Antarctica Dreaming (HD/ DVD Combo) [HD DVD]
• IMPORTANT NOTICE: This two-sided HD DVD combo disc will only play in high definition with an HD DVD player. It will play in standard definition with a DVD player or Blu-ray player.
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Imagine a world colored by ice and fire, carved by hurricane-force winds, weighted by glaciers, and teeming with wildlife perfectly adapted to freezing conditions and winters of perpetual darkness. Experience the beauty of wild white blizzards and fire-red sunsets reflected in a glassy sea.
Antarctica Dreaming HD DVD explores the Antarctic peninsula, South Georgia Island, and the Falkland Islands, and features five species of penguins, four kinds of seals, fierce seabirds, and the most spectacular scenery on the planet.
• Filmed by Emmy Award winner David Hannan
• Includes 6 bonus mini documentaries.
• Shot in High Definition by Emmy-Award-winning maker of Coral Sea Dreaming, David Hannan
• Dolby® TrueHD for 100% lossless High Definition Audio
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Top Customer Reviews
Its a dual format disc, meaning that it can be played on both regular DVD players & HD DVD players. The total runtime clocks in at just under an hour and a half, and can be viewed as either a nature documentary or an ambient music video with all of the same material. Contained within is breath-taking scenery and wildlife such as penguins, seals, and seabirds. It also features 6 additional mini-documentaries totaling a little over a half hour of bouns footage, and other written tidbits about the making of the film.
The video quality of the HD-DVD side ranges from average to above average. If you already own Planet Earth, know that it isn't better quality than that. But then again, I like to think of Planet Earth as the best looking HD-DVD to come out so far, so its difficult to compete with something so great. Antarctica Dreaming certainly has great footage and in some cases, excellent detail, but video issues are apparent if you are looking for them. Its most noticeable in scenes when it is snowing, and in some of the darker colors. Don't get discouraged though, it is only on a small percentage of the video and there is still plenty of things to like about the video. For what it is, I was truly impressed.Read more ›
If you've had your fill of penguins and walruses over the last few years due to all the documentaries and animations, it's better off to skip this DVD entirely. This is nothing you haven't seen before. In light of the other much more superior penguin/Antarctic animal documentaries produced, like March of the Penguins, or the BBC Planet Earth series, your money is better spent there.
The extras include six mini-documentaries. The rest of the options lead to a still screen with text descriptions.
The ambient music is very complimentary and does not detract as it has in some of the other HDScape titles.
After Planet Earth, this one is a definite buy (for anyone interested in nature content). If you just want to show off the capabilities of your HDTV, this could also accomplish that, but I'm sure other titles would end up ahead of this one.
I found Jacob Round's score appropriate, understated and whimsically charming at the same time. The narration is intelligent. If you find it distracting, as one reviewer above, I suggest you follow it once through. It will sharpen your eyes and your mind toward what you're seeing. Then simply go back and watch at another time without the narration.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Antarctica is a tough assignment for shooting video, and the modest-sized crew that produced this documentary view of the landscapes and animal residents of the Earth's most remote... Read morePublished 11 months ago by H. Snyder
It was very good, but in a contest between it and Coral Seas Dreaming, the first one I bought, Coral Seas wins. the photography is outstanding, music isn't quite as spectacular. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Leslie J. Hooper
The library stole my copy! In fact we have bought a few copies now. Great pictures, informative and moving. This inspires a passion for preserving such a pristine environment.Published on January 31, 2014 by mia boyd
I have had trouble finding a good high-definition video on penguins and "Antarctica Dreaming" is probably the best. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Brent Trafton
This video was well done. Beautiful shots of the South Pole and its wildlifePublished on May 9, 2010 by Robert Lum
I have always liked nature docs about Antarctica and was hoping this would be a worthy HD view of the landscape & wildlife... which it is. Read morePublished on July 8, 2008 by Greg S