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Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Combo) (2011)

Werner Herzog , Dominique Baffier , Werner Herzog  |  G |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Werner Herzog, Dominique Baffier
  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Format: 3D, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HP2JAM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,638 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Combo)" on IMDb

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CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, a breathtaking new documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World, Grizzly Man), follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. One of the most successful documentaries of all time, CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS is an unforgettable cinematic experience that provides a unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago -- almost twice as old as any previous discovery.

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158 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative use of 3D October 15, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
I happen to like 3D in the theater and at home, so I want to speak to that aspect of this film.

Mr. Herzog saw the potential for 3D when he first visited the cave. He had to create his own, collapsible 3D equipment to fit through the hermetically sealed cave door, and it had to be manually adjusted for parallax depending on the distance to the image being filmed because access is via a walkway from which they could not stray. On the second visit they could use the knowledge from the first to gauge the length of extensions required to see images on the back side of pendant rocks and protrusions.

The end result is a 3D feast. The cave painters used the 3D shape of the rocks in the cave to give depth to their paintings. In one case the face of a ox is on one face of a rock and the flank of the beast corresponds to a bulge in the side of that same rock, around the corner, much as if you were viewing the animal. While the film and the paintings can be appreciated in 2D, the true artistry of the ancient painters can really only be appreciated in 3D, and Mr. Herzog was right to endure the extra hardship of lugging the 3D camera through the cave.

Bravo.
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94 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A soulful film, a deep experience, November 1, 2011
Format:DVD
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"The Cave Of Forgotten Dreams"
(Directed by Werner Herzog, 2011)
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Given unprecedented access to the Chauvet Cave, a vast archeological repository located in the south of France, legendary director Werner Herzog and a minimal crew of four crawl through tunnels and balance on delicate metal catwalks, filming the extraordinary and breathtaking cave paintings found within. Herzog designed a lightweight, portable 3D camera, small enough to be brought into the cavern, so that he could capture the ways in which the ancient artists of Chauvet used the natural contours of the cave walls to enhance their artwork. Although often rough technically, it is the most meaningful use of 3D cinematography I have ever seen, placing viewers inside the space of the cave in a way that seems magical and unreal.

The Chauvet cave paintings were made over 30,000 years ago, depicting predatory animals such as bears and lions, as well as bison, rhinos, mammoths and perhaps most striking of all, a wall of beautifully rendered horses. The spiritual and artistic presence of these paintings is almost overwhelming, embued with primal, primordial history and an astonishing technical and aesthetic command: these pictures are both evocative and beautiful. Herzog approaches them reverently, and delights in their mystery, often shooting them in half-shadow or using moving, flickering light to suggest the rude torches used by their creators as well as the complete, total darkness that shrouded these powerful pictures for untold millennia.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Take everybody you know to see this film! It is one of those essential experiences like the first time your parents brought you to a zoo, the majestic Redwoods, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or an overnight camping trip when the nocturnal sounds and the stars are your only comforts or nightmares.

Director Werner Herzog is one of those filmmakers "obsessed" with those "obsessed" with the hidden meaning of art. His "Fitzcarraldo" is a film about a genius (or a madman) who tries to journey into the heart of the Amazon jungle and introduce opera to the aborigine natives. In this film, Herzog lets all of us experience a forbidden, primitive, marvelous place - The Chauvet caves of France. And on those deep, cavern walls is something spectacular. The first cave paintings made 32,000 years ago. Hidden in those dark caves, these paintings inspire wonder, fear, and awe. As the torches light up the animal pictures, the calcite crystals sparkle like a night sky.

Some geneticists argue that the modern human evolved when language began 50,000 years ago. So these paintings are darn close to that historic moment - Yes, people may have talked in some primitive language...then...but now, people are communicating in an entirely different medium...painting.

There are some who can argue that these cave paintings are great symbolic pictures of art in the way that some of the best modern art paintings are. (There is even a painting of a bull embracing a woman - echoes of Picasso's Minotaur). I will not disagree. The ice age lions are alert and ready, anxious to seize their prey. In another scene, we witness for the first time what a battle between rhinos looked like to our early ancestors. (They were probably fighting over sex just as humans do).
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A soulful film, and a deep experience May 27, 2011
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"The Cave Of Forgotten Dreams"
(Directed by Werner Herzog, 2011)
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Given unprecedented access to the Chauvet Cave, a vast archeological repository located in the south of France, legendary director Werner Herzog and a minimal crew of four crawl through tunnels and balance on delicate metal catwalks, filming the extraordinary and breathtaking cave paintings found within. Herzog designed a lightweight, portable 3D camera, small enough to be brought into the cavern, so that he could capture the ways in which the ancient artists of Chauvet used the natural contours of the cave walls to enhance their artwork. Although often rough technically, it is the most meaningful use of 3D cinematography I have ever seen, placing viewers inside the space of the cave in a way that seems magical and unreal.

The Chauvet cave paintings were made over 30,000 years ago, depicting predatory animals such as bears and lions, as well as bison, rhinos, mammoths and perhaps most striking of all, a wall of beautifully rendered horses. The spiritual and artistic presence of these paintings is almost overwhelming, embued with primal, primordial history and an astonishing technical and aesthetic command: these pictures are both evocative and beautiful. Herzog approaches them reverently, and delights in their mystery, often shooting them in half-shadow or using moving, flickering light to suggest the rude torches used by their creators as well as the complete, total darkness that shrouded these powerful pictures for untold millennia.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars The story is Good!
But the cameraman does not know how to get the 3D pictures of a film, I think. The Story behind this I like very much! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Madhuranga F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, Iconic Movie of Paleolithic Cave Art
The 30,000 year old Paleolithic art of Chauvet Cave has been closed to the public in order to preserve the integrity of the cave and the amazing art it contains. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Joel W Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the only 3D movie I actually own...
I am a huge fan of Werner Herzog. This is his only 3D film. I saw it at the theater and then I purchased this physical media. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Ed A. Ogle
3.0 out of 5 stars 3D was good
I judge my movies by whether or not I would watch them again---it was good, but not that good, If you get a bargain price I would say give it a try, but don't pay top dollar for... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Darlene J. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
WOW! I loved it!!!! A very well done documentary!! A must watch if you love ancient art or ancient history!
Published 1 month ago by Marcar
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thoughtful and stimulates thinking.
Helps us to understand what it means to be human. Our current focus is often on "the cognitive" to the exclusion of the spiritual. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helmut Hirsch
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful film
30, 000 year old paintings better than Picasso! highly recommended as very few people are allowed to take pictures of them & Werner Herzog is among the best "film" maker in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jane A. Barroll
4.0 out of 5 stars Very moving and profound, except for the crocodiles part..
The whole movie up until the last 10 minutes or so was pretty incredible. The cave paintings really sort of speak for themselves. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matt Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching but has trouble staying focused
Jean-Michael Geneste Director of the Chauvet Cave Research Project takes us through the discovery and interpretation of what they believe we are seeing in a recently discovered... Read more
Published 1 month ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating (to say the least)
I'm fascinated by cave paintings, so naturally I was interested when I heard about the movie. It's execution is simple; it's primarily about Chauvet cave in France. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jim
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