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Homosapiens (2016/Kimstim/Icarus DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: C

Attempting to be a pseudo-documentary like the Qatsi Trilogy, Nikolaus Geyrhalter's Austrian film Homosapiens (2016) is a story told by images and features desolate landscapes of ruins, cities, islands, and other various spaces where vegetation has taken over all over the world. Apparently a critical success, as the back cover of the disc features rave reviews by some top critical names. Ultimately, the film seems more experimental in nature than actually trying to tell a narrative story that will attract some and deter others.

The main theme of the film can vary depending on your own personal view of the material, but what is most confusing to me is the complete lack of an orchestral score to accompany the images. Something along the lines of Philip Glass would make the images even more haunting and impactful, however it was Geyrhalter's stylistic choice to use only the source tracks of the clips themselves, which may or may not have been a good choice.

Presented in standard definition with a widescreen anamorphically enhanced aspect ratio of 1.77:1 and presumably Stereo lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 track, the film could definitely benefit from a high definition upgrade to make the images even more sharp and defined. The sound is passable. Overall, a standard DVD presentation and nothing special.

No extras.

A film I certainly wouldn't watch again, Homosapiens will beat you over the head with wide angle shots of forgotten places that may or may not move you.

- James Lockhart



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