The Director's Two-Disc Special Edition.
In this contemplative documentary from filmmaker Philip Graning, the Grande Chartreuse monastery opens its doors to the public for the first time since being founded by St. Bruno in 1084 to offer an intimate look at a lifestyle rarely experienced by those outside of the brotherhood. Located in the remote regions of the French Alps, near the Dauphina Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is the top monastery of the Carthusian order. In this documentary, the lives of the pious monks of Grande Chartreuse are captured on film as director Groening adapts to their ascetic lifestyle for six months and captures their daily life without the intrusion of voice-over, musical score, interviews, or archival footage. This transcendent film is one of the most mesmerizing and poetic chronicles of spirituality ever created. It is more meditation than documentary - it is a rare transformative experience for all.
DISC ONE, THE FILM:
- Breathtaking 16:9 anamorphic transfer, created from hi-def elements
- U.S. theatrical trailer
- Optional English subtitles
- Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
DISC TWO, SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Making-of dossier, with behind-the-scenes footage and handwritten notes from the monks
- Additional scenes, including a piece on the Carthusian's world-famous Chartreuse liqueur
- Night Office: A 53-minute excerpt of the monks nightly ritual of psalms, lauds and matins
- The Carthusians: An informative guide to the history, rules, architecture, art and daily schedules of the monks and the monasteries
- Extensive photo and audio galleries
- Video statement by Cardinal Poupard, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican
- Also: Essays by the director on the film, its genesis and the Night Office