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- First and foremost, the images are stunning, organic and gorgeously rendered, way beyond the recycled pseudo-sci fi themes that many CGI videos lapse into. From pulsing mandalas to jeweled oceans to mysterious temples, the video is nothing less than a spectacular journey through some mind-bending dreamscapes. The DVD never ceases to amaze me. I always see something "new" that I hadn't noticed or remembered before
- Fritz Heede's soundtrack is top-drawer: not overpowering so it competes with the music but so skillfully done, it stands on its own. I highly recommend the CD of the soundtrack if you like world music, Indian or Middle Eastern music. (It was so good, it's been played on Hearts of Space.)
- The creators were not stingy in adding bonus features such as ambient remixes of several of the tracks plus a "loop" feature that's like a screen saver for your TV. You pick one of six looping scenes, complete with sound effects and/or music, and just let it play. Always amazes my guests!
- This is a DVD that you can leave quietly playing in the background for ambiance, or you can pour a glass of wine or a cup of tea, sit back, and let it take you on a beautiful journey.
There are two main themes presented; one primarily of enhanced images, while the other is more like exotic title sequences for films. Some are blends of both. The video images are colored and modified, overlayed with nice animations of glowing lights, geometric patterns, particle fountains, and gorgeously morphed into other images. All kinds of title effects are used with exotic lettering that may or may not be real language. (It's beautiful, who cares?) There is also a menu of looping cuts out of the different pieces.
I was also impressed with the music. It is a nice world music - new age kind of blend, and it fits the video quite well. Traditional instruments and beautiful voicework mix well with some electronic influences. I use it for meditation, and have ordered the CD to save wear and tear on the DVD.
All in all, it lives up to the name, and the concept of video Illuminated Manuscripts shines through admirably. It is a relaxing and satisfying bit of eye candy and more. Having worked with video and computer graphics for nearly 20 years, I can say that few works reach this level. This DVD stands toe to toe with anything Hollywood (or New Zealand) can produce.
I recommend this DVD to anyone who likes beautiful visual images, meditational music and images, or high quailty graphic arts. Definitely worth the money. Get the CD, too.
Illuminated Manuscripts is a guiding light into forgotten realms of the soul. This innovative DVD blends archetypal images of the ancient and mysterious with music that reaches beyond the known to awaken collective knowledge encoded deep within the human experience. This new blend of sound and vision from artist John Banks and composer Fritz Heede is nothing less than a guide into the inner spirit.
When you enter the world of Illuminated Manuscripts, it's like opening a magical doorway. You cross a threshold where art and spirit merge into an unknown, but exciting new dimension. As your journey begins, you are carried along seductive pathways of sparkling imagination, mesmerizing meadows of sight and sound, shapeshifting images that speak in another language, at once unknown, but familiar. You are a traveler in a kaleidoscopic landscape that appears to alter with each viewing.
This DVD is more than just animated pictures to watch, or simply music you listen to, it is an otherworldly experience. Heede's musical compositions take you to places deep within yourself and creates a living nautilus chamber of sound which evokes deserts, the rustle of leaves, oceans and seas, the sigh of a sunset, bubbling waterfalls, the sweet dance of stars crossing the sky, and so much more.Read more ›
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This was a nice addition to my "ambient background" library. The graphics are interesting, but not as varied as I would have liked. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marsha Lucas
This video is i all matters creative and inspiring and I watch it many times to relax. I can only recommendPublished on March 5, 2014 by Nils Humano
I already have Ritual Path which I think is terrific. This being the first looks like the boys found a new toy and tried all the buttons.
They certainly pushed the limits. Read more
I suppose when this came out in 2002 it could have been considered state of the art, but it hasn't aged well; but overall I think it's a fun visual to have playing in the... Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Victor
I ordered this DVD a few days ago and when I put it on I could not have been more horrified. The product had no specific description but I guess I foolishly assumed it was related... Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by J. Bartholomew
I almost don't know where to begin. I bought this a year ago and love it. I want to watch it again and again. Read morePublished on November 21, 2007 by buzzkill
Lovely to have in the background while reading or studying, but once you look up you can't look away. Once you've seen it a couple of times, you've seen it. Read morePublished on July 14, 2007 by Anne Bird
I really enjoyed this DVD........
I recently bought the recent release of The Ritual Path after seeing some clips on Nijole Sparkis and Fritz Heede's my space pages and... Read more