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The Gate to the Mind's Eye (1000)

Thomas Dolby , Michael Boydstun  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Thomas Dolby
  • Directors: Michael Boydstun
  • Format: Color, Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English (PCM Surround)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Simitar Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 1998
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304718683
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,042 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Gate to the Mind's Eye" on IMDb

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The Gate to the Mind's Eye

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Example of 3D Animation and Effects December 15, 2000
I like this DVD... The 3D effects like waterfall, explosions, fire, water are top notch. The Quantum Mechanic "chapter" is my favorite... There is one scene showing "Hollow Man"-like figures and hands coming out of a surface. Spectacular! I wish I can learn to do all that. The music was clear and goes well with the motion (good synchronization), transitions, morphing and great beat. Good computer animated art with great music.
However, there are SOME scenes which aren't sharp as they should be... like viewing a VCD full screen. These could have been better, improved to more DVD-quality. Hence I give this DVD four stars and not five.
After viewing this DVD, I would certainly like to view the other DVDs in the Mind's Eye collection.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner! July 21, 2003
By A Customer
Based on the other reviews I thought I'd give this a chance - and
I'm glad I did. The music is fantastic - I would enjoy owning this DVD for the audio alone. It's not recorded in 5.1 or DTS -
however it you have a Prologic II receiver - the sounds are seperated nicely, and the affect is almost as good as 5.1 audio.
The animation flows extremely well with the music, and like most individuals who enjoy this kind of entertainment - it sends your mind in flight to the heights of imagination. Strongly recommended!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of 3D Animation set to Music October 4, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first saw this animation when it first came out in 1994 and was blown away. I wanted to share it so I gave the video away and regretted it ever since. I was pleasantly surprised to learn they had a DVD version I could now view on a 43 inch television system with surround sound.
This Gate to the Mind's Eye is a classic and part of computer animation history. I have never witnessed such a "flowing" of visual images done tastefully, capturing the human spirit, along with the music by Thomas Dolby that matches it. Particularly pleasing, pleasurable and extremely well done. One segment is superior to all others -- and that is the one to the song "In a Corner of Your Mind's Eye". It is unbelievable! A masterpirce of 3D animation that makes me wish they had a 3D computer animation MTV station.
How they bring you back through time making you feel as if you're experiencing ancient rooms of the Egyptians, Mayans, then looking into a city of few hundreds of years ago, and then bringing you into the future with "Quantum Mechanic" shows they are trying to encapsulate experiences throughout human history and into the future.
This DVD is so well done that in 2002 I cannot tell it was created in 1994 at the beginning of the computer revolution. All of these 3D segments are done with music. I was in awe of the mastery of the creativity behind these creations. It is the human spirit free to express itself in a flowing, visual form with music, never before as in this kind of medium.
Watch this DVD and see the human spirit soar with a sense of freedom, spontaneity and creativity you have rarely witnessed before. Until now humanity has only had static art forms and images, except for movies, -- only music could match the "flowing" of creativity and lift the human spirit to new heights.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable cyber-journey May 9, 2001
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Of the four main "Mind's Eye" titles, this is my favorite, so much so I upgraded from VHS to DVD.
Other reviewers have said "don't expect a plot," but the videos do revolve around a loosely connected storyline of destruction and resurrection in the history of mankind. (Except perhaps for "Nu Vogue," but it's such a cool segment, you won't mind not knowing where it fits in.) It's enough of a plot so that you feel a sense of resolution at the soaring conclusion of the disc.
Thomas Dolby's soundtrack is enjoyable, varied enough to be interesting but cohesive enough to give the disc a definite theme. We see here that he's definitely more diverse than just "She Blinded Me with Science."
The graphics, while now a few years out of date and not necessarily cutting-edge, are well-timed with the music and beautifully rendered.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Dolby in top form January 22, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The Gate to the Mind's Eye was put together from various computer generated animations. However, the glue that holds these pieces together is Thomas Dolby Robertson's incredible score. Some of his best works can be found here, from the haunting "Voyage of the Mind's Eye" and "N.E.O.," to the techno-ish "Big Bang Backwards" and "Quantum Mechanic," to the wild ride of "Nuvogue." One wonders if the music was matched to the animation or vice-versa: it's that good of a fit. Worth getting for the soundtrack alone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in computer animation. September 30, 2005
I was just in high school when a new local video store started carrying animated films including this one and some of the others in the minds eye series. Out of the 4 or 5 different minds eye films I have seen, none comes close to the brilliance envoked in this feature. So much is the fact true that I have obtained it three times subsequently after losing the previous copy. It starts off with an apocolyptic war leading to the eventual demise of a planet. It then goes on into the thoughts and memories of one of its inhabitants making for a nice short story encompassed with the first 10 minutes or so. The rest of the film resembles things ranging from renaissance, cave paintings come to life, ancient civilizations, to the more modern and futuristic visuals of animals in their environments, robots, outer space and the unforgettable comedic performance of a parrot singing about money and eyes. Pair all of this up with Thomas Dolby's spaced out and soothing sounds, and you have yourself a contemporary classic that in my opinion can stand strong artistically 100 years from now when animations have excelled beyond our comprehension.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift!
Great gift. I enjoyed watching this movie. This is a great series that brings back childhood memories of when I used to watch the first two movies in this series. Highly recommend!
Published 3 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Check this out!
Great album for any TD enthusiast. Very diverse ,love Neo , and quantum mechanic. The intro song Nuvogue it's very cool even though I don't know what it's about. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good visual computer art
very good visual and sound experience that you can experience multiple time with out ever being bored. great for relaxation.
Published 7 months ago by Mykola Polanycia
3.0 out of 5 stars OK album
Didn't realize this was a movie score. Not as good as his studio albums. Fills out the collection is all.
Published 9 months ago by Carlos R. Garcia
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it thinking how cool it USED to be.
This was the coolest thing I ever saw WHEN they came out. I watched many of them and I was SO in AWE of how cool and futuristic and I never saw anything like them before. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Steven Hoog
5.0 out of 5 stars another cool Minds Eye
we had these WAY back in the laser disc days, made copies onto Super 8mm when we sold the LD's. They kept our kids entertained and occupied. Read more
Published on October 23, 2012 by JOC
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the same as the original...
Having been born in 1994, I literally grew up with this film. It was my favorite movie and will always hold a special place in my heart. Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by Alicia Little
2.0 out of 5 stars The Gate to Out-Dated Animation
Can you say "out of date" Kids? The problem with choosing computer animation based on how it might "wow" people with it's state of the art effects, is that in just a COUPLE YEARS... Read more
Published on October 10, 2011 by Richard L. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars got it for a class
works just what they say it will.. good construction and materials works just what they say it will.. good construction and materials
Published on September 26, 2011 by cusfly1
5.0 out of 5 stars GATE TO THE GATE
Nineties computer animation has a character all its own. One I wish had carried longer, but technology waits for no one so there it went. I pop back on occasion. Read more
Published on July 4, 2011 by OLD GUY.
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