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Antarctica Dreaming by HDScape [HD DVD + DVD Combo Disc]


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Near Masterpiece of Both Antarctic Wildlife & Scenery June 26 2007
By D. Eidam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: HD DVD Verified Purchase
After ordering the HDscape Sampler HD-DVD (something I also purchased & reviewed on Amazon), I decided to take the plunge and order some more videos from HDscape. One of those videos happens to be Antarctica Dreaming, the one that stuck out the most on the entire sampler to me. I own the Xbox 360 HD DVD add on, and the video works like a charm. If it doesn't work properly, make sure you are signed into Xbox Live before starting the video. A firmware update might need to be installed that fixed menu glitches.

Its a dual format disc, meaning that it can be played on both regular DVD players & HD DVD players. The total runtime clocks in at just under an hour and a half, and can be viewed as either a nature documentary or an ambient music video with all of the same material. Contained within is breath-taking scenery and wildlife such as penguins, seals, and seabirds. It also features 6 additional mini-documentaries totaling a little over a half hour of bouns footage, and other written tidbits about the making of the film.

The video quality of the HD-DVD side ranges from average to above average. If you already own Planet Earth, know that it isn't better quality than that. But then again, I like to think of Planet Earth as the best looking HD-DVD to come out so far, so its difficult to compete with something so great. Antarctica Dreaming certainly has great footage and in some cases, excellent detail, but video issues are apparent if you are looking for them. Its most noticeable in scenes when it is snowing, and in some of the darker colors. Don't get discouraged though, it is only on a small percentage of the video and there is still plenty of things to like about the video. For what it is, I was truly impressed.

The audio seems to be toned down a little bit so that you can hear the commentator and the ambient music better. The sounds the wildlife make are very quiet and I don't know if its just me, but I would have loved to hear the sounds of nature more clearly than the ambience added. However, I think HDscape's vision is ambience, as seen from there sampler disc, where all but Antarctica Dreaming are pretty much purely ambient videos.

Overall, I would have to recommend this HD-DVD first over all the HDscape products, as this one serves as both ambient listening, and a nature documentary. The added bonus footage makes this even a better treat. If you have kids that liked the movies Happy Feet, March of the Penguins, or the newer Surf's Up, its definitely recommended. As for a nature documentary enthusiast, pick up Planet Earth first.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Competent but unexciting documentary Jan. 29 2008
By BBP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Antarctica Dreaming is a competently produced documentary, but nothing extraordinary. While informative and well shot, this production left a lot to be desired. The narrator's voice is dull, monotone, and wooden. The entire production seemed very mechanical and lacked soul.

If you've had your fill of penguins and walruses over the last few years due to all the documentaries and animations, it's better off to skip this DVD entirely. This is nothing you haven't seen before. In light of the other much more superior penguin/Antarctic animal documentaries produced, like March of the Penguins, or the BBC Planet Earth series, your money is better spent there.

Bad Extras:

The extras include six mini-documentaries. The rest of the options lead to a still screen with text descriptions.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Really Good HD ambient July 15 2007
By S. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: HD DVD
The video quality in this title is extremely good. As noted in the review by D. Eidam, there are some minor compression artifacts in some of the darker background shots, but even then the foreground is very good. The selection of content was also very good, none of it seems like it should be on the cutting room floor. The inclusion of some time lapse landscapes of clouds was well done and in many places action is modestly slowed down during action.
The ambient music is very complimentary and does not detract as it has in some of the other HDScape titles.
After Planet Earth, this one is a definite buy (for anyone interested in nature content). If you just want to show off the capabilities of your HDTV, this could also accomplish that, but I'm sure other titles would end up ahead of this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Antarctica Dreaming Blu-Ray Sept. 16 2009
By G. W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
I'm not quite sure how many Antarctica documentaries the previous reviewer has seen, but I have seen quite a few, and this one is definitely worth the time and money. The scenery is nicely shot, with a good mix of animal and nature scenes, and the Blu-Ray quality is very good, as one might expect from the HD Window series. I also found the extras, six "mini" documentaries, to be very interesting and a good adddition to the disc. These Blu-Ray discs are meant to be informative and high quality alternatives to the big budget "documentaries" flooding the market recently. It succeeds in both areas, and I think you will enjoy it for what it is, a well shot, high quality presentation.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Most amazing movie yet on hd dvd June 28 2007
By Karim F. Amersi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: HD DVD Verified Purchase
This is the best hd dvd i have ever seen. It blows away planet earth and King Kong. It is simply breathtaking. I had a little issue on my XA-2 but had it play wonderfully on my xbox hd dvd players. The scene with the penguins it to cry for, the color details, are simply spectacular. Eye candy, the best kind to show off hd dvd , the best format in the world


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