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Lang: Amelia - featuring La La La Human Steps [Blu-ray]

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Product Description

The multi-award-winning dance film Amelia (2002) explores the
use of point technique using extended intertwining solos,
complex partnering sequences and extreme speed to generate
powerful performances with unexpected moments of tender
emotion and serenity.
Lock uses intricate choreography for both camera and dancers,
creating amazing and constantly shifting points of view.
Trademark performances, brilliant and relentless, combined with
the delicate sensual lighting of André Turpin and the minimalist
environment of a giant wooden box with rounded forms that
seems to have no exit, create a disturbingly exquisite and
moving experience.
The original score, written by David Lang for violin, cello, piano
and voice, combines evocative minimalism with lyrics from five
of Lou Reed's most famous works, created in the 60s for The
Velvet Underground. Bonus material/features:
Commentaries by Édouard Lock.
25 years La La La Human Steps - with a production overview,
fact sheets and unique video and photo material from celebrated
productions including Human Sex, 2, Salt, New Demons and
Infante c est destroy.
On-screen biographies of all the artists and the main creative
crew.

Review

Amelia is nothing but dance, brilliantly shot, relentlessly
in your face, astonishingly fast. The lesson of Amelia…
is to dance this hard, this fast, this gloriously while you
still can. --Los Angeles Times

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: La La La Human Steps
  • Directors: Lock
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 214 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001K4E812
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,526 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. M WILINSKY VINE VOICE on May 11, 2006
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First of all, the name of this ballet movie is "Amelia" and it is performed by the dance company "La La La Human Steps". It is choreographed using mostly classical ballet forms, most notably pointe work(the choreographer and producer, Edouard Lock, really loves pointe work!) and pas de deux, although other groupings are included and the men dance in the usual way, with one exception: there is a pas de deux with a man and a woman, both dressed as men and both on pointe! The costumes are typical of modern dance, the woman wear leotards and the men wear pants and jackets. Amelia is freely adapted from a stage production of the same same, but this is first and foremost a dance-for-camera movie, where the camera becomes an integral part of the action, using shots of many different angles, and rotation, dolly, and crane shots. The dance space itself is quite interesting and is difficult to describe, but it looks a little like the inside of a ceramic vase. The lighting is also very intricate. The action is mostly very fast and frenetic, and the choreography is very challenging including some very difficult steps, both on the floor and in the air.
This is a two disc set, the first disk is the ballet itself and includes an optional commentary, and rehearsal footage(accessed in interactive mode). The second disc is a little tricky. It includes printed facts on productions, biographies, and awards of the dance company. On some of the production boards, there is a media section with either one or two icons. The icon to the left is for still images and the icon to the right is for video clips, so be careful not to miss those features as I did the first few times!
If you like ultra-modern ballet, you should enjoy this.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Slender on July 15, 2006
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As the previous review states - Amelia is a stage production adapted for the camera, choreographed by Edouard Lock and danced by members of La La La Human Steps, a contemporary ballet company based in Montreal, Canada. For any dancer (contemporary or classical) this work not only challenges and collides paradigms of both traditions by including meticulously articulated (and incredibly quick) pointe work and partnering with intense gesture phrases and 'state' work...it also presents to us a new way of thinking about dance films, cinematography, and lighting. The piece is a tremendous artistic experience and something that anyone even remotely intrested in art should see. Amelia is something that, for dancers in particular, is invaluable. It is the best dance film I've seen in all respects, and something that should be a part of anyone's DVD library. The extra features (as described in the previous review) are wonderful and a nice added bonus, but the work itself is truly astonishing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Parlamento on July 24, 2007
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An amazing film of a ballet that, given its use of various media, is perfectly suited for the cinema. "Amelia" visually articulates the ways in which gender is often performative. The ballet's fluid yet artificially "designed" bodies remind us of larger cultural categories, specifically how sexuality is itself fluid yet artifically choreographed by law/policy makers. The performers' bodies become robotic, hyper-mediated in, of all things, Armani suits. A wonderful, exciting film. And check out Billy Smith's and Zofia Tujaka's invigorating pas de deux. Smith is incredible.
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If you're here and looking at this, you probably have already seen it live, watched some or all of it on YouTube, or know about this piece already. I don't think I need to go into this riveting and stunning work of art. You also probably know that it's not filmed like a straight forward dance documentary. The cinematography and editing have a style and artform unto themselves. Unlike the awful filming of Bill T. Jones Still/Here, this fits the piece and complements it with precise vision. The set alone is worth talking about. I'm giving it five stars because of that since most reviews of this nature on Amazon are of the film itself and not usually about the product...

... So here's a quick review of the Blu-ray itself. The picture quality is surprisingly not that good. Oddly grainy. I wouldn't imagine that it's much better than a DVD or even an old LaserDisc for that matter. So there's that. It's pretty evident on a large screen TV, but on the PC you can use some correcting features in software like PowerDVD 15 to enhance and sharpen it a bit.

BUT... the extras are GREAT. Much love and care went into producing this product, so DON'T SKIP THEM!!! Full commentary by Mr. Locke himself, lots of La La La Human Steps past dance clips, and an interesting interactive behind the scenes feature. If you're like me and watch great dance pieces repeatedly over time, it's worth every penny.
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By John Gray Hunter Jr. on September 10, 2008
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Wow!
Beautiful!
I don't get it but... who cares?! The dancing is amazing and beautiful and like nothing else. The set is amazing and beautiful and like nothing else. The clothes are amazing and beautiful and like nothing else. The dancers themselves are amazing and beautiful and like nothing else. The music is amazing and beautiful and like nothing else.

In fact, the music is really as amazing as the dance. Reworkings by David Lang (a minimalist) of Velvet Underground songs, it made me go back and listen to that 60's album. The new songs are just as effective and true to the lyrics as the old, but in a completely different way.

Not to distract from the unbelievable dancing though...

Check it out!
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