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Cirque du Soleil: Journey Of Man in 3D (2000/IMAX/Sony Blu-ray 3D w/Blu-ray 2D)


3D Picture: B+     2D Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: D     Feature: B-



Cirque du Soleil has become a phenomenon and seems to be in a new period of popularity where the work (ever expanding to new kinds of shows) has gained increasingly larger audiences as they move their performers across the country and beyond in various shows.  The Beatles - Love show helped this expansion and among other new venues, they have issued yet another one of their performances on Blu-ray and their first in the Blu-ray 3D format, choosing an IMAX release:  Keith Melton’s Journey Of Man in 3D.  At first, this may seem like the early sequences of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the IMAX short Ring Of Fire or other such “rise of man” visuals, but it moves on into fantasy territory and has some amazing performances.


There is limited dialogue and this is also here in 2D, which plays just fine, but it is designed for and takes advantage of the 3D format in a way that makes it worth seeing that way and you get more out of it because of the clever way this is designed.  Running 39 minutes, this is about as long as any other IMAX short and as satisfying as the better ones (which are many) demonstrating an interesting use of casuals, an advanced use of color and other interesting visuals (swimming fish while underwater) to create a world onto itself like all the Cirque du Soleil programs do, making this one of the first special interest releases in Blu-ray 3D and one with demo material any such system should have.  Fans of the troupe will consider it a must own no matter what.


The 1080p MVC-encoded 1.78 X 1 3-D – Full Resolution digital High Definition image on the Blu-ray 3D version and 1080p digital High Definition image on the 2D Blu-ray version come from a 65mm film negative IMAX Solido Dual Strip 3D shoot that holds up very well 11 years later.  The makers do not gut the color, detail or definition.  Instead, they push all those factors in ways that embarrass many HD-shot feature films (and lesser HD 3D shoots) that try to be fancy and fall on their face in the process.  I like the 3D more because it offers more, but the 2D (save some moments where edges are soft since this was a 3D shoot and trading down to 2D sometimes does not work as well) also looks good.  The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.0 lossless mix has a consistent soundfield, is well recorded, well mixed and is warm throughout, though the mix is not as intense as the 5.1 mix on the DVD of The Beatles - Love DVD-Audio/CD set which features regular DTS 5.1 and even better MLP (Meridian Lossless Packing for those who have the player and receiver to play that rarely-produced format) 5.1 sound mixes that remain the best digital representation of The Fab Four’s music to date sonically.  I like the sound and it enhances the visuals instead of trying to outdo them or become gimmicky and can imagine this going through the 64-speaker system at a 70mm IMAX theater.  Sir Ian McKellan narrates.


There are sadly no extras, but you can read about the Blu-ray for the Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo at this link:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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