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recommended viewing and educational resources for those interested in ecology, places of power and the natural world.
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DVD and Video - Reference


Space - Beyond the Final Frontier   (1997)

12 Part Documentary
on two videos
Running Time: Approx. 6 hours

Written and Directed by:
Phillip Saunders

Originally Distributed by: Magna Pacific
Sadly, it appears that this set is no longer available!
If you encounter this on ebay ... grab it!.

Traces the history of space technology and exploration, and it's impact on humanity in great detail. You'll discover just how dependent we are on satellite related technology. Touches on Ecology and Environmental issues. Highly informative, though could be approaching information overload for non-techies ;-)
Beyond the Infinite
Looking to the edge of the cosmos
The Hidden Sun
The mysteries of our daily star
Bright Eyes
Watching over the environment from space
Hard Rain Falling
Twisters and the strange nature of weather
Close Encounters
The spectacular encounter with comet Haley
Human Cargoes
Toughing it out in Russia for a shot at space
Mars and the Pyramids of Elysium
Probing the solar system and the enigmas of Mars
Home Alone
The extraordinary life aboard a space station
Tigers in the Jungle
From the ridiculous to the sublime: the Ariane rocket
Fly Me to the Moon
Ariane 5: Ambitions and an explosion in the jungle
Heavy Metal
Space technology in our everyday lives
Auther C Clarkes dreams fulfilled

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8 Part BBC Documentary
on 8 videos or 4 DVDs (US)
2 Videos or 2 DVDs (other)

Running Time:
Approx. 8 hours

Exceptional only begins to describe this series. The Planets covers just about everything currently known about the solar system (plus a few theories). Excellent use of computer animation to illustrate concepts. (Not to be confused with an earlier video of the same name).


The Living Edens  (1999)

12 Part Natural History Documentary

12 Videos - Running Time: Approx. 1 hour each

It no longer appears to be possible to easily acquire the original and entire set, though a few new USA-centric titles are available through

Available through PBS
Exceptional and highly informative natural history documentary series with stunning scenic content.


South Georgia Island

The Last Shangri-La
Island in the Clouds
Americas Wild West
Africa's Untamed Wilderness
Australia's Ancient Wilderness
A World Apart
Peru's Hidden Rain Forest
Africa's Burning Shore
Paradise of the Pacific
Paradise of Ice

Jewel of the Orient
Life at the End of the Earth

Videos are pricey at approx. $40 each, but they are gems!

Also available on CD - A selection of tracks from the PBS series - music by Laura Karpman.

Living Planet
A Portrait of Earth (1984)

12 Part Natural History Documentary Narrated by David Attenborough

720 minutes
(12 hours)

Getting a little dated now, but still one of the most comprehensive looks at global ecology and wildlife. This exceptional and highly informative natural history documentary series set the standard for others to follow.

David Attenborough examines the ecology and biodiversity of each of Earth's major biomes, and warns of the dangers of humanity's current industrial life. Camera work is extraordinary, and all continents are visited at least once.

Titles: 01

The Frozen World
The Northern Forests

Seas of Grass
The Baking Deserts
The Sky Above
Sweet Fresh Water
The Margins of the Land
Worlds Apart (Islands)
The Open Sea
New Worlds (Volcanism)

Himalaya  (2005)
Michael Palin

Natural History Documentary

Running Time: 352 Minutes
(+ 120 mins. bonus footage)

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An excellent insightful travel adventure that looks behind the obvious. High altitudes, freezing cold, the Dalai Lama, and the Bhutanese royal family are some of the highlights of Michael Palin's sojourn through the Himalaya. An engrossing 2,000-mile journey to the Top of the World and back to the Bay of Bengal.
A companion Book is also available.








DVD and Video - Ambient, World Images

BARAKA (1992)

Running Time:
Ron Fricke
Mark Magidson
Michael Stearns
88 minutes
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- an ancient Sufi word, is simply translated as a blessing, or as the breath or essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds. Both stunning and in parts disturbing, the poetry of the images and soundtrack tell the story.

Filmed in 70mm on location in 24 countries.
The excellent cinematography is ideal for the DVD format which offers both Widescreen and Fullframe.

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(Life out of balance)

(life in transformation)

Godfrey Reggio

Visually stunning and moving ... Please see the reviews for full details ... or see the link below.


