Cnn Millennium 2000

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Cnn Millennium 2000 Review


What better way to tell our kids and grandkids what Y2K was like when we are all old and gray and have the sexual potency of Bob Dole off of Viagra then with a format that will then be more antiquated than the Betamax? That was the logic going through my mind when I ordered CNN Millennium 2000.

At long last I understand what my parents and grandparents complained about as they tried to explain why any picture or tape of VJ-Day or The Lunar Landing do absolutely zero justice as to the actual event. I have discovered the frustration of seeing an event after-the-fact firsthand. The very first documentary filmed in the year 2000, CNN Millennium 2000 ends up being an incredibly disappointing effort. Having actually watched about three-quarters of the 24-hour coverage of the Millennium that CNN did, I was thoroughly disappointed at the transfer between raw footage and an edited, hour and a half DVD.

The DVD highlights Millennium celebrations around the world, with the supposed attempt to show later generations and people who are already missing the 20th century how very impressive Y2K was, but, due to CNN's absolute ineptitude for turning out a cinema-worthy documentary, we are instead greeted with a poor shamble.

The DVD takes the most impressive displays, such as London's, and only plays them for approximately a few minute. It spends these minutes failing to impress anyone due to the fact that it does not capture the glory that was the moment. Having been reedited and remastered, CNN has transformed what was good journalism into shabby documentary filmmaking.

What made the displays so effective was their length and their grandeur. Their grandeur went beyond the visual: it went to the fact that the fireworks were so loud in many places that you couldn't hear the coverage. When the footage was shipped to the lab, the coverage was made louder and the fireworks quieter. The result is a highly annoying effect of having the grand moments taken away.

Also, since the editing staff on this film showed themselves to be completely inept, the best moments of the coverage are often edited out. For instance, London's 23-minute fireworks display was made into a three-minute coverage, where as Sydney's much less impressive display was given approximately ten minutes. Instead of focusing on the huge celebratory nature of the moment, the documentary focuses on the first babies born and on the self-importance of what was essentially a giant party.

The sad thing about the film is that it had so much potential and opportunity to improve itself. It could have taken the full coverage for each celebration and placed it on a multi-DVD set, or just placed the most impressive coverage together into one montage as is touched upon at the end, but instead it chose to fail.

CNN Millennium 2000 is the first film of the New Year, and it proves that the more things change, the more they stay the same. A picture is worth a thousand words, a timeless moment will be quickly forgotten, and we will end up having a terrible time describing this all to our kids.



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