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Medulla Special Edition

Artist: Björk
Type: DVD
Release date: 2005
Run time: 145:33
My Rating: 7

Picture Ratio: Widescreen, for the most part
Extras: Triumph of a Heart - Stories behind the music video, The Making of Medulla
Audio Options: Dolby Stereo, Dolby 5.1, DTS 5.1

Disc 1 (94:53)

  1. Pleasure is All Mine (3:26)
  2. Show Me Forgiveness (1:23)
  3. Where is the Line (4:41)
  4. Vökuró (3:14)
  5. Öll Birtan (1:52)
  6. Who is It (Carry My Joy on the Left, Carry My Pain on the Right) (3:57)
  7. Submarine (3:13)
  8. Desired Constellation (4:55)
  9. Oceania (3:24)
  10. Sonnets/Unrealities XI (1:59)
  11. Ancestors (4:08)
  12. Mouth's Cradle (3:59)
  13. Midvikudags (1:24)
  14. Triumph of a Heart (4:04)

Disc 2 (50:40)

  1. Oceania (3:29)
  2. Who is it (3:54)
  3. Triumph of a Heart (5:24)
  4. Desired Constellation (4:53)
  5. Where is the line (4:38)


For some reason, the content as listed on the back of the case is reversed - everything listed as being on disk one is actually on disk two, and vice versa.

Disk one contains the whole album in 5.1 stereo (unfortunately I don't have a 5.1 system, so I haven't had the chance to check this out) and a 50-minute "making of". The album itself starts playing as soon as you put the DVD in, and for some reason my player can't access the menu system, so I have to skip to the end of the album to watch the documentary. Annoying, but I can live with it. A lot of the interviews in the doco are in Icelandic, so subtitles are your friend (unless you can understand it).

Disk two has five music videos, plus a "Making of" for "Triumph of a Heart". The video for Triumph is pretty weird and features Björk married to a cat. They must have found the most well-behaved cat ever to make that video. "Where is the Line" has to be about the most disturbing Björk vid ever though. Covered in a layer of mini-sacks and standing in a barn, Björk gives birth to a person covered in white stuff who writhes around and spews some sort of globby matter. And there are exploding hay bales and grass-wookies, and Björk wobbling around happily in the middle or it. I wish there was a commentary or extra in which they gave some explanation as to what it means, 'cause I'm seriously stumped. The half-hour documentary is interesting, giving insight into the Triumph video, and featuring Spike Jonze pretending to be someone else.

No, seriously, WTF?

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