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"Ocean Wonderland 3D" (3D Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Adrian Wittenberg

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Synopsis

From the perspective of a meandering sea turtle, the ocean and many of its inhabitants are observed as the viewer gets a tour of typical oceanic life in 3D.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2003, Color, Not Rated, 41 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: MPEG-4 MVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Ocean Creatures
  • Directed by Jean-Jacques Mantello
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

This was originally an IMAX 3D presentation and is probably better suited for a very large screen.  While the narration wasn't bad, there was nothing striking and alluring about it.  Without any 3D effects this film could easily put me to sleep with it's mellow soundtrack and overall dark presentation.  Oceanic life makes for a good subject for 3D and in this film there were many interesting effects utilizing large schools of fish or large expanses of sea floor that created a wow experience.  This is a fun release for 3D due to the variety of scenes and while the film is short, the amount of depth that is presented is enough to warrant a full viewing. 

Technical

This film doesn't have great video quality.  Due to the underwater camera work there is poor contrast and colors are dull.  There were more than a couple scenes where crosstalk was significantly noticeable however, the presentation succeeds overall in offering attractive 3D.  The audio is presented in high quality DTS 5.1, the soundtrack was calming, and alongside the 3D effects the sound presentation might easily lull you into a trance.

Extras

There are no extras but there are quite a few different language choices available in the menu.