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Antarctica Dreaming (HD/ DVD Combo) [HD DVD]

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• 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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Product Details

  • Actors: HDScape
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: DVD International
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ICM6L6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,124 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Eidam on June 26, 2007
Format: HD DVD Verified Purchase
After ordering the HDscape Sampler HD-DVD (something I also purchased & reviewed on Amazon), I decided to take the plunge and order some more videos from HDscape. One of those videos happens to be Antarctica Dreaming, the one that stuck out the most on the entire sampler to me. I own the Xbox 360 HD DVD add on, and the video works like a charm. If it doesn't work properly, make sure you are signed into Xbox Live before starting the video. A firmware update might need to be installed that fixed menu glitches.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BBP TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 29, 2008
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Antarctica Dreaming is a competently produced documentary, but nothing extraordinary. While informative and well shot, this production left a lot to be desired. The narrator's voice is dull, monotone, and wooden. The entire production seemed very mechanical and lacked soul.

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.

Bad Extras:

The extras include six mini-documentaries. The rest of the options lead to a still screen with text descriptions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Murray on July 15, 2007
Format: HD DVD
The video quality in this title is extremely good. As noted in the review by D. Eidam, there are some minor compression artifacts in some of the darker background shots, but even then the foreground is very good. The selection of content was also very good, none of it seems like it should be on the cutting room floor. The inclusion of some time lapse landscapes of clouds was well done and in many places action is modestly slowed down during action.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. W. on September 16, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I'm not quite sure how many Antarctica documentaries the previous reviewer has seen, but I have seen quite a few, and this one is definitely worth the time and money. The scenery is nicely shot, with a good mix of animal and nature scenes, and the Blu-Ray quality is very good, as one might expect from the HD Window series. I also found the extras, six "mini" documentaries, to be very interesting and a good adddition to the disc. These Blu-Ray discs are meant to be informative and high quality alternatives to the big budget "documentaries" flooding the market recently. It succeeds in both areas, and I think you will enjoy it for what it is, a well shot, high quality presentation.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karim F. Amersi on June 28, 2007
Format: HD DVD Verified Purchase
This is the best hd dvd i have ever seen. It blows away planet earth and King Kong. It is simply breathtaking. I had a little issue on my XA-2 but had it play wonderfully on my xbox hd dvd players. The scene with the penguins it to cry for, the color details, are simply spectacular. Eye candy, the best kind to show off hd dvd , the best format in the world
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. E. Hill on February 26, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
You can watch this with either a documentary, or with a combination of classical music and ambient sounds. The artistic quality of the video, and the selection of clips, is outstanding in all ways, and compares with the better parts of the BBC Galapagos series. I like this with ambient sounds, as it makes you watch carefully to see what is going on. Great shots of behavior. If you are interested in Antarctica, this is a must. If you are not, but you enjoy Natural History, you will be interested in Antarctica after you see this. Kudos to the photographers for a great production! This is what BLU-RAY is about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Jewett on January 1, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If you travel 10,000 miles to Antarctica you may come back with many stories, but it's unlikely that you will have seen as much as David Hannan's group has succeeded in bringing to this spellbinding movie. If you have an unqualified love for wild animals you may be tested a bit. I was. No escape - these birds and mammals seem uncannily like our fellow humans. With no large terrestrial predators to worry about, these animals let it all hang out for the camera. The high definition of the Blu-ray technology works against any fuzzing or skimming over that we may unconsciously employ to imagine these beings fundamentally different from ourselves.

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.
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