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5.0 out of 5 stars See the Rovers on Mars in widescreen DV D quality, August 26, 2007
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I have seen several other DVDs on the Rovers, on PBS television shows, but this one came directly from a theatrical release in IMAX format and is by far the best of the best.

The "Roving Mars" DVD has both standard 4x3 and 16x9 (enhanced) formats. The latter fits a HDTV screen perfectly (1.78:1 aspect ratio) and looks superb when played from an upscaling or HD DVD player.

The introduction is narrated by a noticeably feeble voice over by Paul Neuman. However, the main storyline is covered by the Lead Scientist, Steve Skyiers, who does a great job explaining the Mars Rovers - there are two, Spirit and Opportunity - without beating you up with technospeak.

"Rovering Mars" is only 40 minutes, but there are two extras provided on the same DVD; a 1957 Disney TV program called "Mars And Beyond", which is quite dated and rather cartoonish. Fortunately, there is another extra about 25 minutes in duration, called "Mars: Past, Present and Future". The latter is just as good as the main feature, a bunch of extra scenes that for whatever reason were (needlessly) editted out of the IMAX film.

The filmmakers did a great job with the animated special effects to accurately depict what the actual rocket launcher liftoffs from Cape Kennedy, and departures from Earth's gravity would have looked like from space. The Martian landings took place many months later, about three weeks apart. Amazingly realistic computer graphics were used to make this movie!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Initial post: Oct 16, 2013 5:52:01 AM PDT
I agree with this review, except for one thing... I thought the Disney video from 1957 in the special features was both incredibly interesting and hilarious! It actually is almost ENTIRELY factual information... it is done in a cartoon-y way, and makes you realize how hilariously ignorant humans were about space prior to the middle ages, but the information is unbelievably precise for 1957. That video in the special features actually gave me a totally different opinion of Walt Disney... I thought everything he did was about fantasy, but that video actually lays out thousands of years of human scientific understanding, all of it factual. I thought all the special features and the Roving Mars movie itself were all great and definitely worth watching, for kids and adults alike!
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