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Where the Wild Things Are


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  • Actors: Steve Vai
  • Directors: Steve Vai
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM Stereo), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Favored Nations
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (524 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AWJEU8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Where The Wild Things Are is a 2 DVD set recorded live and filmed in high definition at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN during Steve Vai s recent Sound

Theories Tour. Where The Wild Things Are features a world-class group of musicians, unlike any other band Steve has ever assembled.

-Two DVDs containing nearly 3 hours of Steve Vai in concert, along with cool bonus footage that includes exclusive interviews with Steve s band members and Steve s viral hit promotional video for the Jemini distortion pedal.
-The highly anticipated follow-up to his Visual Sound Theories and multi-platinum Live At The Astoria DVDs.
-Special digipack and accompanying 20 page booklet, featuring beautiful live photo spreads from the tour.
-DVD contains both 5.1 and stereo mixes, and a commentary track featuring Steve and some of his band members.
-13 Grammy nominations, including 3 wins.

Customer Reviews

There's just so little I liked about this movie, and I hate that.
Armando N. Roman
The Wild Things are aspects of Max's personality and emotions as well as his mother's and sister's personality and emotions (as far as I can see it).
THowerton
I highly recommend this movie to anyone whether you have children or not.
Vicki M. Gordon

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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Robbie Hunt on October 2, 2009
Format: DVD
I know others will go deep with analysis of this product, so I will just state what I think is the most important element. This show seems to have been edited by someone who is not only aware of this type of music, but also a fan. I cannot handle nonstop 2 second cuts to every camera view that I could care less about. The days of the frantic MTV style video presentation are OVER. This DVD is perfect in that aspect, when Steve is going for the "part", you WILL get to see it. And there is also just the right amount of effects and movement to keep it interesting & fresh. Any musician who actually cares about the music, should pay attention to "Where the Wild Things Are" and use this as a reference point for any Producer or Director who will be in charge of presenting an artists true vision in the arena of concert recording. For me: The Perfect Concert DVD HUNT4MUSIC
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455 of 523 people found the following review helpful By xxgrendelxx on January 4, 2010
It's a funny thing: adults have no problem loading films with whizzing bullets, raging flames and bellowing anger and slap a PG rating on it, but the moment the protagonist is a child they back off and claim "Whoa - this is too intense and scary!".

Nuts.

The claims that this film is a little intense are true - it IS intense because it's much more honest and real than any other films for children available in the last thirty years. By 'for children' I mean ALL children, any age.
Those who can't recall what it was like to be a kid aren't going to get it. They will be those who don't recall what it was like to be frightened, who don't recall how it feels to be second best to those they love most, who never had to carve out a slice of reality (or unreality) for themselves to make sense of the incomprehensible.

The world portrayed in the film is the real world where individuals live their own lives, sometimes at the expense of the feelings of those immediately around them, especially family. This may be the source of the films undeserved reputation as "scary" - while it is certainly no ghetto, "Max" the child protoganist lives in a realistically portrayed lower income neighborhood and his familial troubles are ones all too many children are accustomed to. He responds to these cares in ways that are well documented in child psychology. If this setting is considered by some as too scary for children then we have only ourselves to blame. This is how the real world is - it is not an Eighties family sit-com.

My nephew (5) and neice (9) are currently going through their parents divorce. Without spelling out the obvious overmuch, it was with a little trepidation that my Brother and I took them to see this yesterday.
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61 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Bug DeLug on August 31, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Directed by the wonderfully inventive Spike Jonze, WTWTA follows young Max as he runs away from home following an argument with his mother and finds solace in a world of his own. He sets sail and washes up on an island inhabited by furry beings who take him in and crown him as their new king- unfortunately they have eaten every other king they have ever had. The boys relationship with the wild things is loving but often strained at times. He finds in them what he found back at home- love, jealousy, rivalry, acceptance...
Let me say that this film looks stunning. The voice acting is brilliant, the writing and directing are sublime and the pace of the movie is measured, but perfectly so. I think the reason that people are slamming this movie is because they are approaching it a kids film, which it isn't. It is an adult film about being a kid, and how hard it could be and how we would often find comfort in make-believe.
In my opinion, this is one of the most affecting films I have seen in years. Complex in so many ways- I am sure that this movie will reveal itself more as you revisit it. Don't go in expecting a fast-paced kiddies adventure movie, but instead look at the previous work of the brilliant Spike Jonze to see how he has grown as a film-maker and yet lost nothing of what made him so great in the firt place. This is a grown-up, sad, sometimes unsettling look at childhood and imagination, and I for one absolutely loved it.
The blu-ray transfer is terrific also. The short film Higgedy Piggedy Pop which is included in the extras is wonderful, and I am looking forward to delving into some of the other extras included on this disc.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Perry on October 3, 2009
Format: DVD
You can bet that if Vai's putting out a DVD, you're going to get your money's worth and then some. The musicianship is as high as can be expected, and if you're even somewhat familiar with Vai's work, this is no surprise.

What I enjoyed the most were the production values (lighting and DVD specific effects), the little touches of bizarre humor that he's known for (picking with his guitar tech, showing the scat lyrics to Firewall, shamelessly plugging himself in Tender Surrender), and the way he shared the stage with the other musicians. That last aspect impressed me the most, actually. He knows he can play, so he had no problem letting the band step up. Instead of "Dave's Party Piece", he actually got to play one of his own songs from his album (albeit, and abbreviated version). Also, the Lydian jam with Anne Marie and Alex on "The Crying Machine" was just magical.

Like I said, if you're a Vai fan, you're gonna get this DVD, so I'm basically writing this for the casual listener/musician. If you're interested in something different from the cookie cutter commercial garbage that out there. Give this a listen, you might learn something!
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