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If you possibly can, though, catch this one in its IMAX version. The movie's story is entertaining enough but imagine it on a screen several stories high - literally larger than lifesize - with a powerful sound system to match. Imagine how much cooler shooting those rapids is in the IMAX form! If you can't find an IMAX, make sure you've got a big screen and turn the sound up. This is history as exciting as it was when it happened the first time.
That said, then why the five star rating?
Easy. Even in this short capsule form the above mentioned strong points are so compelling you want to watch it again and again.
Sure it's breath taking on the giant screen but your DVD at home will more than suffice to let you join the Corps of Discovery on the epic journey.
It would be great for a middle school or high school audience in world history or American history. It is exciting enough and stunning enough to keep middle schoolers interested, and deep and complex enough to challenge high school students.
The photography is stunning and the story is just fascinating. It was perfect. Six months later my students are still telling me how much they liked it!
This review, however, is of the Special Edition DVD. Disc 1 is the standard movie playable in a regular set top DVD player hooked up to your TV. Disc 2, however, contains a high definition 720p version of the film for playback on a fast computer. At first glance of the DVD cover and the generic instructions included inside, one realizes that a fairly recent and rather powerful PC is required. Okay, for a fair number of us, that's not a problem, and it was not a problem in my case. For those of you with a PC slower than 2.4Ghz, your computer doesn't even meet the minimum requirements.
So, I was fairly excited to see what such high definition playback looked like on my 2.8Ghz PC. I noticed that there was no 1080p version of the film on the disc, as the generic instruction card inside the DVD case indicated, but I later realized that the instructions were indeed that, generic, and simply didn't apply to this particular title. Okay, at this point, the documentation goes from bad to absolute crap extremely quickly.
Putting the disc into my DVD-ROM player began Autoplay. Well, immediately an ActiveX control error appeared and suggested I look at [...] for a solution.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
would love to hike that trail one day.. Book is great video is great as well.Published 22 days ago by Chris
Covering 2.5 years of adventure in an hour is pretty tough, but it does cover the highlights quite well.Published 3 months ago by MimiR
Good product, as described, and delivered on time. No problems.Published 4 months ago by Dave McKee
One of the best documentaries/simulations of the event. My students were enthralled by itPublished 4 months ago by fishfriend
This is very nice for folks who don't know much about this expedition and aren't much into reading. It telescopes events and tries but fails to convey the enormity of the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Larry Reed