Sting: Inside - The Songs of Sacred Love

Sting: Inside - The Songs of Sacred Love

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Director: Sting

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Fans of international pop star Sting are offered an inside look at his creative process in this documentary, which gets a well-executed DVD presentation for this release. Sting: Inside -- The Songs of Sacred Love has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Viewers may choose between two audio formats, Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby

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Fans of international pop star Sting are offered an inside look at his creative process in this documentary, which gets a well-executed DVD presentation for this release. Sting: Inside -- The Songs of Sacred Love has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Viewers may choose between two audio formats, Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1. The songs and interviews are in English, with optional subtitles in English, Spanish and Portuguese. A bonus video featuring a new version of "Every Breath You Take" is included as a bonus.

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Released to tie in with Sting's 2003 album Sacred Love, this DVD features a collection of Sting's hits from both his solo career and his time with The Police. Over two hours of the material is new, including interviews, rehearsal footage, and a special duet with Mary J. Blige. Special features include full-length commentary by Sting and a bonus take on "Every Breath You Take." Tracks are as follows:
  • Send Your Love
  • Inside
  • Dead Man's Rope
  • Shape of My Heart/Never Coming Home
  • Like a Beautiful Smile
  • Forget About the Future/That Sinking Feeling
  • This War
  • Stolen Car/All Would Envy
  • Sacred Love
  • The Book of My Life
  • Walking on the Moon
  • Roxanne
  • Whenever I Say Your Name
  • Product Details

    Release Date:
    10/28/2003
    UPC:
    0602498609484
    Original Release:
    2003
    Source:
    A&M
    Sound:
    [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

    Special Features

    [None specified]

    Cast & Crew

    Performance Credits
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    Technical Credits

    Scene Index

    Side #1 --
    1. Send Your Love [6:46]
    2. Inside [8:57]
    3. Dead Man's Rope [7:07]
    4. Shape of My Heart/Never Coming Home [1:47]
    5. Like a Beautiful Smile [11:59]
    6. Forget About the Future/That Sinking Feeling [8:38]
    7. This War [11:03]
    8. Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)/All Would Envy [6:52]
    9. Sacred Love [10:02]
    10. The Book of My Life [11:57]
    11. Walking on the Moon [6:41]
    12. Roxanne [5:01]
    13. Whenever I Say Your Name [4:06]

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    Sting: Inside - The Songs of Sacred Love 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Sting is by far one of the most accomplished singer/songwriters on the pop/rock scene today. His well-established record of success is punctuated with distinguished badges of originality, earned by venturing often into un-chartered musical waters. Given that, the 'Inside the Songs of Sacred Love' DVD is a disappointment on several levels. First of all, the format of filming behind-the-scenes with commentary interspersed between live performance has become a tried (read tired), but not-so-true approach. Innovative, even revolutionary, when first employed in Bring On the Night, it has now become redundant. Further, and of more importance however, although there are entertaining, selected re-arrangements of Sting hits dating back to the Police days, typical of most of his presentations, they are nonetheless not enough to save this package. The ostensibly 'new' material from the Sacred Love CD, which this DVD is primarily intended to showcase, is simply too mediocre. In a sea of pampered complacency, Sting has written a host of forgettable numbers, bereft of any distinctive melody. Many, it would seem, are aimed at capturing the hip-hop market because they are no more than R & B jams (including a duet with Mary J. Blige). There is, as well, no legitimate story-telling, unless Stolen Car, whose chorus rings like a Madonna mantra, qualifies. Indeed, much of what purports to be lyrics is merely verbose alliteration, as the former master of a measured phrase has resorted to blitzkrieg rather than eloquence. To continue the litany of despair, one song is a repulsive anti-war dirge, while another, Book of My Life, is a not-very-subtle, self-promoting reference to his recently published memoirs. In his exaltation of love, Sting has provided us with drivel. The playing and the production are superb as usual, and the excellent musicianship makes the viewing and listening worthwhile, but otherwise there is very little that is new or intriguing here. It's not enough for an artist who is capable of much more.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This is yet again another DVD of Sting in rehearsal, this time in preparation for the live performance of his songs from the Sacred Love CD. As in similar, previous productions for the A. & E. network, there are separate scenes of Sting commenting on the music and the musicians interwoven with those of the band captured at rehearsal in his home and at a sound stage. To begin and not incidentally, the presentation is severely handicapped by the material: the songs from Sacred Love are hardly Sting's best work. A lethargy seems to plague all of them, symbolically reflected perhaps in the all-too-comfortable and lavish surroundings of Sting's Malibu mansion where most of the DVD was filmed. Of equal importance, however, is that this 'documentary' format simply has grown old. When initially begun with the 'Bring On the Night' video, which provided what were then revealing, intimate glimpses of a brash, bold and somewhat arrogant artist fashioning his handiwork, it was innovative and fresh. The same approach was employed again in 2001 for the ALL This Time DVD, still compelling because it stood in contrast to what Sting had done 15 years before. By going to the well again, however, A & E has rendered the device ineffective and boring. Indeed, Sting even repeats some of the same comments here that he made in ALL THIS TIME. What better evidence is there that the approach has become redundant? Typcially, Sting's singing and playing and those of his allies are top notch, but they're not enough to make this a distinct or otherwise noteworthy project. There's really nothing here we didn't know or hear before. Time to move on.