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''Cascading star fields, eclipses and shooting stars add to the intoxicating splendor of the film'' / ''... his movie defies a specific genre but by no means does it alienate any of its audience. On the contrary, the images that he has captured and managed to convey are not only breathtaking and mind blowing, but educational as well''
Roland Pacheco (West Hawaii Today)
... for pure enjoyment, this "Hawaiian Starlight - Exploring the Universe from Mauna Kea" DVD by Jean-Charles Cuillandre will expand your senses to vistas well beyond the surface of our wonderful world.
Mark Mortimer (Universe Today)
So, in addition to the Crab Nebula, the Hercules Cluster, and the Whirlpool Galaxy, you will also enjoy short time-lapse videos of sunset shadows covering observatory domes, roiling cumulus clouds (remember, at Mauna Kea those clouds are below you), and stars moving across the sky due to Earth's rotation.
Michael Bakich (Astronomy Magazine)
There is no voice-over, no gesturing science personality to ram home the significance of what you are watching, nor even much text. It is just you, the stars, the scopes, and a curiously hypnotic soundtrack borrowed from the Halo video game series. It is marvellous.
Margaret Harris (Physics World)
Cuillandre's time-lapse images move. Clouds boil, stars arc through the sky. The observatories open, close and spin like so many R2D2s...
John Heckathorn (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
Guilty of being a simple presentation of time lapse photography and music to go with it, Hawaiian Starlight delivers what it promises.
Judge Brett Cullum (DVD Verdict)
For the International Year of Astronomy 2009, the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) is releasing on DVD the movie "Hawaiian Starlight - Exploring the Universe from Mauna Kea''...
International Year of Astronomy
After seven years of labor, Jean-Charles has compiled his footage for a 43-minute film called Hawaiian Starlight, now on DVD. It is enough to take your breath away.
John Heckathorn (Hawaii Magazine)
The striking images are supported by a soundtrack of New Age ``Halo Music'' that fits beautifully and makes excellent use of the surround field.
John Sunier (Audiophile Audition)
Credits A film by Jean-Charles Cuillandre
Halo music by Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori
CFHT astronomy images by Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT) & Giovanni Anselmi (Coelum)
Film digital technology by Sidik Isani
Copyrights Footage and photographs © Jean-Charles Cuillandre
Astronomical Images © CFHT / Edizioni Scientifiche Coelum
Bungie Studios' Halo Soundtrack © Microsoft Corporation
Used under license from Warner Chappell Music
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