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Ritual Path (2007)

John Banks IV  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: John Banks IV
  • Format: Color, Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: R&B Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JLQQ6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,757 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Over 2 Hours of computer enhanced natural landscapes in 2 sections.

Part 1 - Experience 10 sites from around the world. Each piece features natural images enhanced and transformed with digital tools to create an immersive visual style that has the integrity of the real world and the boundless possibilities of the imagination. These visionary events are journeys into the spirit of nature. Featuring an original 5.1 score of electroclassical compositions and guest vocals by Jon Anderson of Yes

Part 2 - Create a calm mood with looping atmospheric scenes & sound. Choose a single site to repeat or play all 15 sites in a long loop. Based on digital enhancements of nature footage as in part, these environments are like moving paintings on your screen.

Fabulous for showing off Home Theatre setups due to high visual appeal & 5.1 sound

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ritual Path Trailer December 24, 2007
Length: 0:38 Mins
I hope this gives some idea of the experience of Ritual Path.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very special DVD... January 31, 2007
I learned about this new DVD via the band "Collide", whose lead singer, KaRIN, has a couple tracks on the DVD. I am also a pagan druid minister, so anything with the name "Ritual Path" is going to catch my attention.

The DVD is pretty much exactly what it claims to be, and I am still trying to figure out the best ways to fully utilize it. The visuals are just stunning. They lend themselves to guided visualizations, and are very reminiscent of more hallucinatory experiences. I would love to see this used as a projection played on top of a live band, as the textures are just amazing. In a retail environment, it would be a great way to demonstrate picture quality of a display or projector, and could also just be a nice mood setting element in a retail space, or even somewhere like a waiting room at a doctors office. I suspect little kids would also enjoy it, and it would be a great background to compliment someone reading aloud, or at a

The music is rich and evocative, and paired extremely well with the visuals. The loops that make up the 2nd half of the disc are very interesting in their own right, and I am very pleased that they were included. Overall I am very happy with the authoring, and overall experience of this innovative new "title".
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing DVD March 25, 2007
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I recently found out about the Ritual Path DVD after visiting Nijole Sparkis's myspace page and later Fritz Heede's page. After watching a few sample clips and hearing the music I decided to order and just watched last night.

The music blends in perfectly with the beautiful landscapes and amazing visuals that intertwine throughout the video. The DVD also has a number of sound loops that I had just started to watch and were just as wonderful as the main section.

Very well worth the price, very nice to sit back and forget about the world outside, at least for a little while.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any fan of motion art. April 28, 2010
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Ritual Path is the sequel to Illuminated Manuscripts. Illuminated Manuscripts was incredible, and John Banks has outdone himself for this sequel. Watching this video is like watching a beautiful painting in motion. All the photography is outstanding, and the transitions are even better. Banks guides your eye in such a way that you aren't even aware that something has changed until several seconds after the fact. Any fan of motion art should pick up both this video, and Illuminated Manuscripts. I have many art videos, and these two are by far some of my favorites. And that isn't even mentioning the music, which is phenomenal. This is a great video to watch by itself, or to leave playing in the background when you have friends over. The loops included on the dvd are seamless and will play over and over to create an ambient atmosphere in your living space.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical Journey December 2, 2009
A really great gift for just about anyone....including yourself.

In the short time that I watched this video, I really felt like I was being sent off to another place. The slow, natural transitions between various natural landscapes, along with the very soothing music, creates a very mystical experience.

One neat thing is the variety. There are quite a few different vignettes so the viewer doesn't get bored.

If you're looking to create a very peaceful experience for yourself or someone you care about, think "Ritual Path.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Achievment September 23, 2009
By Thabion
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This is certainly a magnificent cinematic art experience. The blending of beautiful natural settings from all over the world with the latest techniques in computer morphing and editing to create marvelous suggestive and evocative scenes in flowing transformation is the closest you can come to a psychedelic experience without physically inducing one. In fact, at one point I found myself in a genuinely altered state of consciousness just watching the screen. The music is beautifully rendered and keyed to the visual progressions---much like, but better than, Disney's Fantasia. One reviewer asked what he could do with it. I would suggest using the "Loop" option on a widescreen t.v. as a party background, but you are liable to have many of your guests quietly glued to the t.v. set rather than partying. It's that good. Also don't miss the "Blue Eye" option. This is an audio-visual feast and tour d'force.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! August 7, 2013
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I purchased 10 of these DVDs and gave them to my friends -- all of whom LOVED the gentle, hypnotic and magical walk through the meditative woods. I return to this DVD many times when I need to be centered.
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