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The 2nd disk is a great bonus that may well end up getting more play than the main disk, as it presents all of the performances uninterrupted by snippets of interview, as they are in the main documentary, as well as some additional material that didn't make the main film.
If you're a fan of Sigur Ros, I highly recommend seeing this film. You will not be disappointed. Even if you're not a fan, it's worth seeing for the imagery alone.
"Heima" consists of 2 DVDs. DVD 1 (97 min.) brings the 'official' movie, and what a great treat it is. The movie is a mix of National Geographic Channel-like images of the country side of Iceland, in all of its rugged beauty, as well as a look at the Icelandic people themselves. The performances from Sigur Ros are outstanding, whether they are in a traditional setting such as the Reykjavik show, or whether they are performing entirely unplugged (no electricity whatsoever) at a remote setting where the band wants to show its support to some protesters against the planned construction of a huge dam. There are a number of performances inside as well, including what looks to be someone's living room (literally), but also a now-abandoned fish-processing factory. The band members of Sigur Ros (and of Amiina) give their perspectives throughout the movie. I need to make a special mention of how outstanding not only the movie looks, but also sounds. If you have a home-style theatre set-up (as I do), it will bring out the best of the movie, in particular the accoustics.
CD2 (152 min.) brings the accumulation of the performances, without the interviews. Be aware: there are a number of repeat perfornances from DVD1 (not sure why they decided to include those again), and also a number of additional performances. For me, THE standout moment is the 15+ min. explosive performace of "Popplagid" from the Reykjavik show.Read more ›
I was absolutely riveted. It's BEAUTIFUL. Every frame of this film is beautiful imagery and/or amazing composition. The way it's filmed, the way it's cut, the music - they all come together to create something that, at least for me, transcended the sum of its parts.
Ever been to Iceland? Do you speak their language? Do you have any idea who Sigur Ros is? No? Doesn't matter. Neither did I. But when this film ended, I was absolutely blown away by it.
If you've seen the Planet Earth DVDs - especially in HD - Heima will give you that exact same sense of wonder with its imagery and unique viewpoint as they intercut scenes of Iceland's wonders and her people into the film, but the addition of the music, and the creative shots and editing just puts it over the top for me. It's like nothing I've ever seen, and how often do you get to say that? About ANYTHING?
If you have even a passing interest in film, art, photography, or simply love being immersed in an incredible audio-visual experience, DO NOT MISS THIS FILM.
I haven't been so artistically inspired by *anything* in years, and I can't recommend this film enough. Wow. Great work to Dean and the gang.
PS: It's an absolute crime that there is not "making of" documentary included with this! Other than that, it's perfect. In fact, I'm going to go watch it again right now!
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No introduction needed here. Sigur Ros is one of the greatest bands of all time. Everyone should buy this dvd....great quality and quick shipping to :)Published 18 months ago by Dustin
Such a great film. I only wish it would be released on BluRay someday.Published 21 months ago by Matt