Picks and Pans Review: Natural States
A dusky forest behind a scrim of sunshine, a frothy collision of waterfalls, the ice-blue peaks of a forbidding mountain range soothe the eye in this expertly crafted mix of music and images. Filmed in the Pacific Northwest, this 45-minute voyage pulls the viewer into what seem like secret corners of the universe. No discarded beer can or abandoned shoe gives a clue of human intrusion. Seattle producer-director Jan Nickman has created a video album to be replayed like an LP. David Lanz and Paul Speer scored the tape, using woodwinds to lend a haunted quality to some segments. The same team produced Natural States: Desert Vision, which sweeps viewers over the burnt orange mesas and into the baked canyons of the Southwest. Among the spectacular images: New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns (off the usual tourist route), where the camera (a Steadicam operated by Jeff Mart) hovers among the monster stalactites and stalagmites. (Miramar Productions, 800-825-4848, $29.95)
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