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Coral Reef Adventure [Large Format] [WMVHD]

Liam Neeson , Howard Hall , Greg MacGillivray    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Take a once in a lifetime journey across the South Pacific for a spectacular IMAX adventure. Joy; ecstasy; a spiritual high: these words describe the exhilaration of diving a pristine coral reef, and ocean explorers Howard and Michele Hall bring their love of the ocean into action. With Jean-Michael Cousteau, deep reef scientist Richard Pyle and Fijian diver Rusi Vulakoro, they explore and capture on film the dazzling underwater world of coral reefs, magical places here on Earth. This tropical excursion through the South Pacific will surprise and delight you as you fall in love with the reefs, and your heart will ache at the tragic, irretrievable loss of these fragile worlds.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible DVD! June 27 2004
By A Customer
This DVD has beautiful underwater scenes of coral reefs and sea life, and occasional flyovers of mountains and reefs look amazing. The music and narration are finely balanced. If you live outside the US or Canada like me, you can still play the WMVHD DVD! As long as you own a region free DVD-ROM drive in your computer, or own a copy of DVD Region Free, you can still play the high definition version on disc 2 in any country with no DRM license hassles. You got to have a powerful pc (especially the CPU) to play it though! You should also have a HDTV connected to your pc as well to make the most of the quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful July 19 2004
I bought this DVD only for the eye candy WMVHD version...and I wasn't disappointed. The video quality is simply spectacular !
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2.0 out of 5 stars Meh! Dec 30 2009
By Some Bloke TOP 500 REVIEWER
This looks and feels like a made-for-TV special for National Geo - I know it was shot in high def... It just doesn't look it. That being said, the content is best described as insipid and is narrated in a pretty patronizing way to the viewer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Coral Reef Adventure (Blu-Ray) Dec 28 2009
I'd forgotten I'd watched this a while back and enjoyed the commentary and the camera shots. It was mostly about saving the coral reef, not enjoying it. I just got a Blu-Ray set up at home and want to put on a screen saver...this is not what I wanted....even tho it is done well. Good gift for my young college son.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a very descriptive title Jan. 15 2004
By A Customer
They should have called this " Chicken-little's global warming and rainforest diatribe, with a little underwater photography"
Twice the statement is made that ALL coral reefs will be dead within 30 years. No science is explained that would support that statement. Sorry, No Sale. If you are going to make hyperbolic statements like that in a film, you beter be willing to devote some time to explaining the facts behind the statement.
In the end, I was very dissapointed. You expect dazzling visuals in an IMAX film. This was very lacking in visual content and very overboard in political content.
Wish I would have rented it instead...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft has a lot to learn about HTPCs May 18 2004
By A Customer
I bought this for the HD WMV version on disc 2, hoping to play this with my HD capable Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC). I have had nothing but problems:
1. There were problems with software codecs. The web site pointed to on the disc explained how I might need to manually install some components, which apparently I needed to do. Troubling, but overcome.
2. DVD-ROM required on the computer. My HTPC didn't have a DVD-ROM drive. I have a separate DVD player in my stereo stack, and DVD drives in other computers. My plan was to copy the files over to the HTPC. This didn't work because of the Microsoft DRM (Digital Rights Management). Even when I mapped the DVD-ROM on the other computer so it appeared locally, no luck. Worst of all, I only figured out this was the problem by debugging the Microsoft scripts on the disc. There was no explanation given, just a cryptic error message. Overcome with purchase of a DVD-ROM drive.
3. Bad audio format. As another reviewer has noted, the multi-channel audio is in a Microsoft format and I can't pass it over the optical connection from my HTPC to my DTS and Dolby Digital capable receiver. I have no problems with AC3 files and DTS encoded files. Not overcome - stuck with standard stereo.
4. Things cut off the screen. I'm running at 1920x1080 for 1080i resolution. My HDTV has a little overscan. The menus for configuring the player were cut off. I don't know if this is because it assumes 4x3 or the overscan, but someone needs to recognize that overscan exists. Overcome by playing disc in another computer and learning where the menu entries were.
5. Can't pause, etc. The player doesn't seem to respond to keys on my "media enabled" keyboard. The keyboard works fine in other applications. Not overcome.
BTW, the video looks awesome.
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