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Miroir Noir (2009)

Arcade Fire , Vincent Morisett  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Arcade Fire
  • Directors: Vincent Morisett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Merge Records
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001T46TZG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,577 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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About the Director

Vincent Morisett was responsible for the interactive video for "Neon Bible," as well as the Arcade Fire web design.

Product Description

"Miroir Noir" follows Arcade Fire through the making and touring of their 2007 album "Neon Bible," documenting the band in the studio, and the making of promotional films and videos. Also features live footage and a few short films made on the road. Directed by Vincent Morisset, who was responsible for the interactive video for the song "Neon Bible" and for the band's web design.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of a Letdown... May 26, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love Arcade Fire, and was thrilled when I saw video cameras focused on every member of the band during their NEON BIBLE Tour, figuring that it meant a concert DVD was in the works. If one has seen Arcade Fire in concert, then you know that it is an almost religious-like experience.

Unfortunately Win Butler has expressed a general impatience with conventional concert films. To some extent, I can understand this sentiment. However, a great many concert films have not had performers as dynamic on the stage as Arcade Fire. So, in place of a more conventional concert film, we get snippets of songs and a bit of a fly on the wall's perspective of backstage and in the studio. It is stylish in its own way and it does work. That said, I'd really have preferred an entire, uninterrupted concert from this wonderful band.

The bonus DVD is worth getting. Granted, by the time one finishes watching it, one might wonder if "Keep the Car Running" was played on an endless loop (it is featured a number of times on the bonus DVD), but the performances are still unique and lively.

Although nothing will ever take the place of actually being at an Arcade Fire show, I do hope that the band will see fit to eventually release a more conventional (start to finish) concert film.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are an Arcade Fire fan, you NEED this. June 15, 2009
Format:DVD
Let me just preface this by saying that Arcade Fire is tied for being my favorite band.

Miroir Noir itself is very interesting look at the band. It's more an experiment in film making than a documentary about the making of the album, which had me pleasantly surprised. Also don't expect an extended concert video either. You will just get fragments of something before it moves on to the next thing. Personally, I love this, as it is done very carefully. For example, towards the beginning, you will see the band playing Black Mirror for a minute or two until everything but the violins fade out and the scene changes. I find this very stylish and fun to watch, but it may not float everyone's boat. Just keep that in mind when purchasing.

While you will find music from both albums here (including a very powerful live rendition of "Wake Up" towards the beginning), it's almost exclusively music from Neon Bible. I don't remember hearing anything from the EP.

The editing is very well done, but it won't be breaking new ground for many viewers. There are sections where you will be watching brief live performances, recording of the songs, and sometimes just music overlaying fitting images.

If you aren't familiar with Arcade Fire, then I can't imagine why you would want this. But fans of the band will love to see this. Its definitely one of the coolest music DVDs I own.

As far as the Limited Edition features are concerned, the case is BEAUTIFUL. I am so glad I got this one, despite the extra cost. It opens like an accordion to reveal colorful art and is just plain cool to look at. If fancy cases aren't enough for you, then the bonus DVD featuring live performances should be.

All in all, Arcade Fire fans will go crazy over this DVD. If you are not one of these people, then I don't know why you are still reading anyway.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It would have been better as a simple concert DVD.... August 15, 2009
Format:DVD
I absolutely LOVE Arcade Fire's music. When I got this DVD I was so excited, thinking it would be like the concert I saw in 2007. Unfortunately it's more like a retrospective "give you a glimpse" of concert and behind-the-scenes footage. There's a mix of song clips along with dialogue and messages from their call-in campaign. Overall I think I would have liked this DVD to be just a straight concert, I think their music speaks for itself. The experimental treatment detracts from that. If you're a die-hard fan, it's worth getting. Otherwise, just go see them live. It's worth every penny.
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33 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware! April 25, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was introduced to this group through Austin City Limits on PBS. I thought and still think that this is a very talented group of musicians.

This DVD however, is for me a big disappointment. I truly try to understand what the group or the person(s) who filmed and edited this was thinking?

In all honesty, it appear to be a collection of home video, cell phone camera pics and security cam recordings made by a high school student whose ego was greater than his/her ability and whose artistic passion conflicted with an intention to depict the musicians and their music.

The video quality ranges from mediocre to downright bad. The sound ranges from acceptable to music over a bad telephone connection. What was lacking in video quality is "compensated" by "creative" video editing with "artistic distortion" to the point that I found myself very frustrated. My expectation in this purchase was to observe the artists and their music with sound and image. I am badly disappointed.

I am sorry but at fist view, I regret having purchased this DVD, and would recommend against anyone else doing so. To the group Arcade Fire, you are very talented, and your music deserves better than this. In fact, such a DVD may turn potential fans who do not know you, off.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Hopeful, Exciting, Must-Have October 2, 2010
By Katie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I highly recommend any enthused, loving Arcade Fire fan to purchase this dvd and experience the love, hope, sadness, reality, and wonder that is Arcade Fire, their performances, their music, and their whole impact to a person's soul.

I'd read reviews before purchase and I was aware that the dvd was not just a compilation of songs on their Neon Bible tour. It was not a camera recording them playing on stage, it was much more. The dvd is so beautiful and makes you feel like you're there with Arcade Fire. The camera is shaking and at times blurry or sketchy quality, which gives it a very homemade feel, like you were taking the video yourself. The phone calls are both beautiful and real and honest and breathtaking. They can bring you to tears, simply said. The whole dvd is filled of raw emotions. Besides the feeling, you also see a bunch of new (and seemingly personal) footage of the band. It's as if you're spending time with them, not watching a dvd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I really love this dvd. If you are a big Arcade Fire fan get this ltd edition version dvd. Not a complete live concert but a variety of live and studio clips. Read more
Published 4 months ago by walstib11
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctor ordered
It was in the original wrapping just like the ad said .....the price was a little higher than the others, but well worth it! I got exactly what I wanted.... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ryan Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
the dvd looks great. it shipped pretty fast and i would recommend this for anyone looking for a great gift for any AF fan.
Published 19 months ago by Corrine
5.0 out of 5 stars Miroir Noir DVD Set
Product arrived earlier than I expected. No problems with the set whatsoever. MY boyfriend is a huge Arcade Fire fan and he had owned it previously but left it with his ex. Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by Coco
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music but Even Better Video!
I had never heard Arcade Fire before, except that song from the "Where the Wild Things Are" movie. Then I saw this DVD. WOW. Awesome. Read more
Published on December 15, 2011 by Rachel Coker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Home Feel
Arcade Fire is my favorite band and has been for quit a while. I was very excited to purchase this dvd, not exactly knowing what to expect. Read more
Published on June 15, 2011 by MeganDrozd
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing...
This band is simply incredible. and this is no exception. Talent, creativity etc.. buy it.
Published on September 20, 2010 by simon
3.0 out of 5 stars Arcade Fire on Austin City Limits
I too was disappointed, and like others I first learned of Arcade Fire from their brilliant performance on Austin City Limits. Read more
Published on August 2, 2010 by Fred Burkhard
1.0 out of 5 stars Junk
The guys from Arcade Fire are too good to gives us a simple live DVD... Their intellect is soooo big that they had to play it "nouvelle vague"... Read more
Published on November 17, 2009 by Crazy bird
5.0 out of 5 stars a magic wanting more
having seen this film 3-4 times now, i'm floored and in love. reminiscent of [Radiohead - Meeting People Is Easy], this film is a unique cross-section of band's musical... Read more
Published on September 30, 2009 by B. Hopkins
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