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Over California [Blu-ray]

by Topics Entertainment
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Brand Name: TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT Mfg#: 00020017
  • Shipping Weight: 0.20 lbs
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  • Genre: Documentary
  • All music products are properly licensed and guaranteed authentic.

System Requirements

  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B00104XYI0
  • Item model number: 781735602690
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 29, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,235 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Product Features:
Part of an Emmy-award winning series
More than a million copies sold
Features four films
Crystal clear high definition
As seen on public television
Set to an original soundtrack
Unique photographic styles offer a variety of perspectives
Featuring rare views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Disneyland!

Product Description:
See a California you will never forget!
A Magical Place
You have never seen the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Pacific Coastline like this before! Take to the skies for an exhilarating journey in the film Over California. Get a unique perspective on the vast and changing landscape of the Golden State through powerful high-altitude images that reveal Californias unique beauty. Soar through blue skies, among ancient redwood forests, around snow-capped peaks, over deserts and coastline, and above glittering cities all set to an original soundtrack. Over California features rare views and stunning cinematography of the states most celebrated landscapes, from deserts to vineyards and everything in between, including Disneyland and the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy the imagery as you learn all about Californias history and heritage.
Stunning Cinematography
Over California, previously seen on public television, was shot during the course of an entire year with high-definition cameras and is presented in letterbox format in order to retain its stunning panoramic quality. Award-winning cinematography by acclaimed filmmakers combined with dynamic sound uncovers a California you will want to experience time and again!

Review

Yes, this DVD was recorded in true hi-def. Yes, it is 1080i & not 1080p. Yes, it is still stunning. Keep in mind this series was shot in the 90's. The original version has sold hundreds of thousands of copies & has aired on PBS to millions. Although it may have been origininally shot in HD at 1080i does not mean it shouldn't have been improved upon by bringing it to Blu Ray. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, you can return it to us directly for a full refund. We'd be willing to bet that you won't get the same offer from the major studios on your last Blu Ray purchase. --Topics Entertainment

An aerial celebration of the rich landscapes and landmarks of California comes to life in Over California. California is America's most geographically diverse state, boasting some of the nation's most treasured imagery, both natural and man-made. Over California takes viewers to such attractions as the High Sierras, Hollywood, the vast desert, the lush Napa Valley, the Golden Gate and the famous beaches of southern California. --HD-Digest

Yes, this DVD was recorded in true hi-def. Yes, it is 1080i & not 1080p. Yes, it is still stunning. Keep in mind this series was shot in the 90's. The original version has sold hundreds of thousands of copies & has aired on PBS to millions. Although it may have been origininally shot in HD at 1080i does not mean it shouldn't have been improved upon by bringing it to Blu Ray. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, you can return it to us directly for a full refund. We'd be willing to bet that you won't get the same offer from the major studios on your last Blu Ray purchase. --Topics Entertainment


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality January 21, 2009
By Kirby
I have the Blu-ray Washington the Beautiful in High Definition and it is fantastic. So I was excited to purchase Over California. NO comparison! Over California was filmed in the early 90's, poor quality and very dated
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not great quality April 24, 2008
By Dave
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Regardless of the price paid, I expect decent quality in a DVD advertised as Blu-ray. Not only was the disc not in 1080p, but the quality of the picture was very poor in several spots, with artifacts and drop-outs. The film is at least a decade old - they show the Raiders football team in the L.A. Coliseum - they moved back to Oakland in 1995! Its obvious the production was not filmed with high-definition cameras, but was remastered to a higher pixel count without any increase in quality.

I wasn't that thrilled with the scenic production either. Far too much time spent circling skyscrapers and not enough over other points of interest. The tour of San Diego was especially cheap and covered only the harbor area.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dated, limited, low-quality footage February 23, 2010
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Purchased this expecting to find some high quality footage of the Sierras. Unfortunately, most of the mountain shots are centered around Tahoe, with a few images of Yosemite valley. Was also hoping for shots of Mt Shasta (which appears to be on the cover -- though I could be mistaken).

The footage appears be taken in the early 90s, so it's pretty dated. It's also a 1080i presentation, so it's not the highest resolution possible to really exercise your HD TV.

All in all, I was pretty disappointed by this one.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for the price. February 21, 2008
I managed to get my copy for $9.99. It was filmed in 1994. Apparently the recording is in 1080i although that means nothing to me because my flatscreen is 720p. It's encoded in MPEG-2 but they maxed out the bitrate and it looks pretty darn good. For the price, it's a really neat demo with the only con being the elevator music.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all it could be June 27, 2009
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Not a bad doc but also certainly not excellent. Lots of great helicopter shots not particularly well organized. Good music/fairly well edited good narator.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars travellers delight May 17, 2009
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I already own 'Over America' which is excellent but I needed a more comprehensive view of California. As I live in Australia and visits to the USA are few and far between these BR-DVD s allow us to view places that we have been to. Quality is excellent and there is a spoken commentary even though on is not listed on the box. We have learned a lot about California from watching this movie. LA and San Diego get good coverage and these are places that we have visited. Top marks for the Death Valley sequences. My only misgivings were the amount of early morning and late afternoon shots which although scenic made it hard to place yourself. I just wish it were longer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's A Beautiful State April 2, 2009
By J. Legg
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THREE AND A HALF STARS

Three stars wouldn't be fair to the abundance
of raw California beauty on display here.

Four stars is a bit too generous, given that this
offering doesn't quite deliver the clarity and sharpness
that one hopes for in a modern blu-ray release.

No, it won't show off your home theater quite
like Ratatouille or Planet Earth will...
but even with a picture somewhere in between
those masters and a regular DVD, there's a lot
to like about this show. Ultimately, I expect we'll
see a new blu-ray of California that will be done
with the latest, greatest equipment. But for now,
for a few bucks, yeah, I can recommend this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Image quality deceiving... March 14, 2010
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This is a low resolution video with visible grain you will see from the 1st images.
Waiting for a new true hd version would make this video finally presentable on a large screen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice footage...
While the quality is not perfect the footage is very nice, informational and I enjoy watching it very much. I think it's time for a new updated version...
Published 2 months ago by James A. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Still looks great after twenty years!
I finally got around to buying this DVD for only one reason. I got tired of watching just parts of it during PBS fundraisers. Read more
Published 4 months ago by kevin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good
Published 6 months ago by Mark Naidoo
4.0 out of 5 stars A good evening's entertainment.
Good videography, so-so narration.
Published 7 months ago by Neil L
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome California! I watch this A LOT!
I'm a huge California fan. I love this movie because I feel like I'm flying all over all the most gorgeous places in California! I had a hard time finding this for my collection. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Vermeulen
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB !!
I can't think of a better way to showcase your home theater's Blu-ray system. The HD aerial views of California's various cities and nature preserves are breathtaking. Read more
Published 18 months ago by ArtGriggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful views of California
This is a marvelous production showing the beautiful state of California. The aerial views spotlight every corner of the state from the ocean to the mountains, then the desert and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Marion M. Lauer
3.0 out of 5 stars Over California in High Definition
The so called High definition I didn't fell it was that good
The High Difinition seem to fade out after a few Seans
it lost it Sharpness.
Published on February 4, 2013 by George Elcombe
2.0 out of 5 stars Expected more
Not a total disappointment. Some great aerial shots of California, but I think this could have been done much better than it was.
Published on May 12, 2011 by Mark E
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous quality video for a bargain price
This gorgeous helicopter video of California scenery was featured on PBS a number of years ago. I was very excited to see that it's now available on Amazon in high def BLU-RAY for... Read more
Published on June 28, 2009 by Melmak
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