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Carpenters - Interpretations (1995)

Carpenters , Karen Carpenter  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carpenters, Karen Carpenter
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • 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: A&M
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 37 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A9D2F
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Videotaped September 1970-March 1980
  • Songs: Without a Song, Superstar, Rainy Days and Mondays, Reason to Believe, (They Long to Be) Close to You, Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft, Little Girl Blue, Bless the Beasts and the Children, We've Only Just Begun, When I Fall in Love, From This Moment On (TV outtake)

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From the Back Cover

A&M and I proudly present this video compilation of eleven Carpenters' tracks never before available on DVD. All have been digitally enhanced and feature remastered stereo audio. The tracks were videotaped during the ten years spanning September 1970 to March 1980. "From This Moment On," an outtake from our fifth television special, is presented for the first time in this collection. Richard Carpenter, June 2003

Songs: Without a Song, Superstar, Rainy Days and Mondays, Reason to Believe, (They Long to Be) Close to You, Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft, Little Girl Blue, Bless the Beasts and the Children, We've Only Just Begun, When I Fall in Love, From This Moment On (TV outtake).

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, a bit twee, painful to watch, too short! January 23, 2005

This DVD is a version of the video of the same title, which was longer by a couple of songs and about 7 minutes.

Karen's singing is brilliant as usual and she again demonstrates that she could sing anything put in front of her by her brother, a master in arrangements and production - who could play piano with the absolute best. They were supported by an excellent band of musicians and the sum amounted to a truly fantastic sound.

The Carpenters are my all-time favourites and should have been there for the whole musical journey. However, Karen's untimely death from complications caused by anorexia nervosa which, it seems, resulted in her suffering heart failure, meant that the journey ended all too prematurely.

Karen is the main focus of attention on any Carpenters recording. Here is no different; but the videos stem from the 1970s when the Carpenters, for me, suffered from awkwardness and self-consciousness in front of the camera so, on occasions, the lip-synching doesn't always seem to work and Karen's facial and head movements seem affected and contrived. Strangely, some of the earlier videos look better, probably because she is behind a drum kit or has a microphone in her hand, Also, and the point about some of it being painful to watch, the later videos show Karen looking terribly thin and, particularly, on the penultimate video ("When I Fall In Love"), she reminds me of Nancy Reagan, with gaunt looks and a hair style which is very uncomplimentary - she looks more like 80 than 30!

Having said that, the only other things wrong with this are that there are no extras on this DVD and it is all over in only 37 minutes, which seems to be a desperate waste of disk space.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1994 VHS release with better audio and video. August 12, 2003
1994 marked 25 years, since 1969, when the Carpenters, (Karen and Richard), signed with A & M Records and released their first album for that studio-"Offerings" a.k.a. "Ticket to Ride". (There is no difference between the two albums execpt for the name change due to the minor success of the single-"Ticket to Ride"). In 1994, A & M released the Carpenters album and VHS tape, "Interpretations". The name came from the fact that the Carpenters played songs written by other song writers, not by Richard Carpenter. A collection of songs played by the Carpenters and written by Richard Carpenter is the 2003 cd-"Carpenters Perform Carpenter". (Richard Carpenter wrote the music for the songs while, usually, John Bettis wrote the song's lyrics). "Interpretations" the VHS tape has some songs not included in the 1985 VHS tape "Yesterday Once More", (which was released as a DVD, in 2002, under the title-"Gold"). In cases where the songs in "YOM" and "Interpre." are the same, the video might be different. For example; both "YOM" and "Interpre." have the song-"Calling Occupantants of Interplantary Craft". "YOM" has a music video, while "Interpre." shows the song as performed in an ABC special. The DVD for "Interpretations, like the "Gold" DVD, ("YOM"), has better audio and video than the VHS tape. Like the U.S. release "Gold", "Interpre." has no other differences from the VHS tape, other than "song selection". There are No extras. According to the Grant Gurrererro website, which lists everything released by the Carpenters, the Japanese DVD verision of "Interpre." had no extras either. Read more ›
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Video and a Collector's Item April 30, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
A Retrospective of Richard and Karen Carpenter's career. 11 of them never released on video This particular video offers some rare footage from their TV Specials including a never seen before clip to "From This Moment On" A Great Anniversary Celebration
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Every song lip-synched. Horrible! October 11, 2003
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When I read that the songs were culled from various "performances" spanning 1970-1980 - and that Richard Carpenter himself was involved with the release-that for sure-I would finally get to see some rare live performances from "The Carpenters".I looked so forward to seeing Karen pour her heart out with live,haunting renditions of their popular(and not so popular)hits.The moment I watched/heard the 1st song,I knew right away they were playing the original recorded version-and that Karen wouldn't really be singing.I then figured "OK-we got a whole 10 yrs worth of various appearances-surely a few of them would feature real singing.Well, not a one folks.What a bummer! Richard, what were you thinking? How could you put out such drivel? Is this how you honor your legendary sister? Even televised documentaries on the famous duo don't show Karen actually singing live.They focus more on the sensationalism of Karen's eating disorder and Richard's bout with pills or drugs. When is somebody going to do this group justice and put out a DVD of the real thing? Till then, I'll stick with the CD's, thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Admittedly a mixed bag March 16, 2005
Even for a seventies child like me who had this music on the radio while I was finishing breakfast and heading for school on many a morning, this DVD leaves something to be desired.

