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Microcosmos [Remastered Edition] [1996] [DVD]

Claude Nuridsany , Jean-Marc Perennou    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Jean-Marc Perennou
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Second Sight Films Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012DNHWM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,459 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Using revolutionary cameras, the directors of this French film (with minimal English-language narration) have made an amazing chronicle of the insect world. There are at least a dozen fascinating, memorable images and the carnage is held to a minimum. Some favourites include a caterpillar traffic jam, a frog's bout with a rain storm and a bird that turns into Godzilla for a bunch of ants. Then there's the snail mating scene that must be seen to be believed. Great for families. --Doug Thomas,

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A French meadow on a summer s day is the setting for this incredible, highly-acclaimed film that takes its microscopic cameras into the heart of the insect world. In this miniature environment where a single raindrop can cause havoc, we are treated to an array of jaw-dropping moments: an underwater spider makes a home out of an air bubble, a colony of ants face a massacre when a pheasant attacks, a determined Beetle struggles to relocate his ball of dung, two snails get amorous and a mosquito is born. There s drama, comedy, action and even a little love in this astonishing film that invites us to share the trials and tribulations of its wonderful cast.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "where time is measured out in moments" 11 July 2004
This is a mesmerizing look into the life of insects, with "real time" photography as well as slow motion and time lapse sequences. It also shows the predators who live off them, like the frogs, and the pheasant who gobbles up ants; flowers and how their life cycle is interconnected with the insects that pollinate them, as well as the carnivorous Drosera, as it devours a wasp-like creature.
There is even a portion in the night, with the nocturnal activity seen in the glimmer of moonlight, and also a marvelous rainstorm, with close-ups of the droplets falling.
The two most memorable scenes are the snails who mate with grace and abandon, and seem to become "one flesh", and the horned beetles in a battle that shows incredible violence and tenacity; both these segments seem to reflect "human" qualities, and fill the mind with wonder.
There is a beautifully written but short introduction and epilogue, read by Kristin Scott Thomas, and a score by Bruno Coulais, which consists mostly of vocal music, sung by mezzo Mari Kobayashi, and the charming young voices of Hugo and Louis Coulais; much of the film is in silence however, with just the sound of the insects.
A visual feast that is the creation of the Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou, who share credits as director/writer/cinematographer, and additional cinematography was done by Thierry Machado and Hugues Ruffel.
Total running time is 80 minutes, and you will never look at a lowly snail in the same way again.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising, beautiful, astonishing 24 Jun 2004
In similar vein to Reggio's seminal Koyaanisqatsi, Microcosmos is a film without commentary, other than a one-sentence introduction and a few poetic words at the close.
It presents the viewer with a gorgeous series of tableaux starring the amazing micro-fauna resident in a meadow. I guarantee the first thing that springs to mind when viewing Microcosmos for the first time is "how did they film that?!!" Achingly beautiful close-ups of ants, caterpillars, butterflies, snails, ladybirds, the bizarrely alien-looking mantis and dozens more give us an unique insight into the oft-ignored world beneath our feet.
The whole 72 minutes is one great therapeutic trip - just sit in your comfiest chair and let the vivid colours and sumptuous sound (natural insect noises occasionally punctuated with minimalist ambient music) wash over you.
Favourite scenes include the sissyphus-like dung-beetle, the ants at the "waterhole", the snail lovers, the spider's "aqualung", the stag beetles' battle and the jaw-droppingly stunning finale of the nascent mosquito breaking free of the meniscus of the pond on its impossibly long legs. Even the moment of microcosmic horror, when a strangely prehistoric looking pheasant perpetrates some genocide, is magnificently filmed and utterly satisfying.
Possibly the first wildlife film to cross the boundary into pure art.
I guarantee you will feel a better and more harmonious person for having viewed Microcosmos.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic voyage of discovery 27 Dec 2004
This is absolutely superb! One of my first experiences with a docu-film that doesn't have a commentary & it was absolutely riveting. The music blends effortlessly and emotional;ly with the visual feast. My only complainmt would be the lack of special features, on which would hopefully have included an explanation of how the producers made the film and an explanation of some of the creatures seen. Then the film would also have an educational element.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And I thought my life was hard! 7 Jun 2006
I bought this DVD to share with my retired father - and when he'd seen it we shared it with a room full of cynical teenagers...who just melted into fascinated and awestruck silence.

