What the Bleep Do We Know!? appears to be a New Age film without actually saying the words “New” or “Age.” Consider this, the film, produced by Captured Light & Lord of the Wind Films, is about “a life-changing journey with Amanda (Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser “God), a divorced photographer who tumbles down a metaphysical rabbit hole.”
Now, that premise sounds interesting enough, you’re unsure where Amanda will wind up or how she’ll get there. But read on…”Her mind-bending voyage throug… the worlds of science and spirituality includes revelations by quantum physics experts, playful animation and even a conversation with a 35,000 year-old being.”
It still sounds interesting, until you start to watch it, and you realize that people are trying to explain it in a serious nature. The intent is nice enough, but at the end of the day, the motives behind explaining the barriers of reality, spirituality and science just don’t click with me. I have no Yanni CDs, I have no healing rocks, and when I die, I think my soul is going into the back of my TV, or to Hawaii.
But I won’t rule it out completely, at the end of the day, knowledge and the desire to seek out truth in life, using different levels of philosophy, should be something everyone strives for. Whether you choose to exercise it is up to you.
There’s only one audio track on this DVD, and thankfully it’s a fairly active and clear sounding Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. While the live action sequences aren’t too thrilling, there’s so many other film tricks that employ the surround speakers that you can appreciate the intent of the filmmakers to make it an immersive experience.
The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen viewing the film has is good, but not great, the image was reproduced as well as you could get for something of this nature.
There aren’t too many extras here. There is a 30 minute filmmaker Q & A that was held in a couple of locations, including a church that believes in “..teaching rather than preaching…”, though I dunno if there’s a conceptual difference in that. It’s still a pretty good Q&A that helps you understand the film. Along with the cast and crew interviews, there is a music video and trailers for this and other films, including I Heart Huckabees, which should show you where this film’s buddies lie. But with the few extras, I don’t know why these had to be on the flip side of a movie that runs for 100 minutes and has only one soundtrack. Maybe the discs were inferior or something.
The concept behind the movie is interesting enough, but there are a lot of shady motives behind the ideas in the film at times, and other times, it borders on downright loopiness. But wise readers, seek out truth in whatever means you can find, this may not be it.
Special Features List
- Music Video
- Interview Featurette
- The Top 5 Bleeps Featurette
- Theatrical Trailer