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The Da Vinci Code: Where It All Began (BFS)


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



The Da Vinci Code: Where It All Began (2005) is a dry mix of interviews with researchers who believe anything and everything.  Only recommended for those who want to know every nook and cranny about a speculative look at the Grail legend.  The piece even goes into areas of ghost and goblin sightings.  There is rarely any fact introduced and seems to meander around in tales of which priest did what for how long.  There is not much of real interest to keep the listeners attention.  The one enjoyable element was all the scenery of the French countryside.  It would make anyone want to take a vacation there and enjoy all the tourist attractions.  As far as going there and finding out any reasonable evidence of The Da Vinci Code - not much.  One strange thing is one of the churches has a devil statue which most people would not expect on a church premises.  In addition, one of the believable parts may be that the French Revolution may have leftover some valuable items that could have been picked up over the years.  Apparently, some treasure was hidden in the churches and not found for a long time afterwards. 


Anyways, all the links are found by extensive looking and it's like anything else; if you look hard enough coincidences can produce a link or supposed secret message.  Many of the messages having to do with seeing 2 people in a painting that look alike or turning something inside out or backwards to find a 'true map'.           


On the technical side, the video image is anamorphically enhanced 16:9 and shows off the color and scenery nicely.  If this was a vacation video, I would be convinced.  There are many good shots of castles, creeks, rivers, fog from dawn and some sunsets at dusk.  It also shows off the village of Rennes-le-Chateau among other places.  The detail was excellent and the colors bright.  The audio was a standard Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix with no real surrounds.  Being that this is a new documentary, the audio is of good quality, but nothing spectacular.  I did have a problem with the menu, though, but just on my one DVD player.  It worked fine on my Sony player and computer DVD.  I was able to play the feature but could not see any menu screen on my Pioneer DV-37.  The only extra on the disc is for a DVD-ROM player.  There is no video content, just some documents about persons of interest and an interactive map of France and clues of where the Holy Grail would be.



-   Marcus Mazur


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