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Seasons (2015/Music Box DVD)



Picture: B Sound: B Extras: A Film: A-



After the last ice age, the snow melted and Europe became an ocean of forests and trees. It was a paradise and utopia for animals of all types, shapes and sizes. As the ice disappeared new life brought untold beauty to the land, but after centuries the animals faced another danger even greater than the last ice age ...man.


Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud creates a retelling of nature and Europe's forest through the ages with Seasons (2016). It has amazing and beautiful footage of animals, how they lived and died in a lush forest. As man appeared and went from hunters and gatherers to farming, they destroyed the land and over hunting animals for sport. With the industrial age, many animals disappeared or lost their homes. This film is to remind people of what we are losing in nature with modernization of man and it's society.


This was and is a beautiful film, almost as good a BBC's nature films, but watching it was like watching the forest change through the ages in a few minutes what normally take centuries. There was only a few poetic lines (in French) about animals and forest and while the picture and music was beautiful and moving, it felt like it was an excuse to how Europe lost most of it large animals and nature. Rather than showing the respect for nature, it symbolized MORE of mankind's disrespect and ignorance for nature in a much-necessary way.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound (this was a Dolby Atmos theatrical 11.1 release originally) look and sound as good as they possibly can in the format, but a Blu-ray would be nice. Extras includes the Making of Seasons, a discussion with the filmmakers, a Behind the Scenes featurette, orchestra featurette, animated gallery and trailers.



- Ricky Chiang


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