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Cirque du Soleil - Midnight Sun

3.8 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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Co-produced by Amèrimage-Spectra and Productions Conte IV, a subsidiary of Cirque du Soleil Images,Midnight Sun features 150 circus artists, entertainers and street performers, as well as over 100 singers and musicians. All these artists came together on July 11, 2004, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Festival International de Jazz de Montrèal and Cirque du Soleil's 20th birthday by performing in a magnificent show on the main stage of the Festival International de Jazz de Montrèal.

Special Features

  • Encore
  • Photo Gallery
  • Mini-posters
  • Featurette: A look at Cirque du Soleil

Product Details

  • Actors: Isabelle Chasse, Paul Ahmarani
  • Directors: Victor Pilon, Mario Rouleau
  • Writers: Victor Pilon, Michel Lemieux
  • Producers: Alain Simard, Martin Bolduc, Yolande Riccioli, Pierre L. Touchette
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A1OFXW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,956 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Robert G. Leroe VINE VOICE on June 23, 2006
In order to appreciate this DVD, I think you have to see it more as a concert than a typical Cirque performance. As a live, outdoor concert, it works. The DVD captures the excitement of the crowd and if you especially enjoy the Euro-music of Cirque, this one's for you. It is light on acrobatics, but visually interesting, and the music is (overall) great. It can't compare with Varekai or Allegria; it's not that kind of show. I don't get the negativity of the other reviews, but we all have our subjective opinions. I'm glad I got this one.
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Midnight Sun is watchable and even enjoyable if you can fast foward through the boring lackluster dancing and the boring and weird acrylic wall dancing (WHAT IS THAT???). I really gave this a chance because it looked so innovative but after a while it become down right embarrasing.

The aerial acts and wheel balancing were breathtaking and I loved the music and singing. I suspect that much of the uneveness of this production is that is was a one of a kind performance and not refined for touring. Some of it had a thrown together atmosphere. Also, it was certainly much more fun to be there in the audience.

An uneven but interesting show worth a look as long as you are not expecting another Varekai.
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I got this video for a child who LOVES circus performers and performing and she LOVED it! The emphasis is on the performers and all of the amazingly artistic feats they can accomplish, rather than on the poor animals...Cirque du Soleil is just amazing!
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I have yet to be bored with anything Cirque de Soliel. Just when you think they are doing something you've seen them do a hundred times,they change it to something else and the excitement starts all over!
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Somehow, they lost the "Cirque" in this one. This one was primarily song and dance, with a few scattered performances in between. And of these, not very many were the sort that left you in awe or wonder, thinking "they must have taken years of practice to get that right!"

A few previous acts are revisited, but in some cases, acts that were graceful and flowing are turned into little more than angry, aerial thrashing. A good many of the performance arts bits are more remeniscient of the National Endowment for the Arts than of Cirque du Soleil.

I did have to keep in mind that this is a wide-open street performance, so that limits things a lot from the outset. A typical Cirque is a complete, packaged, immersive environment that surrounds and encompasses an audience; wrapping them warmly in a complete embrace.

This is none of that. There's no warmth of Alegria. There's no forboding, somber, darkness of Quidam. There's no intensity of Varekai.

This simply is not a Cirque du Soleil. More of a San Francisco Street Carnival.
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SKIP IT! Compared to other Cirque performances, this is poor, especially the dancing. It's a video of a live, one-time-only outdoor concert, that rarely works. The performer on the double wheel is the biggest exception, but even here, the poor videography (despite the obviously high-end camera equipment) of the whole show mars even this high point of the show. The editing leaves many dull moments and often cuts away from the better performances, breaking any building suspense. The music is fair. Midnight Sun compares poorly to an average circus act, and is levels below the Cirque du Soleil's many masterpieces.
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First of all, I am a huuuuuuge Cirque du Soleil fan. I have virtually all of the DVDs and several of the soundtracks. Even my MySpace page is themed after it. My favorite shows are Alegria, Varekai, Quidam, La Nouba and even Saltimbanco and Dralion were good. Corte was probably my least favorite... until now that is. I was very eager to watch this show but oh was I disappointed. :(

One of the reasons I love Cirque du Soleil so much is the lovely music and wonderful artistic displays and costumes. This show butchered just about everything I thought was so cool about Cirque du Soleil and they managed to pull it off all in one night. Someone was either high or passed the buck to some other group to put this disastrous piece of show together. If I were the founder of Cirque du Soleil, I'd take this DVD outa print and spare the embarrassment.

Like the other reviewer, I agree, the performers looked like adults throwing tantrums and the Plexiglas wall was just too much. Aah the French. ;) Most of the performers failed to maintain a presence of character. They simply looked like people performing a bad routine that was thrown together at the last minute and so they were trying hard not to screw it up. There's very little expression or emotion conveyed through any of their actions or expressions (except to see them out of character and smirking and chatting with each other) and, as a result, you don't buy into the fantasy or emotional experience that Cirque du Soleil is so famous for creating.

Unfortunately, I also hated the music with only a few small exceptions. The singers were mostly terrible; often off key, and what's with the chick dressed up like Paris Hilton? Or how `bout "stick in her hair lady"???
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