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Cirque du Soleil - Midnight Sun (2005)

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A1OFXW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,121 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Encore
  • Photo Gallery
  • Mini-posters
  • Featurette: A look at Cirque du Soleil

Editorial Reviews

Co-produced by Amèrimage-Spectra and Productions Conte IV, a subsidiary of Cirque du Soleil Images,Midnight Sun features 150 circus artists, entertainers and street performers, as well as over 100 singers and musicians. All these artists came together on July 11, 2004, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Festival International de Jazz de Montrèal and Cirque du Soleil's 20th birthday by performing in a magnificent show on the main stage of the Festival International de Jazz de Montrèal.

Customer Reviews

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining concert June 23, 2006
In order to appreciate this DVD, I think you have to see it more as a concert than a typical Cirque performance. As a live, outdoor concert, it works. The DVD captures the excitement of the crowd and if you especially enjoy the Euro-music of Cirque, this one's for you. It is light on acrobatics, but visually interesting, and the music is (overall) great. It can't compare with Varekai or Allegria; it's not that kind of show. I don't get the negativity of the other reviews, but we all have our subjective opinions. I'm glad I got this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness for the fast forward button July 27, 2006
Midnight Sun is watchable and even enjoyable if you can fast foward through the boring lackluster dancing and the boring and weird acrylic wall dancing (WHAT IS THAT???). I really gave this a chance because it looked so innovative but after a while it become down right embarrasing.

The aerial acts and wheel balancing were breathtaking and I loved the music and singing. I suspect that much of the uneveness of this production is that is was a one of a kind performance and not refined for touring. Some of it had a thrown together atmosphere. Also, it was certainly much more fun to be there in the audience.

An uneven but interesting show worth a look as long as you are not expecting another Varekai.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing - Just not "Cirque"... January 13, 2010
Somehow, they lost the "Cirque" in this one. This one was primarily song and dance, with a few scattered performances in between. And of these, not very many were the sort that left you in awe or wonder, thinking "they must have taken years of practice to get that right!"

A few previous acts are revisited, but in some cases, acts that were graceful and flowing are turned into little more than angry, aerial thrashing. A good many of the performance arts bits are more remeniscient of the National Endowment for the Arts than of Cirque du Soleil.

I did have to keep in mind that this is a wide-open street performance, so that limits things a lot from the outset. A typical Cirque is a complete, packaged, immersive environment that surrounds and encompasses an audience; wrapping them warmly in a complete embrace.

This is none of that. There's no warmth of Alegria. There's no forboding, somber, darkness of Quidam. There's no intensity of Varekai.

This simply is not a Cirque du Soleil. More of a San Francisco Street Carnival.
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30 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Most awful Cirque show I've seen yet. "F" June 9, 2006
First of all, I am a huuuuuuge Cirque du Soleil fan. I have virtually all of the DVDs and several of the soundtracks. Even my MySpace page is themed after it. My favorite shows are Alegria, Varekai, Quidam, La Nouba and even Saltimbanco and Dralion were good. Corte was probably my least favorite... until now that is. I was very eager to watch this show but oh was I disappointed. :(

One of the reasons I love Cirque du Soleil so much is the lovely music and wonderful artistic displays and costumes. This show butchered just about everything I thought was so cool about Cirque du Soleil and they managed to pull it off all in one night. Someone was either high or passed the buck to some other group to put this disastrous piece of show together. If I were the founder of Cirque du Soleil, I'd take this DVD outa print and spare the embarrassment.

Like the other reviewer, I agree, the performers looked like adults throwing tantrums and the Plexiglas wall was just too much. Aah the French. ;) Most of the performers failed to maintain a presence of character. They simply looked like people performing a bad routine that was thrown together at the last minute and so they were trying hard not to screw it up. There's very little expression or emotion conveyed through any of their actions or expressions (except to see them out of character and smirking and chatting with each other) and, as a result, you don't buy into the fantasy or emotional experience that Cirque du Soleil is so famous for creating.

Unfortunately, I also hated the music with only a few small exceptions. The singers were mostly terrible; often off key, and what's with the chick dressed up like Paris Hilton? Or how `bout "stick in her hair lady"???
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars cirque du soleil jazz festival June 28, 2006
This was part of the Montreal Jazz festival.Not much cirque on this dvd, and not one of my favorites, more music but remember this was done outside, and there was not much else you can do at a jazz festival .So if your looking more for cirque get one of the other dvds.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the worse show I seen September 2, 2009
This DVD had some good parts. The music was great. The costumes were awful. They had some good singers and a great acrobat that went around in a round thing. Then they had a very good act seen in the Barnom and Baley Circus. They also had a good act with some statues and a good act with some one in a fish tank. Now was the DVD great no it was not it needed a lot more great acts. But it had a few very good acts. It is a nice addition to the series which comes with 11 other DVD for 130.00 on Amazon. But out of the set of 12 DVD's I only seen one worse DVD than this one. So if you did not get it with the set don't spend 18.00 to buy it on your own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a true Cirque Du Soleil fan must have October 27, 2009
By D. L
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Good morning, I have read others reviews. First, this is a LIVE concert from a music festival. Again, lets remember LIVE outdoor concert. They have some of the mobile acts. Sorry, they could not rig up high wire's and what not. The was part of a music festival. It appears some of the "true fan's" do not understand that Cirque Du Soleil likes to try new things. Someone said "rent" it before you buy it. If you still have a video rental shop and they are carrying it, Good idea. I am very happy with my copy. I am honored to have it with my collection of Cirque Du Soleil stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 23 days ago by Deanna Lancaster
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Have seen other Cirque du Soleil dvd's that I enjoyed far more than I enjoyed this one.
Published 27 days ago by E. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by William Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY ONE SHOULD WATCH
Published 1 month ago by re-re
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome dvd
I dont know why but my wife is in love with Cirque Du Soleil
i saw this and it was a must for her collection.
Published 7 months ago by Bert Patino
3.0 out of 5 stars Wanting to go to a actual show
Enjoyed the movie, hope to see a live show, sometime next year, that's why I ordered this DVD . Thank you so much
Published 14 months ago by Najah
4.0 out of 5 stars alternate
If you can't afford a live performance or can't travel to see this is a good alternative, especially if you have a wide screen and/or HD TV.
Published 16 months ago by MLE
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Video!
I got this video for a child who LOVES circus performers and performing and she LOVED it! The emphasis is on the performers and all of the amazingly artistic feats they can... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Steph
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like expected
I went in thinking it would be a creative fantasy storyline with some cool circus acts. I quickly realized the plot was non-existent. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jeed
5.0 out of 5 stars Cirque Du Soleil
Excellent and the price is right, I am giving it as a gift so I know I will get a good reaction
Published 20 months ago by Susan Roland
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