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Microcosmos

4.7 out of 5 stars 177 customer reviews

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MICROCOSMOS captures the fun and adventure of a spectacular hidden universe revealed in a breathtaking, close-up view unlike anything you've ever seen! Your family will marvel at a pair of stag beetles dueling like titans. The kids will stare bug-eyed as a magnificent army of worker ants race to stock their larder ... while tyring to avoid becoming a feisty pheasant's dinner. And you'll have a front-row seat to witness an amazing transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, the remarkable birth of a mosquito, and several other minute miracles of life. With its tiny cast of thousands, MICROCOSMOS leaves no doubt that "Mother Nature remains the greatest special effects wizard of all" (New York Times).

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Using revolutionary cameras, the directors of this French film (with minimal English-language narration) have made an amazing chronicle of the insect world. There are at least a dozen fascinating, memorable images, and the carnage is held to a minimum. Some favorites include a caterpillar traffic jam, a frog's bout with a rain storm, and a bird that turns into Godzilla for a bunch of ants. Then there's the snail mating scene that must be seen to be believed. Great for families. --Doug Thomas

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin
  • Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou
  • Writers: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou
  • Producers: Jacques Perrin, André Lazare, Christophe Barratier, Jean-Marc Henchoz, Michel Fauré
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: German (Unknown), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DZ3BS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Microcosmos" on IMDb

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By Bruce Kendall VINE VOICE on July 29, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I have never been particularly interested in bugs. In fact, I have in most cases viewed them with a mixture of disgust, disinterest or (in the case of flies and mosquitoes, particularly) loathing. After watching this film, I want to become an amateur entomologist. It really is that revelatory and inspiring.
A team of Swiss, Italian and French cinematographers and naturalists take us to a lush meadow in the south of France and reveal, through microphotography, the unseen (or at least, generally unnoticed) inhabitants at work and play there.

This is nature documentary at its finest. Insects that we all take for granted are displayed close-up, and are revealed to be perfect in their symmetry of form, their coloration, their awesome design. It does give one a renewed sense of appreciation for creation in all its myriad forms: nature is diverse and abundantly versatile.
The film's creators, by supplying a sometimes playful, sometimes dramatic, soundtrack, add to the anthropomorphic qualities of the micro vignettes. For instance, the long, languid scene depicting snails mating is accompanied by a Puccini aria. Though this may sound trite (how many Puccini arias have been overused in recent years?), even loathsome, if one had the opinion of snails as slimy, ugly creatures that I had, it is instead one of the most beautiful, and dare I say, sensuous, scenes I`ve ever witnessed. Instead of noxious looking, the snails are beautiful, their intricately shaded and colored shells gleaming , as they engage in a pas-de-deux that would put Nureyev and Fonteyne to shame.
Also especially memorable is the segment involving a dung beetle, doggedly engaged in rolling a ball of dung up a slope of gravel. As he plods on, one can't help but admire his determination and his fortitude.
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By A Customer on October 4, 1999
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If this does not inspire or fascinate people interested in nature, I do not know what will.
This film depicts the activities of an outwardly quiet and calm meadow and following a brief narrative, zooms in on a scale that captures insects at their active best over the entire day and hence the title "Microcosmos". The makers of the film let the pictures speak for themselves and provide no narrative.
This is the perfect film for people to show to school level children. Although some have commented that the weakness of the film is the fact that it has no narrative, I personally feel this the strength of the film. So many of the natural history films try and provide so much information about the visuals that the viewer is unable to bask in the beauty of the image. It is often quite easy to interpret the visuals if it is striking and vivid as is the case with this film.
The reason why I believe it is ideal for school children is that it is bound to kindle their curiosity and once this is achieved at least some of them will be inclined to pursue "what is going on" and "why is it going on" questions. Nature videos with narratives may provide valuable information, but their ability to inspire the spirit of enquiry is often suspect. The fact that this film does not plant any preconceptions renders it an invaluable tool in teaching.
This is not to say that university level students or academics or the lay person will not enjoy it. It's educational value may be less for this audience, but it will certainly fascinate anyone interested in natural history.
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I read so much about Microcosmos in Amazon reviews that I just had to get a copy and see it for myself. It's incredible! Count me among those who say, "how did they do that?"

As a newly-hatched insect fan, I was delighted and stunned by the spectacular photography, the moments of comedy (caterpillar traffic jam, ladybug getting bounced off the leaf), the sheer beauty of the material, and the way the cinematographers were able to catch things from the insect's point of view. I also appreciated the lack of the typical nature-film voiceovers; the producers had the good sense to let the images, music and sound effects carry the film on their own.

Don't miss this one, whether you love or hate insects. It's a revelation.
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This movie should be packed onto the space shuttle with the other evidences of life on earth for the rest of intelligent life in the universe to see. So many reviewers here say how wonderful this film is for children. Well during my 50th birthday party someone put it on the TV in the guest bedroom, and all 30 or 40 guests (none of them children) ended up in there, mesmerized, laughing with delight. This is not Disney pablum, this is real life. Buy this movie, keep it in a safe place, enjoy it forever.
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I rented this video, because I had heard lots of good things about it. However, it was with the assumption that I was not going to sit in front of the TV for the duration of the film, but rather, that I would play the video while going about my business at home, and check to see what was on the screen from time to time. Much to my surprise, I found myself stopping in front of the TV, unable to pull myself away, especially when I witnessed what looked like a black beetle, as he vigorously strove to move a rock to an obviously desired location (perhaps his "home"?). I was in awe of his determination, as each time the rock would rock backwards, he would start all over again, and kept at it, until he got the rock to where he wanted it. I was also amazed at the way the film was able to depict the beauty of insects, many of which I would consider "yucky" in the real world. I always knew that insects were amazing, and that ants in particular were highly organized, but I don't think I'll ever look at insects quite the same way again!
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