2011, Nature  -   45 Comments
Ratings: 6.12/10 from 17 users.

BiosphereAn audiovisual presentation about our planet, its people, its cities, its habitat.

The human population of our planet is steadily increasing at the rate of one million more people every four days, and the total human population is now over six thousand million!

This is quite frightening when you remember that in 1970 there were fewer than 3,500 million humans inhabiting the world.

As the human population increases, so do environmental problems of every kind. More attention is now being paid to the environment, but huge damage is still being done throughout the world. At the moment there is not enough thought for the future.

So what is the biosphere? Put simply, it's the bit on the outside of the planet, where all living things are able to exist. It includes the deepest layers of soils and ocean trenches, upwards to the highest levels of the atmosphere in which any form of life (including dormant spores, bacteria or other cells) is present.

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45 Comments / User Reviews

  1. zcerniga

    Isn't a picture worth a thousand words?

  2. Lisa Vitagliano

    Boring...Just music over pretty pictures....I thought there was to be information shared... :(

  3. David Ewer

    Really enjoyed the views and amazing scenes of Earth. Certainly owes a great deal to Koyaanisqatsi as Mr Foster notes in earlier comment. Some great parts nonetheless.

  4. David Foster

    Like a bad remake of Koyaanisqatsi.

  5. Shaughn Xavier Alexis Clark

    Started good then just dragged on and was a bit boring.

  6. Mitchell Darland

    Extremely beautiful. The whole point is showing earth as a timeless precious mysterious being, no normal narrative can do it justice. One of the best films I've seen.

  7. Christian Klinckwort Guerrero

    good equipment, in hands of amaterus, no message was transmitted, phony

  8. sknb

    I used to live on JFK Boulevard, which is a very long street in New Jersey that looks across the Hudson River to Manhattan. My boyfriend, a videographer used to point out how you could see Times Square rhythmically beating light like some sort of urban heart in the midst of the iconic skyline. This doc captures that eerie feeling it caused to see that.

  9. Tony Stems

    Wake me up when its over.....

  10. The Malboro Mensch

    MK ultra hypnosis in the middle of the video...

  11. Plenum

    ...nice imagery, but too many time-lapse urban scenes... One might think after viewing this doc that the "biosphere" is predominately human - and it's not.

  12. Magginkat

    That many people and the rabid right is trying to take away birth control. Maybe they really do want us to die quickly.

  13. Qb1T

    Experiments are only failures when you don't learn anything from them.

  14. Robyn318

    I guess this is the ‘new’ biosphere; the man-made biosphere.

    Man doesn’t get it, with all of the scientific evidence to the contrary he still thinks he is the center of the universe; that he can create this little piece of heaven anywhere he wants and can survive comfortably…forever. Every species on this planet has a purpose that affects every other species in its ecosystem. Dust mites, flies and dung beetles provide essential services that ‘greater’ species take for granted and cannot do without.

    Instead of trying to create mini-biospheres to use when man has to evacuate this planet, why don’t we fix the one we have…it works.

    1. Lina Alirad

      exactly! if you can't fix this earth, you can't fix anywhere else!

  15. Al Corrupt

    No dialogue does not mean no narrative.
    Anyway, this did have some terrible dialogue -
    But no narrative.

    waste o' time.
    Kinda made me want to nuke the planet not save it.

  16. SFXkilla

    Well that was 45 mins Im never going to get back. What a waste of time that was I enjoyed the highspeed shots of the citys at the begining I was disapointed however that this had no real dialog at all

  17. IAM Awake

    I really enjoyed this film. What did I get out of it? It made me appreciate the fact that I have had the unique opportunity to experience life at the pinnacle of human existence...before it all went to hell.

  18. gdphoto

    this "Biosphere" is a rip-off of a beautiful documentary call "Baraka"

  19. thomasweissenfluh

    Humans have always had the power to conquer nature. But we must not abuse that power for it would be the end of us all. -Thomas Weissenfluh

  20. phillip wong

    How pathetic. Not even one city is Asia. Really?

