The Fountain (2006)

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The Fountain – Director: Darren Aronofsky, Actors: Rachel Weiz, Hugh Jackmann

Music by Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet, Mogwai
Movie Genre: Science Fiction, Sci-fi, Fantasy
Music Genre: Electronica, New Classical


Well, this is the first time I’m reviewing a movie on WaterDomeMusic. However, this is not new for me, as I already had a Blu-ray review site up and running in the years 2006-2015, but I abandoned it due to massive family problems and took it completely off the net. After all, at some point you reach an age level that leads to massive changes in your personal life and requires you to take on responsibility and be willing to provide support within your family.

On the other hand, I think the concept that I’ve been following at WaterDomeMusic is about to run itself into the ground. The original motivation, namely the support of the club scene, DJs and artists is losing more and more importance, because a they are jetting carefree through the world again and giving gigs or playing sets – and whether this is all so extremely healthy at this point, will be clearly shown in the near future.

Additionally, I’m always testing new conceptual approaches for this site and so I decided to include movies in the reviews and to reduce the share of music a bit. I was inspired by the site of “SoSallyPlays“, which knows how to convince with a wide spectrum of topics.

The movie “The Fountain”
The Fountain

I stumbled across the flick while browsing Apple’s offerings yesterday. At a mere 3.99 EUR, I couldn’t resist. I have the soundtrack album in my archive since 2006, the Blu-ray with the movie I also had on my shelf some time ago.

The flick, directed by Darren Aronofsky, was made in 2006 and features a top-notch cast including Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman. Cinematographer Matthew Libatique is by no means a run-of-the-mill guy and has been working with Aronofsky for a long time. He has also shot the Aronofsky productions “Pi,” “Requiem for a Dream,” “Black Swan” and “Mother!

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Especially with “The Fountain”, Libatique scores across the board and implements Darren Aronofsky’s plot in a breathtakingly fascinating way with extremely impressive, visually stunning sequences. The Fountain combines storylines from the Mayan era, the present day, and the year 2500 to create a multi-dimensional mythic-virtuous sci-fi series of images about the basic themes of our existence: love, death, and immortality. This flick is a total audiovisual masterpiece and offers a fascinatingly intense experience for the senses.

Image and sound quality with the Apple streaming version are very good at 1080p.

Facts about the movie:
EditorArt House
ActorsHugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz
DirectorDarren Aronofsky
ProductionUSA / 2006
CategoryRomantic movies, Drama, Fantasy, Science fiction
FSKRated from 12 years (GER)
LanguagesGerman DTS-HD MA 5.1 (Blu-ray), German Dolby Digital + (Apple), English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Picture Size1920x1080p (1.85:1)
Video CodecMPEG-4/AVC
Duration97 minutes
Release Date18.09.2009
Data valid for Germany only
The soundtrack to the movie “The Fountain”
The Fountain (OST)

The music for the film was written by Clint Mansell and performed by post-rockers Mogwai together with the Kronos Quartet. The soundtrack fits perfectly with the incredibly visually stunning film sequences.

But the film music is certainly not a fast food breakfast, and first you have to become familiar with it. But those who enjoy the sound of Hania Rani, Portico Quartet, GoGo Penguin or the early works of Christiane Dehmer should do very well with the tracks of Clint Mansell, Mogwai and the Kronos Quartet.

The sound quality of the soundtrack is excellent across the entire sound spectrum and scores with a beautiful airiness, very good stage imaging, clean warm highs that never come across too sharp and a finely tuned bass and midrange.

Facts about the soundtrack:

Title: The Fountain OST
Composer: Clint Mansell
Artists: Kronos Quartet, Mogwai
Label: Nonesuch
Release Date: November 10, 2006
Genre: Original Soundtrack, Electronica, New Classical
10 Tracks • 46min 15s


Available on Qobuz in CD Quality
16-bit / 44.1 kHz – stereo

The Bottom Line

The Fountain is beautiful sci-fi flick featuring excellent acting performances by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, image design and sound are providing a stunning and audiovisual excellently realized movie experience.

My Test Equiment

Studio 1 (High End):

  • 2 x System Audio SA Mantra 50 (front)
  • 1x System Audio SA Mantra 10 AV (center)
  • 2x System Audio SA Legend 5 (rear)
  • 1 x System Audio Saxo 10 (subwoofer)
  • 4 x Onkyo SKH-410 (B) (Dolby Atmos)
  • Auralic Altair (audio streaming client with max. 32 bit / 384 kHz)
  • NVIDIA Shield Pro with Plex, Kodi (max 192 kHz for  Audio, Tidal (MQA Streaming Client)
  • AppleTV 4K (Streaming Client) Dolby Atmos, HDR, Dolby Vision
  • Amazon Cube 4K (Streaming Client) Dolby Atmos (restricted), HDR, Dolby Vision
  • Panasonic DP-UB9004 (4K UHD Player) Dolby Atmos, HDR, Dolby Vision
  • Oppo UDP-203 (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player) Dolby Atmos, HDR, Dolby Vision
  • Yamaha CX-A5100 (Preamp) 4K, Dolby Atmos, Hi-res
  • Yamaha MX-A5000 (Power Amp)
  • Sony KD-55A1 (TV) 4K OLED, HDR, Dolby Vision

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