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Genie Gets Her Wish

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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

Special Features

This 84-minute documentary with music includes a photo gallery, chapter selections, and special Web links exclusive to the DVD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Christina fans July 13 2003
if you're not one, then why would you watch it? Well, I'm getting used to the newer Christina now, but it's still nice watching her when she still had that teenie bopper look, one thing about her, if you look at her diary, you realize that she really hasn't changed a bit. She's grown much, but she's still really cute. This dvd consists of some songs from her 1st album, self-titled, including Genie In A Bottle, What A Girl Wants, When You Puts Your Hands On Me, I Turn To You(video wasn't released at the time) and So Emotional. They final product is put over the live so she can have different shots during the video, more stuff, less exciting. Also, the Etta James song she always sings, At Last, the only one that's live, crappy quality though, and The Christmas Song in a beatiful room with candles and a guy playing the piano. The dvd is 1 hour and 14 minutes long, almost as long as a short movie. We see her grow up as a child and learn many facts about her. She actually never had any singing lessons before she auditioned to Mickey Mouse which to me, is unbelievable. Amazing girl, with extrodinary vocal talents, buy this today!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly done dvd Oct. 24 2000
I just received this DVD and I am REALLY MAD. I bought the DVD via Courier because I liked the song 'I turn to you' So I was expecting to see the music video 'I turn to you' in the DVD, Instead I got the song BUT a completely DIFFERENT video.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Christina Fans Must Have It Sept. 2 2000
Christina talks about her rise from little baton-singer to teen pop star. (For those people who just can't stand to listen to her talk, you have been warned.)
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.
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Format:VHS Tape
When I bought this video, I was expecting to see actual concert performances of the songs on the listing. To my horror,there were only a few edited concert footage and they were all dubbed with the music from the audio CD. For the other songs,it was worse. It was just Christina in the studio, singing to the microphone all the time with the exact sounds from the audio CD!!
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is the best
it contains quality work. It combines the creativity and uniqueness of the makers.
Published on April 3 2004 by Jay-r Amante
5.0 out of 5 stars christina 4ever
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 more
Published on Oct. 29 2003 by niamh
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for the first informative DVD
This DVD is really good. It"s very informative. It features great interwievs. You will find out whatever you want about her. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome DVD for Christina fans!
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 more
Published on Aug. 24 2001 by "roxyluve"
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Fun DVD of Christina
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 more
Published on Aug. 24 2001 by RoXy
4.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As "Britney Spears : Live And More"
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 more
Published on March 18 2001 by MOVIE_NUT74@HOTMAIL.COM
5.0 out of 5 stars Christina Aguilera got her wish!
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 more
Published on Dec 31 2000 by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Thumbs Up
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 more
Published on Dec 28 2000 by princess 13
2.0 out of 5 stars Only 2 Music Videos!
Save your money. I expected to see "Come on Over " video. Nothing. There were only 2 music videos on this tape/DVD, whichever you decide to buy. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2000 by James A. Alcozer
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