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IMAX: Arabia [Blu-ray 3D] (2010)

Helen Mirren , Hamzah Jamjoom , Greg MacGillivray  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helen Mirren, Hamzah Jamjoom
  • Directors: Greg MacGillivray
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LS4MUU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Featurette - The Making Of
  • The MacGillivray Freeman History
  • IMAX Trailers

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    This Blu-ray disc will play on standard Blu-ray players & 3D Blu-ray players. To watch this movie in Blu-ray 3D, you will need a 3D-capable television and a 3D-capable Blu-ray player.

    From the Academy Award®-nominated producers of Everest and Grand Canyon Adventure comes an all-new experience about the extraordinary culture and history of Arabia. With breathtaking cinematography, go deep into the heart of this exotic land to experience the great mystique of Arabia. Like riding a magic carpet, you will discover the lost city of Madain Saleh and explore its ancient tombs, travel along the early frankincense trade route, confront a wild desert sandstorm, and dive among the gorgeous coral reefs and ancient shipwrecks of the dazzling Red Sea. Plus, in a series of stunning time-lapse images, join the largest single human gathering on Earth for an incredible pilgrimage.

    Narrated by Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, this powerful and surprising tour de force offers a deeper understanding of a fascinating culture and way of life that has largely remained hidden, until now.

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    59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime journey thru time and location --Arabia! December 20, 2011
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I wondered after reading the sole reviewer's rather negative and empty post about how the lack of "3D" would affect my viewing, but frankly I was not seeking a "3D thriller" and his review made no comment about the content! . I wasn't seeking a 3D adventure...rather an overview of a journey I'd like to take but may never get there. But I decided to trust my instincts and ignored the negative bought the film and am glad to report to you that I got exactly what I'd hoped for!....a beautifully filmed presentation of a faraway land. It gave me an overview of its history, culture, music, religion and geography. I thought it was a sublime "journey"..exotic and impressive. The only thing that could have made it better would have been to see it on a 25ft high IMAX screen to get a sense of the sweeping landscapes both in the desert, underwater and in the cities, especially in Makkah, but alas my city doesn't have an Imax.
    I appreciated the history lesson and background on the Arabian precursor culture, of the Nabateans whose empire at the time was extremely successful by any standards, as providers to the Roman Empire of special spices and frankincense which provided enough capital to build monuments and structures that still awe the observer with their beauty and endurance.
    -- views of their magnificent ruins carved into sandstone in hidden places in the desert was all new information to me-- though the scientific and scholarly history during the "golden age of Islam" which sparked the European renaissance of the 15th century was familiar, but overall it was well organized and integrated.
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    21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and informative January 10, 2012
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    I found this Blu Ray 3D presentation of Saudi Arabia very enjoyable and very educational. It felt very real and I thought the 3D effect was good. I may not go to the dessert since it is too hot for me but this 3D DVD takes you there virtually.
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    15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Arabia 3D Review February 5, 2012
    By scs
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    Arabia 3D is all it's promised to be. This version has gorgeous colors and a truly immersive 3d experience. The suject matter is diverse and for those who can appreciate the beauty of this land, it's well worth viewing/purchasing!
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Short, not as informative as I'd hoped September 30, 2012
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    Some of the historical recreations were nicely filmed, HD is generally well done. Some of the scenes at Mecca were really impressive. However, I had hoped for something more informative, and the fish-eye lens shots just don't look good for smaller screens (meaning not on a huge IMAX screen). Both the 3-D and 2-D versions on are on one disc (not a big deal), but the feature is only 46 minutes long, the making of is 26 minutes long, more than half the length of the actual "feature". It really felt like a project by a serious film-school student (not helped by the main narrator being basically that), with some animated aspects that really take you "out of the experience". You find yourself wondering about the production, about why do we need to have fisheye lens shots, animations, shots of the student greeting his brother, etc. Helen Mirren does not do the majority of the narration. I don't think the description is terribly misleading, but you do not get anything truly in-depth. Yes, you see Madain Saleh, but you don't get a terribly thorough history or details about it. Yes they show the frankincense trade route (another animation, of course). Some of the shots of cities and landscapes are very nice, but I don't think I would have bought this, even at this price, knowing what I know now. I'm kind of glad I watched it for the few nuggets of intriguing history about the golden age of Islam, but I wish I could return it and look for something more educational. Amazon's return policy does not allow for the return of opened "movies", that's why I felt I should provide some of this information for others considering the purchase.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars not good April 2, 2013
    By Student
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    Much of it is boring and not in 3D. The best pictures of the cities and sites are not in 3D. Would not recommend.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film February 24, 2014
    My family just watched this movie. We all loved it. Beautifully filmed and very educational. Thank you for helping to educate us. Great job!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Quality February 15, 2014
    Imax conversion is so good - the story telling is amazing especially the one about Thamud (the Nabateeans) check out Aad and Thamud in wiki to see more knowledge.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great 3D Blu-Ray. November 15, 2013
    By Harry
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    Great 3D Blu-Ray.
    Nice eye candy for the price. Shortly before I took delivery of my new LG 3D TV from Amazon, I bought a bunch of these short themed DVDs. The IMAX productions are well presented and really pop.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    rapid delivery excellent quality
    Published 1 month ago by William Azzinaro
    2.0 out of 5 stars Dull at best
    Photography uninspired and storyline
    concerning today's living style seemed to gloss over the colorful and glorious past
    Wouldn't recommend it as I was expecting more... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by John Hurter
    3.0 out of 5 stars Nice and clear
    The 3d effect is average. But the content, compilation, photography is excellent. Well edited video. Clarity is great. 3 stars because I have seen better.
    Published 6 months ago by Chess Stat
    5.0 out of 5 stars New 4K
    Got this to go with a new 4K TV. Though it was kind've lame and rather biased in its presentation.
    Published 9 months ago by Sailorman
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
    Very enjoyable movie. I am not disappointed with the purchase at all. A nice addition to every 3D movie collection.
    Published 10 months ago by Avico & Pcelica
    5.0 out of 5 stars very good
    that's the item I was looking for, great staff. I like it very much,the item is as described from the seller.No issues what so ever. torres
    Published 12 months ago by torres
    1.0 out of 5 stars Compleat loss
    Loss of time and money! Very poor 3D effect. Very amateurish production. Much like a poorly done high school project given to someone to keep him out of the classroom. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Robert J. Barber
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great 3-d
    Good film with great 3-D. I think IMAX movies are always pretty good. Not the best I've seen but well worth the money.
    Published 13 months ago by Joseph E. Bergeson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and enlightening enough, well done..
    Impressive visuals and script. I dont have 3D player or TV but turned out just as well 2D. I am disappointed to see less of the pyramids and sphinx than the newer sites of... Read more
    Published 15 months ago by chito d. zerrudo
    5.0 out of 5 stars IMAX: Arabia
    This is really a great video and gave me a good idea of the history of Saudi Arabia. The only real complaint is they should have made this a series; there is too much they could... Read more
    Published 15 months ago by ed tyberghein
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