One word, "Weak"
Mark | Highlands Ranch, CO USA | 11/26/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I own and love many other IMAX DVDs, but this one was a huge disappointment. I never thought a director would need "reenactments" in a film about Yellowstone. I expected plenty of shots of geysers, animals, and scenery, they were very few. I was surprised when I watched it and found very little good to say about it, but one star is all I can give it."
rkass | Boston, MA | 03/04/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The disappointment was due to my expectations. I was hoping to see lots of wildlife footage, but had to settle for an apparently computer-generated bear in one of the historical reenactments. I also expected more beuatiful scenery of the park --surprisingly absent for an IMAX film. I've seen more interesting documentaries about Yellowstone on television."
Waste of time and money
rkass | 12/30/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I am a fan of IMAX movies in general, own several and have seen dozens. This one is the worst. I want to see IMAX movies to see stunning images of places that I likely will not ever get to visit in person. For example: in IMAX theatres I have been able to visit, via film, the Russian space station, participate in a climb of Mount Everest, explore underwater caves, etc. THAT'S why I want to see IMAX movies.The IMAX producers however, have put out several movies which are very short on those stunning images and long on filler material which consists mainly of new age propaganda and historical re-enactments. To some degree one has to put up with this stuff in most IMAX movies, but it can usually be overlooked if you're not interested. However, in Yellowstone, the producers made a short movie of only about 30 minutes and then packed in about 25 minutes of this garbage. The viewer only gets to see the stunning sights of Yellowstone for a few minutes. Those sights are indeed excellent, but its far too little, far too late. This DVD is a total waste of time and money and should be avoided. IMAX Producers: you should be ashamed of yourselves!"
Informative with scenic shots, but not IMAX perfect
grohaz | Tampa,FL | 12/19/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Yellowstone IMAX DVD does a good job of capturing informative key moments of the Yellowstone history. Beginning with Native Americans to the birth of the first National Park to the scientific exploration, the DVD features a nice collection of scenic shots and historic information.
Having worked in the park, I can easily relate to the historic segments, but to a viewer with no previous knowledge about Yellowstone, the mix of reenacted scenes and contemporary scenic shots can seem a little disjointed at times.
I've read a lot of the negative reviews and wanted to give this movie a little more respect than it received before. The shots are very scenic, the historic information is accurate, and the movie takes me right back to this special place.
Despite my positive review, I only gave it four stars since the advantage of the IMAX format could have been used a lot more frequently. There are some awesome IMAX shots in this movie, such as the flight over a waterfall, but overall such great IMAX scenes are too short and not nearly enough.