WATERMARK brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. Showing water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach, the film uses images, both beautiful and haunting, to create a compelling global portrait that illustrates humanity’s past, present and future relationship with the natural world. Shot in stunning 5K ultra high definition video and full of soaring aerial perspective.


“Watermark” is a documentary about how water has defined humanity. Changing our world, allowing us to evolve and crafting a future for our continued existence. There’s attention paid to how water might’ve hurt humanity at points, but this is a happy documentary. You’d almost think that someone in the Water Lobby crafted this film. Is the Water Lobby a thing?

While it might seem heady to most to do a documentary about the impact of water, it makes sense. There are many times throughout the production that it wants to ape the Qatsi Trilogy or any of Ron Fricke’s work. The problem with going super artsy on a message film is that the art gets in the way of the message. Over the course of 91 minutes, we never get a sense of why the film is really trying to say. At worst, it’s just a couple of hippies yelling at us to protect our waterways.

The Blu-Ray comes with featurettes, deleted scenes and a photo gallery as the special features. The 1080p transfer is stunning, as the 5K Ultra source material shines at every chance. This is easily a contender for the Top 10 transfers of 2014. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is stunning, when you consider that we’re just looking at running water. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the interested.

RELEASE DATE: 07/08/2014

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