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on May 2, 2013
Hmm... where to start? 3D it is. About Papua it is NOT.
Putting aside the 3D technology, where some credit must be given, this production is nothing short of fraudulent.
Papua - the secret islands of the cannibals... forget that discussion. Diversification of wildlife, cultures, vegetation, etc... forget that discussion. What you will get is about 90% of underwater film, which is beautiful, but NOT what this DVD is marketed to be about. Moreover, the narration (no doubt the script) sounds like it came out of the 1960s or 1970s. At times, the statements are just contradictory to the visual evidence. As the narrator explains about the people being untouched by modern society, we see kids wearing western-style uniforms, churches made of concrete, etc. Often, the narrator is still explaining a fish or coral when the visual has moved on to something else (except for extended shots of the manta and cuttlefish). This points to the editing; sub standard, at best. Scenes are obviously repeated, cutting between fish is too rapid never allowing the viewer to take in the beauty of the species (except for manta and cuttlefish, although, even then, when the rare all black manta is identified the visual is spliced away to some other fish). I could continue, but shall not for brevity.
In summary, if you want to watch a relaxing non intelligent tourist-dive-boat or travel-shop-type production of a reef, then this is the DVD for you. If you want to watch something about Papua (be that West Papua, Papua or Papua New Guinea) this is NOT the DVD to buy.
Seriously, the makers of this production should be held accountable for their deception - unless I only have been given 1 part of 10 possible episodes about Papua.
(Oh, OK, a declaration: I grew up in PNG so maybe my expectations were more than a put-me-to-sleep 3D promo of a reef).
I hope their other productions are better as I have ordered a few... oh, dear.