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Thrill Ride - The Science of Fun (Large Format)

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Take a ride on the wild side with THRILL RIDE: THE SCIENCE OF FUN! A white-knuckle adventure filmedin 70 millimeter, THRILL RIDE takes full advantage of the power of large-format film, locking the audience into the front seat of some of the wildest rides ever created including The Big Shot at the Stratosphere, Las Vegas and the rollercoasters Kumba and Montu, located in Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida. Explore the heart-pounding possibilities brought to life when the imagination meets the computer work-station with director Ben Stassen, a renowned expert in the field of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI). And learn how cutting edge ride designers employ technology originally developed by the military and NASA to create the mind-bending ride simulators of today! Using footage from some of themost popular rides ever created, THRILL RIDE, immerses the audience in the action...so fasten your seat belts for fun!

Special Features

  • Presented in a FULLSCREEN VERSION (multi-aspect ratio)
  • Making-Of Featurette
  • Talent Files Including Sounbites
  • Trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Paul Harper, Cassandra Peterson, Harry Shearer
  • Directors: Ben Stassen
  • Writers: Ben Stassen
  • Producers: Charlotte Huggins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Dubbed: Japanese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 14, 2000
  • Run Time: 38 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767849450
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,575 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thrill Ride - The Science of Fun (Large Format)" on IMDb

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This was my first rollercoaster DVD purchase and I am terribly disappointed. I was expecting more "front-seat" coaster rides. I am afraid now to purchase other simular titles. I would prefer no sound other than actual effects of track noise and rider whoops, screams and yells.
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Thrill Ride The Science of Fun is a movie made for the IMAX theater, focusing on thrill rides. This is a boring, uninteresting film that gives a one-sided view of today's thrill rides. The producers of Thrill Ride think that the only type of thrill rides available today are motion simulators, and they are convinced that simulators are able to live up to real thrill rides, and may someday be the only type of thrill ride available. 32 out of 40 minutes are spent covering simulator rides. Unfortunately, this film was made in 1997, and a lot of new technology has since come on the market, leaving older, relatively low-tech attractions on this film. I am not one who enjoys motion simulators most of the time. This film spends a lot of time explaining how high-tech and very good quality computer-generated images are created and used. Of course, in 1997 technology was not that advanced, so the images they're talking about lack the realism of today's CGI. 5 minutes is spent on explaining how simulators for full size airplanes and jets work. I want thrill rides, not airplane sims! A portion of the film is hosted by a crazy old farmer/miner whose accent, attitude, and antics are completely unentertaining. The majority of thrill rides are roller coasters, not simulators, yet this film spends only 8 minutes on coasters and droptowers. Included are POV footage on Kumba and Montu, and Big Shot droptower in Las Vegas, as well as some rare footage from the old movie "This is Cinerama" featuring the defunct wood coaster from New York's defunct Rockaway Playland. Unfortunately, especially in the case of Cinerama, the entire ride is not shown, only a portion. I really wanted to see more of the Cinerama coaster, considering how it is impossible to ride it in reality.Read more ›
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By A Customer on January 30, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Buy one or all of the videos from the Thrill Rides box set instead of this selection. The video centers more on simulator attractions than "regular" thrill rides, which, in my opinion, isn't exciting unless your couch at home is moving violently like a simulator itself. You learn more about the science AND history of thrill rides in the previously noted video set as opposed to "The Science of Fun."
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A Kid's Review on April 4, 2002
Format: DVD
This movie was great but not really about roller coasters. They were more focused on simulators and computerized graphics.It is probably alot more thrilling to see in the Omni Theatre.All in all,it is a fun and interesting movie to watch.
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Thrill Ride is educational, while still living up to its name. Having enjoyed this while it was in IMAX theaters, I was extremely excited to see it on the small screen. Be warned, though, that if you view it on a large enough screen, you're likely to be pretty nauseous by the end. Even on a 19" screen you will still feel your stomach jerked this way and that. After the IMAX experience, it was a few hours before I recovered. Who knew nausea could be so fun?

A history of thrill rides, this film takes a deliberate slant toward motion simulators as we get closer to our own time. Since this is a movie about thrill rides, and not just roller coasters, that made sense to me. The history and technology behind thrill rides are cut in with fly-throughs of a few rides, some famous and some created (I believe) just for Thrill Ride. There's even a pretty good-sized chunk of the Back to the Future ride from Universal.

If you have even a passing interest in amusement park rides (especially motion simulators), or if you have a home theater projector, *definitely* get this movie.
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Good documentary on 3D ride simulators. Notice I said good and not great. But given that this video is just 40 minutes long, that isn't surprising. What this documentary briefly covers are the mechanics and the films that make up some of the virtual 3D rides. If you are familiar with IMAX videos such as "Alien Adventure", "Haunted Castle", or "Encounter in the Third Dimension" by nWave Pictures and like them, then you will probably like this one too. Some of the rides this video looks at are the "Haunted Mine Ride" and the Back-to-the-Future 3D ride, as well as a couple of other rides.

Couple of other things to maybe mention, the video is in full-frame format and parts seem formatted a little odd - I think that is because it was originally formatted for an IMAX sized screen - which view on a home sized television makes some stuff seem small. There is also a short behind-the-scenes making-of feature.
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