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Home [Blu-ray] (2009)

Glenn Close , Yann Arthus-Bertrand  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Glenn Close
  • Directors: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026OE2O8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Experience the wonderment of our world in a way that will enthrall, captivate and inspire you! Award-winning aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and narrator Glenn Close take you on a spectacular voyage around the world in Home, a unique film with such breathtaking imagery, you’ll want to enjoy it time and time again.

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"Former actor Yann Arthus-Bertrand directed this visually astonishing portrait of the Earth as seen from mesmerizing aerial views. Home is not the first documentary to survey our planet from the air, but Arthus-Bertrand brilliantly and dreamily captures the miraculous linkage within delicate eco-systems. For viewers whose eyes glaze over at descriptions of the way Earth recycles energy and matter, Home underscores the beautiful and awesome reality of that complex process. Narrated by actress Glenn Close (in this English-language version), Home begins by exploring and clarifying the natural history of water, sunlight, and the role simple life-forms such as algae played (and still play) in making the planet hospitable to more evolved, living things. As the film moves along, it also has a way of rebooting one's lazy assumptions about familiar phenomena. The Grand Canyon, for example, might be a fantastic sight to behold, but it's also a collection of billions and billions of shells compressed under Earth's oceans long ago. The carbon trapped in the Grand Canyon was drained from the atmosphere, helping--once again--oxygen-dependent life to develop.

Similarly, plant life, Home tells us, broke up the water molecule and released oxygen into the atmosphere. Everything is linked, everything is part of a grand machine--the film makes this clear in scores of ways, and not just by telling us. Arthus-Bertrand reveals the intricate, breathtaking designs and patterns of glaciers feeding rivers, of animals feeding on plant life so more plant life can grow, of Australia's great Coral Reef's role in keeping the ocean in eco-balance. Of course, a big part of the story is the impact short-sighted humans have on these systems: the way we overfish, or drain deserts of scarce fossil water, or turn non-farming lands into perverse engines for agriculture. There is much to be alarmed at watching Home, but there is much to move one as well. --Tom Keogh "


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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! June 5, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a magnificent production. I'm now watching it on the National Geographic channel and had to check to see if a DVD was available. No commercials to interrupt the thread!

The photography is stunning, the music enjoyably fitting and the narrator's voice smooth and clear. The story is informative, sad and scary.

Yes, this production conveys the message that the current economic model of consumption is not conducive to long-term survival (in the manner to which we have become accustomed) where a secure supply of uncontaminated food/water and adequate shelter/clothing are a given.

Sometimes "a picture is worth a thousand words".
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and an Eye-Opener! June 7, 2009
Format:DVD
Home is an excellent documentary which aims to familiarize us with our planet while reminding us of our place and responsibilities vis-à-vis our environment.
The amount of effort and research put into this project is evident and as a result the documentary helps transport the viewer to different locations allowing one to lay eyes on natural wonders and disasters alike. Glenn Close does an amazing job narrating in a way that brings to mind the Lords of the Rings, while the photography is simply breathtaking!
In short, Home is a must-see documentary, strongly recommended to those people that do care about the legacy they leave behind for the generations to come. 5 Stars
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
This is a great documentary film! The images and shots were movingly stunning, the colors were amazingly rich and fluid.
THe narrative highlighted the problems that we've created with literature-worthy eloquence and with objectivity whilst not forgetting humanity's needs. The mostadmirable part of it was that while it instills a sense of pain and regret for the environment, it focuses on what we still have and what we can still save. But behind every good narrative, there is a good soundtrack and the one for this documentary lives up to its narrative, with music from all corners of the globe, each fitting into its place and each a place where it fits.

One extremely noteworthy aspect of narrative,picture and soundtrack mixing well is that the soundtrack doesn't drown out the narrative, as some documentaries are wont to do. Also, the documentary allows for moments of wordless eloquence to captivate the viewer in sound and image - yet without dragging it to being "verbose".

all in all, the five stars awarded are truly deserved.
one for picture, one for mastery of language in narration, one for soundtrack, one for humanity the last one, for message and overall delivery.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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It's too late... to be a pessimist.

"HOME" is a film directed by Award-winning aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Yann has been active in covering the world beginning with his Altitude Agency which he formed in 1991, an agency which was the first of its kind to specialize in aerial photography and in 1994 he captured the world from above and its beauty in the book "Earth from Above" which became a best seller in many countries.

