'Cirque du Soleil: Journey of a Man' [Blu-ray 3D]
(Ian McKellen, Nicky Dewhurst, Brian Dewhurst, Anait Karagyezyan, Chris Van Wagenen, et al / Blu Ray / NR / 2011 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: Like all Cirque du Soleil productions, Journey of Man is a showcase for transcendent beauty and astonishing physical achievement. Originally produced as a 3-D IMAX presentation, this 39-minute film remains impressive on smaller screens, although its guiding theme (the evolution of humankind through the power of dreams, faith, and love) is sweetly contrived.
Blu ray Verdict: I saw 'Journey of Man' in IMAX and was very impressed by it. The wonderful Cirque du Soleil acts we have become accustomed to are as good as ever and set as they are in beautiful landscapes, they become even more beautiful in a surreal but intimately familiar way. From the grace of an underwater ballet to the lively banquine, every act is a gem.
And so yes, 'Journey of man 3D' is indeed still an incredible visual feast for the (3D) eye. It is beautifully filmed in natural settings that appeal to my Pagan little heart. Moving from the sea, to a forest, to a rocky desert, it is visually entertaining. We move on to what appears almost like a Roman villa with classical statuary, which turn out to be performers who deliver an impressive strength demonstration. Then we move on to a stylish set that might conjure in the mind a more modern estate for the closing performance.
The problem is, that closing performance comes surprisingly soon. I was taken aback at how quickly the whole thing was over and done with. I thought I must be mistaken. But no. I checked the running time and it claimed the whole thing should run @ 39 minutes.
39 minutes! That's a grand total, folks. 39 whole, complete, total minutes! And YES, that (sadly) includes the credits!
Anyway, I especially liked the dance of two human marble statues with the theme of "Love". In addition, the soundtrack is inspiring and lovely. But come on now ... 39 minutes?! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.