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Music From the Inside Out (2007)

Musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra , Daniel Anker  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Directors: Daniel Anker
  • Producers: Daniel Anker, Nate Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJU1JG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,408 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Music From the Inside Out" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • Filmmaker commentary
  • Radio interviews with filmmaker and musicians
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, MUSIC FROM THE INSIDE OUT is a cinematic exploration of the magic and mystery of music through the stories, passion, and artistry of the 105 musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra. This groundbreaking film, directed by Oscar-nominee Daniel Anker, is a feast of sound--with jazz, bluegrass, salsa, classical and world music interwoven with the musicians’ personal stories, each of which has at its core the universal struggle for self-expression.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally unique, outstanding musical experience! June 23, 2007
I watched this incredible dvd several times in recent months, including one of the
extras, which is a great radio interview of the filmmaker and the principal first and
second violinists of the Philadelphia Orchestra. 5 stars isn't a high enough rating - this
is more than a must see for (classical) music lovers.

In my experience this is a totally unique production. Interesting, entertaining, intimate,
thought-provoking interviews of professional orchestral musicians are the main focus,
interweaved with many scenes of the musicians in live performances, in rehearsals as an orchestra
or in smaller groups, as well as in other venues, playing chamber music and also non-classical
music - I'll pass on the bluegrass, but the scene with the trombonist playing Latin music was
great! These fine musicians discuss their craft and music itself from many points of view. The
interviews are done sometimes with only one musician, other times in groups. And of course
either in the background, or in the foreground, we are always hearing great classical music.
I felt like on some level I was really getting to know some of the musicians, through the
magic of music, and because of the depth, directness, and honesty of their comments. There
are so many inspiring, insightful comments, so much music packed in to this 90-minute
production, along with interesting travel footage of the orchestra in Europe and Asia.

A few of the comments/scenes I noted:
a) "You can't define great musicianship, but you know when you hear it."
b) We might think that musicians are competitive (and they are sometimes!), and yet on
the dvd we hear otherwise.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Is Music? February 6, 2007
By Agogo
This documentary attempts to answer the question "What is music?", through the members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Sometimes the musicians discuss this as a group, or some give individual reflections on the question. There are many varied responses, and there is no absolute answer. It really demonstrates the common bond that music has in it's most basic sense, as some of the musicians demonstrate their affinity for all kinds of music.

Whether you enjoy classical music or not, if you DO enjoy music, this movie is sure to please, and sure to make you smile. Definitely a movie that can be watched over and over.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so wowed. May 15, 2008
I wasn't that thrilled with this. Although I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes aspect of life in a first-class professional orchestra, I didn't get nearly enough of that, and I was not so much interested in the musicians' lives away from the orchestra. By example, a good chunk of time was spent with a horn player talking, not about horn, but about long distance running. Not about how it relates to music making, but just about running. ??

I also think the film needs some organization to the material--even if it were somewhat arbitrary, i.e., following the orchestra for a season, or on a particular tour, or preparing a particular work. The film just begins and ends, with no real new understanding of this life. It seems completely lacking a point of view.

There is the discussion toward the end of the film on "What is music?", which - had we started with that - might have been the organizing principal here, the string that held the beads together. As it is, that discussion is distinctly banal, with answers ranging from "organized sound" on one end, to "the divine" at the other, pretty much undergraduate stuff.

Lastly, I think it's very telling that the most exciting piece of music in the film is NOT the Philadelphia Orchestra - but a street musician playing Vivaldi (amazingly) on an accordion.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When we play we are IN the art July 21, 2007
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I come away from this film realizing to what extent the musician is in the work of art that is being created on the spot, with each performance. Music is a miracle, and live performance of great music really is sublime. And it's all done by people who, like me, enjoy being an audience. Watching these musicians enjoy the superb performance of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" by the accordionist is a high point in this for me. Seeing the DePue brothers play bluegrass, watching the trombonist play with the salsa band, enjoying the violinist with the children at their school, made viewing this film special and important. The segment on the role of the conductor was enlightening. I am grateful to have this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philadelphia Orchestra movie May 16, 2007
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I saw this movie in the theater when it first came out, and I knew I had to have it. It was so moving and insightful, I walked on air as I headed home. As a musician, it reminded me of why I do what I do. I watch it over and over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Documentary December 2, 2007
By Sir B
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Our daughter alerted us to this movie when it was first released. We absolutely loved it, and everyone who saw it on our recommendation was grateful to have seen it. We have given the DVD as as present several times, with the same reaction. It is the story of musicians in the Philadelphia Orchestra "from the Inside Out." The last person we gave it to recently watched it twice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verrrry Interesting.. February 10, 2010
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This film was produced after a devastating Philadelphia Orchestra strike. It apparently helped to heal the orchestra members, and gave us a memorable film in the process. It entertainingly explores questions like, "What is Music," "How is music related to the other arts," and "What does music contribute to my life." Profound, inciteful, funny, and always entertaining,this is a gem of a movie. I saw it first at the movie theater, and was thrilled to be able to buy it on DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The testimony of the orchestra
You will hear the music differently when you are able to identify with the musicians who play it. The members of the Philidelphia Orchestra transparently share their stories and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jonathan Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary and inspiring!
This documentary is absolutely extraordinary and inspirational. Teachers, professors should show this video to their students, in schools, colleges, conservatories, orchestras... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Julián Gómez
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Very Best
We've watched and enjoyed this DVD countless times and will keep it among our favorites. There's something for every music lover whether classical,jazz, or country.
Published 13 months ago by Bummer 2
5.0 out of 5 stars Music From the Inside Out
A stunning review of the thoughts and feelings about music in general and their own musicianship by the members of one of the world's finest orchestras, the Philadelphia, with... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Sylvia Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Music from the Inside out
This was a school project I watched it, I liked it, I bought it, why I do not know. But I found it, for a good price on Amazon.
Published on April 11, 2011 by chuckee44
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely documentary about the lives of orchestra musicians
Enjoyable, sweet, sometimes moving documentary about the lives and approaches to music of various members of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely look into the world of the orchestra musician
Enjoyable, sweet, sometimes moving documentary about the lives and approaches to music of various members of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars What Musicians Experience
Entertaining and moving insight into how various musicians encounter their complex and lifelong experiences with music and their craft.
Published on September 5, 2010 by F N Pearson MD
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must have" for any serious fan of Symphony Orchestras, and "Those...
I grew up on "Those Fabulous Philadelphians"! They still are. This is a truly unique perspective of a world class Symphony Orchestra. Read more
Published on August 7, 2010 by Antony A. Botto
5.0 out of 5 stars Music
I do like this DVD. However, I would have enjoyed it more had there been a little more music and a little less talk. Read more
Published on July 6, 2010 by E. Torp
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