    1. Guest

      or Australia or africa or ....not all films go to Asia, not all Asian films go out of Asia. Budget, story line...ect

  21. Johnd78

    As a species we must start to control the unmanageable & unsustainable birth rates right across our planet! China's actions are probably slightly extreme but they have the right idea!

  22. Keeper Coach

    Sorry...couldn't handle the digitized echoing voice and the weird ambiance noise in the background ...didn't make it to 5 minutes into this thing before I had to turn it off...

    1. thenesteamonster

      that's a shame, i was expecting a complex review from you :(

  23. leddewis

    i have watched 4 times and i still cant see pauly wtf were is pauly

    1. Robyn318

      Pauly is the director now, he doesnt have time for public appearances anymore.

    2. Robyn318

      Dude Im still laughing after 5 minutes...that's prretty funny.

  24. Christian Klinckwort Guerrero

    The real message remains unclear, sorry

  25. Lee

    Six thousand million? How about 6 billion! Are you a 6 year old?

    1. toknowone

      if he is than he's the one of the few six year olds that understands that a billion is a 1000 million. unlike certain ignorant adults.

    2. Jane Doe

      that was the point.

  26. drinker69

    Oops sorry. I thought this was Bio-dome with Pauly Shore.

    1. Brandon Beaith

      great flick eh

    2. Guest

      Hard to believe Biosphere II had to resort to stupid comedy to get some funds, but i am sure the place cost an arm to keep up in good condition. You'd think they could have gathered that through other means.


  27. Guest

    *The biosphere in Montreal, the whole inside burned in 1976, there are a few pics on line. Made it look like a ball of fire.
    *The shopping scene is kind of revealing, it is consumerism that pays for space program. The money game's number one rule. BUY BUY BUY anything anywhere anytime...just BUY BUY BUY. Could write a song with this BUY BUY BUY.
    *Imagine the cost of keeping all those lights on, in these city buildings. And they tell us to try to cut down on electric power usage and on water usage!!!
    *The concept of noosphere is well represented by Tibetan flags, "prayer (which i think is a wrong translation of Sutra not meaning prayers) flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom".
    *Where is that luminous talking wall? Somewhere French i think? anyone knows? Paris or Montreal?
    *Surprised there are no shots of Biosphere II in Arizona.
    Well done, good sound track too.

    1. lakhotason

      I saw biosphere in Arizona. Cost $20 to go inside. I passed on that.

    2. Guest

      Woke up in my tent at Picacho Peak one morning and decided i am going...when i got there i realized what the price was, the 20$ was steep to me too, but since i had seen a documentary about the place while they were doing the one year experiement i thought, it's worth the go..i'll never be back here. I think it was worth the tour. I enjoyed it, a beautiful sunset at the end. Then off to Patagonia, Arizona and then Nogales.
      They still do quite a bit of research, a lot of support from Universities.
      The stories of the somewhat failed experiment was interesting.

    3. lakhotason

      In Arizona they tried 2X and both times it failed. I appreciate the work that went into this yet I feel they are missing the point. Or perhaps they illuminated the point - that it is beyond us to re-create the earth. I find it amusing at some point that their best efforts were not successful rather almost a total failure.

    4. Guest

      Perhaps now if they tried it again they would succeed but it would require a new site with upgraded technology....The whole thing was basically an experiment for NASA, and i am sure they got what they wanted out of it. A failed experiment can sometimes teach more than a successfull one or as much.

    5. lakhotason

      They won't try it again because it will not work. And you're right, a failed experiment taught them and by extension taught us there is so much we cannot know, not now or ever.

  28. Jordan Lebow

    Pure propaganda

    1. Jack1952

      It is so astute of you to see past the facade of beautiful video imagery to see the hidden agenda beneath. I know it went right over my head. Now all I need is for some one to explain it to me.

  29. Samuel Morrissey

    Yeah, nice ambient soundtrack + beautiful photography does not a documentary make.

    Regards, Sam.

  30. Keith A. Moore

    Not saying much nice pictures but little substance! Not a lot of information!