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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4


DVD Review by David Blackwell


DETAILS:  90 minutes, bonus short film, theatrical trailer

VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:   English SDH, Spanish


STUDIO:   MPI Home Video/ Sundance Selects/ Creative Differences/ History Films

RELEASE DATE:  11-29-2011

Director Werner Herzog takes the viewer on a cinematic journey as he follows an expedition into the well protected Chauvet Cave in France.   In the caves are cave paintings that are 30,0000 years old.    CAVES OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS is cinematic transcendent poetry as Herzog ponders the meanings of the cave paintings and how they tie into the symbolic nature of art through the ages,   This documentary mixes a trip into the caves and interviews with various experts on the caves and anthropologists.   The French guard access to the caves and allow limited entry as they try to preserve this uncovered treasure that was blocked off by a landslide centuries ago.   They allow access for a few hours at a time as long as you walk on two foot wide walkways and wear sterilized boots.     CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS is a fascinating poetic look at an uncovered part of the past.   With the way Herzog does a film and with the haunting (and yet beautiful) score, I wonder what an adaptation of SOLARIS would b elike if Werner Herzog directed it.



The theatrical trailer is on this disc in addition to ODE TO THE DAWN OF MAN- a 39 minute short film by Werner Herzog on the recording of the film's music (by frequent music collaborator Ernest Reijseger)  in a church (in the Netherlands).   I wish this short film was shorter.


FINAL ANALYSIS:    No one does documentaries like Herzog.   CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS is a poetic cinematic trip into the past.


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