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Illuminated Manuscripts

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Editorial Reviews

Illuminated Manuscripts presents a seamless montage of ancient temples, forests and scenes of nature, fused with beautifully layered computer generated images to present a unique view of the world we live in. The Ultimate DVD offers easy-to-navigate Home Theater enhancement tools that guide you through the process of fine tuning your system for maximum performance! Instruction in English, Spanish, German, and Spanish.

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: R&B Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V02CZU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,417 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A.W. Miller on June 26, 2004
Format: DVD
Whereas other CGI videos in my collection get a viewing once or twice a year, Illuminated Manuscripts is a frequent guest in my DVD player. Why?
- First and foremost, the images are stunning, organic and gorgeously rendered, way beyond the recycled pseudo-sci fi themes that many CGI videos lapse into. From pulsing mandalas to jeweled oceans to mysterious temples, the video is nothing less than a spectacular journey through some mind-bending dreamscapes. The DVD never ceases to amaze me. I always see something "new" that I hadn't noticed or remembered before
- Fritz Heede's soundtrack is top-drawer: not overpowering so it competes with the music but so skillfully done, it stands on its own. I highly recommend the CD of the soundtrack if you like world music, Indian or Middle Eastern music. (It was so good, it's been played on Hearts of Space.)
- The creators were not stingy in adding bonus features such as ambient remixes of several of the tracks plus a "loop" feature that's like a screen saver for your TV. You pick one of six looping scenes, complete with sound effects and/or music, and just let it play. Always amazes my guests!
- This is a DVD that you can leave quietly playing in the background for ambiance, or you can pour a glass of wine or a cup of tea, sit back, and let it take you on a beautiful journey.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jon Norris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 15, 2004
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This DVD sets a high standard for animation or meditation related works. The production values are very good, the menu system works well, and the content is excellent. While the animations are primarily digitally enhanced and morphed video image collages as opposed to full 3D rendered stories, the style and quality of execution are superb.
There are two main themes presented; one primarily of enhanced images, while the other is more like exotic title sequences for films. Some are blends of both. The video images are colored and modified, overlayed with nice animations of glowing lights, geometric patterns, particle fountains, and gorgeously morphed into other images. All kinds of title effects are used with exotic lettering that may or may not be real language. (It's beautiful, who cares?) There is also a menu of looping cuts out of the different pieces.
I was also impressed with the music. It is a nice world music - new age kind of blend, and it fits the video quite well. Traditional instruments and beautiful voicework mix well with some electronic influences. I use it for meditation, and have ordered the CD to save wear and tear on the DVD.
All in all, it lives up to the name, and the concept of video Illuminated Manuscripts shines through admirably. It is a relaxing and satisfying bit of eye candy and more. Having worked with video and computer graphics for nearly 20 years, I can say that few works reach this level. This DVD stands toe to toe with anything Hollywood (or New Zealand) can produce.
I recommend this DVD to anyone who likes beautiful visual images, meditational music and images, or high quailty graphic arts. Definitely worth the money. Get the CD, too.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2003
Format: DVD
This has got to be one of the most unique looking DVDs available, a true one of a kind that belongs in every cutting edge, 21st century computer animation collection. The author of "Illuminated Manuscripts" (John S. Banks) filmed nature scenes and ancient sites from all over the world and then wove them together with his computer animation magic into a stunning series of entrancing visual sequences. The tone is meditative and spiritual, a refreshing break from most other computer animation collections that need to tell half baked stories. This DVD has the feel of an accomplished and complete work. It brings the viewer a feeling of merging with an ocean or traveling through ancient spiritual pathways, unfamiliar because of their uncanny computer animation technique, yet strangely familiar. The beautiful musical soundtrack by Fritz Heede, compliments the visuals perfectly and creates a seductive, mesmerizing vehicle for Banks' kaleidoscopic flow of images. I see and hear something different every time I view this DVD. The chapter called `Afterlife' contains what I consider the most beautiful moving image I have ever seen on a television screen. Highly recommended!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Xia on September 23, 2002
Format: DVD
The first time I saw Illuminated Manuscripts I was enraptured. Like a child suspended in a state of wonder I asked excitedly, "what is this?" I felt as though I was witnessing a live birth, the artistic genesis of a new genre evolving before my eyes. Indeed, I have come to see this work as the next evolution of art and consciousness. It's a form beyond language which speaks in images and sound reminiscent of an ancestral voice.

Illuminated Manuscripts is a guiding light into forgotten realms of the soul. This innovative DVD blends archetypal images of the ancient and mysterious with music that reaches beyond the known to awaken collective knowledge encoded deep within the human experience. This new blend of sound and vision from artist John Banks and composer Fritz Heede is nothing less than a guide into the inner spirit.
When you enter the world of Illuminated Manuscripts, it's like opening a magical doorway. You cross a threshold where art and spirit merge into an unknown, but exciting new dimension. As your journey begins, you are carried along seductive pathways of sparkling imagination, mesmerizing meadows of sight and sound, shapeshifting images that speak in another language, at once unknown, but familiar. You are a traveler in a kaleidoscopic landscape that appears to alter with each viewing.
This DVD is more than just animated pictures to watch, or simply music you listen to, it is an otherworldly experience. Heede's musical compositions take you to places deep within yourself and creates a living nautilus chamber of sound which evokes deserts, the rustle of leaves, oceans and seas, the sigh of a sunset, bubbling waterfalls, the sweet dance of stars crossing the sky, and so much more.
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