Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Cirque du Soleil - Journey of Man|
Actors: Ian McKellen, Nicky Dewhurst, Brian Dewhurst, Anait Karagyezyan, Chris Van Wagenen
Director: Keith Melton
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Acclaimed by an audience of over 23 million worldwide, Cirque du Soleil is a distinctive and remarkable troupe that has reinvented and revolutionized the circus arts. Journey of Man is a breathtaking odyssey that follows... more »
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Very poor effort, Cirque.
Steve Felker | Phoenix, AZ USA | 11/12/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a die hard Cirque Du Soleil fan and must have everything they put out, like me, then by all means go out and buy this DVD. If not, I would strongly recommend you pass on this one.Why you ask? Well, lets start with the fact that it is (dollar amount)and is only 35 minutes long, and it's not even in widescreen. There are only a few acts and they are very short. There are no acts in this show that aren't available in their full length in other videos or DVDs. Even the soundtrack is copied from other shows, with the exception of "Journey of Man", which is a great song, but is much better (and is complete) on the audio CD.There are a couple of pros, though. The audio seems to actually be 5.1, not 5.0 as specified on the box, and the quality of the video is quite good, once you get past the fact that is in 4:3 format. The scenery is spectacular, it is nice to see a rich background to the acts (as apposed to the scafolding of the big top). And it is a cute story...With a little more effort, this could have been great. Unfortunately, it's, well... not..."
Feast? Or Famine?
M-Taliesin | Aurora, Co USA | 07/28/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I received this as a surprise, just in time for my birthday. How excited I was as I plopped the disk into my DVD player and sat back in joyous expectation of an hour or maybe 90 minutes of the sort of pure entertainment found in other Cirque du Soleil titles. We put a pizza in the oven. By the time the pizza was done, so was the damn film! Journey of man is a visual feast for the eye but a famine for content. It is beautifully filmed in natural settings that appeal to my Pagan little heart. Moving from the sea, to a forest, to a rocky desert, it is visually entertaining. We move on to what appears almost like a Roman villa with classical statuary, which turn out to be performers who deliver an impressive strength demonstration. Then we move on to a stylish set that might conjure in the mind a more modern estate for the closing performance. The problem is, that closing performance comes surprisingly soon. I was taken aback at how quickly the whole thing was over and done with. I thought I must be mistaken. I grabbed the shuck and checked the table of contents. Nope. There were no lurking "additional" scenes. No expanded version. I checked the running time, and it claimed the whole thing should run appx 39 minutes. 39 minutes! That's a grand total, folks. 39 whole, complete, total minutes! That includes the credits. As I sat, feasting on pizza, I was disappointed right out of my skull with the famine of content found (or should I say 'not found') in Journey of Man. It was like a bad case of "visualis interruptus!" Meanwhile, the basic premise that everything would be simply peachy if the world would break down and embrace "dreams, faith and love" struck me as horribly naive. How Septermber 10th! It is nearly as Pollyanna as Bush's claim our economy is fundamentally sound! Caveat Emptor ~ the film is great visually, too bleeding short and stingy of content, has a message to deliver that is inherently juvenile and only 39 total minutes.
Being armed with this information, you make your own decision. It is a mixed blessing, feast or famine.
Investing in this DVD is the electronic equivalent of purchasing WorldCom or Enron stock!
Personally, I strongly recommend other titles in the C du S line."
CIRQUE TO THE (I)MAX
W. Paul Roberts | 05/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw "Journey of Man" in 3-D and felt I could catch the Banquine flyers in my lap. The movie is the next best thing to a live Cirque du Soleil show, even though nothing compares to the being there. The soundtrack, written by Benoit Jutras, not only proves to be a great background for the film, it is great to listen to even without visuals. I hope this movie is eventually released on DVD."
A good mix of Cirque and IMAX
W. Paul Roberts | 07/17/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was an enjoyable film, but I walked away a bit diasppointed at how few of the stunts that Cirque du Soleil is famous for were in it. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had never seen Cirque live because I don't think anything could compare to being there. It was beautifully filmed and gives a good preview of some of the things you might see in a live Cirque show. Making it 3-D and adding the IMAX effects make it unlike anything else I have ever seen.I would recommend it enthusiastically for someone who has never seen Cirque live. If you have seen them live, by all means see it anyway, but be prepared for it to be nothing like a live show. Compared to the price of a ticket to a live show, Journey of Man was a bargain and I didn't feel like I wasted a penny."