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IMAX: Tropical Rainforest [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Geoffrey Holder - Narrator
  • Directors: Ben Shedd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Inception Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 38 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X356A4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,217 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A spectacular and unforgettable journey into the heart of the remote and far-flung rainforests of Australia, Costa Rica, French Guiana and Malaysia, this globally important adventure explores these disappearing jungle habitats and gives us a rare, intimate look at the lush foliage and incredibly diverse array of inhabitants. Examine the 400 million-year evolution of tropical biology, the rapid and relentless destruction by humans and the scientific urgency to understand the complexity of the forests ... even as they disappear. From extreme close-ups to tree-top panoramas, experience these treasured environments on their own terms with curious insects, gaudy frogs, startling snakes, vibrant birds, extraordinary animals, exotic plants and dazzling flowers. Will thousands become extinct before they can even be discovered? Narrated by Geoffrey Holder (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp) and featuring a music score by the famed, Grammy Award-winning South African men s choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Customer Reviews

Bad picture quality and narrative.
Sean R. Uits
Once they are transferred to DVD, the effect is lost and they appear as inferior, B-class documentaries.
manav sawhney
I stopped collecting IMAX DVD's without renting them first after the experience I had with this one.
Krishna Polina

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1999
Format: DVD
The narration is very bad and it doesn't even look like a common Discovery Channel program. It looks like it has been taken by a Home Video camcoder. Only the audio is good. I wouldn't even recommend for renting.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2000
Format: DVD
Completely useless piece of film making, why did IMAX bother? Picture quality bears no resemblance to other IMAX productions such as "Africa The Serengeti" and the transfer to DVD has been done very poorly. The background sounds of the rainforest are completely marred by a terribly delivered commentary which sounds as if it were intended for 5 year olds. Any adult of average intelligence will learn nothing from the commentary that they didn't already know. Don't waste your money.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By manav sawhney on November 9, 2002
Format: DVD
This is the WORST documentary I have ever watched. Anyhow i consider iMAX documentaries sub par to National Geographic and BBC documentaries. Given that leeway, this documentary still sets new standards. New stardards in terms of the worst documentary made.
The narrator sounds like hes overdosed on prozac, there is no theme whatsoever (they take a rainforest, take the first person off the street to narrate, and an IMAX camera: where they spent all their money). I was so severly disappointed. The DVD transfer is nothing spectacular.
Which brings me to my next point: IMAX documentaries are subpar in terms of filming and content and narration to the aforementioned documentaries. They are only popular becuase of the film and projection technuiques of the BIG screen IMAX theatres. Once they are transferred to DVD, the effect is lost and they appear as inferior, B-class documentaries. Stick to some BBC or National geographic documentary.
I think the grass growing in my lawn is more fascinating than this lacklustre piece on a "rainforest". Useless.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Krishna Polina on December 27, 2000
Format: DVD
I felt so happy when I was able to return this DVD for a refund. I stopped collecting IMAX DVD's without renting them first after the experience I had with this one.
The things that are bad with this one: 1. Poor Video 2. Lousy narration(worst ever for an IMAX). 3. Not at all interesting
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 2000
Format: DVD
It would be better advised if you rent this film from Netflix first before you make your purchase here. As the other reviewers have noted, the transfer from film to DVD can vary, and in this particular case, it was clearly poorly done. It's a terrible shame that this beautiful IMAX film was given such a second-rate transfer.
Normally I would end it here, but as some perceptive readers might have noticed, a vocal creationist has entered our midst, voicing his objections to the theory of evolution being used so matter-of-factly. Now I certainly don't want to belittle Dan, he can certainly believe or disbelieve whatever he wishes. However he went beyond just stating his discomfort with the theory and went out of his way to draw out a couple objections to Evolution, in effect distorted the evidence and philosophical foundations of the theory. Thus, here entails my problem.
Dan complains that the IMAX film, while giving references to evolution, never attempted to provide evidence that evolution had taken place. Is this really surprising? Perhaps Dan should ask himself if just conceivably that the theory might be so well established in modern biology, so well documented in scientific literature, that no rational person questions it today (i.e. such as cell theory, or population genetics), therefore any exposition on "proving" evolution would simply become superfluous. Just an idea Dan.
If Dan is so dissatisfied with the rather simplistic explanations given in the film, perhaps he should actually read some of the evolutionary literature that is readily available (here at Amazon no less). A great text would be Douglas J. Futuyma's _Evolutionary Biology_, or Ridley's _Evolution_, and a few excellent popular works would include Steve Jones' _Darwin's Ghost_, Kenneth Miller's _Finding Darwin's God_, Donald Johanson's _From Lucy to Language_, and anything by Steve Gould or Richard Dawkins.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sheila giles on May 16, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My class was learning about the Rainforest and they loved watching this DVD. It had them asking all kinds of questions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Worfel on January 12, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Not as specific as I was thinking it would be. The photography is great but detail short. I would recommend this to another as a pleasure view.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jill Van Heel on November 29, 2013
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Terrific information and very educational for my students. I have not been disappointed by any of the DVD's that I have ordered.
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