But Yann is also known for his involvement with Ecology and he is the founder of GoodPlanet, helping companies and people with reforestation and practicing energy efficiency. He is a well-respected man known for his work on public environmental awareness and most recently, the world became familiar with his work from his film "HOME".

The story of the creation of "HOME" is quite interesting. In 2007, he began his new documentary project originally known as "Boomerang" which then became known a "HOME". Produced by well-known film director/producer Luc Besson and financed by the PPR group, "HOME" was created. In a way, the documentary was Yann's way of showing the world of what kind of state our planet is in. That the beauty that we see, can all be gone within the next decade(s) due to man's needs and rapidly depleting natural resources.

In order to have the film shown worldwide, Yann gave up his rights to the film and it was shown on the video streaming site "YouTube" on June 4, 2009 and was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 5th.

The film spanned 54 countries and 120 locations covering the most amazing landscapes of the planet. Narrated by actress Glenn Close, the film starts off with showing us the beauty of the planet. From the volcanoes, the rivers, the ice and water that flow through the world.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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The aerial cinematography in this film is terrific to watch, and that is why it rates 5 stars. You will definitely want the blu-ray version, because the detail is astonishing. There are some strange things about the American language script however. First, some poor, yet should-have-been-obvious edits for this audience, for example: 1) Grand Canyon of Arizona, or of the Colorado, not in Colorado, 2) Towns started up more than 6,000 years ago, not 600 years ago. Second, the message often had nothing to do with the images. You notice this right away when we are looking at glacial ice-fields in Iceland, and the narrator is talking about rivers. What was that all about? What does a healthy, swimming whale have to do with the plight of ocean fisheries? It appears that there was a collection of TERRIFIC video, and someone needed a "socially relevant" script to accompany its presentation, but the match was not tight. Third, there is an enormous dichotomy between more than an hour spent in hopeless and dreadful pessimism about the planet, followed by a few minutes of optimism that was kind of unsupported. I mean, if Americans are the worst offenders on the Planet, what does more education and aid to third world countries have to do with the impact of overpopulation and technology? Fourth, core issues like population control and political instability were not addressed at all. I am afraid that valid points like the link between meat consumption and high levels of resource utilization get lost in the message of aid to developed countries, or the lack of a real solution here. After all, if we are all vegetarians consuming 1/10 of the agricultural resources per capita, what happens when there are 10 times as many of us in a few years? What about this urban blight? Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful. Every shot is a work of art
Beautiful. Every shot is a work of art. You know how you always want these shows to linger longer on many shots? Is one does!
Published 1 month ago by elewhale
2.0 out of 5 stars For the love of...
Having enjoyed Arthus-Bertrand's Earth From Above, I was looking forward to watching this. Does it have stunning photography? Absolutely. I was captivated for the first hour... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fallout Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars HOME
Gorgeous scenery, clearly stated detail (if in error at times)
Published 3 months ago by man in the hat
5.0 out of 5 stars Home
a 5 star view of our earth from above. From areas untouched by man to how man has overflowed into areas, Home makes you want to take better care of the only home we've got.
Published 4 months ago by Tabi
1.0 out of 5 stars Not "All Region"!
I have several BD titles that are all-region that play fine on my player. This title loads the menu, but when I go to play, it just blanks the screen, then returns to the main... Read more
Published 9 months ago by JVAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning beauty, chilling horror, call to action
There's a planet orbiting a star out near the rim of the galaxy that has a real problem. The dominant species on it is coming perilously close to irrevocably wrecking the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FIND
THIS IS ONE OF MY HUSBANDS FAVORITE MOVIES. IT WAS VERY HARD TO FIND,THEN I THOUGH TOF AMAZON.WHAT A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT THIS IS GOING TO MAKE! THANK YOU!!
Published 10 months ago by WENDY WOLFE
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See!
This will open your eyes and your heart in a way that nothing before has done. It is very enlightening.
Published 11 months ago by Deb
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have blu-ray
A must have in blu-ray, just lay on your sofa and enjoy sceneries you never thought exists on planet earth. And you can see how we humans are destroying the beauty of our planet.
Published 11 months ago by Ralph Nader
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful DVD
It is an awe inspiring DVD and it is in excellent condition! It plays as if it is new and not used.
Published 11 months ago by Denise Hatfield
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