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It's Better To Jump (2014/Cinema Libre DVD)/Space Voyages (2012 - 2013/Smithsonian Channel/Inception DVD)

Picture: C+ Sound: C/C+ Extras: C/D Main Programs: C/B

Here a couple of new documentary releases of note...

It's Better To Jump (2014) has three directors and tells us the story of Akka, a land that is now becoming slowly dragged into the Palestinian/Israeli conflict with investors trying to move in and buy houses for insanely high amounts of money to turn it into a tourist money machine. This leads to a history lesson about how Israel was formed over Palestine after WWII and how it was the native land for thousands of years despite only being named palestine in 1918 under british rule when the Ottoman Empire fell.

Then we get what become a one-sided argument against Israel, America and how they are the only force of wealth and power in the world pushing Palestinians out of their native land. In a short, curt 73 minutes, this ignores the trillions of dollars Arab nations have that could easily go in and give them money and buy land if they wished as well as the fact that other countries have power beside the U.S., amounting to a slanted, repetitious look at the situation with internal contradictions (the wholesale abuse of women; two female rappers are out to prove women can do what men do as if we did not know) and ignores atrocities all around them that have nothing to do with the U.S., Israel and the like.

I learned some interesting things, but was also insulted more than a few times in what turned out to be a confused, problematic propaganda film that does more harm than good and cannot make a full-proof logical argument about what it is showing.

Extras include Bonus Interviews and a Original Theatrical Trailer.

Space Voyages (2012 - 2013) on the other hand is a 5 episode look at the NASA Space Program, its innovations, highs, lows, future and the new companies moving in to expand space flight, exploration and much more with great film and video stock footage, new interviews, vintage footage and more. Running 230 minutes, it does have some overlap that is unavoidable with so many fine space documentary releases (including iMAX) including many we have covered over the years.

This is still well made and is worth your time, especially if you like this subject. There are no extras, tough one show is counted as if it were an extra, but the menu does not indicate that one.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on both releases can have their rough footage and Jump has more new footage along with more aliasing errors and video flaws, but its sound is worse with location audio issues and times the sound is monophonic when it should not be. Be careful of volume levels and switching in that case. Voyages is more consistently Stereo.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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