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IMAX: Tropical Rainforest [Blu-ray]

3.1 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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A spectacular and unforgettable journey into the heart of the remote and far-flung rainforests of Australia, Costa Rica, French Guiana and Malaysia, this globally important adventure explores these disappearing jungle habitats and gives us a rare, intimate look at the lush foliage and incredibly diverse array of inhabitants. Examine the 400 million-year evolution of tropical biology, the rapid and relentless destruction by humans and the scientific urgency to understand the complexity of the forests ... even as they disappear. From extreme close-ups to tree-top panoramas, experience these treasured environments on their own terms with curious insects, gaudy frogs, startling snakes, vibrant birds, extraordinary animals, exotic plants and dazzling flowers. Will thousands become extinct before they can even be discovered? Narrated by Geoffrey Holder (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp) and featuring a music score by the famed, Grammy Award-winning South African men s choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Geoffrey Holder - Narrator
  • Directors: Ben Shedd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Inception Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 38 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X356A4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,908 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A Customer on March 18, 2000
Format: DVD
Completely useless piece of film making, why did IMAX bother? Picture quality bears no resemblance to other IMAX productions such as "Africa The Serengeti" and the transfer to DVD has been done very poorly. The background sounds of the rainforest are completely marred by a terribly delivered commentary which sounds as if it were intended for 5 year olds. Any adult of average intelligence will learn nothing from the commentary that they didn't already know. Don't waste your money.
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By A Customer on September 28, 1999
Format: DVD
The narration is very bad and it doesn't even look like a common Discovery Channel program. It looks like it has been taken by a Home Video camcoder. Only the audio is good. I wouldn't even recommend for renting.
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This is the WORST documentary I have ever watched. Anyhow i consider iMAX documentaries sub par to National Geographic and BBC documentaries. Given that leeway, this documentary still sets new standards. New stardards in terms of the worst documentary made.
The narrator sounds like hes overdosed on prozac, there is no theme whatsoever (they take a rainforest, take the first person off the street to narrate, and an IMAX camera: where they spent all their money). I was so severly disappointed. The DVD transfer is nothing spectacular.
Which brings me to my next point: IMAX documentaries are subpar in terms of filming and content and narration to the aforementioned documentaries. They are only popular becuase of the film and projection technuiques of the BIG screen IMAX theatres. Once they are transferred to DVD, the effect is lost and they appear as inferior, B-class documentaries. Stick to some BBC or National geographic documentary.
I think the grass growing in my lawn is more fascinating than this lacklustre piece on a "rainforest". Useless.
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By A Customer on August 31, 2000
Format: DVD
It would be better advised if you rent this film from Netflix first before you make your purchase here. As the other reviewers have noted, the transfer from film to DVD can vary, and in this particular case, it was clearly poorly done. It's a terrible shame that this beautiful IMAX film was given such a second-rate transfer.
Normally I would end it here, but as some perceptive readers might have noticed, a vocal creationist has entered our midst, voicing his objections to the theory of evolution being used so matter-of-factly. Now I certainly don't want to belittle Dan, he can certainly believe or disbelieve whatever he wishes. However he went beyond just stating his discomfort with the theory and went out of his way to draw out a couple objections to Evolution, in effect distorted the evidence and philosophical foundations of the theory. Thus, here entails my problem.
Dan complains that the IMAX film, while giving references to evolution, never attempted to provide evidence that evolution had taken place. Is this really surprising? Perhaps Dan should ask himself if just conceivably that the theory might be so well established in modern biology, so well documented in scientific literature, that no rational person questions it today (i.e. such as cell theory, or population genetics), therefore any exposition on "proving" evolution would simply become superfluous. Just an idea Dan.
If Dan is so dissatisfied with the rather simplistic explanations given in the film, perhaps he should actually read some of the evolutionary literature that is readily available (here at Amazon no less). A great text would be Douglas J. Futuyma's _Evolutionary Biology_, or Ridley's _Evolution_, and a few excellent popular works would include Steve Jones' _Darwin's Ghost_, Kenneth Miller's _Finding Darwin's God_, Donald Johanson's _From Lucy to Language_, and anything by Steve Gould or Richard Dawkins.
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I felt so happy when I was able to return this DVD for a refund. I stopped collecting IMAX DVD's without renting them first after the experience I had with this one.
The things that are bad with this one: 1. Poor Video 2. Lousy narration(worst ever for an IMAX). 3. Not at all interesting
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Don't be hating on me because I like to replay the part at the start of the video when Holder says "Tropical Rain Forest" in that amazing accent of his. The whole rest of the video could suck (which it certainly does not) and the price would have been worth it. This is a great video!
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My class was learning about the Rainforest and they loved watching this DVD. It had them asking all kinds of questions.
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By J. Vang on October 19, 2012
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I bought this Blu-ray Tropical Rainforest and it was the worse documentary I have ever seen in my life. The whole video last about 20 minutes, the sound was awful. I returned it to Amazon.com and end up to pay for shipping back and restocking fees since I openned the item. It end up costing me 60-70% and I got a refund of about 30% back of my purchased price. Never buy this product unless you are a NO Brainer or want to waste you $$ like me.
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