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"More than many other computer-animation videos, this one works because it knows what it is. Even the best computer animation cannot compete with reality for realism. (Yes, that's tautological but think about it. Think about ALL tautologies.) Lots of nice chase scenes, which are the strong suit of animation. They're always exciting; they don't require the destruction of millions in cars nor the deployment of cadres of police, and most of all they eye doesn't linger long enough on any one thing to be disturbed by banality. Great detail in computer backgrounds is just as hard to do as great detail in the subject, and a chase focuses the attention. Too, the music is just right for animation. It is properly driving when it needs to be, and it recalls no other music. I dread the day when some fool tries to set an animation to "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik." Mr. Livgren was smarter. The animators also understand that virtual reality really is a mockery of reality, and concentrate on interesting images. I recall my anticipation in 1982 when MTV came out. I thought, "At last. Interesting pictures with the music." Of course we know the story of MTV: a dog's breakfast of arty or quirky shots, quite indigestible, and tiring to the eyes. This DVD however is much better. I've watched it four times. And one scene, with hammers quite pointlessly banging on steel, in a warehouse lit by light coming through slowly rotating fans, sticks in the mind. And it's funny too, something very rare in animation. If you buy one computer animation DVD, let it be this one."
Great animation, fantastic soundtrack
Dustin M. Smith | Aurora, CO | 11/24/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you enjoyed The Mind's Eye series (Mind's Eye, Beyond, and Gate)you'll enjoy this one. More great computer animation and a fantastic soundtrack from artists Mike Oldfield and Kerry Livgren (former guitarist of rock group Kansas). No extras, I would liked to have had an onscreen menu with a index of the animation sequences. But, other than that the quality is very good."
Best of the genre
James M. McDonald | Grand Rapids, MI | 06/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The graphics are superb. The underwater chase scenes in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace are very reminiscent of the chase scenes toward the beginning of this video.If you are a Kansas fan, you'll immediately spot the style of Kerry Livren, the musical genius behind this video. Only two tracks have vocals. One is overtly Judeo/Christian expressing that only the Creator can satisfy. Livgren became a Christian before Kansas disbanded (just listen to Dust in the Wind or The Wall).The vocal track (next to the last) is the only one I don't like. The vocalist is Kerry's son, Jacob. It would be a good song if it weren't for an unecessary, irritating falsetto part that he sings. It is very badly done.If you do not like Kansas, you will not like the music. My brother first showed me this video a couple of years ago. I went out and got it myself. As soon as I am finished here I am ordering the DVD!"
A visual and audio delight!
bobby tomms | Tampa Bay, Florida | 12/31/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the most amazing DVDs you'll ever bare witness. Its combines the best in computer animation, with one of the world's finest musical talents (Kerry Livgren of the rock group Kansas). If you're looking for a DVD to show of your player, or if you got a great home theater system and want to enjoy it, than look no futher than this gem!"
Just upgraded to the DVD ver!!
Todd Eddy | Streetsboro, OH USA | 08/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought the VHS version a while ago, and with the purchase of a DVD player this one was a definate must! (especially when VCR is only mono on a Prologic capable receiver ;) My only disapointment in the DVD ver is that there were no on screen menus, and no 'index sheet' included that tells you where the indexes are (but I got a snappy so I can capture the images and make my own index sheet) I also noticed a couple minor details that change from dvd and vhs versions. Like the female voice on one of them isn't as loud on dvd as it was on vhs, and 'SMV' logo differs, and there are no "previews" for other movies that are out (one difference I have noticed and liked on all DVD's so far :), like I said nothing major.BTW, I actually rode on the 'lava car' IWerks turboride when on spring break in smokey mountains, was really cool. you actually saw two movies for the 1 price, this was the 2nd one and people were coming out saying they liked this one over the first one (indy race car one) Can't wait till next one comes out."