Cirque Du Soleil: Journey Of Man 3D

Featured In Issue 158, July/August 2011

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Cirque Du Soleil: Journey Of Man is an odyssey that follows the stages of human development from birth to maturity, with each stage presented by a Cirque du Soleil act. From the opening explosion of light and sound that represents the universe's formation, the birth of the Universal Child is followed as it travels from childhood, through adolescence and manhood, on to maturity. During the journey there is a celebration of color, light, music, and costume combined with a backdrop of various natural and historical landmarks around the world. (Gary Reber)

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The 1080p MVC picture is gorgeous throughout. From the opening birth of the Universal Child sequence, with drummers positioned around the child and underwater swimmers representing the birth process, the sense of depth and dimension is wonderful. Opening on a dense forested scene, the scope of dimension is breathtaking, as two colorful Cirque du Soleil characters serve as the boy's guide. A spectacular show of acrobats swoon birdlike in an incredible display of dimension. As an adolescent, he enters a vast desert with dimensional rock formulations on which a man spins a large cube of metal tubing under a black night sky. From the desert he enters a garden where two acrobatic statues sensually dance on a large pond as he transforms into a man. The reflective water displays incredible depth and reflection of the surrounding garden's stone structure. His journey continues as he is offered a golden hat and he finds himself in a richly decorated room occupied by a troupe of 11 acrobats. In that moment as an old man, a little girl reawakens his youthful nature. The sense of volume and spatial scope throughout is amazing. This is an incredible 3-D experience, with no discernible artifacts or ghosting. The color palette is richly hued in strong primaries and deep blacks. Resolution is also superb, with revealing fine detail throughout. This is a 3-D experience that will excite the imagination. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.0-channel soundtrack is fabulous, with a solid low-frequency foundation not supported by a .1 LFE signal. The music is rhythmic and orchestrated and dynamically fills the soundfield with a wide and deep aggressive presence. Instruments and vocalists are distinctively directionalized, which heightens the experience. The fidelity is excellent. Ian McKellen's narration is perfectly balanced against the music. This is a delightful and moving sonic experience that perfectly complements the imaginative storytelling. (Gary Reber)