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Sacred Planet (2004)

Robert Redford , Jon Long  |  G |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Redford
  • Directors: Jon Long
  • Writers: Jon Long, Karen Fernandez-Long
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006ZXJHK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sacred Planet" on IMDb

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"Our Sacred Planet: Unseen Moments In Time" Music Video - With Never-Before-Seen Footage

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SACRED PLANET is a journey away from the hectic "world" we live in. Through stunning cinematography, it transports you to some of the most fascinating, exotic, and remote sites on Earth, giving you new insights into her diverse landscapes, peoples, and animals. You'll be mesmerized by the beauty of these all-but-forgotten faraway places, the majesty of the creatures who live there, and the wisdom of the elders who hold the knowledge of the past. This magical around-the-world odyssey is an awe-inspiring wonder the entire family will enjoy.

This 40-minute world travelogue made for IMAX theaters focuses on the few remaining people who still live close to the land. Narrator Robert Redford mentions we should listen to these folks since, as the movie seems to insist, they have some inner peace the rest of civilization does not (represented by sped-up clips of urban life à la Koyaanisqatsi). Certainly their worlds look lavish: the deserts America, the rain forests of Borneo, the rocky shorelines of Alaska, the plains of Africa. As IMAX documentaries go, this is one of the thinnest, and since you lose the impressive vistas from the gigantic IMAX screen (unless you have a monitor the size of a house), it works better as a diversion. Other films have stated this message more effectively and entertainingly. --Doug Thomas

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars other reviews missing the main point May 15, 2005
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I agree with the other reviewers that the stunning photography could have had a slower pace, and that much of it was obviously inspired by koyannisqatsi, and even moreso by the outstanding film Baraka, but I think they have missed the main point of this film, which is a chance to hear the wisdom of traditional human culture from some of the few people left who are living it. Each section of the film combines photography with a voiceover by someone from the local indigenous culture, native american, or amazon tribesman, or Thai villager, and I found this wisdom to be simple, heartfelt, and profound, a refreshing alternative to the hurried, worried life most of us lead, divorced from nature and from reality, wrapped up in self, status, and materialism. Does this make the film 'new age'? What if it does? This perspective is vanishing, as the film points out, as native peoples are assimilated into mass culture. This perspective is ancient- it provides a glimpse into the way most humans have lived and felt about their relationship with nature for many thousands of years. This perspective is also completely rational, much more rational than the way we now live, destroying other species and the environment itself in an attempt to sustain a way of life that any objective analysis shows we cannot sustain. I am not saying this as a soft hearted environmentalist- i am saying this as a professional ecologist who works a lot in developing nations. Our civilization is sick- it is destroying the environment while creating tremendous unnecessary human suffering. One of the illusions at the heart of this sickness is that the earth is here for us to exploit, and that man is separate from nature. This film gives native people a chance to tell us in their own voices how they relate to the earth. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves More Time And A Larger Screen June 24, 2005
Originally an IMAX film, a lot of the impressive cinematography is lost on the small screen, but that doesn't mean the impact is affected. Robert Redford narrates this amazing beautifully filmed documentary on some of the world's most fantastic places and creatures. Scenes of thermal waterfalls from Thailand edit to massive glacial mouths, air-spouting whales in Alaska, flying monkeys in Asia, exotic undersea life, razor tipped snow capped peaks and more. The sound is spectacular especially in 5.1 DTS with nature sounds mixed with subtle native percussion. Although it only lasts forty minutes and the screen is smaller, the special effects of accelerated photography matched against normal paced scenes makes for an experience far too short for its greatness. One could watch this repeatedly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than good enough May 14, 2005
I agree with previous reviewer regarding that the scenes could last longer, but nowhere is a 15 seconds fading in-out (and, in any case, it's not a blank screen); it also may seem artificial in some parts, and new-age style in others... BUT... there are many images that I've never seen in my life on any documentary (in an incredible quality). If anybody gets bored with this (only 45 mins. in any case), well, you may not be suited for documentaries. The buddhas statues in Thailand, the monkeys in Borneo, the amazing trees in many places, the canyons, the crystal-ice... There's much more to be thankful for than to be angry with. As I said in the beginning, it should have been better if the scenes lasted longer, but that does not prevent me to give this four stars.

(Excuse my poor english, not my native tongue.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL April 8, 2005
SACRED PLANET (Disney) is an Imax production that extols the great beauty of our planet's exotic, remote and still unspoiled places. Narrated by Robert Redford, the awe-inspiring, globe hopping cinematography brings the majestic and diverse locations into our living rooms in ways we could never experience in person or with the naked eye. Aerial shots and time-lapse effects create a God's eye view that is in keeping with the referential tone of the narrative. Granted, much of this material is obvious and not new, but that does not make it irrelevant. It is a reminder that in many ways, the mystery of creation -- and perhaps the Creator -- is pressing down on us in all directions if we will just open our eyes.

Extras include a music video with bonus footage, a making of featurette and director's commentary.

This beautiful film will lift your spirits and transport you to another, greater reality. If you have a DVD that can "loop" a disc, and a plasma screen hanging on your wall, you might want to just let this one run with the sound down. Make your screen a window to the wondrous beauty of our amazing home planet.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sacred Planet August 23, 2005
A Kid's Review
Excellent presentation for all ages. Educational product as well as entertainment. There should be more of these for the kids so learning can be enjoyable and fun while watching some of the marvels of the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful October 22, 2008
The film was beautiful, and I wish I had seen it on IMAX. I found myself gasping at certain scenes and my mouth hanging open. I just wish it was longer. The narratives were kind of useless... just a few words here and there, but overall, movie worth watching!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sacred Planet September 2, 2011
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Inspiring and Thought-provoking! A beautiful presentation of the wonders of nature and challenging observations about what we must do to preserve the planet we are given as a gift.
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