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Genie Gets Her Wish [Import]
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This video souvenir saluting teeny pop princess and Grammy winner (as Best New Artist) Christina Aguilera is a textbook example of the hybrid documentary format that's proving de rigeur for recording artists courting the burgeoning teen and pre-teen audience. Shot on videotape and mixing backstage atmosphere, between-shows conversations, interview clips, and fan testimonials with music videos, Genie Gets Her Wish offers the same sort of cheerfully uncritical portrait accorded Aguilera's peers including the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, and Britney Spears in their own video valentines.
Like Spears (who's conspicuously invoked as both friend and former New Mouseketeer colleague), Aguilera combines a curiously old-fashioned show-biz work ethic with a contemporary persona that intoxicates young teen boys, inspires young girls, and likely triggers mild anxiety attacks for some parents. No father can watch this profile's footage of prepubescent girls wiggling along to the singer's signature hit, "Genie in a Bottle," with its sly entendres ("You've got to rub me the right way...") and not ponder the meaning of innocence in the 21st century. Moms likewise may want to find a hotline to help counsel their daughters on the dangers of blue eyeliner abuse and excessive blow-drying.
However, even jaded boomers and Gen-X ironists may have a hard time ignoring Aguilera's outsized vocal gifts. While it's sobering to hear her cite such "old-timers" as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey as influences, it's beguiling when the 18-year-old gamine, accompanied by her RCA Records executive angel, Ron Fair, leaps into an impromptu performance of the Etta James classic "At Last." If the lyric seems precocious coming from Aguilera's bee-stung lips, that voice warrants the choice, offering a tantalizing glimpse of what could happen if she successfully navigates beyond the frothier waters of teen pop to more mature music. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This 84-minute documentary with music includes a photo gallery, chapter selections, and special Web links exclusive to the DVD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
OK nevermind, the sound was very good but the Video of Christina Singing in the studio was VERY BADLY done. Her lips did not sync with what she was saying in some parts and the Video had very bad scene changes because the editor of this DVD was doing a LOUSY JOB.
I tried this using Professional DVD playback systems and a very hi end win2000 PC and still found the same defects.
The previous good reviews caused me to part with my $$. The reviews DID not reveal the full facts that the DVD only contain TWO music videos and the rest were just songs PATCHED together with scraps of video here and there..
This is NOT what you see on MTV.. I would not have minded but the video syncing is very very lousy.
If I knew the dvd was like this, I would not have purchased it.
The problem starts at time: 48 mins :20 seconds onwards.
The reviews led me believe the music video I want is inside but it quite sneaky and deceptive.
Intercut between interviews are clips from mostly small live concerts, with the studio tracks from her album. It is disappointing that there is almost no live concert audio, although the editors tried to fade in and out of it. You can hear the music tracks doubled when they fade between the two.
The fact that there is no extensive live concert footage is probably due to the fact that she did not have any major headline concerts when the DVD was made. Maybe after her Levis/Sears concert tour, you can expect to see some more concert footage on a future DVD. But for the most part, watching this DVD is like listening to her CD album.
There is a chapter that features Christina singing an Etta James song called "At Last" with acoustic piano. (Christina likes to sing this song as part of her live concert program.) Although the video for this segment is rather poor due to dim lighting conditions, this segment probably best features Christina's raw vocal talent as she hits virtually every note in the scale. The rest of the DVD, mostly consists of over-produced studio recordings.
Some other notable features include her "Genie In a Bottle" and "What A Girl Wants" music videos and a photo gallery.
Other than some really scary shots of Christina with WAY TOO MUCH makeup, i.e. eyeliner and eye shadow, and some disturbing footage of 10-year-old girl fans shaking their hips like Christina to the likes of "Genie In a Bottle", this video provides a modest glimpse into the touring life of Christina Aguilera.
Christina Aguilera, unlike some singers like Celine Dion (who sings live in the same way she sings on her CDs) , has a talent in improvising her songs during her live performances. This video should have featured her actual concert performances - undubbed and unedited! I am sure, in her live performances, she could come up with many new stylisations in her songs which alas, I did not hear much in this video. I did not buy the video expecting to hear the same sounds which I could have got from the audio CD.
The video is really only worth the two songs that are not found on the audio CD - At Last and The Christmas Song. I felt there wasn't much new nor surprising stuff here. As for the talk Christina gave on the video, it wasn't exactly inspiring either.
VERDICT: Borrow this video if you can.
Most recent customer reviews
it contains quality work. It combines the creativity and uniqueness of the makers.Published on April 3 2004 by Jay-r Amante
This is a brillant dvd. Its got all of her best songs from her 1st self titled album. This is fdar better than britany spears dvd. I give this 5 stars well worth the money. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2003 by niamh
This DVD is really good. It"s very informative. It features great interwievs. You will find out whatever you want about her. Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2002
I've watched this DVD many times, and each time I discover a new awesome fact about Christina. Christina talks to you about her life, narrating the 84 min. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2001
This video is a must-see if you are interested deeply into Christina Aguilera. It isn't one of those cheesy Unathorized videos, but instead has Christina Aguilera narating it and... Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2001 by RoXy
Genie gets her wish is a movie about the talented CHRISTINA AGUILERA, but with this video it puts her back in Britney's shadow. Read morePublished on March 18 2001 by MOVIE_NUT74@HOTMAIL.COM
Christina Agilera got her wish all wishes must of came true?It seams like all she wanted came true!You must have the CD of her if you dont you are missing out on GREAT FUN! Read morePublished on Dec 31 2000 by Jessica
This video was great! I needed a Christina video for a school report and it helped me so much. It showed her personality and what she's really like. Also the music video was great! Read morePublished on Dec 28 2000 by princess 13
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