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Audio Track 2 Optional soundtrack: The Dream Circle | MP3 excerpt ----------from the CD The Dream Circle
Running time: 77 minutes. All-region (except Japan) playback. NTSC. Features scene search and two full-length Dolby Digital stereo soundtracks.
Time of the Earth offers a unique DVD immersion experience. Either as an engaging audio-visual odyssey or for the environmental enhancement of one's living space, this captivating film experience invites repeat viewings. Steve Roach -- the master of mind-altering, atmospheric soundworlds -- has long been influenced by the expansive landscapes of the desert southwest. On Time of the Earth, he has found the visual poetry to match his evocative music: a 77-minute photographic feast for the eyes created by Steve Lazur. Gleaned from three years of filming the most remote natural wonders of the American West, turbulent cloud formations hover over sun-scorched canyons. Epic rock sculptures grant reluctant entrance to vistas still echoing from the dawn of creation. Time-lapse and slow motion film techniques merge with real-time movement through landscapes so surreal they draw viewers into an alternate universe that nonetheless exists right here on this planet.
I thought that you might enjoy this. I recently purchased a copy of the DVD "Time of the Earth". I put it on, and Newt the Substantial watched nearly the entire thing. When he got tired of watching after about 20 minutes, he laid down in front of the TV and listened to the rest. Oh yeah, he was purring the whole time.... -Lyn, Fairbanks Alaska
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. -Ben Kettlewell
The 77 minutes of spectacular footage, filmed in 16mm, is engaging all by itself. However, ambient master Steve Roach provides a soundtrack of unearthly beauty to complement the montage of shaped stone, unrelenting sun and liquid power. Roach supports this visual feast with stirring sounds of passage, of immensity and of eerie grandeur, which add power to the film. Every note becomes a creature upon whose back you fly as you journey through the lands. The music is a smorgasbord of unrelated pieces that come from previously released recordings over the years. Gleaned from Projekt CD releases as well as Timeroom, Fortuna, Asphodal and Interchill releases of Steve Roach's vast library, the ambient power seeps into the heart and invents a refreshed outlook.
There is a bonus here - not only do you get an additional, unreleased track from Steve Roach, but also a separate, full-length audio track. The track, an additional 73 minute soundscape (also from Steve Roach) called The Dream Circle, is accessible by switching to audio track two, by pressing the audio button on your remote.
The colors in the video are brilliant and capture every nuance of nature's palette. This disc could have suffered from a poor transfer, but special care was given to insure that the intensity of this piece would not be marred by color disorientation. The video is rendered in the 4x3 mode (or 1.33:1 aspect ratio), and therefore isn't blessed with an anamorphic widescreen treatment. To be fair, this does not hurt the presentation. The audio quality is also good in a solid Dolby Digital 2.0. While this disc doesn't offer much in the way of extras, it provides exactly what it sets out to in terms of presentation quality.
Time of the Earth is a nicely immersive addition to your musical DVD library, whether you wish to view the film or simply shut off the visuals, lay back in your easy chair and become absorbed by the entrancing collection of music. Matt Rowe