- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 3, 2005
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Miramax
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 11/01/1996
"...A miraculous, you-are-there close-up....Revelation..." -- Rating: A-
Variety - 05/20/1996
"...A surprisingly entertaining, visually stunning treat....A remarkably rich, ultra-colorful tableau..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/11/1996
"...Brilliant....The film is a spectacle and a celebration of life, in all its phases..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/10/1997
"...MICROCOSMOS is an amazing film that allows us to peer deeply into the insect world and marvel at creatures we casually condemn to squishing..."
Uncut - 04/01/2008
5 stars out of 5 -- "A bewitching masterpiece of wildlife photography..."
Total Film - 05/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he time invested pays off. MICROCOSMOS' cast is a scuttling symphony of small matter."
Wall Street Journal - 04/24/2009
"Exotic life forms fight, struggle and die in garden-of-Eden lighting that only accentuates the spectacle's solemnity."
This film provides a fascinating, up-close view of the world of insects, snails, and other tiny invertebrates as they work, eat, fight and procreate. This acclaimed French documentary was filmed with special microscopic cameras and high-resolution microphones, which bring the viewer into the subjects' figurative living room.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
MICROCOSMOS captures the fun and adventure of a spectacular hidden universe revealed in a breathtaking, close-up view unlike anything you've ever seen! Your family will marvel at a pair of stag beetles dueling like titans. The kids will stare bug-eyed as a magnificent army of worker ants race to stock their larder ... while tyring to avoid becoming a feisty pheasant's dinner. And you'll have a front-row seat to witness an amazing transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, the remarkable birth of a mosquito, and several other minute miracles of life. With its tiny cast of thousands, MICROCOSMOS leaves no doubt that "Mother Nature remains the greatest special effects wizard of all" (New York Times).