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Gate to Mind's Eye & Beyond
Gate to Mind's Eye Beyond
Actor: Val Carpenter
Directors: Ron Fricke, Michael Boydstun
Genres: Comedy, Music Video & Concerts, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation
NR     1998


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Actor: Val Carpenter
Directors: Ron Fricke, Michael Boydstun
Creators: Ron Fricke, Michael Boydstun, Alton Walpole, G. Paul Sullivan, Jeffrey Kirsch, Mark Magidson, Preston M. Fleet, Sean Gleason, Steven Churchill, Steven Marble, Constantine Nicholas, Genevieve Nicholas
Genres: Comedy, Music Video & Concerts, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Carpenters, New Age, Animation, Animation
Studio: Simitar Ent.
Format: DVD - Color - Animated
DVD Release Date: 02/10/1998
Original Release Date: 01/01/1985
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1985
Release Year: 1998
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Great Example of 3D Animation and Effects
Tan Kwan Seng | Singapore | 12/15/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I like this DVD... The 3D effects like waterfall, explosions, fire, water are top notch. The Quantum Mechanic "chapter" is my favorite... There is one scene showing "Hollow Man"-like figures and hands coming out of a surface. Spectacular! I wish I can learn to do all that. The music was clear and goes well with the motion (good synchronization), transitions, morphing and great beat. Good computer animated art with great music.However, there are SOME scenes which aren't sharp as they should be... like viewing a VCD full screen. These could have been better, improved to more DVD-quality. Hence I give this DVD four stars and not five.After viewing this DVD, I would certainly like to view the other DVDs in the Mind's Eye collection."
A winner!
Tan Kwan Seng | 07/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Based on the other reviews I thought I'd give this a chance - and
I'm glad I did. The music is fantastic - I would enjoy owning this DVD for the audio alone. It's not recorded in 5.1 or DTS -
however it you have a Prologic II receiver - the sounds are seperated nicely, and the affect is almost as good as 5.1 audio.
The animation flows extremely well with the music, and like most individuals who enjoy this kind of entertainment - it sends your mind in flight to the heights of imagination. Strongly recommended!!"
Masterpiece of 3D Animation set to Music
Anomaly | United States | 10/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first saw this animation when it first came out in 1994 and was blown away. I wanted to share it so I gave the video away and regretted it ever since. I was pleasantly surprised to learn they had a DVD version I could now view on a 43 inch television system with surround sound.This Gate to the Mind's Eye is a classic and part of computer animation history. I have never witnessed such a "flowing" of visual images done tastefully, capturing the human spirit, along with the music by Thomas Dolby that matches it. Particularly pleasing, pleasurable and extremely well done. One segment is superior to all others -- and that is the one to the song "In a Corner of Your Mind's Eye". It is unbelievable! A masterpirce of 3D animation that makes me wish they had a 3D computer animation MTV station. How they bring you back through time making you feel as if you're experiencing ancient rooms of the Egyptians, Mayans, then looking into a city of few hundreds of years ago, and then bringing you into the future with "Quantum Mechanic" shows they are trying to encapsulate experiences throughout human history and into the future.This DVD is so well done that in 2002 I cannot tell it was created in 1994 at the beginning of the computer revolution. All of these 3D segments are done with music. I was in awe of the mastery of the creativity behind these creations. It is the human spirit free to express itself in a flowing, visual form with music, never before as in this kind of medium. Watch this DVD and see the human spirit soar with a sense of freedom, spontaneity and creativity you have rarely witnessed before. Until now humanity has only had static art forms and images, except for movies, -- only music could match the "flowing" of creativity and lift the human spirit to new heights. This kind of computer animation has changed that. It is the merging of music and visual imagery with intelligence that is truly unique and awe inspiring. Thanks to Miramar and its artists and musicians for this wonderful experience into virtual reality it gave me!"
An enjoyable cyber-journey
A.W. Miller | Birmingham, AL United States | 05/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Of the four main "Mind's Eye" titles, this is my favorite, so much so I upgraded from VHS to DVD.Other reviewers have said "don't expect a plot," but the videos do revolve around a loosely connected storyline of destruction and resurrection in the history of mankind. (Except perhaps for "Nu Vogue," but it's such a cool segment, you won't mind not knowing where it fits in.) It's enough of a plot so that you feel a sense of resolution at the soaring conclusion of the disc.Thomas Dolby's soundtrack is enjoyable, varied enough to be interesting but cohesive enough to give the disc a definite theme. We see here that he's definitely more diverse than just "She Blinded Me with Science."The graphics, while now a few years out of date and not necessarily cutting-edge, are well-timed with the music and beautifully rendered."