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Reggio and Glass created a brilliant short subject that should have won an Oscar. Perhaps a reissue could be coupled with Reggio's unreleased shorts _Evidence_, and music video "Patricia's Park" could be included, if the rights were available, but more important would be a DVD without such heavy "artifacting," "pixillation," "blockiness," whatever you want to call it. Those of us with the Apex that can play anything and anywhere are particularly screwed since it's not as good at hiding such defects.
This is the sort of film that only film conoisseurs are going to appreciate it, so why not give it a high quality release?
but too bad the DVD is poor in the visual quality. Glass is great with the music, as usual. The film Microcosmos and the film Baraka are actually better films in dealing with nature.
Check them out too.
I recall seeing this in both film format and in the extra large IMAX screen. The cinematography to the documentary is breathtaking. Although it is only 30 minutes long, there is much to learn about the life on this planet by watching this documentary, which is very short but meaningful. The music is composed by none other than the brilliant 20th century composer Phillip Glass- whose technique of minimalism is haunting and effective, particularily in the shots of the sea creatures. Phillip Glass' work for this short film ranks as one of his finest, although it is very short and precise. Phillip Glass and Anima Mundi go together almost like two blending chemicals. Finally, on DVD, the greatest documenatary, albeit the shortest, is available for viewing.
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This DVD was purchased to replace the Video Taped version, since I no longer have a VCR player. I have always liked this performance and still do.Published on February 26, 2013 by Renee LaFollette
In the style of Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass teamed up to create this short film for the World Wildlife Fund. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by bostonears
Went looking for this after listening to the original music elsewhere. Not an easy DVD to find (you also wouldn't believe the other "Anima mundis" out there! Read morePublished on September 2, 2012 by ozgribbo
Ever since I saw and taped this from tv many years ago I wanted a commercial copy. Even though it's only 30 minutes long its still mesmerizing and beautiful. Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by mirage
This video is truly a work of art both visually and musically. The photography is top-notch and the visual images are well-coordinated with constant stream of beautiful images. Read morePublished on April 14, 2007 by Patrick D. Goonan
With director Godfrey Reggio at the helm - and with a 30 minute running time - I was expecting to be overwhelmed by the might and majesty of the animal kingdom packed into a... Read morePublished on March 19, 2007 by Matadore