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Earthlight (1998)

 NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Producers: Frederick Grossberg
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Georgian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: DVD International
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 1998
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000I1PX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Earthlight" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Global locations in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Korean
  • Continuous play for hours of pure relaxation

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

FLOATING HUNDREDS OF MILES ABOVE THE EARTH
Load this disc into your computer or DVD player, sit back, relax, and luxuriate in EARTHLIGHT'S beautiful digital video and original 5.1-channel instrumental music. It's heaven!

The thundering liftoff of Atlantis
The brilliant blue of the Pacific
The majesty of the Himalayas
The vast red dunes of the Sahara

Product Description

Taken from hours of NASA footage, this hypnotic, beautiful look at Earth features incredible views of the South Pacific, the Himalayas, the Sahara Desert, menacing hurricanes and lots more as beamed down by the Space Shuttle. With music by Ryan Shore. 85 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English 5.1; Subtitles: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish; DVD-ROM features; scene access.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Earthlight's video ocean segments need to be cut. February 14, 1999
Format:DVD
I bought Earthlight: Special Edition with much anticipation, as it was billed as the space shuttle view of earth. I was disappointed in the video segments. While it is true that 70% of the earth is water, there is a limit to the interest generated by showing cloud formations over water. 70% of the video segments are over the Atlantic or Pacific ocean with no land in sight. Within these segments there are a few where you can see land approaching and thats' where the video segment ends. It's as if they asked NASA, "What are the most uninteresting video segments you have on all your shuttle missions. We want to make a DVD out of them.". That being said, the still photographs they have are marvelous. They are all land or island shots. The screen saver software will load them on your HD. They have additional stills available on the web site that can be unlocked from the DVD after they are paid for. Wait for Earthlight: The Land Edition, if your interested in this sort of thing.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing, high quality images of Earth from space July 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This DVD features beautiful, digitally filmed, views of Earth from the Space Shuttle set to relaxing music, some of it Brian Eno-esque. Unlike the previous reviewer, I find there is quite a bit of variety to the scenes, from city lights on the U.S. east coast at night, the MIR spacestation, to the Sahara desert. The video quality is truly excellent -- this is probably the best looking DVD I own. Earthlight SE is great for relaxation -- do not expect thrills and chills.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed March 30, 2012
By hvnino
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was very interested in this program and ordered it. The DVD I received was obviously defective. No title or headings, only a tedious repetition of four chapters. In agreement with other reviewer clouds and more clouds and more clouds predominated... ... The DVD was returned
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Seeing tis magnificent Atlantis launch and hearing it in roaring 5.1 dolby is solely worth the price of the dvd. lus, you get many, many shots of our beautiful planet, crisply videotaped from the space shuttle missions. You get to see most part of the south emisphere of earth, along with USA at night, most Asia and Arabia and South America. Subtitles in more than 10 languages let you know what you are looking at, and the ethereal, space music really lets you get in the mood for watching, meditating or simply enjoying the pictures. Dont let it pass.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great video - still locking is iffy though... August 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I really love the video quality, and I also found the variety of views to be fine - I would wish for a few more night views, but other than that it's great. They also have subtitles telling you what you are looking at (in just about any language you'd want, including Klingon!).
I also really like the stills they provide, BUT I must take exception with the locked stills - they provided some very nice stills for free, but locked away many of the more interesting ones (Mt. Renier, Grand Cayman) in the bundles you have to pay for - which I can't even see on my (video) DVD player. I rather wish they had an option to buy a DVD with all the stills unlocked as I don't have a DVD player on my PC yet. Still, it's well worth getting if you want many beautiful images of the earth from space...
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I eagerly ordered "Earthlight" and even bought 2 copies. THANK GOD I bought them at half price from Amazon Marketplace!!!
This set of overflight views is extremely repetitve. If I had made the DVD, I'd not be at all proud of it. It is just clouds, clouds, more clouds, a couple minutes of desert, back to clouds, clouds, clouds, clouds ..... It could make a beautiful 15-minute video. At 85 minutes, it's a joke.
As example, the 3 overflights of Brazil take almost 15 minutes alone and the entire time you can scarcely see a single ground feature. Just clouds. And clouds, and clouds ... for 15 minutes!
Maybe if you view this stoned, the views set to fairly nice music would be entrancing. But I wasn't stoned and my normal-speed brain kept wondering when I'd actually get to see something!
Maybe that's what the whole view really is. Probably. But I was expecting much, much more. With modern telephoto photography a spy satellite can see you mailbox from space. There was no real telephoto camera work here. A few zooms such as a amateur videographer could do with cheap equipment. That's all.
Bummer. Any commercial crosscountry flight is more interesting.
PS - After writing the above, I have had a change of heart.
1) I finally started looking at the screensavers. They are among the best I've seen. I like them all. These views are just exactly what I'd expected from the 85-minute video. They are maybe worth the price of the DVD, though rather pricey.
2) Also, the view of the earth, though as stated in my main review as boring and needing huge editing, it is nevertheless instructive. That is to say: we DO live on a water planet with a very thin envelope of habitable space. It is a view everyone needs to understand viscerally. Maybe it WOULD be a good idea to view the whole series of overflights, but preferably stoned or somehow in a deep meditative state. Once.
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