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Sarah Brightman - Harem Desert Fantasy

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Harem (Cancao de Mar), Beautiful, Mysterious Days, Anytime, Anywhere, It's a Beautiful Day, Free, The War is Over, What You Never Know, Stranger in Paradise, Nessun Dorma, What a Wonderful World, The Journey Home, Time to Say Goodbye.

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Theater star Sarah Brightman turns up the heat in this sexy, baroque DVD counterpart to her 2003 world music CD, Harem. Brightman's artistic purpose on that album--marrying the rhythms of the Middle East to her otherwordly pop sound (as opposed to her boomy, operatic sound)--aren't lost here, but don't expect to catch a glimpse of such exciting studio collaborators as violin star Nigel Kennedy amidst countless shots of the diva in various states of undress. The lavish visual production sets several songs in exotic recreations of fabled harems, where lust is tempered by decorum but sex is clearly on the menu. For a change, Brightman's ethereal version of "Stranger in Paradise" (from Kismet) is shot against a starkly beautiful, mountainous backdrop, and "What You Never Know," a song about the passage of time, includes touching images of children and old people. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Tracks: Harem (Cancao do Mar), Beautiful, Mysterious Days, Anytime Anywhere, It's a Beautiful Day, Free, The War Is Over, What You Never Know, Stranger in Paradise, Nessun Dorma (live), What a Wonderful World, The Journey Home, Time to Say Goodbye
  • 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary
  • Photo gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Sarah Brightman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Angel Records
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001C9YRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,369 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa on March 30, 2004
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I was already a huge aficionado of Sarah Brightman's work and knew I'd eventually come around to buying this DVD but seeing her in concert just a few weeks ago is what truly inspired this purchase. When you catch her live it's really important to have up-close seats, if you can get them, and I was fortunate to be near enough to the stage to see the wonderful set as well as the goddess in action. She put on a phenomenal show and, as always, looked and sounded like an angel.
It's rare for an artist to do this but "Harem: A Desert Fantasy" features 12 videos filmed around Morocco and Egypt. The track listing says 13 songs but "Nessun Dorma" was actually taken from a live performance she did, which can be found on her "La Luna" DVD, seemingly a bit out of place.
From the outfits to the settings to the sites and props used, every video is a dazzling feast for the eyes but a few stood out in particular with me. "Harem" is understandably a very energetic video because of the lively Middle Eastern beats and soaring strings that make me want to jump in and join them in dance for the song is so infectious! In "Beautiful" Sarah is scantly clad as she lay upon a bed of roses as the vibrant petals descend like softly falling rain. I also love the part where she's surrounded by a wall of licking flames... "Un Bel Di" is probably my favorite. It was exquisitely shot with exotic landscapes and Sarah looks absolutely stunning as her hair and silky trellis blow behind her as the sun sets beyond the hilltops, and on "The Journey Home" she looks like a mystical being twirling in slow circles, often seen riding over the sandy dunes on a gorgeous black mare.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Furiae on March 2, 2004
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This is a collection of music videos Sarah filmed in exotic locales such as Morocco and Egypt. "Desert Fantasy" is a terrific name for this DVD.
What we get is a visual feast with this DVD. If you enjoyed her 'Harem' album, this could definitely be a delight for you. She re-visits songs from previous albums ("Anytime, Anywhere" and "Time to Say Goodbye") and reshoots new videos for them. There's also included a live "Nessun Dorma" performance from her 'La Luna' tour. If you've seen the 'La Luna' concert, though, it's nothing new.
The list includes:
1) Harem
2) Beautiful
3) Mysterious Days
4) Anytime, Anywhere
5) It's A Beautiful Day
6) Free
7) The War Is Over
8) What You Never Know
9) Stranger In Paradise
10) Nessun Dorma (live)
11) What A Wonderful World
12) The Journey Home
13) Time To Say Goodbye
The cinematography is beautiful, Sarah is gorgeous, and the entire DVD is a lovely compliment to her music. As we all know, Sarah B. loves themes, lush images, and her albums have every bit to do with her imaginative sceneries as it does the music. I'll use this DVD to hold me over until the 'Harem' concert's released on DVD (which I sincerely hope happens). If only MTV played videos like this!
Oh, and, yes, as another reviewer noted, Sarah does a bit of light dancing in the videos, but I must correct the statement that she's not a dancer. She was a professional dancer (a classically trained ballerina, I believe) before she ever got involved in singing, which is a fact she demonstrates wonderfully in this DVD with her grace and carriage.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Shashank Tripathi on June 4, 2004
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Sarah Brightman's ethereal voice needs no introduction. But spice her music with some vibrant rhythms of forbidden places from the mediterranean to Arabia and India, and you have an album that you'll listen many times over.
Excellent collaborations and great range of sounds. The DVD itself could have accommodated so much more, it barely manages to include some still pictures, but that's a minor quibble for this absolutely fantastic purchase. Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Craig on March 18, 2004
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This is a tremendous DVD. I have watched it three times so far and each time it leaves me with tears of joy. Sarah has really produced a masterpiece.
The most impressive part is the sound. It is not DTS but rather Dolby 5.1. However the music clarity and quality surpass almost every music DVD I own! Also, there is great use of the back speakers on many songs.
The videos are all entertaining, colorful, and creative--a joy to behold.
The only true negative, which one reviewer has already mentioned, is that the videos are all a bit hazy looking instead of being razor sharp. I'm not sure why they filmed it that way.
Having one live concert segment thrown in also seemed a little out of place but I can live with that.
In summary, I have not felt this level of excitement over a DVD in ages! WOW.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Johnny M on March 4, 2004
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Sarah Brighman has long been known in the nebulous category of "classical crossover" as someone willing to take at least a little risk. Unlike other popular members of that sub-genre -- Josh Groban, Charlotte Church, and even ex-duet partner Andrea Boccelli -- Brightman has never been afraid to pursue new musical ideas. Often, her albums are accompanied by artwork and photography that mirrors this adventurous spirit, even to the sometimes dislike of her fan base (see the controversy over the mostly nude back cover of her "Classics" album). While Brightman's concert DVDs have always been on the conservative side, her new DVD to accompany her Middle-Eastern-themed album "Harem" doesn't fail to live up to the playful spirit of the singer herself.
An hour-long montage of music videos, on-location footage, and interviews, the "Harem" DVD presents most of the highlights of the album as well as new videos for some previously released songs. In each one, Sarah is shown, raven hair past her waist, in exotic and often revealing outfits, arrayed with any manner of jewerly and/or make-up. That Sarah looks this good at her age (42 at time of filming) is amazing. The footage itself is all bright, vivid, and amazingly colorful, and even with the sound off, the images are wonderful to watch. Highlights of the DVD include the quiet "Stranger In Paradise", the erotic "Anytime, Anywhere", and the VH1-ready "Free." Of particular note is the brilliantly gorgeous video for "Beautiful," featuring Sarah surrounded by flames in a white outfit, or being showered with rose petals.
For all its beauty and wonder, the program does falter in a few locations.
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