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IMAX: The Greatest Places [Blu-ray] (1998)

Avery Brooks (Narrator) , Mal Wolfe  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Avery Brooks (Narrator)
  • Directors: Mal Wolfe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • 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: May 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004PHE9CY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Seven of the world’s most geographically incredible locations come to life in your living room in THE GREATEST PLACES, a dazzling IMAX adventure now newly remastered in breathtaking high-definition for an unparalleled home theater experience. Featuring Greenland’s massive icebergs, Madagascar’s unique inhabitants, the Namib Desert’s sprawling dunes, the lustrous Okavango Delta, Tibet’s ancient plateaus, the roaring Iguazu Falls, and the mighty Amazon river, this tour of the most natural wonders you’ll ever see features amazing wildlife, natural land formations, and brilliant topography, all captured in beautiful detail for a rich, vibrant experience you will never forget.

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Seven of the world s most geographically incredible locations come to life in your living room in THE GREATEST PLACES, a dazzling IMAX adventure now newly remastered in breathtaking high-definition for an unparalleled home theater experience. Featuring Greenland s massive icebergs, Madagascar s unique inhabitants, the Namib Desert s sprawling dunes, the lustrous Okavango Delta, Tibet s ancient plateaus, the roaring Iguazu Falls, and the mighty Amazon river, this tour of the most natural wonders you ll ever see features amazing wildlife, natural land formations, and brilliant topography, all captured in beautiful detail for a rich, vibrant experience you will never forget.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Short Tour Of Planet Earth December 31, 1999
Format:DVD
An Imax film with no real plot or story, its a short tour of some of "The Greatest Places" on Planet Earth. (I would have given the film an extra star if there had been some sort of "connection" for the audience). There are some truely stunning wildlife and location images in the films 40 minutes and because of that it really needs to be seen either at an Imax cinema or on a large sceen TV, but even on my TV at home it looked incredible. The film visits the Amazon, Namib, Greenland, Okavango, Greenland, Tibet, Iguazu and Madagascar spending differnt amounts of time at each. Some of the places visited deserved a bit more time spent on them while others could have been a bit shorter. An interesting feature of this DVD that I'd like to see more of is the seperate Music and Ambiance track. You can turn off the narration, (which is a bit corny at times), and just listen to the music and natural sounds. The only problem with this feature is that the music decreases in volume where the narration would be then comes up again when the narration stops. (Also features a description track for the blind). Dispite this the music and natural sounds are excellent. Well worth repeated viewing for the armchair tourist.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I don't get to travel, so this is my way of experiencing other lands and cultures. I have a friend who has a large screen projector home theater system. This DVD was excellent for this type of viewing and listening experience. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the DVD movie. It was like taking a space ship to another world and having a narrator explain it to you. Colors were clear and vivid, background music was soothing, I found it to be relaxing, and a way to escape the stresses of life.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not great but good. October 6, 1999
Format:DVD
It's not one of the best IMAX movies out there. But is very interesting and very well presented. The audio and video are of great quality. The only reason I couldn't rate it great was because 40 min. is too short a time to cover 6 great places in the world. I wish they made it at least 60 min.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Dustin
Format:DVD
I watched this DVD shortly after returning from 7 months straight of traveling around Asia, India/Nepal, Arabia, and Australia. I started it up with much anticipation, hoping it would wet my appetite (Which needed and continues to get a rest at the moment) for more travel to places further afield.

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.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment. Best watched in silence. February 12, 2001
Format:DVD
"The Greatest Places" has a syrupy and cloying narrative. I often used MUTE in order to endure it.
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).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic Landscapes in Seven Locations November 14, 2006
Format:DVD
Greatest Places: IMAX is collectible and awe-inspiring, however, it is a very quick journey to vast expansive landscapes that will require further exploration. Once you are introduced to seven of the most amazing places on earth, you can then look up additional IMAX movies.

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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little traveling
Travel to 6-7 places around the world that are "the greatest." Both desert and wetlands, snow and rocky mountains... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ashley Elizabeth Blair Tetzlaff
5.0 out of 5 stars IMAX IS BEAUTIFUL
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 more
Published 5 months ago by Solstice
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to follow, but great footage
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 more
Published 6 months ago by Pohonui
5.0 out of 5 stars AROUND THE WORLD IN 1 HOUR.
FACSINATING, THE WORLD IN YOUR LIVING ROOM.THE ONLY THING YOUR MISSING IS THE LION IN YOUR KITCHEN !!! 5 STARS....
Published 8 months ago by RICHIE
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch
It's a daunting task to make a video series which claims to cover the "Greatest Places." There are so many amazing places in the world the time restrictions on a series... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
I was eager to watch this as I received it yesterday. Great I MAX, but too short. I was expecting a the narrator to talk about a lot more great places in the world. Read more
Published on June 13, 2012 by Veronica L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video; incomprehensible Amazon description.
Very short but spectacular video of some of the incredible places on this earth.

Amazon's description of it has nothing to do with this video; it appears to belong to... Read more
Published on August 15, 2011 by G. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars OH POWERS THAT BE, PLEASE MAKE THIS INTO A BLU-RAY DVD!
TO WHOMEVER HAS THE POWER TO MAKE SUCH DECISIONS....
This is SUCH a beautiful DVD -- one of the best IMAX pieces of eye-candy I've ever savored (repeatedly, i might add!). Read more
Published on April 14, 2009 by S. Christine Blackard
2.0 out of 5 stars Theory Tale
I would have given this movie another star if I didn't have to endure all the THEORY TALE. The beginning was hard to endure as they tried to indoctrinate everyone with the... Read more
Published on April 23, 2008 by R. J. Martinez
3.0 out of 5 stars Abbreviated IMAX Format at Odds with the Ambitious Scope of the...
I have enjoyed IMAX films in the past, in particular, "Everest", but this 1998 release directed by Mal Wolfe is comparatively disappointing. The primary problem is one of scope. Read more
Published on January 29, 2006 by Ed Uyeshima
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