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  • Actors: Nathan House
  • Directors: Jan Nickman
  • Writers: Jan Nickman, Rodney L'Ongnion
  • Producers: Jan Nickman
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Georgian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Winstar
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 1997
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 157252152X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,974 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Planetary Traveler" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Detailed profiles of all the worlds visited
  • Overviews of Phleig exploration craft and Phleig culture
  • Profiles of the artists
  • Director's notes
  • DVD-ROM features, including weblinks

Editorial Reviews

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With those words begins the ultimate quest of a mysterious alien race. Their visual flight logs unfold in a mesmerizing display of nature's art on a cosmic scale. Spectacular planetary landscapes overwhelm the senses in an unparalleled fusion of computer animation and originally scored music. Planetary Traveler is the brainchild of two-time Emmy award winning director/producer Jan C. Nickman, noted for such projects as the computer animated hit The Mind's Eye. The brilliant original music score was created by Grammy nominated composer Paul Haslinger.
Two years in the making with some of the world's top digital artists. Planetary Traveler is the first full length program ever produced entirely on desktop computers. For this special DVD release, the artists returned to their Macintoshes to create over 30 minutes of additional interactive video content. The composer opened up his master tracks to make a Dolby Surround Sound version especially for this disc. A new digital video master was created from the source files to take advantage of the enhanced color and sharpness of the DVD delivery medium.

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 1999
Format: DVD
Music and sound work well together. Surround sound effects of Dolby Digital very effective. Menu lets you play tour from start to end, plus jump to individual worlds to explore. Not a lot of events; more moody and makes you realize -- there are no people on these worlds. Interesting comments about production by those involved. Kids may find it boring - mine did. I enjoy sitting back and relaxing to watch. Nice change from linear story driven movies. Need more experiments like this on DVD.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1999
Format: DVD
Planetary Traveler takes the viewer on a wild journey through an imaginatery solar system. Animation that is truly cutting edge and music by Paul Haslinger (Tangerine Dream) makes this show stupendous to watch and amazing to listen to. I also hear that the Director, Jan Nickman, has a new feature animation program hitting the market soon. Called Infinity's Child, it's the follow up to this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By billiusmaxx on July 3, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Just saw it. Back in 1997, with the available techonology, this was great. Compared to today's technology, it would only be rated OK. Much of the landscape did not appear realistic. But still, it was enjoyable and worth watching. There is a noteworthy spiritual and cosmic message, that infers that we are not alone, and moreove, neither is our Earth alone. The landscapes are imaginative and the whole episode well planned out. I would like to see a re-do of this film, using todays technology. Creates provocative thinking and a familiar "I know these worlds exist". Maybe even a "This looks familiar. I've been there" type of deja vu.
In any case, dim the lights, turn off all noise, set back on your easy chair, clear your mind completely, put yourself in an open frame of mind, then relax your entire being...Watch!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
For a film that has been rendered entirely on desktop computers (the first of its kind), the result is remarkable; but you will recognize the flaws (e. g., in the moves of the spaceship's probes). The music, although appropriate, could also be better.
At least the story's framework has been well chosen: a journey through a remote solar system with eight planets, one of which has very special properties - and many may find the spiritual touch of a "meeting place of possibilities" interesting.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karen on May 15, 2001
Format: DVD
This DVD is a jouney through computer graphics. I expected to see alien realms, instead I got to see different planets all remarkably similar to our own.
The graphics are well done. but I would never have bought this DVD if I had known it was simply different permutations of our own planet.
The graphics are excellent. The music was pitiful. Save yourself some money, give this one a miss.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam W., Durham NC on November 5, 2001
Format: DVD
Sure, there are other 'eye candy' movies out there, and visually you can find things just as good. However, this movie's premise, as relayed in the beginning and ending voice-overs, combined with Paul Haslinger's excellent space music (which really shines in Dolby Digital 5.1), the pace and mood are combined for maximum effect to transport you to "Oh Wow!" land. It's just the ticket for arm-chair space cadets.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2000
Format: DVD
What a bore. If you like watching an hours worth of unrealistic looking mountain flyby's then this one's for you. Otherwise stick to the awesome Oddessey Productions like the Mind's Eye series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon Norris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 15, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was somewhat disappointed when I watched this DVD. Apparently, it was created with a very early version of Bryce around 1997. It shows very little advancement over a similar work called "Cyberflights," done with VistaPro on the Amiga about five years earlier. While it may have been cutting edge for desktop computers in the very early 1990s, it is quite out of date today. In fact, for a look at what was being done on the Amiga with New Tek's Lightwave in the early 1990s, check out Todd Rundgren's DVD, "The Desktop Video Collection."
There really is no story line, and very little is shown of the alien "mothership," which is the high point of the 3D artwork and a very interesting object. I would rather have seen much more of it. I also found the music, while well done, not to my taste and not very fitting for the animations. The different worlds seemed very much alike to me, with lots of orange seas and skies and similar terrain.
While I don't like to pan anyone's work, particularly when I know how difficult such a piece is to create, I would not recommend this DVD except as a historical piece to demonstrate where desktop computer animation was in the 90s compared to today. If you expect any kind of story line or lots of detailed looks at well rendered spaceships, you will be disappointed. If I had seen this before I bought it, I would not have gotten it.
I have not looked at the DVD-rom (computer only) parts yet, they may be better.
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