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Center Stage (2008)

Tommy Emmanuel , Peter Berkow  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tommy Emmanuel
  • Directors: Peter Berkow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • 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: Favored Nations
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FB0WBK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,047 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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dettagli prodotto attori: tommy emmanuel formato: ac-3, dolby, dvd audio, schermo pieno, ntsc audio: italiano (dolby digital 5.1) lingua: inglese sottotitoli: italiano regione: tutte le regioni formato immagine: 1.33:1 numero di dischi: 1 studio: favored nations data versione dvd: 7 gen. 2010 durata: 107 minuti

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would've been perfect January 21, 2009
By Panglos
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you've seen the PBS special "Center Stage" that aired in 2006, you needn't worry that this disc duplicates material from that show. While the venue's the same, the setlist is completely different. Host Bob Littell shows up once again, this time only to accompany Tommy on harp. That's where the similarity ends. That was a great video; this one's every bit its equal.

Except for one thing.

One of the most endearing parts of a performance by Tommy Emmanuel is the communication he has with his audience. This shows up in Tommy's behavior, energy and enthusiasm while performing, and also between songs, when he talks to the audience. It's an essential part of the show. During the 2006 video the banter was edited but not eliminated. Unfortunately, this time the editors chose to delete almost all of the between-song chatter completely.

Instead of contributing to the flow, as apparently was their aim, this editing diminishes it. Without the breathing room Tommy's commentary provides, this video runs more like a studio recording, with each track segueing quickly into the next.

No matter how excellent a performer is, without inter-track relief as provided by Tommy's speech the viewer is bound to suffer some fatigue. Yes, Tommy's incredible. But the fact that his show features only one person and a guitar is a double-edged sword. The variety and personal perspective provided by his commentary contributes to an even richer experience.

Plus there's the fact that the video is not an accurate representation of what it's like to actually have been there. In reality, Tommy talks a lot more than this. We saw this show 3 months after this video was recorded, and our reaction to the first deletion was "what the...?
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb, virtuosic performance by Tommy Emmanuel November 7, 2008
I remember being introduced to Tommy Emmanuel around the early 1990s, while he still toured Australia as an electric guitarist with band. At the time, his shows were an eclectic mix of hard rock, with a few acoustic ballads and some fingerstyle pieces, hinting at what was to come. After releasing his album "Only" (2000), Tommy established himself as a premiere acoustic soloist and has remained that way since. His guitar playing skills and overall musicianship continually amaze me. There are pieces here that seem only fit for two guitarists, not one! All of his music is played with energy, clarity and impeccable taste. Highlights of this performance for me were:

The Finger Lakes - a nice, moody build-up section to the main fingerstyle chorus.

Nine Pound Hammer - incredible rendition of a Merle Travis song. Tommy sings, while accompanying himself with walking bass lines and chords. The last section where he plays a right hand percussion rhythm, while left-hand tapping the bass line (and singing too) will bring a smile to anyone's face.

Happy Hours - a clever, uptempo fingerstyle piece, written by TE. This is one of those pieces that comes across as deceptively simple, yet has some very cool melodic parts, especially in the middle.

Mombasa - Tommy says "now we're going to go to Africa" before launching into an extended guitar-percussion solo, before AND after the song. I hope that microphone didn't give him too many headaches though.

Morning Aire - This is a sublime piece, and Tommy performs it flawlessly. This is the high-point on the DVD for me.

Lenny Bro - What a great new piece. It has a very strong rhythmic feel, with quirky melodic ideas. It sounds like TE was experimenting with the whole-tone scale in the middle section.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous! November 25, 2008
I was at Sierra Nevada Brewing in the Big Room for night one of Tommy's stint there. The performance was everything anyone could ask for....the room crackled with energy. The venue is intimate (around 350 people), acoustically incredible and there's truly not a bad seat in the house. I consider it one of the highlights of my life to have seen this stellar musician live. This DVD definitely does not disappoint! Many thanks to Bob Littell and his great crew and staff for a wonderful evening of music and this heritage keepsake.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new fan says- this will rock your socks off! January 29, 2009
By jape55
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I just discovered Tommy Emmanuel (Tony Enamel as he says people mistakenly call him) on YouTube. I had no idea this guy had been around so long. Man was I missing out!
I've played guitar for a long time and have a strong appreciation for real musical talent and ability developed and executed on it. This fella delivers nothing but that! He and his music are both amazing. And what makes it all the more enjoyable to watch is how much fun he has doing it. He really loves playing, is full of energy and seems like a wonderful guy. Still, if you have no concern for that part of the picture, Tommy's music and playing skills are a wonder to hear and see. He makes it look so easy you sometimes think you should be able to do what he's doing. So you pick up your guitar and... land right back in the real world again.
Anyway, the DVD picture and sound quality is great! 5.1 surround sound with a crisp, clear digital image. I hope they make more of these with Tommy before he retires (which hopefully won't be for many years!!).

God bless you Tommy. You've blessed us with the miracle of your music and personality. I wish you the absolute best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A show stopper.
Tommy is arguably the best guitar player in the world and this shows you why. No one can walk past the TV with this playing--all stop to watch.
Published 7 days ago by Rex
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A most enjoyable video...can watch/listen over & over.
Published 7 days ago by Max D. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Interesting.
Actually it turns out this is not the artist I thought. So watched it anyway and video is very good.
Published 23 days ago by weiden1
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Amazing Guitarist I've Ever Heard
What an amazing talent! This recording is one of my favorites, and I've watched it several times. Tommy is just a remarkable, exuberant musician - a joy to listen to, and more,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rodger C. Niemeier
5.0 out of 5 stars so entertaining
What can I say? I love watching Mr. Emmanuel, and this dvd is no exception. Ready yourself for a high quality, rollicking good time.
Published 6 months ago by Samus Aran
5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining recording by a brilliant artist.
Tommy Emmanuel is a brilliant guitarist. Chet Atkins once remarked that Tommy is the greatest guitar player. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Day Trader
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Guitar Playing..!!
Tommy Emmanuel is by far an exciting and talented entertainer, admired by many other guitarist's including
Eric Clapton. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Leo M. Bouchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Wow. I found Tommy while reading about Chet Atkins. I can't believe I spent all those years not knowing about this guy. Absolutely amazing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by G. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars It Doesn' Get Any Better than This
His guitar is part of him, well worn and explored, showing on it's face the travels of creativity and mastery of this artist. Outstanding!
Published 11 months ago by rctbone
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Witness for yourself why Tommy Emmanuel is rated as the best guitarist in the world! Even the late great " Mr. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Morguns1cam
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