Enigma: MCMXC a.D. - The Complete Album DVD
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Enigma: MCMXC a.D. - The Complete Album DVD

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Melding new age atmosphere with the insistent rhythms of club music, Enigma's debut album MCMXC A.D became an worldwide success upon its release in 1990, and this DVD edition gives the album a new and polished presentation. The visuals on Enigma: MCMXC A.D. - The Complete Album DVD have been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the

Overview

Melding new age atmosphere with the insistent rhythms of club music, Enigma's debut album MCMXC A.D became an worldwide success upon its release in 1990, and this DVD edition gives the album a new and polished presentation. The visuals on Enigma: MCMXC A.D. - The Complete Album DVD have been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in three formats -- PCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, and DTS Surround. The audio is available in both English and German, with no subtitles included. Bonus materials include an interview with Enigma, and original music videos for four songs ("Sadness [Part One]," "Mea Culpa," "Principles of Lust," and "Back to the Rivers of Belief").

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Enhanced with a 40-minute long-form film, Enigma's debut album, MCMXC a.D., gains a whole new stratum of slow-moving visuals on this DVD version of the megamillion superseller. Yet despite its sensual appeal, the album sparked international artistic fistfights when it was first released in 1991. In fact, its tantalizing mix of ambient beats, Gregorian chants, French lyrics, seductive breathing, and sensual mea culpas is anything but enigmatic. The music's steamy mixture of sexual and religious overtones helped fuel the breakaway single, "Sadeness." Though there were no liner notes, and the musicians' real names weren't revealed, most listeners took to the concept album immediately. It wasn't long, however, before the album's anonymous producer, Michael Cretu (MC Curley), was attacked by the Catholic church, which claimed the album was immoral. Lawsuits were filed by the offended Kapelle Antiqua choir charging unauthorized use of their Gregorian chant recordings. Time and the Internet have since "solved" many of the album's mysteries: Cretu deliberately shrouded the album in mystery; "Sadeness" refers both to the Marquis de Sade and to sadness; the French lyrics challenge Sade about his beliefs; and the seductive vocals were performed by his wife Sandra. One of the album's special surprises is the appearance of the five-note Close Encounters of a Third Kind theme. MCMXC A.D. popularized ambient drum loops and inspired many musicians to include Gregorian chant and classical vocals in their mixes. And somewhat ironically, Enigma set the stage for the runaway success of CHANT -- an album of pure Gregorian chant sung by the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos -- in 1994.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2004
UPC:
0724349079199
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Virgin Records Us
Sound:
[stereo, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
47,677

Special Features

This DVD version of Enigma's multi-million-selling debut, MCMXC a.D., contains a 40-minute long-form film accompanying the complete album, along with a series of videos. The music has been mixed in 5.1 surround sound, and a special EPK segment features interviews with Enigma creator Michael Cretu.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Enigma Actor

Technical Credits

Scene Index

  • 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/Hallelujah/The Rivers of Belief
  • Sadeness
  • Mea Culpa
  • Principles of Lust
  • The River of Belief
  • EPK -- Enigma II
  • EPK -- Enigma 96/97
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