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Enigma - MCMXC a. D. - The Complete Album DVD
Enigma - MCMXC a D - The Complete Album DVD
Actors: Enigma, Michael Cretu
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2004     1hr 34min

Longform Film: The Voice of Enigma, Principles of Lust/Sadeness/Find Love/Sadeness, Callas Went Away, Mea Culpa, The Voice & The Snake, Knocking on forbidden Doors, Back To The Rivers of Belief/Way To Eternity/Halleluja...  more »


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Actors: Enigma, Michael Cretu
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, New Age
Studio: Virgin Records Us
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 01/13/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2003
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, German

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Movie Reviews

An amazing long-form music video
GarionOrb | Houston, Texas United States | 01/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Enigma has been in the forefront of electronic music since their stunning debut in 1990 with the album MCMXC a.D. What most of us here in the States didn't know is that they also released this video a year later. Now for the first time, Enigma's American audience can finally experience this masterpiece. This DVD is basically the entire 41-minute album as you hear it on the CD with an array of visuals to accompany it. Lots of the footage you've probably seen in the official music videos for the album's four singles (Sadeness, Principles of Lust, Mea Culpa, Rivers of Belief). Some scenes may look a bit cliche nowadays, but putting yourself back in 1990, you can see Michael Cretu's vision. The scenes include landscapes, monks, knights in armor, and trippy illusions. The DVD fortunately includes Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS. This makes songs like "Sadeness", "Callas Went Away" and "Mea Culpa" sound absolutely powerful and breathtaking. Also included is an interview with Michael Cretu from 1996, mostly dealing with the album Enigma 3- Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi. All in all, this is an absolute must-have for ANY Enigma fan. It's a chance to hear a classic album as never before!"
Love the music~ Hate the DVD
S. Fletcher | Middle of the USA | 01/05/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Borrrrring. The imagery chosen to represent this audio masterpiece is so uninspiring and insipid it's laughable. I had very high hopes that my eyes would be as happy as my ears, but was sorely disappointed. The images consist of loops (and loops and loops) of the same characters doing the same things. Not only that, but the visuals are purposely made to seem dreamlike, but just come off as fuzzy. There is absolutely no relationship that I could find between the out-of-focus imagery and the incredibly beautiful sounds. Stick with the cd and create your own mind-based imagery."
Turn off the lights, take a deep breath and relax ...
LEON ROTH ALCAZAR | Escazu , Costa Rica | 05/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Being a fan of enigma for many years , I always wanted to have the video collection of MCMXC. This is one of the most beautiful dvd's I have seen. The scenery is impressive, with monasteries, castles, and many landscapes from europe and egypt. I definitely recommend this DVD, especially if you like enigma or simply want to sit down, turn up the music and let it transport you to another world."
Trite video visions set to a great soundtrack
David F. Nolan | Tucson, AZ United States | 02/27/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I have the audio CD of the first Enigma album, and it's one of my favorites; I've played it at least 25 times. This video version, however, is a disappointment. Overall, I have to agree with the reviewer (below) who gave it one star... although I think his judgment is a bit harsh.

Basically, there's about 10-15 minutes worth of visuals, which are recycled over and over. Much of the imagery is self-consciously symbolic, and the supposedly erotic portions get tiring after a while; how many shots of women caressing swords can you take?

So, five stars for the music, two stars for the visuals, 3.5 stars overall."