Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Antarctica Dreaming By HDScape|
HD DVD + DVD Combo Disc
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
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 o... more »
A Near Masterpiece of Both Antarctic Wildlife & Scenery
D. Eidam | 06/26/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After ordering the HDscape Sampler HD-DVD (something I also purchased & reviewed on Amazon), I decided to take the plunge and order some more videos from HDscape. One of those videos happens to be Antarctica Dreaming, the one that stuck out the most on the entire sampler to me. I own the Xbox 360 HD DVD add on, and the video works like a charm. If it doesn't work properly, make sure you are signed into Xbox Live before starting the video. A firmware update might need to be installed that fixed menu glitches.
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.
The audio seems to be toned down a little bit so that you can hear the commentator and the ambient music better. The sounds the wildlife make are very quiet and I don't know if its just me, but I would have loved to hear the sounds of nature more clearly than the ambience added. However, I think HDscape's vision is ambience, as seen from there sampler disc, where all but Antarctica Dreaming are pretty much purely ambient videos.
Overall, I would have to recommend this HD-DVD first over all the HDscape products, as this one serves as both ambient listening, and a nature documentary. The added bonus footage makes this even a better treat. If you have kids that liked the movies Happy Feet, March of the Penguins, or the newer Surf's Up, its definitely recommended. As for a nature documentary enthusiast, pick up Planet Earth first."
Most amazing movie yet on hd dvd
Karim F. Amersi | Santa Monica, Ca U.S.A | 06/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best hd dvd i have ever seen. It blows away planet earth and King Kong. It is simply breathtaking. I had a little issue on my XA-2 but had it play wonderfully on my xbox hd dvd players. The scene with the penguins it to cry for, the color details, are simply spectacular. Eye candy, the best kind to show off hd dvd , the best format in the world"
Really Good HD ambient
S. Murray | Seattle | 07/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The video quality in this title is extremely good. As noted in the review by D. Eidam, there are some minor compression artifacts in some of the darker background shots, but even then the foreground is very good. The selection of content was also very good, none of it seems like it should be on the cutting room floor. The inclusion of some time lapse landscapes of clouds was well done and in many places action is modestly slowed down during action.
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."
Audio very disappointing
will wilderness | Grand Canyon, Arizona | 02/10/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Although the picture quality is excellent, this film moves very slowly and the commentary is very slow and plotting.Reminds me of some professors I had in college. This makes for grate visual or backgroung to show off your HD capabilitues. Unlike Planet Earth ( The best of both visual & educational) this DVD is just visual. Yes I will keep it, but wished I had purchased something else."