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Loreena Mckennitt: No Journey's End
Loreena Mckennitt No Journey's End
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2006     0hr 34min

In a half-hour profile created especially for pbs loreena mckennitt explores the diverse influences behind multi-million selling albums. Studio: Uni Dist Corp (music) Release Date: 12/05/2006 Run time: 30 minutes

     
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Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Jazz
Studio: Verve
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 12/05/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 0hr 34min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese

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Movie Reviews

The Lady of Shalott Live: Takes the Breath Away
Brian J Hay | Sarnia, Ontario Canada | 01/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The high point of this production is a breathtaking performance of "The Lady of Shalott". The performance is a stripped down rendition but that doesn't hurt the song. The extra production layers that featured Loreena's voice on harmony as well as the lead vocals are gone. The song is shorter as well, probably due to the time restrictions of the original broadcast. What comes out is four minutes of absolutely stunning ethereal beauty! McKennitt is an exceptional vocalist at the worst of times. At her best she combines the best elements of expression and restraint to form an almost otherworldly presence. The arrangement is strong and rich but never overwhelms her vocals and never becomes submerged by them either. The cello line is played by Ofra Harnoy in this rendition and is much stronger in the mix than on the original recording. This is wonderful addition for anyone who sees and hears the performance because Harnoy is as expressive with the cello as McKennitt is with her voice. They've worked together since this was recorded and hopefully will do so again. All that can be said about this is that's it's pure magic, enchantment guaranteed to leave the viewer begging for more.

The remainder of the content is a mixture of the same strengths and faults inherent in almost all of the documentary profiles that come from Public Broadcasting (PBS). The subject matter is interesting, and, as is the norm with the network, treated with great respect. There's plenty of commentary and most of it is well worth the time to needed to absorb it. They keep things sanitized (which means anyone looking for ribald tales of orgies and infighting needs to look somewhere else) but (to their credit) they manage to steer clear of the vacuous sorts of sound bytes that occur when Network people interview politicians or athletes. McKennitt comes across as soft spoken, and extremely thoughtful. The things she says do give the viewer and added insight into the workings behind her work. The commentary is (for the most) nicely interspersed with bits of music. The only complaint is that it cuts into the music too often. This is especially true when she discusses the creation of "The Dark Night of the Soul" (which I personally feel is one of her very best works). If this video is missing anything it's a complete performance of that work.

The DVD is uneven from a technical standpoint. The most important points, the quality of the sound and the video itself, are exemplary. There are also a couple of nice extra features added; the DVD includes the original videos of the Bonny Swans and the Mummer's Dance. The menus are another matter. They're easy enough to navigate but they have a couple of quirks. The opening menu won't let anyone advance to the next stage until after they select a set of subtitles. Those can be turned of once the program is running but that should have been an option in the first place. The choice between audio tracks (PCM Stereo or 5.1) has to be made before the program starts. And it can't be changed once the feature starts, at least not without going back to the main menu. What were they thinking?

These are minor complaints though. Though the content ranges between good, great and magnificent and (as stated earlier) the sound quality is exceptional. The 5.1 track is the better of the two (even on conventional stereo) as it seems to have more information on it. Right now this DVD is added as a bonus to any of the remastered albums if they're purchased directly from Loreena's site. The sound quality of the original releases was very good (considerably better than almost anything else that was issued during the same time period in fact) the remastered audio is a huge improvement over the originals. For anyone interested in McKennitt's work this is worth considering.

Overall this is a wonderful introduction for people unfamiliar with McKennitt and an excellent addition for those already entranced. For lovers of great music her performance of "The Lady of Shalott" makes it a "must have"."
"My Path Of Exploration" ~ The Music And Mind Of A Modern
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 12/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"`No Journey's End' is a beautifully conceived and masterfully produced journey into the heart and soul of one of the most talented and spiritually aware composers and musicians in the world today, Loreena McKennitt.

Contents:
- No Journey's End (26:19); a mini-documentary following Loreena to beautiful and exotic sites as she traces her musical influences to their ancient source. Loreena is not only attractive to behold, but highly articulate. She provides the sole commentary on this journey, not only conveying fascinating glimpses into the evolution of her unique sound but lessons in history and spirituality as well.
- The Bonny Swans (4:00); a music video from `The Mask And Mirror.'
- The Mummers' Dance (3:58); a music video from `The Book Of Secrets.'
- Explore the Music of Loreena McKennitt; an interactive discography.

If you didn't love Loreena before you will once you view this fantastic DVD. This disc belongs in every serious music collection!"
A Good Introduction To Loreena
Lady SpringWolf, D.D., Ph.D. | Virginia | 02/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you've never heard her music, or seen her in concert, this is a wonderful way to be introduced. But for the long time Loreena fan, this might be a little disappointing as you long for more at the end of the documentry."
Loreena Can Do No Wrong
Monte Horn | SLC, Utah | 03/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First off, I must confess to being an avid Loreena McKennitt fan. I first heard her, over ten years ago, at 2:30 in the AM, broadcast over the local university radio station. Not exactly the finest spot for notoriety. I went out and bought the album the next day, and have purchased everyone since. So then it came as a pleasant surprise to find out that a video had been released this past Christmas season (2006), and I had somehow missed the debut. My loss for not being on top of that . . . my gain for finding out as soon as I did! Ms. McKennitt's voice is probably not that superstar sound that sells multi-million albums, be it opera, rock, or anything in between. But then, her audience is selective, and (I am thankful to say) growing. She evokes an otherworldly, ethereal presence to all her music. Her research is quite in depth, and her instrumental talents go hand-in-hand with her innate ability to draw a listener into the world that she describes in song. A clear voice that many times she veils in a whispered quietness, her perfect intonation and precise inflections all conspire to wisk the listener away before they are aware they have left. This DVD provides movement and a face to all those wonderful albums. She is "not just another pretty face", but an artist of great skill, talent, and a gift for sharing her world while making you believe you are the honored guest. My only sorrow was the brevity of the DVD - I wish that it had been longer. However, I am given to understand a PBS special is forthcoming this spring, and I am hoping that a DVD will follow."