Stars: Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov, Lutz Halbhubner
Writer: Andrew Adamson
Director: Andrew Adamson
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment
Suggested Retail Price: $54.99
Cirque Du Soleil always promises to produce a thrilling visual spectacle that will amaze the audience whether you are attending a live performance or watching in the comfort of your own home. For years the directors have been creating award-winning extravaganzas that enthrall the eyes and ears while pushing the boundaries of design in many fields. While the artists on the floor defy gravity the technicians in the background make set pieces that seem to defy the laws of physics. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL WORLDS AWAY is no exception as it takes full advantage of the newest technology to produce an amazing treat for your eyes to take in at home on DVD or Blu-Ray.
The story of WORLDS AWAY revolves around Mia and her interest in a traveling carnival that has stopped to perform in her small Midwestern town. Compelled inside, she is soon drawn to the other main character of the movie the Aerialist. A trapeze mistake results in his fall, leading to an opening of a crack in the earth below the two of them that transports the pair even deeper into the world of Cirque Du Soleil. Soon they are making their way through other incredible Cirque Du Soleil performances in an effort to reunite with one another.
WORLDS AWAY is an effort to transport viewers into the fantastic realms created by the Cirque Du Soleil production teams. On some levels and to a certain capacity this movie is “phoning it in”. It does not introduce new performances but instead relies heavily on the seven shows actively being performed within Las Vegas through 2011.
The story between Mia and the Aerialist is in many ways superimposed over top of these episodic vignettes that allow us to peer in at the larger Cirque Du Soleil universe. The shows that are incorporated here are: O, MYSTÈRE, KÀ, LOVE, ZUMANITY, VIVA ELVIS and CRISS ANGEL BELIEVE. If you have been to any of these within the live arenas, then this will be a familiar rehash to you. However, if you have not, then this is an excellent opportunity to try a little of each and see if there is more there for you.
Take note though as Cirque Du Soleil does retire the shows after a while. They also have been known to cancel them all together if they are not producing the required draw. Seeing some shows becomes a very rare opportunity for a select few that took the initial leap of faith. Luckily, the founders have the foresight to intricately film everything, so that the shows are preserved for all time.
Cirque Du Soleil never fails to create wonder and amaze their captivated audiences and this time is no exception. The film is currently available for purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray, or you can acquire access to a digital rendition via your cable, SaveontvDirect, or media content provider. It will surely delight you. Go WORLDS AWAY.
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