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Tropical Rainforest
Tropical Rainforest
Actor: Geoffrey Holder
Director: Ben Shedd
Genres: Educational, Documentary
NR     1997     0hr 40min

This 40-minute documentary was one of the first commercially released DVDs. It should serve as a welcome introduction for those who are interested in but know little about the tropical rainforest and the process of defores...  more »

     

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Actor: Geoffrey Holder
Director: Ben Shedd
Creators: Timothy Housel, Ben Shedd, Vincent Stenerson, Marian White, Mike Day, Simon Campbell-Jones
Genres: Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, Documentary
Studio: Lumivision
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/26/1997
Release Year: 1997
Run Time: 0hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French, Dutch, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

Regret for Buying it..
Krishna Polina | Potomac Falls, VA | 09/28/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Very poor MPEG transfer...
Krishna Polina | 08/31/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Worst IMAX I ever saw
Krishna Polina | Potomac Falls, VA | 12/27/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)

"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"
Waste of money!
Krishna Polina | 03/18/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)

"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."