IMAX: The Greatest Places [Blu-ray]
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Unfortunately, I have to agree with an earlier reviewer. The video skips around so fast and frequently that hardly enough time is given to enjoying the manificient landscapes that the video team traveled too. I found myself replaying certain sections and pressing the pause button. This video could have been so much more. They started with a great idea.
The off the beaten path destinations themselves make me give this video 3 stars. Perhaps the preferred IMAX feature length does not lend itself to such a video that travels to numerous places. Perhaps if the team concentrated on 1/2 as many places the result would have been better.
The footage in this DVD captures vibrant moments in stunning beauty. An elephant rises from a river in a display of pure power and herds sweep across dry landscapes creating an almost primal glory as hooves thunder across the African plains. Almost indescribably beautiful waterfalls, majestic rivers and towering icebergs contrast with the Namib Desert and Tibetan plateau.
The filming takes place mostly in places with lush vegetation and abundant water, making this especially nurturing and healing. The lives of the animals featured throughout are captured with a sense of artistic perfection.
The extras include Audio tracks in English, French and German. There is also a detailed soundtrack so you can listen to the movie with your eyes closed and imagine the scenery.
~The Rebecca Review
I give it 1 star. If Avery Brooks could only have had laryngitis that day ... this movie could have earned a 3 instead (without *any* narration). The low grade for the movie really isn't Brooks' fault, although he does a superb job of melodically drawing out each sappy line with his highly skilled voice. At the end, watching the credits, I cursed the writer.
Moving on to the cinematography: Some of the images were, as you should expect, quite breathtaking! I was especially engaged by Madagascar and Namib. But the power of this imagery was consistently undermined with choppy editing and many dozens of abrupt cuts (every 15 to 20 seconds) from panoramic landscapes to adorably cute animals and other close-ups.
Arrggghh ... how frustrating! Each time that amazing scenery sweeps over you with its awesomeness and spectacle, it's crudely jerked away and replaced with something to make a first grader go "awww that's cute".
What's the movie about, anyway? Is it supposed to be Places (geography, landscapes) or biology (cute animals and closeups of flora & fauna)? I'm not sure the creators of Greatest Places had a clear idea about their concept.
The frequent changes in scale -- from viewing aerials of miles of landscape and switching to face-shots of baby animals -- are enough to give you vertigo, or at least a headache.
The movie began with a valid concept. But together with a horrible writer, Brooks' outstanding saccharine execution of a juvenile narrative, and "gotta get a little of every shot in here" editing, the entire movie was lost. I wouldn't watch it again (but I would order some 16 x 20 color prints from the movie's imagery.)
For more on "Greatest Places" check it out at Internet Movie Database ... which currently rates it at 4.2/10 with 9 votes).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very enjoyable, video scenery and music awesome, plus it is informational. Highly recommend for children to adults.Published 11 months ago by Mahala Baldock
The family sat down ready to enjoy some views of some wonderful places on Earth. Instead we got a very short (45 mins?) look into a few places piled together at random. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andrew McCarthy
Absolutely stunning photography, HD at its best! From the lemurs in the jungles of Madagascar to the Amazon basin, to the Namib desert--movingly narrated by the deep-voiced Avery... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Annie E. Schaff
Very good photography. Very brief narration, up to the point. Well done.Published 15 months ago by Eravip
The documentary was very nice. I learned many different things that I didn't know. MarkRPublished 16 months ago by Mark Racer
Travel to 6-7 places around the world that are "the greatest." Both desert and wetlands, snow and rocky mountains... Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by Ashley Elizabeth Blair Tetzlaff
The Greatest Places is beautifully filmed and helps you feel that you are there. It's nice to be able to see scenic wonders that you might not have the opportunity to see in... Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Solstice
This was hard to follow as far as the "story line" goes, but the footage was great. It went back and forth a bit and was hard to tell where they were for awhile and what... Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by Pohonui
FACSINATING, THE WORLD IN YOUR LIVING ROOM.THE ONLY THING YOUR MISSING IS THE LION IN YOUR KITCHEN !!! 5 STARS....Published on November 2, 2013 by RICHIE