One reviewer is correct in noting that the great songbird Karen Carpenter looks unsure of herself in most of these clips and that makes it somewhat difficult to watch. Plus, the DVD is way too short. They may have been better off with the excellent live Carpenters' performances from the Ed Sullivan show in 1970 included.

On the other hand, there's of course the beautiful music, which disarms much criticism. This also captures the spirit of many musical variety shows of the early 70s.

This also includes the almost forgotten "Bless the Beasts and the Children" which turns to gold as almost anything the Carpenters' touched. Even a bizarre tune like "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft," in the tradition of bizarre attempts at message songs of the era, sounds like sheer beauty and bliss out of Karen Carpenter's mouth. (The intro with the spooked-out radio DJ is a nice touch).

Watch this and "It's yesterday Once More" (oops! That song isn't included here...oh well).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars velvet voice and wonderful arrangements
The CARPENTERS will ever be known for at least two things, Karen's velvet voise, and Richard's remarkable piano-playing,b ut evenmore so his fantastic arrangements of the music to... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Roland R. Lafrance Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Carpenters - Interpretations
It's just want I was looking for. Thanks!! I was glad I was able to find this online. Thanks again!
Published 22 months ago by Peace
2.0 out of 5 stars A trifle for the truly dedicated
Even if, like me, you have an appreciation of the Carpenters that goes beyond their camp appeal, this selection of performances from various TV specials functions only as camp. Read more
Published on August 23, 2008 by William McNeill
First issued as a music CD, this DVD is a collection of videos set to the music from the CD. It is an excellent travel through time of Carpenters music and their different looks... Read more
Published on November 23, 2007 by MarvinScheinmanEsq
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This DVD is great! Some nice hits, and also some lesser known songs. Wow!
Published on December 13, 2004 by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars Interpretations, Etc
Although I have yet to view any of the Carpenter's material on DVD, I find it interesting and equally satisfying that after all these years the public,and I dare say the... Read more
Published on September 1, 2004 by MasterCarpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show!
I enjoyed this collection of songs thoroughly. Each song was very interesting. The most I liked: Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft - visually very pleasing- this is the... Read more
Published on January 20, 2004 by Marina Stoklosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video with rare and hard-to-find moments
All of these performances were taken from their television specials which are hard to find. Karen's voice is pure as silk and Richard's arrangements are splendid! Read more
Published on July 1, 2003 by Mr. Wynn
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