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Hey, have you heard? They listen to dance music outside of England now. What, you don't believe us? Well then, check out this DVD. It's about this German guy, Paul Van Dyk. He tours the world, DJing in places like Tokyo, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Ibiza, and even Miami. Isn't that great?

In this scene, there are a bunch of zany club kids wearing candy necklaces and twirling glowsticks in a club in Hong Kong. Oh, and here's more club kids in Paul's hometown, Berlin -- man, they're weird-looking. But they're wearing candy necklaces and twirling glowsticks, too. Isn't it great that, despite our cultural differences, we all wear the same candy necklaces and twirl the same glowsticks?

And that's about all there is to say about the DVD portion of this package. The audio disc that accompanies the DVD contains the same DJ mix as the latter and is composed entirely of Van Dyk's own productions (harvested mainly from his two albums), which should take no one by surprise. The mood shifts subtly between tightly wound, sugar-high enthusiasm and outright euphoria, as Van Dyk works the homogeneous but effective piano melodies that populate his trance records for all they're worth. How very global.

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