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Max Raabe and Palast Orchester: Dance & Film Music of 1920s (2007)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,884 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Raabe and the Orchestra perform for an audience of 20,000 at the Berlin Waldbuehne.

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131 of 132 people found the following review helpful
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Max Raabe may not be everyone's glass of schnapps...still, since founding the Palast Orchester in 1986 as a 24-year-old music student who discovered he loved the popular music of the 1920s and 1930s, especially the songs written during the Weimar Republic, he has gone from success to success in his native Germany. He is a tall, reasonably handsome man with a trained baritone who can manage sustained high notes better than most tenors. This can give a rather odd, noteworthy texture to his singing...just like that of so many male singers of the period. His orchestra has 12 members, all male except for the gorgeous blond violinist. They always dress in formal attire, with Raabe changing from tux and wing collar to, after the intermission, full formal evening wear of white tie and tails. If he and his orchestra look like the classic, high society dance orchestras of the era he obviously loves and respects, it's because he chooses to. Most of the orchestra have been with him from the start.

While Raabe concentrates on the popular songs of the Twenties and Thirties, usually using the original orchestrations, he also writes songs himself and does pop covers of contemporary songs using the old orchestration styles. You can sample his stuff on YouTube. Britney Spears' "Oops, I Did It Again" is especially, ah, noteworthy. In other words, Raabe has a sense of irony and humor...and I suspect he doesn't think much of a lot of contemporary pop songs. So is he an old man of 44, living in a past he never had? Hardly.

In this concert piece, filmed at a packed outdoor amphitheater before 20,000 Berliners, Raabe and his orchestra demonstrate why they are as good as they are.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Fabulous! What More Can I Say ... ? December 20, 2007
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Max Raabe and Palast Orchester: Dance & Film Music of 1920s is worth every penny charged, and then some.

I cannot add much to the other reviews here (all of which rate this DVD as 5-Star) except to say that, since it arrived, I have watched this show two nights in succession and I can't wait to invite friends over to see it as well. I did not think that such superior entertainers still existed!

Frankly, I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying this disc. What a showman! He sings in six languages including Chinese! And what an orchestra! These musicians can make their instruments sound like anything they like (even Chinese instruments!). These people all play several instruments and they play them extremely well. I have a number of records and discs of salon orchestras, but the Palast Orchester is by far the best.

I too hope that more DVDs (and CDs) of Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester will be issued. I'll buy every one.


Update: March 6, 2010

Last night Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester appeared in Philadelphia, PA and my wife and I were there (Merriam Theater, Orchestra Row B, Seats 10 and 12 - really great seats!).

Like many people who live in our area, we first heard about Max Raabe from Jill Pasternak's "Crossover" show on WRTI 90.1 MHz. We heard her initial interview with him back in November 2007 but unfortunately it was broadcast the very day he was appearing in Philadelphia and it was impossible for us to get tickets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful! October 29, 2007
Mr. DeRiemer has already written a wonderful and accurate review of this DVD, so I won't repeat his comments. This is an outstanding disc! Exceptional!! I only hope that Herr Raabe and his fantastic "Palast Orchester" will provide us with more Region 0 (worldwide) DVD's to enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Have More December 11, 2007
I totally agree with the foregoing reviews. Admittedly one requires a taste for this kind of music to enjoy this performance. It takes about one viewing.

The picture quality and sound are terrific. The subtitles are good and very useful the first time through to get the hilarious patter between numbers. One must set the television or monitor to other than full screen to see them properly.

I am awaiting the rumored DVD of the recent Japan concert, some of which is in the bonus material with this DVD.

Let's have more!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raabe is Right... January 12, 2008
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This is one great DVD for those of us who like the stylings of this kind of Orchestra, and which can transport one back to those halcyon days of yesterday in a brand-new venue. It's mostly in German, but one can get subtitles by just hitting the right button -- and the subtitles can only enhance the overall effect. The 5.1 surround is very effective, and the music itself is just perfect, reminescent of Berlin in the late '20s and '30s. (There are a few American songs, and they are sung in English --and very well indeed!)

For anyone who likes to live in the past (as I do -- it's cheaper!) this DVD is a real treasure!! As extras, there are (very small) snippets of the orchestra's trip to other countries (no music there, however)...but a nice additon to a DVD that doesn't really need any additions!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, entertaining
Published 1 month ago by Charlene J. Gregas
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT! So "sincerely" artificial
So "sincerely" artificial......stylishly stilted....all I hoped for, & more
Published 2 months ago by nadine p heald
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Wish I understood German. Audience seems to be having a great time with the performance, lots of laughter.
Music is wonderful and brings back lots of memories. Read more
Published 6 months ago by DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Music from the thirties today
Great style, great sound. It is surprising that music from that period can be recreated for today, One would like to believe that `Happy days are here again' -- the election tune... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Frustrated purchaser
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior in all respects
Max Raabe and the Palast group are superior musicians, precise and talented. To say the presentation is entertaining is an understatement. Read more
Published 11 months ago by John Drewes
Published 13 months ago by DORA ELIZABETH BARRANCO
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
I'm not German or can talk German..but I love Max Raabe;s music and songs.He has a wonderful style. Excellent DVD
Published 16 months ago by Donald L. Sproul
5.0 out of 5 stars all of the best
the performances were wonderful it was like you were in the audience and they kept you entertained through the whole disc
Published 16 months ago by Chris D. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Max Raabe
If you're a lover of old style music then this is the DVD for you. Max Raabe takes music, some would say obscure, from the 20s, 30s and 40s and turns them into delightful... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Peter von Payens
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the DVD
Great kitchy music of the 20's & 30's. Mostly sung in German, however has good subtitles. For some crazy reason I have to write 4 more words. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Richard
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