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IMAX: Blue Planet [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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Blue Planet (IMAX) (BD)
The IMAX film Blue Planet offers an eloquent reminder--and a cautionary warning--that the planet Earth is a delicate living organism, constantly reshaped and rejuvenated by the awesome forces of nature. The film targets a grade-school audience but will prove informative to anyone fascinated by our home planet's evolution. Hurricanes, glaciers, volcanoes, thunderstorms, asteroid impacts, undersea furnace vents, and earthquakes are all explored as a system of interconnected forces that ensure the planet's survival. The difference between this and other nature films is that the Earth's delicacy is emphasized by stunning views from space, filmed in the IMAX format by NASA astronauts in orbit 200 miles above the Earth's surface. With astonishing clarity, this orbital perspective supports the film's ultimate purpose: to reveal the awesome beauty of the Earth, and to emphasize that we, the custodians of this miraculous gift, are also the greatest threat to the planet's delicate health. Proof of man's destructive influence offers a sobering reminder that our responsibility toward nature is perpetual, essential, and routinely abused.
Blue Planet combines state-of-the-art sound and image, principally directed by Ben Burtt, the Oscar-winning sound designer whose credits include the original Star Wars trilogy. No home-theater system could do full justice to the film's technical achievement, but the sights and sounds of Blue Planet are awesome nonetheless, and it's impossible to overstate the importance of the film's message and its hopeful emphasis on the potentially wondrous future of our one and only home. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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It was quite interesting and the kids still liked it. Cool for the some awesome clichés, but I will not view it a dozen times. Once is ok for now.
Low price is fine.
Things I expected to see but didn't: a storm at sea, a twister, a nice volcano eruption, a geyser, a large crowd of people. The only people we see are two cosmonauts in orbit taking pictures, and some guys cutting trees.
The narration is rather primitive, sometimes mind-numbingly so, as in the end, where the voice-over enumerates those to whom earth is home: "Earth is home to Jews and Arabs; It is home to Russians and the Chinese; It is home to Germans and Italians", and so on and on, until (surprise!) "It is home to ALL of us".
Some educational facts are given about how many tons of pollutants we emit and millions of acres of forest we destroy each year. These sound horrifying, but to make sense, they need to be put into perspective (there are billions of bacteria in my mouth, but that doesn't mean I'm about to die). How much forest do natural fires destroy each year? How many acres of forest naturally grow back? How much deadly pollution does an average active volcano emit?
The 3D California valley fly-through was visually disappointing (have they heard of texture mapping?).
Overall, a very enjoyable experience. The DVD is definitely worth having, although I won't be watching it for a second time in full any time soon (as I watched Baraka).
Most recent customer reviews
Really beautiful breath taking images as well as very informative narrative.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very disappointing, nothing like the Omnimax-version of the 1980s.Published 5 months ago by I. Stegner
All humanity should watch it.
Where shall we be if we do not nurture and cherish Mother Earth?
This is a keeper!!
I am always amazed with cinematography, it is very very well done and shows amazingly. Good reason to ask the wife for a bigger TV!!!Published on June 11 2013 by Verman8r
It was shipped on time and anytime I wrote to them they answered fast and after their promised time passed and my stuff never got delivered in to me, they refunded me as soon as... Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2011 by Youshita Gashtil
This is an excellent Blu-Ray to watch and learn about what our planet Earth is like. This outer space blu-ray is what I think it is excellent to have because I love to learn about... Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2011 by Kevin Barton
Not very interesting. A lot of the camera shots are old so the picture is not high def. If only I could get my money back...Published on Aug. 17 2009 by D Rock
I am not sure what is the problem, but somehow my HD-DVD player is not able to play this HD-DVD disc. No problem on other HD-DVD discs, but only this one.....Published on March 25 2009 by I. W. L. So