Cave of Forgotten Dreams [DVD] [2010]

  • SKU: 19593922
  • Release Date: 11/29/2011
  • Rating: G
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 16)

    Special Features


    • 'Ode To The Dawn Of Man' - Short Film by Werner Herzog
    • Trailer

    Synopsis


    Cave of Forgotten Dreams
    In 1994, one of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries of the decade came to light in a cave in Southern France, known as the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc: etchings estimated at around 30,000 years old. The date of origin made these some of the oldest remnants of humankind ever discovered. Unsurprisingly, these artistic remnants bore a precious fragility -- experts asserted that overexposure, even to elements as seemingly harmless as human breath, could severely damage or destroy the drawings. For that reason, few obtained access to this area. One exception arrived in the form of maverick German filmmaker Werner Herzog, who not only obtained permission to film (with lights that emit no heat) but did so in 3D -- a process that enabled him to convey the textured surfaces on which the figures are drawn, as well as the shape and depth of the cave's stalagmites and other structures. This astonishing 3D documentary not only provides exquisite visual detail of the cave (as Herzog explores it) but uses the visuals as a springboard to broader philosophical questions about the nature of humanity itself and the transience of humankind. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Werner Herzog
      Werner Herzog - Narrator, Narrator



    Customer rating

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    94%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Transcending Experience

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      BongoBoy
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      I first saw this film in 2D a couple of years ago, and it was absolutely remarkable then to see such artistic and fresh-looking markings left by individuals who once walked the earth 30,000 years ago. But in 3D, it’s astounding. This is the kind of subject 3D technology was meant for. You feel like you are visiting Chauvet Cave with the crew beside you. You don't just see the images, you also get a tangible sense of height and width… the curves, cracks and crevices of the walls… the size and shapes of the animal bones on the cave floor. You feel constricted in the small passageways. You feel the depth and scale of the larger chambers. Even the little reflections in the limestone sparkle three-dimensionally. There’s a variety of music in the soundtrack which lends a great deal of impact to the experience; beautiful, haunting, mysterious and intimate with the soft sounds of human voices and the feel of ancient hand-made percussion instruments that transport you back in time. Now, I won't lie; Werner Hertzog's rather monotone voiceover provides helpful and insightful commentary about how the cave was formed, how it was found, and what it means to researchers, but much of this film is made up of exterior shots and interviews. It’s the moments inside the cave (maybe half the film’s running time) where the breath-taking detail of the photography and the disc’s high-quality 3D resolution make it so satisfying to own, especially as 3D discs become more scarce these days. The package contains a single blu-ray disk, with both 2D and 3D variants that can be selected from the main menu. At first, I was concerned that the limited lighting and portable film format used inside the cave would result in blurry or low-resolution images in 3D, but there’s no problem here. Certainly, low-light and restricted shooting angles limit the full potential of revealing a place like this, and there are grainy segments here and there, but there were virtually no registration problems with this 3D film, even in active 3D. So be sure to see it at least once all the way through, but if you own the disc you can choose to revisit those summit moments in the film and be transported 30,000 years back in time to one of the most extraordinary places on earth.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This is a great film

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      Gatchaman
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      A cave was found preserved in France. It was sealed off 32,000 years ago according to the film, and the cave paintings are in pristine shape. The artists used the cave features to tell stories about themselves. You can see layers that were added over time that tell chapters of their story. The film also covers how the cave is explored, while trying to keep it preserved.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Hertzog Film

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      ZiwEeg
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      I was disappointed that one of my favorite pictures from the original was not included in this Blu-ray. There was a bear skull sitting on a ledge in the cave and a stalactite had formed over the side of it. The years that it must have taken for that to happen always impressed me. Still. The 3D was great and nothing was lost from the absence of this one picture.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Incredible. Ties for best 3D with Hugo. Buy it!

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      MoviePimperisms
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      I would buy this documentary even if you haven't ever seen it, like myself, because it is made by one of the most important, and influential, documentary filmmakers of our time - Werner Herzog. He gets serious with it, on the 3D tip. For 3D consumers, this title is a must buy!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Slightly below average

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      Rhash1
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      This was a documentary that was very slow moving, I felt the narrator was monotone. I did not see many 3D effects and was disappointed. I don’t think that this was good value for a 3D DVD, it feels overpriced for what I got, but there are others that may be into discovering caves.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Incredible use of 3D

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      rcuriel84
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      The 3d in this movie was magical. I'm so impressed that the film crew managed to lug all that equipment in without damaging the untouched floors and walls of this beautifully preserved cave. without a doubt one of the most amazing documentaries if seen in a long time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Best in 3d

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      Painterguy
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      I am a big fan of Warner Herzegovina. This movie should be seen in 3d to really appreciate the cave scenes though. You do have to give some allowances for how this looks because of the equipment they had to use. Highly recommended

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Famous director making a fascinating film

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      Video7
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      This is a famous director making a fascinating film about a location most people will never see in there lifetime. Bonus is that it's also in 3D which gives it a more real feel!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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