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Nature's Journey [Blu-ray]


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Product Details

  • Directors: John Banks IV
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: R&B Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RXZIO8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,728 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Escape to a mysterious inner universe where nature and imagination meet to form a realm of extraordinary beauty. Let Nature's Journey unleash a brand new sensory experience in a genre-bending mix of location filming, subtle computer-generated imagery, exotic musical soundscapes and artistic graphic enhancements that draws you deep into the magical heart of our planet Earth. Produced in High Definition by Video Artist John Banks and featuring a 96/24 Soundtrack by Michael Stearns, Nature's Journey is a sensation of natural sights and sounds transformed by the unique artistry of these visionary filmmakers.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSNo Region Coding / Play All
VC-1 Encode at 37 Mbps / 1080i @ 29.97
DTS-HD Master Audio (Lossless) 5.0 ~ 96/24 @ 5.3 Mbps Average and 6.8 Mbps Max
Dolby Digital 5.0 ~ 48/24 @ 448 kbps
Dolby Surround 2.0 (Pro Logic II) ~ 48/16 @ 192 kbps
16:9
1080i / 29.97 – (TBD)
VC-1 / 37Mbps
DTS HD Master Audio
DRS

DIGITAL REFERENCE SERIES Digital Reference Standard Ultra High Fidelity Picture & Sound

The Digital Reference Standard is your guarantee of R&B Films' commitment to the highest attainable quality in home entertainment. Each disc is mastered for the best possible reproduction of video and audio, routinely surpassing today's standards in our ongoing pursuit of the ultimate entertainment experience.

The process begins with the source material. Digital content arrives pristine, while analog material is processed through a series of procedures designed to maintain the integrity and purity of the signal. In addition, wherever possible, an extremely high sampling rate of 24bits/96kHz is utilized to preserve audio resolution for multi-channel sound.

DRS also takes the aesthetics into consideration: original film and recording elements are used whenever available -- with mastering often supervised by the original filmmakers -- to ensure the original artistic vision is honored and, if possible, enhanced throughout the entire process.

R&B Films works closely with industry-leading engineers and facilities to create a digital master with video and audio fidelity rendered at its absolute zenith. This devotion to detail continues through the authoring and replication processes to arrive at a finished disc capable of presenting the full aural and visual impact intended by its creators.

Look for the DRS logo to certify that you are experiencing reference quality and enjoy the home entertainment benchmark for the new millennium.

Richard J. Casey Executive Producer R&B Films, Ltd.

Customer Reviews

There is too much artistic license to make synthetic nature.
John M
I found the images and music to create a great atmosphere to which I can write, read, and either focus on a task or be inspired to create something new.
John Saveland
This video was very different from what I expected based on the title.
R. Nayman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Saveland on February 22, 2008
The best creative works inspire more creative works - and that's just what this does. I found the images and music to create a great atmosphere to which I can write, read, and either focus on a task or be inspired to create something new.

Definitely worth checking out. And I hope they make another one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MW VINE VOICE on September 10, 2008
I could only stand this DVD for about 15 minutes. My wife finally said, "Please put on something else, it's giving me a headache!" I tried it out from Netflix before deciding to buy. I didn't care for the "music," nor did I care for the tidbits of animation layered over the nature scenes. I did like the nature scenes on their own; I just wish they had left them alone. Granted, this sort of thing is subjective, and while I can see why some people might really enjoy it (thus two stars instead of one), it is certainly not for me, nor for my wife, for that matter, so two votes against.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Crabtree on November 10, 2007
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Both sound and video are great examples of what can be acheived by blu-ray high definition.

For my family, this film is one we'll watch over and over again to appreciate the magnificence of nature captured by masters of the photographic art.

Highly recommended and a must for your blu-ray collection.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John M on October 29, 2007
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I hate to write negative comments about video, because it is very subjective. I purchased the disk for its appeal of HD-Nature images. There is no question that director John Banks worked long and hard to put this journey of nature on disk.

The problem I have with video is the short duration of screen cuts from one image to another along with rendered symmetrical morphing (Taking half of an image and mirroring it) which lends itself to visual distractions. There are morphed images of objects, places and things that present the effects of someone who may be on a drug trip. I found myself agitated after watching it, rather than relaxed. There is too much artistic license to make synthetic nature. One of the side effects of morphing fixed images into HD-video is that the rendering process of the scenery results in loses of its razor sharp clarity, such as water droplets on a leaf.

If you want a great HD video of nature, try "Living Landscapes HD The World's Most Beautiful Places". This video is produced in both HD formats, and gives you a beautiful un-modified look at nature in high definition with relaxing music. To give credit where its do, I have to say that the DTS-HD audio track on this disk is outstanding with excellent clarity and dynamic range.

One last note, I almost sent the disk back because my SONY BDP-300 was just sitting there for nearly three minutes saying "Loading" when finally it loaded the menu. Other blue-ray disks load under this time. This disk is intense with the highest bit rate I have seen yet, so you may have to give the disk a bit more time to load than normal.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Bohacz on February 23, 2008
Once again John S. Banks, the artist responsible for "Nature's Journey", has given us a wonderful work of early 21st century art. His previous works Illuminated Manuscripts and Ritual Path showed him to be a uniquely creative filmmaker and animator. With this offering he takes us on an even more far flung journey into the mind of the artist contemplating nature through his digital-imaging-tools-eye. The tone is spiritual and calming. I can recommend this DVD for anyone interested in digital art, animation, and meditation.
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