Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Beyond the Mind's Eye|
Director: Michael Boydstun
Your dreams can take you beyond the mind's eye. So says the chunky, computer-animated head that introduces this collection of state-of-the- art computer artistry, before it breaks up and scatters. Original electronic musi... more »
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A poor disapointment
shade13 | 07/11/1998
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Let me begin by saying that Beyond the Mind's Eye is one of the best Computer graphic VIDEO TAPES around. The DVD version has made good scene changes from the video tape. And the soundtrack album is excellent.However, with the DVD conversion, the quality is noticeable lower. The "screen noise" caused by magnetic medium on video tape has been converted all too faithfully on the DVD version. Especially looking at the black areas of the animation, the result is horrible. It's like looking a little bit at the "snow" on a TV. The picture is not sharp and crisp as it could have been with some digital remastering. Also, the "Bonus" video is a shoddy music video that isn't much to look at. The chapter selection is poorly done with not alot of ability to pick just exactly which scene you wanted (The video had about nine chapters, the DVD version only allows you to pick five).This DVD is not worth your money. Along with showing off it's BAD picture quality, the lack of effort expended on the conversion was appaling. A little bit of digital remastering would have been greatly appreciated to eliminate a lot of the "snow" in the animation. END"
Paul Steffen | Monterey, Ca | 12/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the original in the Mind's Eye series and it is _STILL_ the overall best. While the animations might look slightly dated, the quality of the work is all top-notch, mostly taken from commercial CG outfits like PDI, Symbolics, Alias, Robert Abel & Associates, BUF, Mental Images, etc. The animations are brilliantly arranged to flow into each other cohesively and form something resembling a storyline or concept. You do not get the impression that you are watching a bunch of disjointed pretty pictures as in the videos that followed. Jan Hammer's music score is really the best part of this DVD. The score follows the imagery and scene changes perfectly, and Hammer is truely a master of evoking mood through exotic scales and nuance. He is most known for his catchy music for Miami Vice, but anyone familiar with his Mahavishnu Orchestra and Jeff Beck days knows he is also one of the most influential jazz fusion keyboardists of all time. This is a must whether or not you are a computer animation fan.Bad Points: Low quality video transfer to DVD. Corny bonus video."
D. Roberts | Battle Creek, Michigan United States | 05/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just like its predecessor, "Odyssey Into The Mind's Eye," this DVD has astounding computer animated graphics that will leave the viewer's eyes delighted in a feast of colors and light. What sets this DVD apart from the first one is the soundtrack. While "Odyssey" had a ho-hum soundtrack, this one features a soundtrack written by Jan Hammer. In fact, the music is from one of his albums by the same name. The graphic overtures in this DVD were modeled around Hammer's music, and not the other way around. That, I think, is the big difference. In the first DVD the music seemed to be more or less an afterthought where as in this one it is integrated much more artistically into the sequences (not to mention the music itself is of a much higher calibre than the first DVD).I would highly recommend this DVD to anyone interested in computer generated graphics. It's a fun and exciting excursion into virtual reality; one which will make full use of both the impressive picture and CD quality sound offered by DVD."
Wonderful to watch, best of the series so far
shade13 | 06/25/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Beyond" is the second and best of the Mind's Eye series so far, including the latest, "Odyssey," which I didn't like well enough to purchase although I have the others. If you're not familiar with this series, they are computer-generated animation sequences covering many different subjects, and some are quite fanciful. Several sequences look like outtakes from some corporate presentation or commercial, but are nonetheless fascinating eye candy. In fact, the concept is kind of like Disney's Fantasia except that the visual sequences were created first, then the music was composed to go with them. You may have seen this or another of the series used to show off DVD or Laserdisk units at Sears, Radio Shack, Circuit City, etc. because they look so good. The graphics are substantially better than in the first one, but not at all inferior to the later ones. In fact, although I bought the VHS, I'm now buying the DVD because I like it so much. The soundtrack by Jan Hammer is good enough to own separately, I for one had to buy it. Be sure to listen for the short Miles Davis solo. Highly recommended for fans of computer animation, or anyone who enjoys flights of fancy. END"