Antarctica Dreaming (HD/ DVD Combo) [HD DVD]
• IMPORTANT NOTICE: This two-sided HD DVD combo disc will only play in high definition with an HD DVD player. It will play in standard definition with a DVD player or Blu-ray player.
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Imagine a world colored by ice and fire, carved by hurricane-force winds, weighted by glaciers, and teeming with wildlife perfectly adapted to freezing conditions and winters of perpetual darkness. Experience the beauty of wild white blizzards and fire-red sunsets reflected in a glassy sea.
Antarctica Dreaming HD DVD explores the Antarctic peninsula, South Georgia Island, and the Falkland Islands, and features five species of penguins, four kinds of seals, fierce seabirds, and the most spectacular scenery on the planet.
• Filmed by Emmy Award winner David Hannan
• Includes 6 bonus mini documentaries.
• Shot in High Definition by Emmy-Award-winning maker of Coral Sea Dreaming, David Hannan
• Dolby® TrueHD for 100% lossless High Definition Audio
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Top Customer Reviews
Its a dual format disc, meaning that it can be played on both regular DVD players & HD DVD players. The total runtime clocks in at just under an hour and a half, and can be viewed as either a nature documentary or an ambient music video with all of the same material. Contained within is breath-taking scenery and wildlife such as penguins, seals, and seabirds. It also features 6 additional mini-documentaries totaling a little over a half hour of bouns footage, and other written tidbits about the making of the film.
The video quality of the HD-DVD side ranges from average to above average. If you already own Planet Earth, know that it isn't better quality than that. But then again, I like to think of Planet Earth as the best looking HD-DVD to come out so far, so its difficult to compete with something so great. Antarctica Dreaming certainly has great footage and in some cases, excellent detail, but video issues are apparent if you are looking for them. Its most noticeable in scenes when it is snowing, and in some of the darker colors. Don't get discouraged though, it is only on a small percentage of the video and there is still plenty of things to like about the video. For what it is, I was truly impressed.Read more ›
If you've had your fill of penguins and walruses over the last few years due to all the documentaries and animations, it's better off to skip this DVD entirely. This is nothing you haven't seen before. In light of the other much more superior penguin/Antarctic animal documentaries produced, like March of the Penguins, or the BBC Planet Earth series, your money is better spent there.
The extras include six mini-documentaries. The rest of the options lead to a still screen with text descriptions.
It shows Chinstrap, Adelie, King and Gentoo penguins in their natural habitat. It also shows Fur and Elephant seals and has excellent scenic landscapes of ice and glaciers.
While it is not at the same level of the BBC Nature documentaries, it is very good.
Just a note: The Blu-ray does not play the narration in the default setting. You need to go into the audio setup menu and choose the option to "play with narration."
If you like nature documentaries, especially penguins, you should add "Antarctica Dreaming" to your collection.
The ambient music is very complimentary and does not detract as it has in some of the other HDScape titles.
After Planet Earth, this one is a definite buy (for anyone interested in nature content). If you just want to show off the capabilities of your HDTV, this could also accomplish that, but I'm sure other titles would end up ahead of this one.
The lead review on the product page for this documentary was quite dismissive, but the price was so modest that I took a chance and was rewarded handsomely, and will be ordering additional copies for gifts. The video is first-rate, the original musical accompaniment pleasant and restrained, and the narration calm and informative. A few tiny slips show up in the narration, like referring to weak pack ice (frozen sea water) and brash ice (small broken chunks) as "icebergs", but they are few and do not detract from the overall excellence of the presentation. The disc offers the option of playing without the narration, allowing the high quality of the sights, ambient sounds and music to speak for themselves.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was very good, but in a contest between it and Coral Seas Dreaming, the first one I bought, Coral Seas wins. the photography is outstanding, music isn't quite as spectacular. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Leslie J. Hooper
The library stole my copy! In fact we have bought a few copies now. Great pictures, informative and moving. This inspires a passion for preserving such a pristine environment.Published on January 31, 2014 by mia boyd
If you travel 10,000 miles to Antarctica you may come back with many stories, but it's unlikely that you will have seen as much as David Hannan's group has succeeded in bringing to... Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Douglas Jewett
This video was well done. Beautiful shots of the South Pole and its wildlifePublished on May 9, 2010 by Robert Lum
I'm not quite sure how many Antarctica documentaries the previous reviewer has seen, but I have seen quite a few, and this one is definitely worth the time and money. Read morePublished on September 16, 2009 by G. W.
I have always liked nature docs about Antarctica and was hoping this would be a worthy HD view of the landscape & wildlife... which it is. Read morePublished on July 8, 2008 by Greg S