged que realizo bjork para la mtv en 1994, a menos de un año del lanzamiento de "debut", por lo tanto... Read more
Published on February 25, 2006 by Carnero
5.0 out of 5 stars Great perfomances!
A wonderful collection that features two great television performances from MTV; highlights include "Human Behaviour" & "One Day" from "MTV Unplugged," and "Jóga" &... Read more
Published on August 29, 2004 by Matt.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good dvd But Not Bjork at her Best
Okay, the only reason I bought this dvd was to complete my Bjork collection. The first half of the DVD is quite entertaining, watching Bjork skip around stage in that outrageously... Read more
Published on June 8, 2003 by cor3y
2.0 out of 5 stars Blah
This was not good at all. im a huge fan of bjork and she so so held back.. she could not go wild and run around and be all funky.
Published on November 5, 2002 by Corey2525
2.0 out of 5 stars Something
Well... im 15 and a huge fan of Bjork.. i think shes like the best.. But when i bought this mtv unpluged of Bjork i was very disappointed. Read more
Published on November 5, 2002 by Corey2525
5.0 out of 5 stars Bjork was young and skinny...
The Unplugged part is definately worth the money... Bjork was young, skinny and pretty, wearing a short Cyan dress. Read more
Published on July 16, 2002 by "unravel99"
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for Unplugged, 1 for Live&Loud
Woo-hoo! I have to say, I was very excited to watch this CD. I remember watching/listening to "Big Time Sensuality" and thinking to myself "Wow! I wanna be a performer, too! Read more
Published on June 18, 2002 by "bisdude2001"
3.0 out of 5 stars Essential Bjork Paraphenalia
I more-or-less agree with these other reviewers. Bjork, by simple fact of her personality and skill at live performance, is phenomenal. The DVD is somewhat less so. Read more
Published on March 25, 2002
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