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Cirque du Soleil - Journey of Man


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Cirque du Soleil™ JOURNEY OF MAN is a breathtaking odyssey that follows the stages of human development from birth to maturity, with each stage presented by a Cirque du Soleil™ act. The signature Cirque du Soleil™ celebration of color, light, music and costume combine with a backdrop of various natural and historical landmarks around the world, creating a triumph of artistry beyond compare. From the opening explosion of light and sound that represents the universe's formation, Cirque du Soleil™ Journey of Man leads us through the birth of the Universal Child as it travels from childhood, through adolescence and manhood, on to maturity. An awe-inspiring feast for the senses, incomparable artistry and stylish elegance make this an adventure of a lifetime.

Special Features

  • Multi-angle performances
  • Bonus trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Ian McKellen, Nicky Dewhurst, Brian Dewhurst, Anait Karagyezyan, Chris Van Wagenen
  • Directors: Keith Melton
  • Writers: Peter Wagg, Steve Roberts
  • Producers: André Picard, Antoine Compin, Charis Horton, Mitchell Cannold, Peter Wagg
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2001
  • Run Time: 39 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NRN9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,123 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cirque du Soleil - Journey of Man" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

We loved it, great performance.
Frank
Instead, it's a very short kid's show, and a boring one at that.
ZenGamer
The 3D effects were very good and made the DVD special.
fred6301

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 13, 2002
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The most important thing to understand about this DVD is that "Journey of Man" was originally created for an IMAX 3-D presentation. I saw it in the theaters and was blown away, and so I bought the DVD as a reminder of that experience. The sound on the DVD was spectacular, drawing out the beauty of the soundtrack, but there are inherent limitations on the visual side. Because IMAX's aspect ratio is close to that of a TV, there's no need to letterbox this feature, but there's no way to capture either the size of the IMAX screen or the 3-D effects that made it so spectacular.
All of the acts were taken from the various touring Cirque shows: The opening "Taiko" from Mystere, some synchronized swimming from "O", "Cube" from Alegria, "Statue" and "Banquine" from Quidam, and so on. I'm not sure that there were any original acts, but each of the performances here has been further stylized and put into a setting that frees the act from the constraints of the stage, making each one larger and more powerful. "Statue" is especially striking, as the performers in full-body grey makeup perform on a vivid green leaf floating in a black pool. The colors are beautiful throughout, and the performances are, of course, spectacular. The acts are connected by sequences that were amazing on the big screen but feel a little bit unnecessary in the living room.
The storyline explores the "child-like wonder" theme of previous Cirque productions, but I think that the theme is both better portrayed and has more of an impact here than I've felt in Cirque's other work. There are all sorts of amazing things in the world if you keep looking, and what you think you want isn't always what you need most.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By W. Paul Roberts on May 4, 2001
I saw "Journey of Man" in 3-D and felt I could catch the Banquine flyers in my lap. The movie is the next best thing to a live Cirque du Soleil show, even though nothing compares to the being there. The soundtrack, written by Benoit Jutras, not only proves to be a great background for the film, it is great to listen to even without visuals. I hope this movie is eventually released on DVD.
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72 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Steve Felker on November 12, 2001
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If you are a die hard Cirque Du Soleil fan and must have everything they put out, like me, then by all means go out and buy this DVD. If not, I would strongly recommend you pass on this one.
Why you ask? Well, lets start with the fact that it is (dollar amount)and is only 35 minutes long, and it's not even in widescreen. There are only a few acts and they are very short. There are no acts in this show that aren't available in their full length in other videos or DVDs. Even the soundtrack is copied from other shows, with the exception of "Journey of Man", which is a great song, but is much better (and is complete) on the audio CD.
There are a couple of pros, though. The audio seems to actually be 5.1, not 5.0 as specified on the box, and the quality of the video is quite good, once you get past the fact that is in 4:3 format. The scenery is spectacular, it is nice to see a rich background to the acts (as apposed to the scafolding of the big top). And it is a cute story...
With a little more effort, this could have been great. Unfortunately, it's, well... not...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tievoli on July 24, 2002
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The best video production of a Cirque de Soleil I have ever seen. The reason it gets 4 stars, because it's only 32 minutes long. I was still on my popcorn as the movie ended. It felt that the producers robed me. This DVD should have been called a trailer but not the whole feature. Otherwise it's so beautiful that I had to play it again. A word to the producers, please release part 2, and make it this time at least an hour long, let me finish my popcorn.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 2001
This was an enjoyable film, but I walked away a bit diasppointed at how few of the stunts that Cirque du Soleil is famous for were in it. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had never seen Cirque live because I don't think anything could compare to being there. It was beautifully filmed and gives a good preview of some of the things you might see in a live Cirque show. Making it 3-D and adding the IMAX effects make it unlike anything else I have ever seen.
I would recommend it enthusiastically for someone who has never seen Cirque live. If you have seen them live, by all means see it anyway, but be prepared for it to be nothing like a live show. Compared to the price of a ticket to a live show, Journey of Man was a bargain and I didn't feel like I wasted a penny.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RLW on August 22, 2001
Format: DVD
Cirque du soleil is one of the most intriguing artistics statements in our society today. This particular piece, as seen in 3-D Imax, makes a provocative, tasteful introduction to what Cirque represents. The scenes are wildly colorful and poignantly dramatic, so much so that it brought tears to my eyes! My only wish is that the DVD would ship as 3-D as well. If you have a chance to see this in IMAX do so before you watch the DVD. You will NOT be disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Viquez on February 14, 2003
Format: DVD
This DVD is amazing, the visual effects, the performance of the artist, colors and the music. This DVD is a "must have" in your collection. If you don't have any of the dvd's of the Cirque du Soleil is a great buy the 3 pack (Journey of man, Dralion and Quidam) those 3 are great!
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