WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Anima Mundi

Reviewed In Issue 11 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
The Animals of the World.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID2609MM
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $29.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 30
(Color Type): Color With Black & White Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 3/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Godfrey Reggio
(Screenplay/Written By): Silvano Cavatorta, Francis Kuipers, Luca Mortara, Gianfilippo Pedote, Godfrey Reggio
(Story): NA
(Music): Philip Glass
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): NA
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Miroslav Janek
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
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(Executive Producers): Gianfilippo Pedote
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Lawrence Taub

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Stereo
(Theatrical Sound): Stereo
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The World Wildlife Federation production of Anima Mundi is a rare film experience that draws the viewer closer to the natural world and its species. Director Godfrey Reggio uses vivid, breathtaking images to create face-to-face encounters with creatures large and small—and so diverse—it seems unbelievable. The DVD can also be played properly equipped DVD-ROMs.

LaserDisc Picture:
This is nature film with stunningly photographed wildlife animal sequences captured with extreme closeup compositions that are mesmerizing in their natural beauty. Detail is excellent as is the natural color rendering of the spectacular cinematography. Slight grain and artifacts are apparent in some scenes. The picture is matted at 1.82:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Philip Glass has fashioned a riveting instrumental musical score that captures the power and beauty of life revealed in this living world kaleidoscope of wildlife. The soundtrack is well recorded with good dynamics and spatial soundstaging.
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