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


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  • 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 (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001K4E812
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,713 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

Customer Reviews

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Its not HD but it looks and sounds great.
Steve Regan
An amazing film of a ballet that, given its use of various media, is perfectly suited for the cinema.
M. Parlamento
Beautiful dancing and creative film making.
J. Shea

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. M WILINSKY VINE VOICE on May 11, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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
Format: DVD
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
Format: DVD
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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By John Gray Hunter Jr. on September 10, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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By Alexandra Torbycz on July 6, 2008
Format: DVD
This is not something that I would normally find on my own, but passing through the channels and I saw this on gallery HD. My mind was blown by the beauty and elegance of the dancers and also the innovation used with the camera angle work and also the lighting. I wish i was able to find the music alone to listen to. Anybody have an idea? Regardless the visuals are stunning and the movements are so precise it's just phenominal and a definate must see. During the credits they play "all tomarrow's parties" and you see lou reed and d lang listed as the music composers to different songs. I say that because I am watching this as I type.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack Of Alltrades on November 28, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I wouldn't go to a ballet if you paid me. But this film... is arrestingly beautiful. It's so personal, so intimate, so erotic, so moving. The music is gorgeous, stark, striking---everything the film is. Watch it on youtube and see.
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By Daniel Heroux on March 17, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
this was a gift to my niece, so cant review this. yep yep, twas a gift to my niece oh yeah.
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A great combination of scenery lighting costuming choreography camera angles music E Lock is without a doubt a extremely creating person in a huge range of art media
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