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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful yet preacy, February 23, 2009
This review is from: IMAX: Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I didn't see any description for this disk when writing this so here is a quick summary: The Colorado river is dwindling due to our ever expanding need for fresh water. Conservationist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and botanist Wade Davis (along with their daughters) and canyon guide Shana Watahomigie take an expedition to illustrate the need for changing the way the Colorado is exploited.

I haven't seen that many IMAX films on the Grand Canyon so I won't be able to give any real comparisons, but I will say this one does at least deliver on what I was looking for: Nice wide footage of the Grand Canyon. Although most of the footage is personal shots of the expedition you do get some really good aerial footage as well as other impressive nature shots.

The difference between this particular documentary and what I would normally expect from a Grand Canyon is that it has a conservation message tied to it. Instead of focusing solely on nature's wonder there is a lot of footage on the effects of drought and siphoning of the Colorado River. So if you are looking for a full-on nature safari this isn't exactly it. At the same time it's not like you aren't getting any absolutely amazing footage either. Just not as much as I was expecting.

Like many IMAX films coming to Blu-Ray the AVC transfer is breathtaking. Every little detail will stand out. The audio is equally immersive with the DTS HD MA 5.1 track getting you wrapped up in the sounds of the canyon all over. There is also a French DTS audio track. On the minus side there are no subtitles of any kind. There are a somewhat respectable list of extra features on this release, which I suppose it better than expected. Most of the extras are standard definition with the exception of one. Here is what you get:

- 30 Minute Making of Featurette

- Music video by Wade Davis' daughter, Tara

- Retrospective of MFF IMAX productions (in HD)

- Water saving tips and river clean up tips (sponsored by Kholer and Tava)

- Fact sheet on the Grand Canyon and Colorado River

- Trivia quiz (text)

Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk is a very worthwhile documentary that shows the real beauty of the Grand Canyon... if you don't mind the preachy parts. Of course conservationists will really appreciate the fact filled message as well as the eye candy. The IMAX theater release was also in 3-D, but I haven't heard of any releases on Blu-Ray or DVD that will take advantage of that anytime soon.
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Initial post: Feb 26, 2009 11:42:33 AM PST
Im glad I found this review. I was going to get this but the whole "river at risk" angle was a bit jarring. Glad I now know that its Envirobabble film, similar I suppose to Blue Planet. It reminds me of the "the oceans are disappearing!" commercial on animal planet.
I have over 20 imax films, and none of them seem to beat you over the head the way this film seemingly does. Putting nature above man is a no-no in my book.

Pass.
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