Manufactured Landscapes [Blu-ray]
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Blu-ray special features include:
Beautiful HD transfer
30 minutes of additional scenes
Discussion with Edward Burtynsky and director Jennifer Baichwal
Interview with cinematographer Peter Mettler
5.1 DTS-HD master audio
Optional French subtitles
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Director Jennifer Baichwal accompanied Burtynsky on several trips to Asia, observing the artist at work and allowing a movie camera to see the industrial landscape as he does. This gives the photographs context that they don't normally have, and Burtynsky takes the opportunity to comment in a spare narration. Baichwal wisely subscribes to the same philosophy as Burtynsky in never interpreting or demystifying the photos. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many of Burtynsky's photographs are presented in the film and amazed at how well the movie footage supports and directs the viewer into them.
After photographing extraction industries for 10 years, Burtynsky turned his attention to China, where all those materials coalesce and are turned into products we consume. We go with him as he documents the rapidly changing landscapes at a factory, a village that recycles "e-waste", a shipyard, coal mine, the incredible Three Gorges Dam, and China's fastest-growing city, Shanghai. A short trip to a shipwrecking beach in Bangladesh is particularly astonishing. "Manufactured Landscapes" showed me things I had never seen before.Read more ›
|Length: 2:15 Mins|
You want to see this movie --- you need to see this movie --- for many reasons, and scale is the first. We talk about global warming and environmental degradation and maybe we see a picture of an ice cap and a polar bear or a giant landfill, but we rarely see how big these things can be.
Edward Burtynsky is all about big.
He started, decades ago, by wondering what happened to the quarries that produced giant slabs of stone. What he found were excavated masterpieces --- inverted monuments, exactingly carved, extending hundreds of feet into the earth. In their way, they're gorgeous.
In the last few years, Burtynsky has moved on to China, an agrarian country transforming itself, at warp speed, into an industrial powerhouse. That means: a factory that produces 20 million flat-irons a year. The third largest aluminum recycling yard in the world. A dam so big --- the largest ever conceived, by 50% --- that 1.1 million people had to disassemble their homes and evacuate 13 villages so the thing could be built.
Many of these images show factories and apartments that are new and shiny, light years from what we think of as sweatshop workplaces and workers' housing. But don't be fooled. Much of the labor we see is so repetitive that none of us would last an hour.Read more ›
At the core of the film is, of course, Burtynsky's phenomenal work. For anyone who has not yet heard of Burtynsky's aeuvre, this DVD is the best introduction to it that they will ever find. For those who already know his astounding photographs for having seen gallery shows, his touring retrospective exhibition (2003-2005), or read his books, "Manufactured Landscapes" (2003, a catalogue to the retrospective), "China" (2005), and "Quarries" (2007), it is a key-document for the understanding of the philosophy, the esthetics, and the warm and thoughtful humanism of their author.
Everyone who can watch DVDs at home should have this work in their library. By comparison to all owned DVDs this one stands heads and shoulders above most.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent documentary, featuring connections between art and the environmentPublished 1 month ago by YCN
Constant need for energy and progress is changing our lives, landscape, and world at large! This is an eye-opening documentary that raises awareness of delicate problem most people... Read morePublished 3 months ago by VJ
A compelling look at the photography of Edward Burtynsky and the impact of man on the landscape in China.Published 3 months ago by Wags
The opening tracking shot of a Chinese mega-factory is one of the most incredible I've seen. I timed it...it's eight minutes long. Just amazing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Scott FS
This film gives a view into the mind of easily one of the greatest photographers of our generation. Edward Burtynsky finds an amazing amount of beauty in the industrial landscape,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by The Docmiester
It was slow but a really big eye opener. This makes me think about how I can better myself and help our economy.Published 11 months ago by Corine
My review has nothing to do with the content of this video - Edward Burtynsky is an amazing artist and it's fascinating to watch him work. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Travis Wolf