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Visions of Light [1992] [DVD]


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  • Directors: Arnold Glassman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6UXT8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,939 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Gibson on 26 April 2004
Format: DVD
This is a great documentary.
Across the course of the film, you mayhave your eyes opened as if for the first time: it comprises clips andinterviews about the history of cinematography, or indeed the whole lookand language of film.
While many of the clips show well-known moments in film, their compilationin this way offers one fresh and striking visual after another. Therevelation is the strength of early and rarely-seen films, and theassertion that had sound films been invented a decade later, the visuallanguage of film would have developed and intensified still further. As itis, the images are just ravishing, and it's really rather moving towatch.
This is a warm and thought-provoking look at cinematography, andis highly recommended. The only reservation is the mono sound on the DVD,but it's a small sacrifice when the visuals hold pride of place.
Be prepared -- you'll want to revisit many classics after this!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Baston on 29 Sep 2010
Format: DVD
Not just a truly interesting and informative insight into the people who actually realise, the film, the Directors of Photography. Fascinating and anti ageist as most of them were mostly of 'mature years' but still going strong and enthusiastic. The other notable thing was they were all so modest and matter of fact about their talents and they "just did their jobs". without fuss or egocentricity- refreshing!
The early work, in particular demonstrated that "special effects" can't substitute for creativity and craft.
After watching it the first time one can turn it into a learning experience by just turning the sound off and studying the imagery and lighting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mafaldacamoes on 22 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
Visions of Light is a great insight into the collective work that cinema is. The various DPs that are interviewed cover the realms of photography in a straightforward way. Glimpses of how they trick the light is really helpful.
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By Mr P J Raven on 22 Jun 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great film, covers most of the top camera men espically Greg Toland, on of my favorites for his deep focus work [ i didnt realise that a number of other cameramen were trying to do the same thing around that time, Jimmie Howe for one.]
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Drury on 21 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
Though interesting in parts, this documentary lacks the depth of content to be anything more than average. The format has a 'made for TV' feel about it, dominated by short clips with bland anecdotes and yarns from old-timers, but little in the way of actual information. Worth renting maybe, but not one to buy.
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