H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def DVDs by Gary W. Tooze
Introduction: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible
Sony BDP-S300 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player
Gary W. Tooze
Cosmic Voyage / Destiny in Space - IMAX [Blu-ray]
(Bayley Silleck, 1996 - Ben Burtt, Phyllis Ferguson, 1994)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Warner / IMAX
Feature Runtime: 36:09 + 39:51
Feature film disc size: 5.6 Gig + 5.73 Gig
One single-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 14th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Video codec: VC1
Product Description: Cosmic Journey in IMAX - this Academy Award Nominee combines live action with state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery to pinpoint where humans fit in our every-expanding universe. Highlighting this journey is a 'cosmic zoom' based on the powers of 10 extending from the surface of the earth to the largest observable structures of our universe and then back to the sub-nuclear realm - a guided tour across 42 orders of magnitude (narrated by Morgan Freeman)...
Narrated by noted actor Morgan Freeman, this NASA-sponsored film takes audiences on an amazing, educational journey about perspective, particularly in the large-screen format, as it zooms from telescopic to microscopic extremes. Expanding by powers of ten, the film starts with a one-meter circle of performers in Venice surrounded by a ten-meter circle of spectators. Multiplying the distance by ten each time, the sights quickly travel to the edges of our solar system and beyond. Sliding back down the scale, the story then takes viewers into the negative powers of ten as it exams the microscopic world in a drop of pond water.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Immensely impressive considering the file sizes are only slightly in advance of a standard dual-layered DVD! I suspect the shortness of the two features can support the argument for the limited size. Regardless, the visuals are quite stunning at times - whether this be more credit to the cinematography or the 1080P resolution. The screen captures below should bear out the depth and clarity of the images. Colors are strong, detail is surprising in its sharpness and there is minimal noise present. There are a few scattered speckles. Overall as they expand to fill more of the Blu-ray - this image can only improve... and it looks wonderful now!
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October 14th, 2008