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Cirque du Soleil - Varekai (2003)

John Gilkey , Octavio Alegria , Dominic Champagne , Nick Morris  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Gilkey, Octavio Alegria, Alexei Anikine, Kevin Atherton Laprise, Andrew Atherton
  • Directors: Dominic Champagne, Nick Morris
  • Producers: Marie Côté, Martin Bolduc, Rocky Oldham, Vincent Gagné
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000B1A51
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,598 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cirque du Soleil - Varekai" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Multi-angle performances
  • Meet the Artists
  • In-depth interviews
  • The Making of an Angel documentary
  • "Fire Within" series preview
  • Promos

Editorial Reviews

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Even by the high standards of Cirque du Soleil, Varekai is outstanding. While this artsy circus often aspires to weave a narrative through its spectacular events, in Varekai that story (about a winged boy who falls to earth and falls in love with a caterpillar girl) is as delightful and engaging as the acrobatic feats--which is saying a lot, because these feats will leave you agog. Acrobats juggle each others' bodies with their legs; identical twins spin on aerial straps; a contortionist twists into uncanny pretzel shapes; and much, much more. The elaborate costumes truly do evoke an otherworldly place--one of the clown characters looks like a man's torso emerging from the mouth of a carnivorous plant. Exceptionally well-filmed, and featuring a wealth of extra features about the making of the show, Varekai is Cirque du Soleil at the peak of its powers: Dizzy, dazzling, and sexy. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, there is an extraordinary world-a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai. From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary.

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world December 5, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The acrobats are amazing, costumes and music make you feel as if you were dreaming. As stunning as this DVD is - it makes you want to see the whole thing live, and as awesome as the entire production of the show, so is the supplementary DVD containing interviews with the artists as well as all the challenges and hard work that went into producing this masterpiece.

The drama of this performance takes place deep within a forest, in an extraordinary world where just about anything is possible. The story begins with the fall of Icarus (from Greek mythology), where a romantic interest develops between him and one of the inhabitants of this world - a caterpillar who by the end of the show turns into a butterfly. While they are attempting to be together, numerous inhabitants of this world attempt to stand in their way, though in the end they manage to get married and there is a big celebration.

The entire production, including all the creative elements is a fruit of teamwork, where each artist contributed not only acrobatic skills, but also creativity.

Beside the extraordinary acrobats, dancers and musicians, from all over the world, there are several humorous and very creative clowns - the one that introduces the show is in a way an overseer of the inhabitants, an inventor, and quite a character.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Sublime August 15, 2003
Format:DVD
My sister surprised me with tickets to see "Varekai!" in San Francisco a couple of months ago, and even though I love Cirque du Soleil and have seen many of their shows I was still totally blown away.

"Varekai!" has many of the familiar trademarks of the Cirque; the juggler, the comedy relief, the girl doing insane balancing tricks on some sort of pole/stand/etc. But this time around things are distinctly more colorful. The sets are designed to mimic a tropical rainforest, and the costumes are a cross between the brightest insects and animals of nature and Venice at Carnival time. There is also a heavier emphasis on dancers, particularly Gypsy and Romanian dancing. The results are spectacular.

While the full impact of the show cannot be felt by watching the DVD (there was one stunning sequence involving waltzing fireflies that simply does not come across on video), it is still well worth buying. The comedy is hilarious (we can thank the Cirque for actually making clowns funny instead of vaguely disturbing) and the music several notches above past Cirque endeavors. "Varekai!" is my favorite Cirque show (I've seen all of them except "O") and I highly highly recommend buying the DVD if you can't go see the actual show. Three cheers for a job well done and for a circus that continues to provide innovative and enchanting entertainment.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, incredible, breathtaking.... December 29, 2004
Format:DVD
I got this DVD for Christmas and I can't stop watching it. My favorite of any Cirque show I've seen period. It's portrayed amazingly well on DVD, unlike other Cirque shows I've seen through DVD. The show alone would be worth the price of this DVD, but what's awesome about this is you get an entire DVD of extras! In-depth interviews, Meet The Artists, A preview of the Fire Within Series, The documentary "The Making of an Angel"...it's great! I love this show! I'm driving with my parents 11 hours away this January to see Varekai. It's that good and I'm absolutely in love with it. The acts are amazing and I love that it actually has a story line...and the story line is fabulous.

Icarus falls from the sky into the world of Varekai inhabited by strange creatures--some that want to help him on his journey to regaining his mobility and ability to fly again, and some that just want to weigh him down. And, on this Journey, he finds love, a caterpillar girl. But the creatures wanting to cause him harm, take his love away from him and put her in a cocoon. And, at the end, she comes back at the end as a beautiful butterfly and they finally are able to be together.

And, of course, this being Cirque, there are amazing acts to go with the story line:

Flight of Icarus: Beautiful. This is where Icarus struggles in a net that holds him captive. Anton Chelnokov expresses his emotion so well on this act, it's breathtaking. One of favorite acts on in the show. I nearly started crying just watching it on DVD.

Icarian Games-- Amazing! An act where one man juggles another with his feet. This is the first time I've ever seen foot juggling and it's definitely a sight to see. Another one of my favorites.

Water Meteors--Really fun to watch!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary! December 26, 2005
Format:DVD
I have seen two Cirque Du Soleil videos and one of their live shows in my life. Only they can top themselves, and with "Varekai", they did it once more. The show is based on the Greek myth of Icarus, imagining what may his life have been like after he fell during his flight, upon getting too close to the sun. The magical combination of clowns, dance, acrobatics, gymnastics and music in a fantastic stage filled with surprises, inevitably draws you in and captivates you throughout the entire show, which lasts short of two hours.

If the show is not enough for you, the second DVD is loaded with interviews with the artists (lots of whom are Russian, in case you want to know), the making of the show (a 45+ minute long documentary) and many more features that make this DVD set well worth your time and money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect if you can't see Cirque in person
Bought this as a present for our daughter who is a huge Cirque fan. She loves this show!
Published 4 days ago by LindyLou
5.0 out of 5 stars A great show!
I love Cirque du Soleil and have not been disappointed in Varekai! Although some of the movie is a little out there the performances are fantastic as always. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie S. Scheck
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i love it
Published 1 month ago by Dragontopia
4.0 out of 5 stars Varekai
I love Cirque du Soleil and this did not disappoint. I only gave it 4/5 because it's so much better live that I just couldn't rate the video as high!
Published 4 months ago by SKA
2.0 out of 5 stars save your money
I found this one to be boring . Mondi lantini is so much better. with circque du soleil shows, ther is a "sameness" element to them, so I doubt that anyone would like... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Albert H. Pfister
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Cirques!!!!!
This was one of the best films I have ever seen before. The art and music and all the acrobats in the film were superb! I love it so much! I highly recommend it to everyone! Read more
Published 6 months ago by becool202
5.0 out of 5 stars Vareincredible
Like everything Cirque Soleil this again is an awesome journey of talent, costume & imagination. Nobody does it better than Cirque! Read more
Published 6 months ago by CHUI
5.0 out of 5 stars Circus sans animals
Viewers can sit back and marvel at the athletic abilities of truly gifted performers set in a great stage performance. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John E. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaky Cool
Very entrancing. Amazing acrobats and actors doing flips and tricks, dressed like bugs ! Doesn't get too much cooler than that. Shipped in very fast too.
Published 7 months ago by Rhonda
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Best Cirque Show I Have Seen, But Over Edited
Of the Cirque shows I have seen I'd rate this second to best: Ka (Live), Varekai (DVD), Totem (Live), Iris (Live), Quidam (DVD), and La Nouba (DVD). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeff
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