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  • Actors: Dead Can Dance, Lisa Gerrard, Brendan Perry
  • Directors: Mark Magidson
  • Producers: Mark Magidson, Alton Walpole, Ivo Watts-Russell, Robin Hurley
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Strat. Mkt.
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001JXOOE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dead Can Dance - Toward The Within" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Region 0 (NTSC format)
  • Tracks: Rakim, Song of the Sibyl, I Can See Now, American Dreaming, Cantara, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, I Am Stretched on Your Grave, Desert Song, Oman, Gloridean, Tristan, Sanvean
  • Additional performances: The Carnival Is Over, The Host of Seraphim, Yulunga (spirit dance), Frontier, The Protagonist

Editorial Reviews

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There are few voices in popular music like that of Dead Can Dance's Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard. Perry's is rich and earthy, whereas Gerrard's multi-octave instrument is, at times, downright unearthly. Toward the Within, the audiovisual version of a 1993 concert at Santa Monica's Mayfair Theatre--chosen, no doubt, for its excellent acoustics--is a fine showcase for their unique talents. Joined by five musicians on keyboards, strings, and percussion, Mark Magidson (Baraka) has filmed the proceedings in a straightforward manner, but the music is intricate and exotic enough that no special effects or fancy camera moves are necessary. The songs, which incorporate pop, folk, and world-music influences, are interspersed with interview clips, turning the release into a hybrid between a concert video and a documentary. Highlights include the hypnotic "Rakim" and soaring "American Dreaming." Toward the Within was also issued on CD, sans the interview and video clips. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews

It would also make a great introduction to the band.
krista
If you have an open mind and can appreciate many types of music I recommend any Dead Can Dance you can get your hands on.
D. Dearborn
Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry are cool, intelligent musicians with a God-Given talent.
Anthony Morelli

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Morelli on December 2, 2005
Format: DVD
I went to see DCD with my partner when they came here on October 4th of this year (my birthday). We sat so far from the stage, it was hard to see Brendan, Lisa and the entourage, because they were so small and we were so high up in the rafters. If it hadn't been for the DCD website and Lisa's website, I wouldn't know what the duo look like. So...getting back to the DVD...I always had the CD somewhere in my music collection. The music was just 'okay' on the CD, because I couldn't see DCD performing. But now that I own the DVD of the concert, it's so pleasing to watch & listen at the same time. Obviously, the band puts a lot of effort into their performances, coming up with a sound so similar to the studio recording, it's incredible.

Yes, it's true...the picture is a bit fuzzy, but so what? For the price I paid for the DVD, I'm more than happy for buying it. And, the DVD plays on both my computer and TV DVD players. The sound is great and there's little distortion. My only gripe regarding the item is due to the editing of 'Yulunga' and 'The Carnival is Over' from the live setlist. Why did they have to cut out those 2 fantastic tracks? Darn! Oh well, that's what you get when they give you 5 bonus tracks to watch instead. Not bad, but it would've been nicer to see those 2 extra tracks live. It is nice to have 'The Host of Seraphim' on this collection, because it's one of my fave songs of DCD.

Customer note:
- There are 2 editions of this DVD, depending on when it was made.
- Early edition was released in a hard plastic, slimline jewel-case DVD case.
- Re-released in an amray case (standard 'fat' DVD box).
- Amray case comes with just the front & back insert (1 piece) without any booklet.
- Additional performances are NOT live performances.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Adam Detweiler on December 9, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This video is NOT for those of the MTV generation who believe that a song must be accompanied by a "music video." In this video you find yourself front row and behind the sounds of one of the most enigmatic and fantastic bands in recent history. From Lisa Gerrard's hauntingly rich, honeyed voice to Brendan Perry's smoky, powerful ballads, A true fan of music will appreciate this video. Dead Can Dance has a mysterious and unique blend of sounds form India, Asia, the Western world, and Tribal influences from around the globe that leave the listener enveloped, invigorated and in a complete state of awe. This video also takes us behind the scenes to whence the influences have come and personal insights into the sounds that can only have come from a band of this calibre.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By caleb ben moore on March 24, 2004
Format: DVD
dead can dance were an amazing band. chances are if you are looking to buy this dvd, you already know that.
this dvd is made up mostly of a film of DCD's live album "toward the within", recorded at the mayfair theatre in santa monica california. it had been available for some time now on VHS, but i'm very pleased that they upgraded the format. the performance itself is beautiful. transcendent, otherworldly, ethereal. these words have all been used to describe DCD's music, and in particular, lisa gerrard's voice. and they are all correct. lisa gerrard's voice is at once human and angelic. i wept (sanvean) and i swooned (don't fade away). you will also. buy this dvd at once. don't let their musical legacy fade into the shadows of time. you wont be sorry.
the dvd also contains a handful of their videos, the best, in my opinion, being 'frontier' previously only available on 4ad's "lonely is an eyesore" video comp. i've heard that it's the first DCD song ever recorded, and it really takes your breath away with it's tribal rhythms, and lisa's warbling voice. another standout video is 'the host of the seraphim' which is comprised of footage from mark magidson's critically acclaimed film Baraka (...).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Engywook on April 29, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This program opens with an amazing film that celebrates the creation of the world and its people. There's nothing in this film that you haven't seen before - time lapses of clouds, aerial films of smoldering volcanos, a waterfall pouring into a rainbow, natives dancing, and dervishes whirling - but the composition of the images, and Lisa Gerard's haunting performance of "Yulunga," make this opening seven minutes of eternal bliss.
The rest is concert footage and interviews. Most of the band is unremarkable; the band looks like they've strolled in for a few beers and stuck around to make some music. But Gerard radiates power when she sings; you cannot help but worship her, she looks like a glowing white Athena and her voice is the call of Kali.
Especially when she sings in her own language, and there are no understandable words to disturb the left hemisphere of your brain. Gerard's sparing facial expressions are like drops of water passing over marble. The slow changes to her lips and her eyes are all you need to understand well enough what she is singing about.
The interview footage comes, really, as a needed break from all the holiness of the music. The two singers seem then to be quite ordinary, and if truth be known, full of it - to explain any kind of inspiration, you can only make up a story that is somewhere around the truth. But the music defies, and does not need, any explanation.
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