Good Imax Film
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have purchase several Imax DVD'S. I would rank this film better than most(Grand Canyon and Niagra) and below (The Liveing Sea and Alaska. It is more educational but it does not lack spectacular photography. That is one of the reason I buy Imax is to see thing's you do not ordinarely see. Some Imax films try to tell two to four short stories in a film; to me those film's don't work. I do not buy Imax to see pedestrian plot's; I buy to learn and enjoy the photography. This film fits the bill. If your interested in volcanoe's I do not think you could buy a better film."
Very educational, not so entertaining.
Eduardo Middleton K. | Santiago, A.M. Chile | 08/24/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The standards for documentaries nowadays are very high. You need to succeed not only in the educational side of the story but also in entertaining the viewer. As an example, Greg Macgillivray's work in The Living Seas, Stormchasers or The Magic of Flight does everything in order to keep you on the edge of your seat without loosing the story's edge. Here, you can learn a lot from the sysmic and volcanic activities that determine most aspects of the people that live inside the Pacific Rim. Nevertheless, you never feel quite engaged and/or commited to the story as you do with the formerly referred work. The story starts with a visit to Chile's newly born Navidad crater and leads us through a journey that involves San Francisco, the Aleutian Islands, the coasts of the former U.S.S.R., Japan, Hawaii and Indonesia. Anyhow, some shots are impressive- like San Francisco's earthquake recordings- some are really dull. The video and audio quality are very good, though not impressive. Unless you want to complete your dvd collection, try other stuff such as the discs referred above or Africa-The Serengetti or Imax-Alaska."
Ring of Fire
P. Hofhansl | USA | 09/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I actually bought this for my 4 and 6 year old sons. They love it and it made them interested in volcanoes and earthquakes. They quote it! It is informative and shows more than a US perspective, although a lot of time is spent on San Fransisco, Mount St. Helens. and Hawaii. It also covers a Japan and Indonesia. It entertains and informs. The trailers included are good too."
All show not much substance.
Fleetlord Atvar | CO USA | 01/26/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"end of movie stated made in 1991. Not informative about the volcano's or the ring of fire, other than in general. the footage is good (by today standards) but doesn't seem to move from point to point without engaging the audience. The only part that came close was the Indonesian culture connection to the volcano. a large part of the film tries to show the different culture effects of earthquake (wait wasn't this about volcanoes only?) and volcanoes on the local population, for USA baseball?? Pass it up unless you want to see some footage of different volcanoes around the world, but they are basic footage.