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Way Things Go, The [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Quantum Leap
  • DVD Release Date: 15 May 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 9054691441
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,222 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 14 Oct 2010
By skim
A great watch and an inspiration for something to do with the kids/friends if you have a little space, time and some bits and bobs lying around. Oh and some patience!
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4.0 out of 5 stars How Much?! 14 Mar 2007
This film is typically credited with being the inspiration behind Honda's "Cog" advert. It's basically an art project set up in a warehouse where lots of domestic items are precariously balanced in a long, long chain. The initial item, a bin bag spinning on a rope, gradually lowers itself as the rope unwinds and knocks the next item creating a giant chain reaction. It's kind of like the massive domino topples you used to see on Record Breakers in the 80s - only without dominoes.

The emphasis isn't always purely on mechanical effects sustaining the chain, chemical reactions will often play a part in keeping things moving. If there are any GCSE science teachers reading this I suggest showing the DVD to your class and then explaining the scientific principles behind certain sections of the film, it's bound to keep your class' attention!

What is mildly disappointing with this film is that at certain times it's quite clear that the footage has been edited to give the appearance of one very long continuous chain of events but in reality it's several shorter chains stitched together. That's not to say it's not a very impressive chain reaction, I'd have liked it more if it was genuinely a "one take" piece of film.

Also slightly disappointing is the length of the film, it's little more than half an hour so an RRP of £30 seems way over the top for what must be a film that was made around 20 years ago. Can I suggest looking out a Region 1 copy on Amazon Marketplace? Much cheaper. I believe the film is also known as "Der Lauf Der Dinge" if you want to source a foreign copy - since there is no dialogue at all and the only sound is the noise of the objects moving it would be impossible to spoil your enjoyment by getting a German copy!
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