They laughed out loud at the toils of the dung beetle, they flinched as the ants were eaten and they were amazed by the spider building its nest out of air bubbles under water.

This is a beautiful film which you will watch again and again -each time wishing there was more. If ever there was a family film this is it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See And Experience A World You Did Not Know Of 18 Sep 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This amazing movie does a terrific job at displaying what is in front of our very eyes yet we never see, either because we dont pay attention or because we simply cant see! However once in the cosmos of the little friends everything is shockingly beautiful. It is neat to see how ants stock their winters food in their granaries, it is amazing to see what rain means to creatures that are the size of a rain drop, it is tranquilizing to see how slugs mate. All throughout the movie you keep thinking, "How did they shoot this scene". It is a different setting, it is a different time. It is a different cosmos, only a micro one.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning documentary, a treat for the senses! 29 Jan 2010
The video footage in this film is simply superb. I owned this on DVD and was thrilled to see it on Blu-Ray finally. The upgrade to blu-ray is a huge improvement. The colors are rich, the lines clear and unbelievable, and again, the footage, from ants-eye view as a bird eats them, or watching a dung-beetle struggle with dung, or bees in flight, spiders catching their prey, it is a wonderful trip to the microcosmos in which insects live in.

The 1080/24P Picture quality will test the limits of your tv. The high definition scenes in the giant-sized miniature world will blow your mind. The video quality is nearly reference material. Some scenes are a tiny bit grainy for effect (the clouds in the beginning for example) but the footage of the insects is excellent.

The DTS-HD MA sound is excellent. There is not much dialogue, hardly any in fact, but the sounds of inscets in the grass, thunder and raindrops, insect feet pattering on the ground, etc. all throw you into the microcosmos that is depicted wonderfully through the excellent video quality. The sound is an excellent compliment to the film and really enhances the overall effect of seeing the world from an insects point of view.

A huge thumbs up for any nature fan. The blu-ray does not disappoint. It is an excellent transfer of one of the best nature films ever made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
no problems would recommend excellent buy
Published 15 days ago by bartonman
5.0 out of 5 stars A day in the life of a meadow
Awesome, the life of critters in a meadow - and the snails - some of the most erotic footage I've ever seen!
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Published 7 months ago by Mary Moloney
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacing a VHS tape
A must have. Now what can I talk about for another seventeen words ? Eeny, meeny, miny, mow - caugh.......
Published 13 months ago by Julius Kosky
5.0 out of 5 stars A film to delight all age groups!
Microcosmos reveals the fascinating life under our feet in beautiful and awe-inspiring photography. You might have seen many nature films but there is none like this one, that... Read more
Published 15 months ago by B. L. Nielsen
3.0 out of 5 stars Microcosmos dvd
Not bought for myself, so cannot accurately pass judgement on it, but it must be ok as I have not had any complaints
Published 21 months ago by Ralph
5.0 out of 5 stars Cofirm Region 0! Get it if you like the movie!
Just received this Blu-ray disc direct from U.K. Amazon, and YES, IT IS REGION 0 though the coversheet listed as Region B. Framed in roughly 1. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Allan Foo Chuan How
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing
This Blu Ray has to be ranked as one of the best. The small patch of land in which it is filmed shows such a diversity of wonderous creatures. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Microcosmos Miracles
This is the most wonderful film of all the tiny creatures we hardly see. All insect life is here in its most spectacular form. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by Cathy Timblerlake
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