Received the DVD today and just finished watching it.
Wow. Just... wow. This is one of those documentaries you want to watch over and over. I wasn't familiar with John Mills before, but I won't forget him now. His playing is expressive and captivating, and they managed to do an excellent job with the recording of his performances. Crisp, clean, and detailed. It will be appreciated by all that the camera clearly captured his hands during the filming of his numerous musical examples, as well his two performance pieces; "Entree" by Tansman and "Elegia" by Torroba.
John's discussions were interesting, and his way of speaking and general manner were quite agreeable- very easy to listen to. He began with very brief talk on the development and construction of the classical guitar, and then went into a little more detail on the development of modern classical technique (specifically, posture and right hand techniques). The next 4 chapters of the DVD consisted of John's discussion of classical technique. The DVD did not concentrate on the minutia of the techniques (as listed on the jacket: "Vibrato", "Compensation and tonal shading", "dynamics, balance, and tone color", and "rubato and portamento"). Instead, there was a brief discussion of the technique (or approach) itself, followed by a more in depth discussion on how it contributed to the feel or tone of the music. These discussions were punctuated by Johns masterful guitar work, which clearly demonstrated both the application of the techniques, as well as his mastery of them. For these chapters alone I will be watching the DVD many times over.
The DVD wraps up with a short talk on modern composers, and reminiscences of the Segovia masterclass he attended. The DVD concluded with the two performance pieces mentioned previously.
All in all, the DVD was well produced and should be a real treat for classical guitarists.
*** The DVD seems to be locked into whichever region England/Scotland belong to. The DVD would not play in my standalone bluray or DVD players, but did not have any problem opening up in Windows on my PC. I got the "region prohibited" message, so I know that this is the problem. A bit of a snag for we Americans, but not insurmountable *****