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Product Details

 Special Features:
• New digital transfer
• Bonus short film "Answer to a Prayer" in widescreen
• Bonus deleted scene
• Radio discussion between Rice University Film Professor Brian Huberman and KUHF Executive Producer Dean Dalton 
• Directors' conversation about the film (text)
• Directors' biography (text)

Technical Information

Release Information:
DVD Release Date: August 1, 2003
Run Time: 97 minutes
Production Company: Pure Flame DVD
Package Type: Keep Case with Inserts

Aspect Ratio(s):
Full Frame Original 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 0
Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital Stereo )
Collector's Edition
Directors' Cut

"[Return to Light] is a light-bearing work, professionally bright....I am sure that such films doubtlessly have to be made."
(Alexander Sokurov, director of "Russian Ark" and "Mother and Son")
Media Reviews

from Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle:
"An astounding piece of filmmaking of personal vision!"

"In Return to Light, they have taken the cinema of personal expression to an extreme few filmmakers approach."

"The movie [Return to Light]...feels more like a work from one of the Russian filmmakers the couple [the Pearses] admires or a surrealistic piece in the tradition of Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali."

"...challenging, idiosyncratic, surreal..."

full review

from Gary Tooze, 
"Independent filmmakers Gregory and Maria Pearse have created a deeply personal examination of the inner soul-searching of their lives in the film "Return to Light". Strongly representative of artistic films, the Pearse's unabashedly show daring conviction and desire while expressing themselves in the medium of film.
"With a segment of the film focusing on black and white newsreel-type footage of the atrocities of World War II, I recognized major influences from Andrei Tarkovsky (horses, wind in the forest, flashbacks to historical events ala 'Mirror' ) and also Armenian director Sergei Parajanov.
"Without going into detail, the 1hour 37 minutes long exploration touches upon past life experience, conversing from beyond the grave and exploration for the Holy Grail. This is a gentle, warm film, with wonderful music including Wagner, Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky. It would be foolish to suggest that this film is for everyone, especially those immersed in the self-gratification of Hollywood blockbusters. But if you are open enough (and believe me, you have to be open-minded) you just might benefit from "Return to Light". Personally I enjoyed it and may have a repeat viewing in the not-too-distant future.

"I can't help but applaud efforts like this and commend their conviction and sincerely hope that they offer more like-minded cinema to their fans in the near future. Understanding as little of film as I do, I can certainly respect the amount of effort it takes to create such a vision, but my greatest admiration is in their ability to bare their souls and inner-most feelings on screen. Although I don't know them, I suspect that Gregory and Maria are two very lovely, warm and intelligent people. This film is your opportunity to meet them.

"Gregory and Maria run the website:  formerly known as 'The Questers'. I thank them for sending me this VHS and although I find it impossible to critique something so personal and artistic, I will still try and give it my full support and a rating of    out of . Congratulations Gregory and Maria for your film. You should be truly proud of each other."
from Brian Huberman, Film Professor & Media Coordinator, Rice University, & award-winning filmmaker:

"Their film is just a sumptuous offering, a vast array of wonderful images and a tremendous soundtrack. It’s a great experience."

"It’s a unique film to be presented in our historic moment....The strong spiritual agenda of the Pearses in this film, for me, places them in a tradition of the arts that takes me back before the time of cinema, to the time of the Romantic period. I think of the works of the great painters that are trying to engage us with great irrational forces...."

"Part of the strength of their work is that they are their work."

"Cinema is the one art form that has its beginnings in the profane and is slowly moving towards the sacred in our culture. Clearly the Pearses are comfortable with being in the vanguard...of that journey."

from Dean Dalton, Executive Producer KUHF 88.7FM Classical Music/NPR & host of the "Morning Show":

"What an interesting and unique [film] - ‘unique’ is an overused word - in this case, this is truly a unique work...a unique vision."

"This film really makes its own category. It is very personal and very spiritual."

Customer Comments
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August 8, 2003
Reviewer: J.D. from Pennsylvannia 
....I was immediately impressed by the professionalism of the packaging, as well as the DVD's presentation (menu screen sequence, extras, etc.). More importantly, though, I found "Return to Light" itself to be very powerful. Several sequences moved me tremendously, and as a whole, I thought it nicely transcended that "student film feel" that I worried it might have.  The sound especially was excellent. I regard your work very highly, and I respect even more what you are trying to do.