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IMAX: Blue Planet [Blu-ray] (2007)

Ben Burtt  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Ben Burtt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.44:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Brothers
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q6GX1S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,241 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Blue Planet (IMAX) (BD)

The IMAX film Blue Planet offers an eloquent reminder--and a cautionary warning--that the planet Earth is a delicate living organism, constantly reshaped and rejuvenated by the awesome forces of nature. The film targets a grade-school audience but will prove informative to anyone fascinated by our home planet's evolution. Hurricanes, glaciers, volcanoes, thunderstorms, asteroid impacts, undersea furnace vents, and earthquakes are all explored as a system of interconnected forces that ensure the planet's survival. The difference between this and other nature films is that the Earth's delicacy is emphasized by stunning views from space, filmed in the IMAX format by NASA astronauts in orbit 200 miles above the Earth's surface. With astonishing clarity, this orbital perspective supports the film's ultimate purpose: to reveal the awesome beauty of the Earth, and to emphasize that we, the custodians of this miraculous gift, are also the greatest threat to the planet's delicate health. Proof of man's destructive influence offers a sobering reminder that our responsibility toward nature is perpetual, essential, and routinely abused.

Blue Planet combines state-of-the-art sound and image, principally directed by Ben Burtt, the Oscar-winning sound designer whose credits include the original Star Wars trilogy. No home-theater system could do full justice to the film's technical achievement, but the sights and sounds of Blue Planet are awesome nonetheless, and it's impossible to overstate the importance of the film's message and its hopeful emphasis on the potentially wondrous future of our one and only home. --Jeff Shannon

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199 of 221 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Planet August 5, 2007
Move on to "Planet Earth" for everything this bluray isn't...

I normally refrain from posting negative reviews in case it's a question of taste and I may be in conflict with other people in that respect.

However in this case I am pretty sure this is a title to avoid for everybody. Especially when there is such an alternative as Planet Earth which presents a hundred times the content and imagery this IMAX adaptation strives to deliver.. and fails..

First of all, this is a very lousy transfer. They didn't bother remastering the 40 minute footage and the "dirt" of the master is visible in every frame. It wouldn't have taken a large team to edit them out. Frankly it's the most disappointing bluray transfer I've seen out of the 40 or more bluray titles I have.

Secondly, the narration, disjointed topics, duration of many of the space imagery which drag on for minutes without any movement contribute to a mindnumbingly boring viewing experience. You'll notice you'll be hardpressed not to forward to the next scene every other minute (and let's admit it, there are not that many to start with)

There's also an older similar bonus segment in the bluray, with even worse visuals and mostly resembling SD instead of HD in many places..

In short, I'd strongly suggest you skip this bluray in favor of the stunning Planet Earth if you've not grabbed it yet.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe Struck... December 1, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I got this for my 4 year old son's birthday last year because he has a fascination with air planes and I was trying to get him interested in the space program. Let's just say when I first played it, even my husband stopped what he was doing and came over and sat down. We have a large screen TV and it makes you feel like you are really there! The sounds and colors are vivid. And even when there is no sound, the sights are just so amazing you don't need it- I think that's part of it's magic. Maybe it's just that space is such an unknown and elusive place, but when it shows the view of our planet from space you just get goosebumps. This is a wonderful dvd to pull out on those rainy/snowy days. No matter how many times we have watched it, it still evokes a sense of awe and reverence.
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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading March 31, 2002
By Andy A
The cover picture and text on the package leads one to expect space shuttle photo journey, but it is more like a 4th grade science class with intermittent space video. It is about 20% space video and 80% ground level shots. With low-level information like,"On Earth there is a gas called oxygen, which we need to survive...." Great for the kids, yes, but adults may be disappointed.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable; Preservationist; School-level material February 6, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Shots of planet earth, satellite photography, volcanoes, earthquakes, rainforest. Main message: earth is home to all of us, let's preserve it. The space and aerial photography are beautiful. Spectacular is the view of a lightning storm as seen from space. Footage of a hurricane, however, did not appear threatening. Sheet metal flying off a small house's roof, a man leaning into the wind.
Things I expected to see but didn't: a storm at sea, a twister, a nice volcano eruption, a geyser, a large crowd of people. The only people we see are two cosmonauts in orbit taking pictures, and some guys cutting trees.
The narration is rather primitive, sometimes mind-numbingly so, as in the end, where the voice-over enumerates those to whom earth is home: "Earth is home to Jews and Arabs; It is home to Russians and the Chinese; It is home to Germans and Italians", and so on and on, until (surprise!) "It is home to ALL of us".
Some educational facts are given about how many tons of pollutants we emit and millions of acres of forest we destroy each year. These sound horrifying, but to make sense, they need to be put into perspective (there are billions of bacteria in my mouth, but that doesn't mean I'm about to die). How much forest do natural fires destroy each year? How many acres of forest naturally grow back? How much deadly pollution does an average active volcano emit?
The 3D California valley fly-through was visually disappointing (have they heard of texture mapping?).
Overall, a very enjoyable experience. The DVD is definitely worth having, although I won't be watching it for a second time in full any time soon (as I watched Baraka).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A natural alternative to Lunesta October 12, 2005
By Michael
Format:DVD start off with the positive, this DVD does have great sound and crisp, vibrant video footage. Also within the 40 minutes of this DVD, you will come away with a good understanding of the big picture of our planet and how our planet's atmosphere, oceans, land, life and and pollution are all interrelated. It is also explained in a way that makes it easy to understand. If you are an adult with with a true interest in Earth science then you can add a star or two to my rating.

I do not recommend this DVD for children. It will be a real sleeper for them! The very calming voice of the narrator and fairy tale type of music in the background will put almost any adolescent to sleep. I say this because I am a high school science teacher and have shown this to my students. While doing so I have had to nudge my students or get their attention to stay awake. Those that were awake had that glazed over look in their eyes. There are better videos out there for students that are more exciting and just as informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Love documentaries, especially Imax! Love i!
Published 12 days ago by Terri B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good product.
Published 1 month ago by mgberg
5.0 out of 5 stars everything ok
everything it is ok and everything it is all right. Thank you for the shipments.
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Published 4 months ago by REMAGGI OBREGON LUIS ALBERTO
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title!
Misleading title! I bought this mistakenly for Blue Planet, Sea of Life. Although I'm a science/ tech lover, this Blue Ray was extremely boring and I couldn't help but feel like... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steven C.
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
this product was brand new and looks great still had factory plastic it never skipped while watching overall great value very intertaining and had tons of information
Published 12 months ago by Nathan W Flint
5.0 out of 5 stars lovr it
love the speed of receiving and able to use with very little interference as made great gift as was able to use rightaway
Published 12 months ago by candice k wingert
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
Beautiful cinematography. Unfortunately HD DVD is no longer useable. I need to get this in another format. Worth the time.
Published 15 months ago by Samantha Rockey
5.0 out of 5 stars It's our home
Just thinking about all the marvels on our planet earth is mind boggling. I love it and will watch it over and over.
Published 19 months ago by gp
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing views
It was a great viewing experience, and very informative...
the views were both beautiful and thrilling, appreciative
of the Apollo 8 experienced views of the Earth from... Read more
Published 20 months ago by VincentCarlini
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting!
So interesting! These are great gifts and wonderful and informative movies. This was a Christmas gift for my son and he loved them all!
Published 21 months ago by mary kennedy
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French version !
There is French audio and French subtitles as well as Espanol subtitles.
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