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Chasing Ice - Blu-ray

Chasing Ice - Blu-ray

USA 2012 - mit James Balog, Adam Lewinter, Tad Pfeffer, Svavar Jonatansson ...


Originaltitel:Chasing Ice
Regie:Jeff Orlowski
Produktionsland:USA 2012
Laufzeit:About 75 min.
FSK:From 0 years
Anzahl der Disc:1
Sprachen:English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
Bildformat:16:9 (1.78:1)
Extras:Making of, music clip, featurettes, uncut scene, Q&A, interview]
Label:NFP marketing & distribution GmbH / EuroVideo
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Content: Although there are still some unteachable people who think climate change is a fantasy and pure panicmongering, it should be clear to any rationally thinking person that something is changing on our planet - and not necessarily for the better. And even if a changing climate has occurred again and again in the course of Earth's history and is thus something quite normal, a complicity - no matter how great it may be - of man cannot be dismissed from his hand for the changes that can currently be observed. One of the clearest documents of climate change is the alarmingly rapid melting and complete disappearance of glaciers. The nature photographer and scientist James Balog, formerly a self-confessed sceptic about climate change, has found clear evidence in his long-term study EIS (Extreme Ice Survey) that has dispelled all his scepticism once and for all.

Together with filmmaker Jeff Orlowski, Balog has made a spectacular documentary that painfully and beautifully documents the dramatic consequences of climate change. Using specially developed time-lapse cameras, Balog documents the changes in the glaciers recorded over several years. The resulting shots, the many trials and tribulations the team has put up with to capture these images, and the ongoing dispute between scientists and climate change deniers, despite all the evidence, are at the heart of "Chasing Ice".

The documentary evokes a real roller coaster of emotions in the viewer. On the one hand, the photographs are of tremendously fascinating beauty. On the other hand, the pictures evoke a kind of anxiety that makes you helpless and sad. In view of the speed with which our planet is visibly changing, one wonders here several times whether it is not already much too late to be able to change anything. Despite its pessimistic approach, the documentary tries to make it clear that it is never too late to at least contain the consequences of climate change. But if you see how centuries simply melt away through the time-lapse shots, then you can hardly escape a certain end-time mood.

In view of such shots, it is bad that the discussion is still going on about whether climate change is just a fantasy or not. Because at the latest such visual documents speak more than clear language. But the fact that there are still people who do not let themselves be taught better by such clear evidence shows how man with his ego and his short-term, profit-driven thinking stands in the way of himself. This makes it all the more important that there are people like James Balog and Jeff Orlowski whose work can perhaps play a small part in shaking some people awake. And if that happens in such an entertaining way, then there can only be one possible rating for "Chasing Ice": Absolutely worth seeing!

Picture + sound: The recordings that Jeff Orlowski and his team captured for this long-term documentary present themselves on the Blu-ray with a good detail representation, a harmonious colouring and a fundamentally convincing overall sharpness. The sound also has some very atmospheric surround moments to offer, but overall is determined by the rather directionally mixed interviews. The sound is only available in the English original with German subtitles. All in all, this makes it clear for a documentary: Very good!

Extras: Besides the main movie, the Blu-ray has more than an hour of informative bonus material to offer. In addition to a good making of (approx. 11:55 min.) and a featurette about the time lapse cameras used (approx. 5:49 min.), there is also a look at the visit of the film team to the Sundance Film Festival (approx. 10:18 min.), as well as excerpts from various Q&A sessions with the director at various film festivals (approx. 19:56 min.). In addition, there is a small excerpt from James Balog's lecture series "Time now" (approx. 3:47 min.) and a short lecture by Dr. Tad Pfeiffer from the University of Colorado on the current state of science (approx. 5:58 min.). A music clip to the Oscar nominated title song, sung by Scarlett Johansson (ca. 4:07 min.), as well as the uncut scene from "Glacier Watching" (ca. 6:35 min.) round off the extensive additional material. Very good!

Result: "Chasing Ice" is a documentary that is both fascinatingly beautiful and shocking. The film evokes various emotions in the viewer, from enthusiastic amazement to oppressive helplessness. The photographs shown here can really leave no one cold. The Blu-ray presents the fascinating pictures in very good picture and sound quality and also offers a lot of informative extras. But the bottom line is very clear: Absolutely recommendable!

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