Following fast on his work on The Beatles Anthology, Paul McCartney was inspired to make his 1997 release, Flaming Pie, a tribute in part to his days with the Fab Four, and one of the best things he'd done in 20 years. Th... more »e songs are laid-back, breezy, and soulful, like Paul has remembered everything he used to be. We can thank Anthology for that, and also for this documentary on the making of Flaming Pie, a record of the making of a record. The title, Flaming Pie, Paul tells us, is from an article written by John Lennon for the local paper, The Mersey Beat, in 1961. In the story, John says he had a vision that a man came to him on a flaming pie and said, "From this day you are the Beatles with an A." So that's that. The documentary itself is partway between a music video and a proper documentary, with Paul getting silly at times, and at other times sounding a poignant note unwittingly, such as when he sings a love song to Linda. The sound on the disc is excellent, making this a worthy addition to the library of any fan of the Beatles or McCartney. With a little help from his friends: Ringo Starr, Steve Miller, George Martin, Lenny Kravitz, Linda McCartney, and (surprise) Bill Clinton. --Jim Gay« less
Gregg Reed | St. Louis Park, Minnesota USA | 12/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
""In the World Tonight," is an intimate 1997 lesson in studio arts set to the music of Paul McCartney's album Flaming Pie. The cinema verite camera lends initmacy as Paul speaks, sings, plays, and improvises in his music studios, animation studio, and television studio. But the television aspect ratio and light editing of the home-movie styled shots leave Paul in the center of the screen almost all of the time--so the cinematography is a little predictable.In the film you might expect to see the result of Paul having a movie camera follow him around throughout his career. Paul uses relaxed poses around a campfire in a woods, boyish facial expressions and charming movements in his home studio, bright reactions in the television studio, and serious looks in the Abbey Road studio. Voice, song, music, drawing, painting, animation, and architecture all play a part in making this "home movie" of a historic artist stay fresh. But, like a home movie, the loose style of the film leaves a couple of funny shots or shots that could be a little embarassing too.
Musicians and artists should like "In the World Tonight" because it gives a close up look at how Paul speaks, sings, plays, composes, draws, or paints in unique home, public, and arena settings. You can see Paul improvise funny songs and sing in his studio and rehearsing or recording with Ringo at home, and you can see him in formally orchestrated recording sessions at Abbey Road Studio and performing before a historic audience of 180,000 people in an arena in South America. The cinema verite film is also a news reel of Paul's life in the mid 1990's. Paul's daughter Mary and her husband Alistaire produced and directed the film. Wife Linda sings informally with Paul in the recording studio, and rides horseback with him in the woods, but she appears in the film to be a more secondary figure than she has seemed after her death, but her appearance could be a major part in the film. In the segment that documents Paul's award of knighthood toward the end of the film, Paul says that knighthood gives you a chance to make your girlfriend a Lady, but Linda always was a lady."
SIR PAUL'S DOCUMENTARY OF HIS GREAT "FLAMING PIE" CD
Gregg Reed | 01/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A great documentary by Sir Paul of his then new "Flaming Pie" album. This is his best album of the 90's and his best since "Tug Of War". "Young Boy" (under-represented here) is one of the catchiest Beatles related songs ever, and you can see why it was a top 20 hit in the U.K. As far as the DVD, I had the VHS, and the DVD is clearer (with no lines) and the sound is crisper. However, Rhino has the "track" listing badly out of order. A correction is sorely needed. You pretty much have to watch it in order and don't rely on the printed list on the inside cover. The pace is good, and with Linda's passing shortly afterwards, this being her last footage is quite touching (especially both of them recording "Great Day"). With this and the newly released "Standing Stone" being Sir Paul's only available titles on DVD, this is a must buy as it is a very enjoyable 75 minute video. Here's to hoping that some of his other videos make it to DVD soon, like "Rockshow", "Put It There", "Get Back:Concert Movie", and "Paul Is Live"! Also, how about a video compilation Paul?"
Macca's Triumphant Flaming Pie
Gregg Reed | 07/31/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Interesting footage of Sir Paul as he puts together his best album in....well, quite awhile. Includes videos for The World Tonight, a VH-1 town meeting, Paul and Ringo, Paul and Steve Miller, Paul and Jeff Lynne. Also included are Macca discussing painting, his knighthood, his studio, working with Sir George Martin on Beautiful Night. It's all quite a diverse little trip inside the world of Paul McCartney and a good compliment to the truly wonderful Flaming Pie."
A stroll down memory lane
Mr. Allen Trevor Dix | Cheshire, England. | 09/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have and will probably continue to have a collection of Beatles dvd's, both together and by themselves. This rockumentry is brilliant in the way it portrays Paul at the time of his releases of Flaming Pie, (which in my opinion is the best thing he has done by himself). It gives you an insight into his feelings about his past associations with the fab four and with his family and friends. At times it can bring feelings of sadness especially seeing him with Linda, My recomendation for any beatle or McCartney fan would be to purchase this wonderful rockumentary as soon as possible."
Victor Ochoa | Beijing China | 12/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sometime ago I bought in Hong Kong the VCD version of this superb artist's work for Flaming Pie, one of his most accomplished album ever.
It's always rewarding watching an artist at work. See the places and people around him. The actual instruments played, etc. I specially enjoyed George Martin's orchestra input and rehearsal for the recording of Beautiful Night. It's really powerful the way it blends with the basic melody and Paul's singing (and Ringo's drumming!).
Images of World Tonight somehow reminded me of The Magical Mistery Tour, which I saw in December 1967 (then a kid) when first shown on British TV...cool! Now, I don't quite see a guy like Paul hanging around the streets listening to his own tunes carrying a radio - he's probably a bit too mature for that"