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This lavish visualisation of Gustav Holst's orchestral masterpiece The Planets and Colin Matthews' additional movement Pluto, the Renewer features spectacular images which enhance the symbolic meaning attributed to each planet by the composer.
Directed by Rhodri Huw, this memorable audiovisual experience enthralled a massive TV audience with a spellbinding blend of images filmed in many locations around the world (including New Mexico, Arizona and Scandinavia), computer graphics, animatronics and a splendidly atmospheric performance by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Something not mentioned in the official description: the producers have mixed sound effects from the video montages into the audio track for this disc (although thankfully, not at an excessive volume) - for example, the orchestra's performance of Mars is accompanied by the sight and sound of tanks trundling around the landscape. In my opinion, the overall effect is not too distracting, but nevertheless, this is just a word of warning for those expecting a purely musical soundtrack!
For the bandwidth-conscious, a compressed XviD version can be found here. ;)
--- Video Information ---
Video Codec Name: MPEG-2
frame Size: 720 x 480 pixels (DAR: 1.778 = 16:9)
frames per Second: 29.97
Video Bitrate: 7371 kbps
frame Quality: 0.712 bpp
--- Audio Information ---
Audio Codec: Linear PCM
Audio Sample Rate: 48 kHz
Audio Bitrate: 1536 kbps [2 channel(s)]
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