DVD/VOD Watch: ‘The Invisible Made Visible’
‘This American Life’ live show now available for download and on DVD
By Kimberley Jones,
11:05AM, Tue. Nov. 20, 2012
Still kicking yourself for missing The Invisible Made Visible, May’s live production of radio show This American Life that was simulcast in sold-out theatres across the world? Kick no more: The two-hour show is now available for a $5 download or a $16 DVD.
All facets of the show reflect the stretch to incorporate visual punch into a sound-bound medium, as when Ryan Knighton describes what it’s like for a blind man to build a map in his mind of an unfamiliar hotel room; he’s accompanied by an animated schematic of the room that slowly fills in as he describes getting the lay of the land.
But it’s the three dance sequences, stripped of words altogether, that mark the film’s high point. NYC dance troupe Monica Bill Barnes & Company supplies two dance numbers (host Ira Glass says he first got the idea for another live show while watching them perform), and the dancers are funny and lively and with faces expressive enough for vaudeville.
ALSO OUT ON DVD:
Masterpiece Theatre junkies tearing their hair out for Downton Abbey’s season 3 premiere on Jan. 6 might find some sustenance in Call the Midwife: Season One (BBC Warner, $34.98): The BBC drama is about midwives in London’s downtrodden East End circa 1957.
And in lieu of thumb-twiddling till the March 31 season three debut of the deeply addictive fantasy saga Game of Thrones, it might be more productive to dive back into season one: Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season (Collector's Edition) (HBO Home Video, $99.97) is a Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy combo that includes a dragon egg paperweight and a Blu-ray bonus disc of Season 2’s premiere episode. A similar season 2 combo release comes out Feb. 19.