TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ - Celine: Through the Eyes of the World, a home edition of the acclaimed feature film, newly expanded for its DVD release, and Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert, a DVD/CD of live performances from Celine's record-breaking world tour, will be released on Tuesday, May 4.
Lensed during the Canadian superstar's 2008-2009 Taking Chances World Tour (the second highest-grossing ever for a solo artist), Celine: Through the Eyes of the World opens a window into the real life, both on-stage and off, of the best-selling female recording artist of all time.
Director Stéphane Laporte and team enjoyed unprecedented access to the decade's top performer as she played concerts in five continents, 25 countries and 93 cities, selling more than three million tickets during her first major tour in nine years.
"This was an amazing world tour, but there's a lot more than just concert footage on this film," said Celine. "I let the cameras follow me everywhere. There are a lot of ups and downs, and it's very personal...It's definitely the most intimate journey that I've ever shared with my fans."
Clocking in at three hours, the home version of Celine: Through the Eyes of the World includes an additional hour's worth of footage not seen in the film's limited theatrical run in February 2010. A Blu-ray version will also be available on May 18.
Working with choreographer/director Jamie King, Celine Dion created a multi-media state-of-the-art production for the two-hour concerts on her monumental Taking Chances World Tour, the eleventh of her career. Running from February 2008 through February 2009, featuring both Anglophone and Francophone setlists, Celine's Taking Chances Tour broke attendance and box office records at venues around the world.
Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert, a DVD/CD souvenir combination set chronicling the event, will be available in both French and English. The French version was recorded in Montreal, Quebec.
A special limited edition deluxe two-DVD set - featuring both Celine: Through the Eyes of the World and Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert and a 52 page booklet and fold-out souvenir postcards - will be available direct-to-consumer through www.celinedion.com and via Canadian retail outlets on May 18.
The movie "...does more than highlight her performances during her last world tour, it also allows fans rare glimpses of her offstage life. The documentary shows Dion as a goofy jokester, a doting mother, a tender wife, a wide-eyed tourist, a devoted daughter and more. The cameras tag along for intimate moments the superstar is happy to share with fans." - MSNBC
"...whether frolicking with admirers in Johannesburg or accepting France's Legion of Honor metal in Paris, wowing throngs or greeting a sick child backstage, she (Celine) emerges as a paragon of greatness and goodness...Celine's film tour de force" - USA Today
"Celine is the James Brown of her generation - the hardest working woman in show business." - Globe & Mail
"The film succeeds because it lets us in on Celine the person as much as Celine the performer." - Boston Herald
"...you can't help but be impressed by this fascinating portrait of a superstar trying very hard to keep her feet on earth while her career keeps soaring ever upward." - The Toronto Star
"Celine: Through the Eyes of the World a must-see...Dion's goal was for her world to remain human, real and authentic. Mission accomplished." - Le Journal de Montreal
"it also shows the behind the scenes action that an ordinary ticket holder would never get to see (...) fascinating." - The Sunday Telegraph
"A Celine we rarely see." - La Presse
"You have the best seat in the house..." Chicago Tribune
Having sold more than 200 million albums around the world, Celine Dion is one of the most immediately recognized, widely respected and successful performers in pop music history. During her spectacular career Celine has been honored with over 1000 awards. She is a five time Grammy Award winner, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Album for Falling Into You (1996); and Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "My Heart Will Go On" (1998). Her recordings have won two Academy Awards(R): Best Original Song in 1992 for the title song of Beauty and the Beast (with Peabo Bryson), and Best Original Song in 1998 for "My Heart Will Go On" (From Titanic). She has earned seven American Music Awards, 20 Juno Awards (Canada) and an astonishing 40 Felix Awards (Quebec). In 2004, Celine received the Diamond award at the World Music Awards recognizing her status as the best-selling female artist of all time. In 2007 she was honored with the Legend Award at World Music Awards in recognition of her global success and outstanding contribution to the music industry.
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