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Pina

by Kevin Taft
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Tuesday Feb 12, 2013
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Director Wim Wenders’ exquisite dance documentary "Pina" gets a beautiful Criterion treatment, complete with 2D and 3D versions of the film. Specifically shot in 3D to add dimension and depth to the dance performances, this is probably one of the truest reasons for the use of 3D since its inception. That’s not to say "Pina" can’t be enjoyed in regular 2D, either.

More of a celebration of choreographer Pina Bausch than a documentary on her life, the film offers small glimpses into her persona, in addition to some previously filmed dance sequences with her. But mostly it’s a gripping showcase of her work. Shot in various locations around Germany, there are 19 dances in total giving audiences a fascinating overview of her talent and style. Most of the featured dancers have worked with Pina for many years, so this project was a true labor of love. Shot in Hi-Def, the film is stunning to watch and even for dance novices, it’s impossible not to appreciate. The Criterion Special Features only add to the experience and is well worth the purchase price for those interested in dance.

Special Features:

  • The Making of Pina - a 45 minute documentary on the film’s production
  • 14 Deleted Dance sequences - almost an entire feature in itself, these are presented in both 2D and on the 3D disc.
  • Behind the Scenes Footage - shows some of the dance sequences from the perspective of someone visiting the set.
  • An Interview with Wim Winders - an interview about Pina from when the film was first released.

    "Pina"
    3D/2D Blu-ray Combo
    $49.95

  • Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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