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Terrence Malick teasing “Tree of Life” ahead of Blu-ray – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Fox Home Entertainment could be giving Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life” a major awards-season boost by dropping his visually-stunning film on Blu-ray right as Oscar campaigns are getting into full swing.

Instead of having to generate For Your Consideration screeners, all the studio needs to do is provide pristine copies of Malick’s meditative “Tree” and hope that it connects with enough voters. It certainly connected with critics. With a staggering 224 reviews, the movie boasts an 84% grade on Rotten Tomatoes. But it’s $13-million box office take is light, by Oscar’s standards.

The movie needs to be seen. And I’m certain the Blu-ray will be spectacular (I’m DYING to see it).

In the meantime, Fox Searchlight has assembled an interesting feature titled “Living Locations, which journeys across space, flies over volcanoes and dives deep into the ocean to showcase some of the great scientific imagery from the film.

From the release:
“Places like Death Valley, Texas, Villa Lante in Italy and even the Sun, take us to the space between spaces and remind us of how precious our world and life really is. The Tree of Life on Blu-ray, available October 11, enhances the viewing experience of the film’s visual and aural beauty.”

What will you see?

1. Death Valley
Death Valley, located in the Mojave Desert in Eastern California boasts the lowest, driest and hottest locations in North America. The valley received its name in 1849 during the Gold Rush. Although it was named “death,” only one death in the area was actually recorded during the Gold Rush. In contrast to what early prospectors believed, at one time, the area that is now Death Valley was actually part of a succession of seas.

2. Texas
Texas is the second largest state in the US, and is almost twice as large as Germany and Japan. Because of its great size, Texas has varying climatic regions, and rivers define three of its borders, allowing for really different, yet beautiful, natural sights (including deserts, prairies, grasslands, forests, and coastlines). This is why parts of Texas resemble both the South and the Southwest.

3. Villa Lante
The Villa Lante is a garden of surprise near Viterbo, in central Italy. Construction began on the Villa Lante somewhere near 1566, and the property has changed hands many, many times since then. Families occupied the Villa until at least the 19th century. However, in 1944 Allied bombing after the fall of Rome heavily damaged the property, and it wasn’t until the late 20th century that a long term of restoration began.

4. The Sun
The Sun, the star that is at the center of our Solar System, has a mass 330,000 times that of Earth! The energy from the sunlight derived from the Sun supports almost all life on Earth, and drives our climate and weather. Because of the large effect the Sun has on the wellbeing of Earth, some cultures have even considered the Sun a deity.

5. Mauna Loa
Mauna Loa (located in Hawaii) is the largest volcano on Earth, and one of the five volcanoes that form the Islands of Hawaii. The volcano is thought to have been active for about 700,000 years. Though Mauna Loa’s most recent explosion was in 1984 and it caused no deaths, eruptions in 1926 and 1950 destroyed villages (the city of Hilo is even partially built on lava flows from the 19th century!). Because Mauna Loa is still active and evolving, the volcano is constantly monitored for safety’s sake.

And here’s an official trailer for the film:

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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