Timeless: National Parks Odyssey
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Is incredible how the camera can gather so many details and is capable of placing in places full of mystery.
I recommended also for Patrick O'hearn's fans music. Last track is Ancient Dream beauty version, very "So Flows...".
Congratulations also to Fortney. WHAT A GREAT TEAM!!!!!!!!
If your standard of quality is from about 20 years ago, then you'll be fairly well satisfied with this DVD. Obviously I knew it was not a Blu-Ray, but even for a DVD the visuals are almost cartoon-like in their lack of realism. And worst of all, the video is in 4:3 format, so if you were at least expecting DVD widescreen (as I was) you're in for a huge disappointment.
Next big problem is the audio quality. I am a HUGE fan of Patrick O'hearn, and I own all of his CDs. So the idea of some of it being remixed to surround sound with great visuals was very intriguing. Well the audio is almost as bad as the video. Yes it's surround sound, but the re-mix seems clumsy to me, and the quality sounds like a low-bit rate MP3. The high end is so mushy is sounds like the music was put through a pasta strainer, and a few little clicks pop up here and there. I have a pretty high end system that is great with great material, so I know it's the disc.
Finally there's the imagery itself. If this same material had been captured with higher quality and reproduced in a better format, it would be good. Not great, mind you, but good, and the techniques and even some of the visual concepts are repetitive (like looking up through trees while circling the camera, for example). So in the end, most of my feelings while watching this disc were either frustration or boredom. Even if they re-released this title on widescreen Blu-Ray, I'd think twice about buying it again. This one was not even worth the ten bucks.
I've been a fan of Patrick's music for years, and this was just what I was waiting for - a chance to hear his music coupled with visuals, a match made in heaven. I have problems finding a musician who makes more picturesque music than Patrick; Fortney clearly made the right choice when turning to him.
If you've seen the opening credits of the movie "White Sands" from 1992, a film which Patrick scored, then you know how this DVD looks like - terrific recordings of deserts, oceans, waterfalls, mountains, forests and skies put to O'Hearn's music.
The music material is taken from all but two of his solo albums; "Rivers Gonna Rise" and "Eldorado" is not featured, probably because these two albums are a bit too "poppy" to fit with the visuals. But when that is said, I wouldn't have had problems finding a track from each of those too.
There is a couple of tracks I miss, like "Devil's Lake" and "Sacrifice" from "Indigo", but you can't have all. The last track on the DVD was a surprise to me, as long as I don't have the "Ancient Dreams" album, which this track "Beauty In Darkness" is taken from. That song is another Patrick O'Hearn classic, I especially love the end with those tender piano tones which segues into those last great words from Roosevelt.
A DVD for any music lover with taste and feeling. If you like this you should check out the "Visions" DVD from Spotted Peccary Music and Enigma's "Remember The Future" DVD.
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Beautiful DVD with soothing music showcases some of our national parks. It gives you a soothing 'fly-through' some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.Published 9 months ago by Barbara Mitchell
Not being familiar with what to expect, for the fist few minutes believe it or not I was disappointed expecting a National Geographic or Discovery type video, packed with... Read morePublished 18 months ago by SC
The scenes and music are truly outstanding. So much so, that I planned last fall's trip to Alaska around some of the Parks that are shown in the video.Published on December 16, 2013 by bob rehmer
Anyone who enjoys relaxing both musically and visually should consider this dvd. Three of the twelve cuts are from Patrick O' Hearns "So Flows The Current" cd, the rest are from... Read morePublished on September 1, 2009 by Silverspike
This is a dvd i use to sit down and unwind after a hectic day.It reminds me of the places iv'e been to,and the beautiful places i want to go to. Read morePublished on August 20, 2009 by Paul Bywater
One reviewer points out that she wasn't at first aware these were time-lapse photography. Well, duh! Read morePublished on July 24, 2008 by Dennis E. Wood