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Director/producer/editor/director of photography Ron Fricke, composer Michael Stearns, and production manager Alton Walpole
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Reviewed by sedna on September 21st, 2012
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I became an instant fan of Ron Fricke's photography since the moment I saw Koyaanisqatsi, that odd early end of the August morning in 2005, waking up after having come from a summer long trip in Ukraine. It was a surreal moment for me, the combination of having been back home in my country and coming to the States, with seeing such a surreal film in itself. I've then tracked down Baraka and became a lifelong fan of that film. I've always meant to see Ron Fricke's earlier works, such as this one and I finally sat down to do so. It is undoubtedly beautiful, something to be expected and emotionally satisfying. For those who haven't seen any of his films, you owe it to yourself. There are no words, just beautifully photographed places and people from all over the world. Having indulged in my philosophical blurb of praise, the commentary is just a nice addendum. Immediately it starts off in an easygoing manner, with all three people in one room. The music, since it's the only real "dialogue" of the film, is at the same volume level as their speech - so it's quite an immersive commentary already. They all give you a play-by-play combined with additional backstories of their location shoots, and little anecdotes. They're all obviously great friends as a lot of laughter is heard throughout. BUT, the real goods of this commentary is really the insights into how all the shots were achieved. That's the real bread and butter of it. For someone who is a cinematography aficionado or even a student of film - you get the goods. Since pretty much the entire film is TIMELAPSE, you get insight into how it was all achieved - at least in 85. However, with the technology today, all these principles are still relevant.
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