A Brief History of Mine This new feature-length biographical film tells the extraordinary and dramatic story of the planet's most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with unique access to his private life, this is an intimate and moving journey into Stephen Hawking's past and present.
Errol Morris turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs. An adroitly crafted tale of personal adversity, professional triumph, and cosmological inquiry, Morris’s documentary examines the way the collapse of Hawking’s body has been accompanied by the untrammeled broadening of his imagination. Telling the man’s incredible story through the voices of his colleagues and loved ones, while making dynamically accessible some of the theories in Hawking’s best-selling book of the same name, A Brief History of Time is at once as small as a single life and as big as the ever-expanding universe.
Winner of Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Errol Morris' "A Brief History of Time" (1991) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion. The supplemental features on the disc include exclusive new interviews with director Errol Morris and cinematographer John Bailey. The release also arrives with a 32-page illustrated booklet featuring David Sterritt's essay "Macrobiography", a chapter from Stephen Hawking's 2013 memoir "My Brief History", and an excerpt from his book "A Brief History of Time". A Brief History of Time is complimented by an outstanding orchestral score courtesy of Philip Glass which benefits tremendously from the lossless treatment. Indeed, there is an excellent range of nuanced dynamics that dramatically change the tone of the film as intended (typically between descriptions of Hawking's theories where different illustrations are used to highlight key points). The dialog is exceptionally clean, stable, and very easy to follow. Also, there are absolutely no pops, cracks, audio dropouts, or distortions.