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IMAX: Tropical Rainforest [Blu-ray] (1992)

Geoffrey Holder - Narrator , Ben Shedd  |  NR |  Blu-ray
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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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 (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X356A4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,609 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.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Regret for Buying it.. September 28, 1999
By A Customer
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money! March 18, 2000
By A Customer
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Are they for real? Absolutely AWFUL 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst IMAX I ever saw 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor MPEG transfer... August 31, 2000
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-K students love this 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
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK 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
5.0 out of 5 stars IMAX Video about the Rainforest An educational video November 29, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I live in a rain/cloud forest and was disappointed by this...
I live in a rain/cloud forest and was disappointed by this evolutionist diatribe. God is the Creator of it all, and we have been given the responsibility as caretakers; however,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jane Ritzenthaler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Product received as advertised would do business with seller again, Thanks
Published 1 month ago by Samone C
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Used this in my classroom for enrichment.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Magli
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull and monotonous
Spooky evolutionism junk. Bad picture quality and narrative. Is this really, IMAX?? Very surprised and feeling ripped off. Paid too much.
Published 10 months ago by Sean R. Uits
5.0 out of 5 stars Tropical Rainforest
For me the single most affecting sentence spoken [so beautifully by Mr. Holder] is this: "What has taken 400,000,000. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jakins49
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
I have a bonafide soft spot for nature programs. This short hit the spot. Not to long not to short and great video of the worlds shrinking rainforests.
Published 15 months ago by Larry Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Purchased for my daughter while learning about the rain forest her class and teacher loved it! Donating to the class for future classes to learn from
Published 16 months ago by Lisa Hoage
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video
Very good video on rainforest. Great cinematography, narration.
My 6 year old was entranced by it.
I thought it was worth every penny.
Published 22 months ago by Stephanie A. Schwartzberg
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless
I bought this Blu-ray Tropical Rainforest and it was the worse documentary I have ever seen in my life. The whole video last about 20 minutes, the sound was awful. Read more
Published on October 19, 2012 by J. Vang
2.0 out of 5 stars should have been better
The first 20 minutes or so is some beautiful footage of the rain forest and the narrator has a Jamacian accent which is kinda entertaining. Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by red
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