Explore the mysterious Amazon through the amazing IMAX (R) experience and celebrate the beauty, vitality and wonder of this magical rain forest, which is disappearing at an alarming rate. Filmmakers overcame many difficult... more »ies to photograph this rarely seen tropical landscape and present it with all the visual power associated with IMAX. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Linda Hunt, this unique collaboration between an American scientist and a tribal shaman on a mission to find rare medicinal plants will amaze and astound you.« less
"Please ignore the technology debates. This is one of the very best IMAX films ever produced, and one of the best documentaries- in ANY format- on the Amazon ecosystem in all its glory. It is simply unsurpassed in its depiction of the awe-inspiring variety and scale of these legendary forests; all that's missing is the heat & humidity. Rather than the usual stupefying one-note narratives of conventional IMAX films, this one has real stories about fascinating people. The photography is stunning, the music is excellent, and the price is unbelievably fair. You can't miss with this one."
A Medicine Man's Journey
Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 08/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mirrors of clouds dance across miles of glossy river as aerial views create a sense of breathless wonder. The vast expanses are captured with an added sense of magic. As a medicine man seeks plants with curative powers he wanders through lost cities embraced by ancient mountains.
He braves formidable rapids and takes a train ride. The dense forests and river are the focus and you can see a sloth swimming and brief glimpse of a jaguar. Pink dolphins revel in sunlit spaces of peaceful beauty and snakes slither through muddy ponds shadowed by towering trees.
Waterfalls as if from a dream, appear and disappear. Indian tribes help researchers find medicinal plants and babies are found drifting, asleep on water lily pads. We learn about leaves that will heal injuries and why tribes use spider webs for medicinal purposes.
The story of the medicine man gives the story continuity and the images of nature's splendor are beyond awe invoking. My kitten Meesa was absolutely entranced by the fast moving images of boats on the rivers and was batting at images on the screen.
Also of interest:
Storm Chasers Dolphins Coral Reef Adventure Journey Into Amazing Caves
~The Rebecca Review "
Excellent imagery...interesting story
D. SHAH | 08/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is even better than the Coral Reef film I bought. It has much sharper and interesting imagery and the story is not dumbed down like in the reef film. This film is an excellent demo film for hdtv and it has some of the most fascinating images i have ever seen.
BTW: If you have problems playing these discs, insert the disc, ALT-F4 when the built in hdtv player pops up to close it, run the licgen.exe on the root of the drive, then use windows media player to play the wmv of the film which is in the videos directory."
Rick Duim idiotic review
Sean Keegan | Lake Elsinore, CA United States | 07/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rick Duim has no idea what he is talking about. #1. you do not register any personal information with Microsoft or anyone else when you register to watch WM9 HD material. You do not fill in any forms or anything of the sort. When you put the disc in, it checks to make sure the disc you are attempting to play is a legitimate copy and that is it. After your 1 week viewing period is up, it just checks once again to make sure your copy is legal, and gives you another week, you could do this forever! There is no limit to how often or how long you watch the material.#2. This is true High Definition video. It looks STUNNING! If you have a computer powerful enough to play it it is WORTH IT! There are DVD players coming out at the end of the summer that can also play WM9 HD material, so you will not need a computer. I use a HD projector on a 14 foot wide screen to view my WM9 material, and it is better than going to the movies. Until HD DVDs come out (probably not for 2-3 years or longer) there is not really very many options to use your HD display with HD material. Regardless, the movie is great in HD or not, so get it for the movie itself, and if you want to see it in High Definition, at least you have the option."
Can't get license for WMVHD
E. Goldsmith | 03/12/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It's a good thing that this comes with 2 DVDs. The Amazon WMVHD disc wouldn't work since it would not get a license, so I watched the standard DVD format from the 2nd disc. I also bought the Coral Reef Adventure discs, and had no license problems with that WMVHD disc. ------------------------- Update: If autoplay is used, then it works fine (no problems with the license). I keep autoplay disabled because of Sony's rootkit on some of their CDs. A work-around is to go to My Computer, right-click on your DVD drive, then choose 'Autoplay' to start the movie."