Paul Van Dyk: Global [DVD/CD]


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DJ and musician Paul van Dyk, one of the leading lights of the international trance scene, takes his show on the road with this special audio-visual package. Paul Van Dyk: Global features footage of Van Dyk spinning his hits for audiences around the world, including sets in New York, San Francisco, London, Berlin, Tokyo, Mexico City, and elsewhere. The film also offers a look at Van Dyk's off-stage adventures as he jets from one city to another and features a non-stop soundtrack which includes the songs "Tell Me Why," "For an Angel," and "We Are Alive," as well as two new songs, "My World" and "Animacion." ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Review Text The superstar DJ certainly lives the smart life, jetting from San Francisco to Liverpool to Hong Kong, relaxing in well-appointed lounges before he takes the decks, and if he's Paul Van Dyk, taking his camera (or his cameraman) into the streets to document the urban bustle that apparently inspires his music. After ten long years on the rise among trance DJs, Van Dyk celebrated star status with Global, his first full-length DVD (with an accompanying CD), an all-in-one career travelogue, greatest-hits compilation, and mix album. It must be admitted, though, that since the sites he's visiting are often more exciting than the music he's playing, this whirlwind tour of clubbing hot spots -- from the Love Parade to Ibiza, from an outdoor Gatecrasher festival in Northamptonshire to a packed nightclub in Tokyo -- functions more as eye-candy rather than entertaining audio/video mix album. Granted, these aren't simply home movies, or even a scrapbook from someone with access to the most stylish clubs in the world. The film, directed by the German design firm Die Gestalten from over 40 hours of footage, begins with quick cuts of life for the DJ (taxicabs, trains, airports, the usual urban street life, and of course, lots of clubs) with a few attempts at narrative -- clubbers preparing for a night out plus a few misguided cinematic milieus for Van Dyk himself (running through cityscapes, riding in the back of a flat-bed truck through dark streets, even shopping at a supermarket). The commitment to audio technology is impressive, with a 5.1 Surround Sound remix performed by Nucleus Sound Studio. Away from the immersive atmosphere of a top dance club, however, Van Dyk's recordings simply don't merit this attention to detail (though they do benefit from the high-tech treatment). The first problem comes with the opener "We Are Alive," an idea more than a song, a track that simply repeats permutations of the title over an unceasing point-perfect melody, punctuated only by a percussion breakdown whenever necessary. Though most of his career highlights also appear here, a parade of Paul Van Dyk productions is not what most listeners need to stave off boredom; his productions all work from a similar framework, and work best in the context of a broader mix set. Van Dyk may be a dance phenom, blessed with positive press and ecstatic fans the world over, but his productions don't deserve the hype they receive. "Evocative" and "uplifting"? Sure, and the same could be applied to Jean-Michel Jarre or even Yanni, for that matter. But certainly not "soulful" (as a Rolling Stone piece once famously claimed). ~ John Bush

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Release Date
Mute U.S.
2 hours
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
  • Digital Theater Systems (akin to 5.1)
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
  • USA & territories, Canada
Video Features
  • Five original video clips from PvD
  • Statements from fans worldwide
  • Interview with PvD
  • Movie trailers: Zurdo and One Perfect Day - (Soundtrack by PvD)
  • ROM-part with special internet link
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