Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Elis Regina Carvalho Costa|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NTSC, all areas, audio: stereo PCM, screen: 4:3. Last Tv images of Elis Regina, recorded in 1980 by Globo Network.
A SIZZLING ELIS REGINA PERFORMANCE ON DVD: LIVE & IN COLOR
RBSProds | Deep in the heart of Texas | 07/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Five HUGE Stars!! One of the world's greatest singers, the late Elis Regina, is caught in concert in her last TV appearance, two years before her untimely death, before a wildly enthusiastic crowd, in front of a hard-driving 13 piece band and 8 festive singers. There are 14 songs and one instrumental. The up-tempo numbers are fun & entertaining, and she's having a ball, acting and dancing as much as singing. But the ballads are OVERPOWERING in their intensity, and the deep emotions that she invests in each one can be immediately felt by the viewer, as in the great performance of "Essa Mulher" (This Woman). This DVD is one of the greatest memorials that any artist could wish for, a sound and picture portrait of the artist at their greatest artistic level before a live audience.
My 'Pieces De Resistance", the best of the best, are the poignant Ivan Lins' ballad "Aos Nos Filhos" (To Our Children), which Elis takes to new heights; the beautiful, politically-charged "O Bebado E A Equilibrista" (The Drunk and the Tightrope Walker), a superb song with a great doubled-bossa nova meter that is one of her best known songs: the audience is invited to sing along and does. One memorable image is Elis, face totally covered in perspiration, with tears running from both eyes, singing a power-packed version of Chico Buarque's "Atras Da Porta" (Behind the Door) that is a knockout. And she still hums the unwritten final verse from her original recording, which Chico did hurry to complete by doubling the last written line, and she sings that last line as a bonus coda.
Elsewhere, Elis and husband/arranger/pianIst Cesar Camargo Mariano flirt at the piano before delivering two emotional performances: Tom Jobim's "Modinha" and Gilberto Gil's "Rebento". The 8 singers add a festive flair to the last three songs beginning with an unusual treatment of "Aquarela do Brasil" (Watercolor of Brazil), surging through Milton Nascimento's fabulous "O Que Foi Feito Devera" (What Was Really Done), and ending wonderfully with a soaring "Redescobrir" (Rediscover) that defies adequate description beyond one word: MAGICAL.
In summary, a wonderful show that puts us on the stage with some really great camera shots. Her accidental death at age 36 robbed the world of a great singer, but she recorded at such a furious pace that her discography is enormous and continues to grow as new material, like this DVD, is found. She truly was "Furacao" - "the Hurricane". All in Portuguese, with excellent sound (PCM 2.0 (show) & dolby2 (interview)), full screen, and in NTSC format, with no captioning, individual songs can be accessed. There is a 15 minute interview with the director Daniel Filho, all in Portuguese. Along with the recent DVD, "Elis Regina, MPB Especial 1973", which was in black and white and with monographic sound, this is the bookend DVD that any Elis Regina fan MUST HAVE. Five HUGE Stars but deserves SIX!!!! This is how we should remember her!!
(Trivia: So many fans wanted to attend Elis Regina's memorial that officials had to commandeer a soccer stadium, which 100,000 fans and entertainers filled, singing many of these same songs in unison. To this day Brazil is still in mourning.)"