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What the Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole! (DVD) Review

 
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Length: 197 minutes/300 minutes
 
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A unique look at the unseen world around us.

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The theories are presented in a somewhat confusing jumble of interviews, drama, and animation that just drags on too long.


Final Fiendish Findings?

10th Anniversary Edition Here’s one for the armchair quantum physicists in your life, the closet philosophers, the deep thinkers. What the Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole! is an interesting mix of everything from spirituality and drama to quantum mechanics. Although it definitely has some high points, viewers may find themselves filtering out a little more […]

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Posted November 17, 2014 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings?
 
 

10th Anniversary Edition

Here’s one for the armchair quantum physicists in your life, the closet philosophers, the deep thinkers. What the Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole! is an interesting mix of everything from spirituality and drama to quantum mechanics. Although it definitely has some high points, viewers may find themselves filtering out a little more extra than they’d like.

When What the Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole! was originally released back in 2004, it definitely got people talking. The newly released 10th Anniversary Edition makes the show accessible once more, after several years out of circulation. So whether you’re a fan from way back interested in the new additions to this version, or a newcomer curious to see what all the fuss was about, it’s a perfect time to experience What the Bleep!? for yourself.

Unfortunately, you might not be as dazzled by it all as expected. For one thing, it drags on a little longer than it should, although that also means you definitely get your money’s worth with this purchase. The film itself logs in at just under 200 minutes, not including the three additional discs worth of additional content. Included in that is the ability to watch the film in a variety of different ways, including randomized. That right there might give you a clue as to how the movie itself plays out.

It’s meant to be an examination of quantum physics and how it relates to the world around us, and how we are all connected in fundamental ways. The examinations of the science behind all that can be downright fascinating, as experiments show how simply the act of being observed can have an effect. The science portions are presented in a variety of ways, from interviews with scientists to cartoon portions featuring a super hero type figure intent on teaching.

In addition to the science portions, there is a drama portion that sort of illustrates the points behind all the science, but in a rather confusing way. The story line follows a photographer named Amanda (played by Marlee Matlin), as she falls into the rabbit hole and slowly turns her outlook on life around based on all the strange things she is suddenly able to see. It is equal parts confusing and distracting, and I honestly think the movie would have been better without it (and that is an option, as the special features allow you to watch it without the drama).

What the Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole! is undoubtedly a unique film. It blends science, theory, fiction, and animation into an end product that is really like nothing else. It is at times extremely interesting, at others quite confusing, and at still others just a bit too much – but if nothing else, it really gets you thinking about the world around us, and the unseen connections that hold it together.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)