WOW, Just WOW!
P. E. Scholl | TX United States | 04/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the first "Living Landscapes" Blu-ray I purchased and watching it, all I kept saying to myself was "WOW!"
This video covers the high deserts of Southern Utah. Most of the scenes are from the National Parks of Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands and Arches. (I wish they had included Capitol Reef National Park, a stunningly beautiful but often overlooked National Park.) They also include scenes from Monument Valley as well as other places outside of the Parks.
Even though I live in Texas, I grew up in Utah and spent countless weekends camping and exploring Southern Utah. This video is the first I've seen that really captures the area. Watching it, I felt like I had gone home.
The producers could easily make another Blu-ray covering other areas of Southern Utah like Capitol Reef, Goblin Valley, Cedar Breaks, Natural Bridges, Kodachrome Basin, the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Hovenweep, Lake Powell, and the Escalante Wilderness. Southern Utah is simply that Beautiful!
Concerning this video, there is no dialog, just soft music mixed with natural sounds from the area. There are no chapters on the video dedicated to a particular area. Instead, the scenes jump around randomly, without titles or other indicators of where each particular scene was photographed. If you aren't familiar with Southern Utah, then the whole program becomes one big video montage of the area.
My only complaint is that the program is only an hour long and there are no winter scenes. Also, I wish they had shown some night scenes with the landscape silhouetted against the stars. The night skies are truly stunning in Southern Utah. I will definitely be buying more of these "Living Landscape" Blu-rays."
TRANSPORT YOURSELF IN A HEARTBEAT
Qwho51 | Bonita, ca USA | 01/02/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My first exposure to the High Definition experience of the series of Blu-Ray sensations of the Living Landscapes collections was at a Costco where I and three other people stood transfixed in front of a 58" plasma TV and watched the images flow from a sample collection of Living Landscapes. We stood there and watched as a lake scene played across the screen. A fish jumped out of the lake and the ripples danced away across the lake and right off the plasma screen. It was more than a window, it was a door to walk through. I now have five discs from this collection and I am beyond words on many occasions. My favorite?? Sacred Canyons of the American Southwest! From the opening scene and the first sounds of the flute in 5.1 surround...I am standing in the desert and in awe. The occasional nature sound effects placed in the music, thunder, coyotes howling, the wind blowing, is just transfixing both visually and aurally. You are wrapped in a layer of calmness as the images faded one into the other. I have this disc playing on my 53" TV in full 5.1 surround all evening when I get home from work. I take my friends on trips when they enter my home theater. For me, I wish some images would linger longer than others, but that is just me. For those of you that have never visited the American Southwest, thanks to this disc on Bluray...you have no excuse..of course you won't feel the heat and arid nature of this beautiful realm,,but you could just turn up the heater and sit back and gorge yourself on the beauty as captured by outstanding video photography. It truly is a work of art. I highly recommend it.
To those who say it is too slow all I can say is why would you want to experience beauty at freeway speeds. Slow down!Take a walk through the Sacred Canyons of the American Southwest."