Chronos-With Ultimate DVD Promo Unit [Blu-ray]
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The subject matter of Chronos was impressive in some locations but the harmonious blend from scene to scene that was displayed in Baraka was not present , simply a conglomeration of shots that seemed to be added together with no real theme. The dated music (even by 1980s standards) by Michael Stearns makes watching this poor quality Blu-Ray that much more unbearable.
Basically the worst image quality Blu-Ray I have ever watched.
As far as the film itself, this is a "Bolero". Not intended for ADD viewers or fast food consumers. This is art, not product. It's Fricke's first major film (that I'm aware of). It's a beautiful exploration of the passing of time with unpresidented cinematography. Films like this are why I got my big screen hi-def TV and BD player. Other movies are fun, and look great, it's true, but Fricke's work a whole different world.
Chronos on BluRay is grainy, choppy and I could not stand to view it for more than 10 minutes. I have many BluRay films, and have superb results with picture quality using the same setup (BluRay player over HDMI using a 46" Sharp 700UN series LCD-LED HDTV on 1080P).
If you are expecting crystal clear images, you will be disappointed, I certainly was.
If you do not own Baraka, STOP and buy that INSTEAD of Chronos! That film, on BluRay, can be found for a similar price and its image quality (on BluRay) is superb (plus the film is superb on ANY medium. Saw it for the first time on VHS and loved it!). I found 'Chronos' to be boring, as it did not 'suck me in' Like Baraka does (even after seeing it many many many times).Read more ›
"Chronos" was filmed on location at over sixty sites around the globe. Images of significant natural beauty, architectural complexity, iconic historical sculpture and various panoramic cityscapes were captured on 70mm film using mostly slow motion and time lapse cinematography.
The wordless narrative structure of the work primarily attempts to convey feelings of reverence and appreciation for the breath-taking subject matter. In addition, it also suggests states of significant anxiety experienced as a consequence of the pace and complexity of modern urban life.
Electronic music, composed and performed by Michael Stearns, is thoroughly integrated with the considered, slowly paced editing of Alton Walpole and Ron Fricke. Image and sound interpenetrate one another to suggest and convey the eloquent wordless scenario, which was conceived by both Constantine and Genevieve Nicholas.
Having begun as cinematographer for director Godfrey Reggio's film "Koyaanisqatsi", we see with "Chronos" that Ron Fricke helped to sow the visual and conceptual seeds of wordless narrative film. This medium finally bore satisfying fruit with 1992's feature length work "Baraka". "Chronos", however, remains as essential viewing.
By this passionate evidence of Mr. Fricke's ongoing struggle, we see that their is, at last, some sign of harmonious life beyond the scenario of Godfrey Reggio's dire trilogy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent film but gets tiresome after awhile. I'm happy to own this but Baraka and Samsara are better. Crank it up for the music!Published 22 days ago by John Brune
If you are a person who enjoys the world and music, this DVD is for youPublished 1 month ago by Chaz
I'm glad I didn't pay attention to the negative reviews before deciding to give this movie a try. While it's not Samsara or Baraka, it's still beautiful, and worthy of deep... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joe Tarner
No where near as good as the other two films by the same producer.Published 4 months ago by cjshopper
An artistic fantasy. I suspect one could either love this or hate it. I love it.Published 5 months ago by Christopher J Ellis
The time lapse photography of incredible scenes is magical. This was the first movie I saw at IMAX, and I'm happy to have my own copy. My friends love it as well.Published 6 months ago by Old Kid
Bought this in HD, should have just rented it. I dont even think it benefits hugely from HD. Maybe it's just the nature of new technology making my expectations too high. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Christopher Perry
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