Fusecon // 2011 // 210 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // November 4th, 2012
Code for the senses.
I'm gonna level with you: I'm not sure if I'll be able to stretch this review out past a few paragraphs. I'm tempted to load it with filler -- perhaps anecdotes about my childhood encounters with various disgusting insects -- but, no, let's not be a slave to bandwidth. MindCandy is weird and cool...and that's pretty much everything you need to know.
This release is all about the "demoscene" subculture. Demoscene enthusiasts utilize computer imagery and music to produce short films, built on being techno-driven visceral experiences. The art form pushes designers to concoct increasingly unique visuals, and these are often shown at competitions. The included shorts on this disc represent demoscene highlights from 2003-2010 featuring many award winners from various competitions.
The entire program runs a robust three and a half hours, each segment clocking in at four or five minutes. That's over 40 demos all so different (remember, that's the point remember) it's a guarantee you won't see the same thing twice.
I'll stop short at describing these films, because they are truly beyond description. It's pure artistic expression, set to thumping techno soundtracks. Demoscene fans will likely get more out of this than the rest of us, appreciating the tech and behind-the-scenes effort that went into pulling these designs together. Rookies need to look at this purely as trance-like entertainment; pop in the disc, crank up the surround sound, and veg out by losing yourself in the funky visuals. Regardless of who you are, if this stuff floats your boat, MindCandy Volume 3 is loaded.
Since the production is so A/V heavy, the Blu-ray needs to measure up. Thankfully, it does. The 1.78:1T/720p widescreen presentation collects source material which dates back nearly ten years and only the older tech is the only thing holding them back. The on-disc treatment itself, transmitted in 60 frames-per-second, is high-end. Audio may only be Dolby 2.0 Stereo (224 kbps), but it's still a strong track, utilizing the LFE mix nicely, ensuring your living room will shake when you crank the volume.
A ton of extras accompany this release, including eight hours worth of demoscene conference seminars (you're going to have to be really interested in the subject matter), audio commentary with subtitles (excellent idea), scenes from the tailgate demoparty, production notes, a color booklet, and a selection of 64kb or less demos.
It's not for everyone, but MindCandy serves up a wealth of content. For followers of the subculture, I can't think of anything else you could possibly want.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (720p)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 210 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Bonus Demos