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 "Fascination Coral Reef 3D: Mysterious Worlds Underwater" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Often referred to as "The Pearls in the Indian Ocean," the Maldives' true treasures are to be found beneath the waves: the coral reefs. See breathtaking colorful coral forests. Observe turtles searching for food as they swim by. Duck your head as huge swarms of colorful fish take refuge in the numerous caves and crevices. And wonder at the incredible diversity of life on the coral reef in this 53-minute 3D experience.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2013, Color, Not Rated, 53 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p, AVC
  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: NA
  • Directed by Burkhard Neesen, Rene Schopfer (producers)
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Unfortunately this is really let down by a mediocre transfer.  The reason that nature documentaries like Planet Earth often do so well on Blu-ray is the stunning images that they can produce, but that isn't the case here.  Instead we have a murky, dark image with frequent banding in blue backgrounds and other issues.  My son was fascinated by the clown fish because of watching Finding Nemo, but likely most adults will not be so entertained.

Technical

Like the previous Fascination Coral Reef title, this one seems to have an older transfer, or at least a lower quality one, that is murky and lacking detail most of the time.  Some shots are OK, but in comparison to other Blu-ray documentaries it really falls short in the image department.  3D is OK, but can't save the image.

The narration is fine, if a bit lacking in information sometimes.  Really more of a cursory overview than an in-depth documentary, the narrator talks on and off with the music, while there really isn't much attempt at using the surrounds to create ambience and pull you into the film.

Extras

None