Judge Eric Profancik has discovered a new genre: Portal Potty.
Uncovering the Hidden World of the Knights Templar
"The Charge" above is quoted from the cover of the DVD case and it is part of the reason I thought I'd give this title a whirl. I'll admit that Dan Brown and his "Da Vinci Code" reignited my latent interest in historical quests. Prompted by that book I read many a knock-off on the theme, and the Knights Templar were a popular subject. Luckily I find their murky history fascinating, so I'm always game for some more information from that arena. Based on that cover blurb I expected The Rosslyn Frequency to talk about the Knights Templar and their relation to either the Rose Line or Rosslyn Chapel. Imagine my surprise when this documentary (for lack of a better description) largely, almost completely, ignores the Templars. This is all about Rosslyn Chapel.
Sitting in a state of confusion for a good ten minutes, I was finally able to pick up the pieces and put it together. This documentary is an independent production that purports to posit that Rosslyn Chapel is a mystical place of power that conceals a portal to another dimension. For the entirety of the presentation, we listen to Brian Allan discuss all manner of visits and experiments that he and his colleagues have done at the Chapel. Bringing in psychics, scientists, and musicians, Allan is convinced of the existence of this portal. Not only has he seen it but he has also partially passed his arm through the doorway. So we listen to his explanation of this gateway, its immense power, and various other secrets that are scattered throughout the church. We learn of its hidden musical score, augmented fourths, and how playing it will open the doorway. And we finally get our Templar connection as we are told that a Knight stands guard over the threshold.
I like to think of myself as someone with an open mind. I believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life, I believe in some of the Templar myths, and I believe in some other esoteric things. In fact, back in my college days I was the president of the Hypnosis Society; so I've dabbled in weird things in my life. Yet when all is said and done and I finished watching The Rosslyn Frequency, all I can say is that Brian Allan and his ideas are really kooky. I just couldn't believe what I was hearing and seeing. It was too over-the-top, never finding a firm foothold in science and reality for me. Though it's a horribly disparaging description, the whole thing is just nuts. During the final act when Allan gives his rationalization and ties it into science, I truly rolled my eyes as it was as unscientific as it gets.
This could have worked for me if it were presented more in the fashion of an archeological quest or investigation. But that would have changed the entire premise of the documentary as the idea of the portal would need to be jettisoned in favor of an investigation into Rosslyn Chapel.
The transfers on the disc are better than I expected. Video is a pleasant 1.85:1 anamorphic print with good and bad points. Colors are true if not robust, blacks are a bit muddy, and detail is quite sharp—because most of the documentary is CGI. Audio is a simple Dolby 2.0 mix that conveys the dialogue without any interference. The highlight of the disc for me is the choice of background music: a nice selection of New Age music (which is detailed at the end). I may have to look up some of the artists to add to my iPod. While I originally didn't think any bonus items were included as none are listed on the package or on the menu (which is quite poorly designed), it turns out there's 45 minutes of extended trailers for other discs from the company.
Mr. Allan, I'll let you go ahead and believe in this portal in Rosslyn Chapel. Unfortunately, you did not convince me. Perhaps if you had shown some of this video footage you mentioned throughout the documentary I would have been swayed; but you didn't so I wasn't. Fortunately, I doubt I'm your target audience.
The Rosslyn Frequency is hereby found guilty of hitting the brown
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