The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System
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We are in the midst of the greatest era of space discovery. Twenty first-century spacecraft and sophisticated imaging technology are venturing into uncharted territory every day, and much of the extraordinary phenomena are happening right in our own cosmic backyard.
Take an exhilarating, unprecedented 3D tour of the seven most amazing wonders of our solar system, beginning with a trip to Enceladus, one of Saturn s outer moons, where icy geysers spout from its surface. Then venture to Saturn s famous rings, which contain mountain ranges that rival the Alps; dive into Jupiter s Great Red Spot, the eye of the biggest storm in the solar system; soar through the Asteroid Belt, made of millions of rocks left over from the formation of the solar system; trek up Mount Olympus, the largest volcano located on Mars; have a close encounter with the searing surface of the sun; and finish the journey by exploring our very own home planet Earth.
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Here's what the product info doesn't tell you. This is not an IMAX movie, or any other feature. It's one of those History Channel science shows. There are short segments on each of the "7 Wonders of the Solar System". The science is pretty simplistic. (The Sun is Hot, the Earth is Pretty, Saturn has Rings). The places where we come back from commercial and they recap what has been in the previous part of the show and what's coming up after the next commercial break comprise more than 10% of the content. They might have improved it by at least editing this as if we were going watch it commercial free.
The 3D quality? Very poor. The primary 3D is an animated frame that shadowboxes the edges of the 2D content. By animated I mean drawn, not moving - it's pretty stationary. The poor little animated spaceship is what your kids make when they get their first animation software. Only a couple of times when it goes to hyper drive is there actually a 3D effect of the stars.
There are maybe 10 minutes of okay 3D in this - a couple of minutes of NASA spacecraft animation, a couple of minutes of nature footage in the Earth segment, and (the only really nice thing) a recreation of the data from the 3D solar observatory. The sun looks rather conical, but at least it's high def and interesting.
If you must buy this, try to get in touch with those who wrote the 5 star reviews- they must have way better vision than I do, or possibly mood altering potions to share.
I watched this on a Panasonic TC-P65VT25 set and a Panasonic DMP-BDT100 player, which I've also used to watch Legends of the Guardians, Avatar, Resident Evil: Afterlife, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, all in 3D. The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System is the first one that made me feel nauseous. This could be because of the uneven 3D effect that had some very bad ghosting. When it was good, no ghosting, and a very deep 3D field, with some good pop-out effects too, but when that ghosting reared its ugly head, it was in your face, no need to look for it, and very distracting. About half of the show was good, half bad.
The show itself was OK, and a nice compliment to The Universe series, which is a very simplified science series, and continued here. What did annoy me was the section where the interviewees were talking about how 'Hollywood' got things wrong with how it portrayed the asteroid belt, then the show continued to make the same 'mistake'. I was hoping that they would take the time to show what it actually would look like, not just describe it, but they kept going back to the same inaccurate portrayal. Annoying.
This is one 'blind buy' I am sorry I made.
Also, the computer generated imagery is a bit dated. Its kind of subjective, so YMMV.
Beyond that, it is enjoyable and my 8 year old daughter wants to watch it again and again.