|Contains two documentaries from director Werner Herzog including LESSONS OF DARKNESS and special bonus DVD of FATA MORGANA.|
LESSONS OF DARKNESS: In the aftermath of the Gulf war, retreating Iraqi soldiers left the oil fields of Kuwait a raging inferno. True to form as perhaps the world's most death-defying filmmaker, Werner Herzog and a small camera crew arrived on the scene to film the carnage. What resulted was Lessons Of Darkness--less a simple documentary about an environmental catastrophe than it is an apocalyptic vision of hell, Herzog has created a science fiction film, in which our planet vanishes beneath pillars of flame, oceans of oil and impenetrable clouds of smoke. Punctuated by soaring music and Herzog's own commentary, Lessons Of Darkness is a powerful, breathtaking and strangely beautiful portrait of a world on fire.
FATA MORGANA: In one of the strangest and most mesmerizing films ever made, world-renowned director Werner Herzog brings his cameras to the Sahara desert in order to film mirages. But Fata Morgana (literally, "mirage") is much more than that--as Herzog combines the apocalyptic, often hallucinatory images he discovered in the desert (plane wreckage, exotic beasts, and one of the oddest musical acts ever filmed) with passages from the Mayan creation myth, transforming a simple trick of the light into what he calls "a science-fiction elegy of demented colonialism."
"[Lessons] One of the great documentaries of the 1990s. San Francisco Bay Insider