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 "Amazing Ocean 3D" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Be amazed by little schools of fish that swim right into your living room. See squid and the elusive octopus up close, along with the magnificent manta ray, and experience dolphins and turtles as well. Shot in stereoscopic 3D, Amazing Ocean 3D is a breathtakingly beautiful 50-minute experience for your whole family.

 

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2013, Color, Not Rated, 50 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p, AVC
  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: NA
  • Directed by Timo Joh, Benjamin Eicher (producers)
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Compared to the other 3D ocean documentaries I watched, Amazing Ocean was far superior to them.  Much better video, better narration, and better sound as well.  This I could watch again with my kids as they love the fish and turtles.

Technical

Many of the underwater shots here are detailed and stunning in clarity.  There is some minor banding visible in certain shots, as blue gradients often cause that, but this is by far the best looking underwater documentary that I've watched so far.  3D is used reasonably well, though often seem to cause that layered-2D look instead of the true 3D look that you see sometimes.

Audio is good, with better use of all the channels, and a soundtrack that is still a little too present but not as in-your-face as other documentaries.  Still more ambient sounds to really pull you more into the environment would have been nice.

Extras

None