Naqoyqatsi (2002)
(Life as War)

Director: Godfrey Reggio

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Summary from Amazon ...
Plot Outline: A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by gobalized technology and violence.

Plot Synopsis: In this cinematic concert, mesmerizing images are plucked from everyday reality, then visually altered with state-of-the-art digital techniques. The result is a chronicle of the shift from a world organized by the principles of nature to one dominated by technology, the synthetic and the virtual. Extremes of intimacy and spectacle, tragedy and hope fuse in a tidal wave of visuals and music, giving rise to a unique, artistic experience that reflects the vision of a brave new globalized world.








DVD and Video - Fiction, Possible Futures

The Andromeda Strain

Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olson, Kate Reid, Paula Kelly
Director: Robert Wise

Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC

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A U.S. Army satellite (Scoop VII) falls to earth near Piedmont, New Mexico. The recovery team experiences difficulties as it becomes clear that the satellite has performed its intended function all too well, and has brought back something from space. A team of scientists is assembled in a high-tech, underground facility to identify and defeat the "enemy" before it is too late.

A similar theme was also covered in the (circa 1960's) classic paperback story by Fred Hoyle titled "A for Andromeda". Hoyle's story certainly has the appearance of being the forerunner of the more recent movie Contact and the somewhat "sexier", yet surprisingly coherent, Species trilogy.

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Blade Runner    (1982)
D i r e c t o r 's   C u t

Starring: Harrison Ford

Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos
Daryl Hannah

Director: Ridley Scott

Soundtrack: Vangelis

Running Time: 112 mins

A well developed bioengineering technology has produced Replicants, the new slave race. Purpose built disposable humans with built-in redundancy (a 4 year lifespan). The ultimate commercial application of genetic technology?

The director's cut omits Deckard's voice-over narration, develops the romance between Deckard and Rachael in slightly greater detail and removes the "uplifting" finale.



CrossWorlds    (1997)

Starring: Rutger Hauer
Director: Krishna Rao

Running Time: 91 mins

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A young man inherits the task of protecting a key that can open interdimensional gates. A lesson about the nature of power follows for the reluctant hero. A light-hearted story, with added depths for those who can see past the production budget. The effects are good and the Digitally Mastered DVD offers both Widescreen and Fullframe.

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The Day After Tomorrow

Anamorphic Widescreen

Starring: Dennis Quaid

Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok, Jay O. Sanders

Director: Roland Emmerich

Running Time: 123 mins

Global warming suggests that the Earth will get hotter, weather more violent and deserts more prevalent. This movie presents the concept that instead, it could trigger the next ice age ... and sooner than we might think.


Gattaca    (1997)

Starring: Ethan Hawke,
Uma Thurman

Director: Andrew Niccol
Running Time: 106 mins

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A tale of genetic technology taken to a foreseeable social conclusion, genetic discrimination and the creation of the genetic social underclass. A story of the determination of a genetically disadvantaged man aspiring to beat "the system" and realize his dream.


Outbreak    (1995)

Starring: Dustin Hoffman,
Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman,
Kevin Spacey, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen

Running Time: 128 mins

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Synopsis (Excerpt from premise of Outbreak, which owes something to Elia Kazan's 1950 plague-scare movie, Panic in the Streets, is as terrifying as it is timely. As developers slash their way deeper into the previously unexplored tropical rainforests, they are exposed to radically new forms of life, including diseases, that in these days of commonplace international travel could turn into deadly epidemics almost before we know it. Of course, in this story, the military is also involved.


Silent Running   (1971)

Starring: Bruce Dern
Director: Douglas Trumball

Running Time: 90 mins
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The Earth is overcrowded and polluted. The last fragments of Earth's forests are contained in huge, mostly automated terrariums, orbiting the outer planets. The high cost of maintenance brings on the inevitable decision.

The DVD's Dolby Digital Mono sound track does not detract from the moving theme song by Joan Baez. Excellent in Widescreen - Highly Recommended.

Split Second   (1992)

Starring: Rutger Hauer
Director: Tony Maylam

Closed-captioned, Color,
Full Screen, NTSC

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London in the near future has flooded from global warning. Boats become major method of transportation. Tough cop Hauer is saddled with new partner and goes after the (ALIEN-like monster) serial killer who murdered his previous partner. Somewhat of a watery b-grade cult classic.







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