Another Desert Dreamtime Journey Review
Brian Firth | 12/27/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this DVD based solely on the three reviews below.
I can only assume the reviewers were watching on 25 inch or smaller analog sets. On my Toshiba 57HX81 HDTV, with Sony progressive scan DVD player the video quality was poor to say the least. Very grainy, and almost blurred at times, it came across to me like VHS tape resolution not DVD. The film is also full of dust specks scattered throughout the 77 minutes.What's even more disappointing is, it was shot in standard 4:3, not widescreen. A movie designed to show the majesty of the desert and they don't shoot widescreen? The audio quality is OK, but you only get Dolby Digital 2.0 not 5.1."
Stunning visuals - incredible soundtrack
Ben Kettlewell | Melbourne, Australia | 11/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fans of classic nature films like Baraka, Chronos, and Koyaanisquatsi, will marvel at this DVD. Time of the Earth is multifaceted, mystical, subtle, timeless, and most of all, remarkably attractive. Time of the Earth communicates on a profound level that cannot be comprehended through language. This is a film that can only be comprehended in its insightfulness and awe-inspiring significance on a much deeper, intuitive level, demonstrating the unrestrained power of nature. Roach and Lazur are accustomed to the limitation of human speech, as they create this slowly evolving, wordless journey into this dreamtime existance.This DVD is a glimpse of the fascinating southwestern desert in all its diversity. The film offers panoramic glimpses of nature at its most serene and pastoral state, from the primal beauty of the southwestern deserts, to breathtaking glimpses of cascading waterfalls and powerful ocean waves breaking on a beach in the Pacific Northwest during a spectacular sunset. Time of the Earth exemplifies primordial nature long before human existence. The careful editing and sequencing of every segment are deliberate throughout, and magnificently presented. Steve Lazur spent over three years shooting film, which eventually became distilled down to 77 minutes. If a single picture is worth a thousand words, then the thousands of visual images contained in Time of the Earth could easily fill a library. The enormity of the epic rock sculptures, and sun-scorched canyons sweep over you with breathtaking power. Like many paramount works of art, Time of the Earth suggests a direction, which is more profound than the object of your observation. If the sufi poet, Rumi created a modern-day film, instead of his inspired state of rapture in his words and poetry, his thoughts might be perfectly captured in a film such as this. Life on this planet is short-lived, and has much to expound. Time of the Earth scrapes the surface of existance that many of us never experience, and gives a glimpse of the megalithic world beneath. Complimented by a stirring soundtrack by legendary composer, Steve Roach, the film augments my deepest emotions every time I watch it. The music is perfectly timed to the scenes, and the combination makes for a wonderfully calming experience.This DVD is a must for anyone looking for something worthwhile and insightful, and a conscious experience that delights all the senses. The only dialog is one developed between the mind and heart of the viewer. It is a contemporary look at the relationship between people and place. Much of the photography is slow-motion or time-lapse footage of landscapes, ethereal clouds, and panoramic desert vistas, enhanced by Steve Roach's mesmerizing tribal-ambient score. Time of the Earth is profoundly abundant in beauty and detail. With each viewing it shifts in the mind's eye, and becomes a new and different film. You can breathe the air, squint at the sun, and feel dwarfed by the towering mountain peaks and endless sky, the moment you enter the immediacy of this experience. Time itself becomes relative. This film in many ways is like a poem written with images and sound, and one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences I've seen in DVD format. Highly recommended."
Brian Firth | 08/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I cannot find words to truely describe this DVD. Nothing I can think of can do this justice. The photography is superb-the vastness and scope of which is mindboggling. The music goes very well with it. You will travel to places in the western regions that you would think are from another planet. The one note I have, is that I much prefer the second soundtrack by Steve Roach-it is a 77 minute song that fits the visuals a bit better.
A relaxing journey through time and space
Brian Firth | Broken Arrow, OK | 12/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Steve Roach's haunting ambient works provide the perfect soundtrack to this beautifully filmed peice of art. Ever wonder what it would be like to actually see the world of Salvador Dali's dreams? This is as close as you will get. If you are reading this review, then you must already be interested, so do your soul a favor and order it right now. You consciousness will thank you."