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Cirque du Soleil - Quidam (1999)

John Gilkey , Franco Dragone , David Mallet  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Gilkey, Franco Dragone, Chris Lashua, Isabelle Chasse, Konstantine Besschetnyj
  • Directors: David Mallet
  • Producers: Peter Wagg, Rocky Oldham
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 1999
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767840135
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,998 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cirque du Soleil - Quidam" on IMDb

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135 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cirque Lovers Dream December 17, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
FINALLY! A superior capture of a Cirque du Soleil performance. I sufferied through the last two ("Novelle Experience" and "Saltimbanco") disappointing videos. Watching one missed opportunity after another, I had to draw from my memory of being at the performance to complete the picture. Or else I had to overcome annoying camera tricks. At last there is a film that enhances the experience of "Quidam" that surpasses the visions one gets from a a seat in the audience, and ALMOST equals the experience of being there.
Let me explain. Camera shots and close-ups are much improved over previous ventures (I have not seen the film of "Alegria"), and now are better integrated into the overall experience. Rather than trying to perform camera stunts of their own (there are some exceptions), the viewpoint tries to capture or comment on what is being filmed.. The sound quality (captured from a live performance) is supurb.
And the acts are wonderful. Many are actually more enjoyable [to me] than in my two live viewings because of the viewpoint of this film. While some are not as impressive as some past acts have been, the way the entire production encompasses their essence improves their impact. And some of the acts, quite frankly, are simply as good as it gets.
But in this instance, the whole is far greater than the parts. This has always been a Cirque trait, but is particularly evident in "Quidam".
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT A CIRCUS - A DREAM AWAKING December 14, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I have experienced Cirque du Soleil's 'Mystere' twice; unfortunately not 'Quidam' and had always hoped 'Mystere' would be released on video so I could watch it with my daughter - who listens to all of Cirque's soundtracks with me. When the 'Quidam' video came out (her and I had already memorized the soundtrack), we watched and cried and laughed in unison. Magic. At the end, she said: 'Dad, I feel so happy...and sad.' The Cirque du Soleil spirit is captured very well in both the video and the audio productions. John Gilky's pseudo-juggling antics are priceless and the angelic voice of Audrey Brisson-Jutras sends shivers up and down my spine. I wish she and her father - Cirque soundtrack composer Benoit Jutras - would release a musical project of their own (if they haven't already). If one has never seen a Cirque du Soleil show, this video is the next best thing. Be sure to have a big-screen TV, surround-sound stereo system, and an extra large tub of popcorn (but watch out for the usher).
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for a 5 star show November 24, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Finally it's here, Quidam on Video. My favourite touring show, with "O" taking the top marks in the fixed location department. After endless e-mails to Cirque's marketing department, on when it would be out, it comes just in time for Christmas. Shot in Amsterdam, The Netherlands back in April this year, the show does a great job capturing the images of the show. From the joyfully opening of Chris Lashua's German Wheel via the erotic Aerial contortion in silk by Isabelle Chasé to the heart-stopping Banquine finale by the entire cast. Many acts are shortend, espcially the playfull diabolos and hoop acts, others such as the Manipulation act, did not play in Amsterdam. However, the Manipulation act is replaced by the wonderfull Handbalancing, which used to alter with the diabolos back in the states but is back as a full act here. One thing is great though, and please Cirque take notice, One boring clown act per show is really enough, and really takes enough speed out of the show, Quidam would be even better without Les Malcoma and with another act!, John alone brings more laughs than those three idiots from France.
Having seen the show 11 times, I would certainly say that Quidam on Video is something else than Quidam live, feeling the bass in the tent during the Statue just adds to the whole experience. Being in the tent Cirque is a 360o experience something that is very difficult to capture on tape, even with Yet, the video provides 90 minutes of non-stop entertainment that is not to be missed. The quality of both the sound is so good, it eliminates the need for a Quidam live CD, since the orginal version just lacks many of the wonderful show tracks.
Indeed 5 stars for this video of this 5 star show.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cirque du Soleil comes of age. February 27, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
My personal history of experiences with Cirque du Soleil is erratic - my first exposure to them being a trip to "Saltimbanco" in London's Royal Albert Hall, a performance so unexpectedly magical and so unlike any other event I have attended that I subsequently went a further five times, taking everybody I could persuade to come with me.
Video purchases of this, and "Nouvelle Experience" followed, which was equally delightful.
This was followed by "Alegria", which, I have to say, bitterly disappointed me. I found it lacked the sheer exuberance of "Saltimbanco", and whereas most Cirque productions seem to have a clear theme, I found "Alegria" an obtuse and disparate confusion of inferior acts to those of "Saltimbanco", chained together with clowning routines taken verbatim (with no warning nor apology) from Russian clown Slava's previous "Snowshow" production.
"Quidam", however, is not only as much a return to form, more a totally productive reinvention and enhancement of it, resulting in an equally magical, but also a superior, more mature, elegant offering, with a powerful theme, profound symbology, incredible acrobatic performances, layer upon layer of belief-shattering visuals, and outstanding musical moments. This is Cirque du Soleil's tour-de-force and finest moment to date, and elevates "Circus" to the league of fine art.
Witness the "simple" routine whereby a hula-hoop is jettisoned so that it orbits a clown in a slowly decreasing spiral, to finally roll straight into his hand, that had been accurately positioned to accept it from the start, and you will begin to understand the level of utter control and perfection that exudes from this production at every opportunity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great for kids
most people do no realize that these programs are children friendly. much of what cirque du soleil does and is great for kids. would purchase again
Published 2 months ago by Jonathan A Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Cirque Du Soleil - Quidam
I have gone to Disney and saw La Nouba Twice... They'll tell you there are no good seats in the house, don't believe it.
This show is pathetic ... Read more
Published 2 months ago by sowhat
5.0 out of 5 stars Quidam
Great DVD. Takes us back to the live performance. Good photography, sound & color good. Get to relive the show
Published 2 months ago by nonna7+3
2.0 out of 5 stars Over produced, Half of the Acts are the same as Le Nouba
Of the cirque shows I have seen I'd rate this second to last: Ka (Live), Varekai (DVD), Totem (Live), Iris (Live), Quidam (DVD), and La Nouba (DVD). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Cirque's Quidam
This one is highly recommended. Near perfect with just a few camera shots/changes I did not care for. Sound track is great.
Published 3 months ago by D. WADE
5.0 out of 5 stars Cirque at it's best.
Great story, superb singing by the young lady, great fun with John, and the most amazing physical accomplishments of any Cirque show that I have ever seen
Published 5 months ago by P. Corcoran
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite!
Hands down, my favorite production, at least those that I've seen. Have had this one on VHS for well over a decade. Long overdue to update to DVD!
Published 6 months ago by charlye5
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyable
had seen this performance in Macon Ga last month, and this DVD was almost as good! It's a way to keep my memory of the performance forever! love Cirque du DSoleil
Published 9 months ago by oldphrog
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Cirque
This was the first Cirque show I ever seen and I had to have it so I got. It is one of my favorite shows especially because it has my all time favorite performer John Gilkey in it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bishop
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
Some of the numbers were really great....The rest, I fell asleep on several occasions. But whatever I might not like..... Read more
Published 11 months ago by mars
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