Adventures in Wild California will send you careening down an icy, steep mountain face with snowboarders; twirling on thermals above the clouds with sky surfers; swimming through the oceans with otters and their surrogate ... more »human mother; excavating the very heart of a thirty-story-tall Giant Sequoia with botanists and emerging from under the spray of one of the world's biggest surfable waves. The heart-pounding imagery recreates an experience of California's farthest edges that few will ever know first-hand. Narrated by Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue, L.A. Law); featuring music by Lindsey Buckingham. Ever wonder, "how did they do that?" The Making of 'Adventures in Wild California, shot on High-Definition Video, takes you behind the scenes.« less
"I saw the theatrical version of this movie about 3 months ago and just got the DVD release. I thought the film was great when I saw it in the IMAX theater at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. However, the DVD just didn't look right to me. The vibrant colors that I saw in the theater were not there and the soundtrack was not transfered very well to either DD 5.1 or DTS 5.1. The DVD was a disappointment. The video quality of the "Making of" feature was not worthy of DVD release. I own about a dozen IMAX films on DVD. This and another one that I bought at the same time could have been better. Both were released by Image Entertainment. I have gotten some real low quality DVD releases from Image Entertainment and this continues the trend for me."
Adventures in Wild California - Awesome!
RIchard J Coleman Jr | Orange County, CA United States | 11/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first Imax movie I ever saw was Everest and I loved it- each and every one of my several viewings. I never imagined that another Imax movie could surpass the enthusiasm I felt for Everest. Seeing Adventures In Wild California changed all that. I was thoroughly entertained, absorbed, and amazed from beginning to end. The movie opens with incredible sky surfing footage accompanied with a perfect choice of music. The opening put a smile on my face and sent a sense of awe through my system that didn't diminish until well past the closing credits. The good news is - the rest of the film really rocks also. Another highlight for example is the footage of the big waves at Mavericks. The waves themselves are unbelievable, but so is the footage of the surfers surfing and "attempting" to surf them. I loved it and I don't even surf! I believe "awe" is the best word used to describe how I felt throughout much of the film, I found myself in awe again when the Imax cameras moved to the groves of Giant Sequoias that were referred to as "sacred". The movie inspired me to search out the Sequoias and I was amazed to learn that as an Orange County resident they were only 4 hours from my house - including the biggest tree in the world - General Sherman. A short hike from General Sherman is the Washington Tree - the tree featured in the movie! A weekend trip to the giant Sequoias gave confirmation to the word "sacred." If I had not seen "Adventures" I'm sure I never would have visited such a remarkable place. I'm thankful to "Adventures" for inspiring my trip. There's a lot more great stuff in the movie that I haven`t mentioned and I would highly recommend checking it out. Unfortunately, I imagine the DVD won't have the same impact as the BIG screen, but I will still be first in line on the 20th to eagerly add this DVD to my collection."
Heart Pounding Look Into Wild California
RIchard J Coleman Jr | 05/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was an excellent look into the adrenaline pumping thrills that some Californians do, as well as looking at the wondrous sights. The filming was excellent, it allowed you to feel like you were there falling in the sky as a skydiver, or riding a wave as a surfer. My heart pounded as I watched. Since I am too chicken to try it myself, I got as close as possible to the real thing watching the IMAX film."
Almost as good as a California Vacation
Cam Op | Oklahoma City, OK United States | 03/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A wonderful way to introduce your kids to the wonders of California. This is a great way to spend an evening in front of the TV and enjoying the great music, visuals, and scenery. The Golden Gate Bridge shots are amazing. Highly recommended !! And if it plays at an IMAX near you, DON'T MISS IT!!!!"
One of the best DVD's I own!
Mason Eng | Valencia, CA United States | 07/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have a 60" Sony widescreen and its awesome watching Adventures in Wild California on it. The music is good and the photography is excellent. I highly recommend this DVD to anyone. DTS IS GREAT!"