S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Producer/Director/Writer Noel Dockstader, 2010)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: National Geographic Video
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,109,212,679 bytes
Feature Size: 20,733,369,600 bytes
Video Bitrate: 27.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 21st, 2010
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution:1080i / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
English (SDH), none
• Treasure Seekers - Lost City of the Incas (52:40 in SD)
Description: How could a civilization that mastered the planet suddenly Collapse? Inspired by the New York Times best-selling book "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed", NGC time travels 200 years into the future to see what the world would look like after civilization as we know it collapsed. Guided by author Jared Diamond, we'll piece together the remarkable story of what on earth triggered our decline.
TREASURE SEEKERS: LOST CITIES OF THE INCA
On the Book(from Wikipedia HERE):
Tim Flannery gave Collapse the highest praise in Science, writing:
The Economist's review was generally favorable, although the reviewer had two disagreements. First, the reviewer felt Diamond was not optimistic enough about the future. Secondly, the reviewer claimed Collapse contains some erroneous statistics: for instance, Diamond supposedly overstated the number of starving people in the world.
University of British Columbia professor of ecological planning William
Rees wrote that Collapse's most important lesson is that
societies most able to avoid collapse are the ones that are most agile;
they are able to adopt practices favorable to their own survival and
avoid unfavorable ones. Moreover, Rees wrote that Collapse is "a
necessary antidote" to followers of Julian Simon, such as Bjørn Lomborg
who authored The Skeptical Environmentalist. Rees explained this
assertion as follows:
In a recent edition of Energy and Environment, Jennifer Marohasy
of the Institute of Public Affairs has a critical review of Collapse,
in particular its chapter on Australia’s environmental degradation.
Marohasy claims that Diamond reflects a popular view that is reinforced
by environmental campaigning in Australia, but which is not supported by
evidence, and argues that many of his claims are easily disproved.
While Diamond doesn't reject the approach of traditional historians, his
book, according to Gladwell, vividly illustrates the limitations of that
approach. Gladwell demonstrates this with his own example of a recent
ballot initiative in Oregon, where questions of property rights and
other freedoms were subject to a free and healthy debate, but serious
ecological questions were given scant attention.
Like a few National G. digital presentations I've seen - this is also interlaced (1080i). This is compounded by the fact the cinematography and effects look downright amazing and would be so much better in-motion if not for the 'combing' effect produced. This is probably: a) the technical manner it was shot (in HD) and/or b) the exact way it was broadcast on the National Geographic Channel (premiere: September 18th, 2010). Dependant on your system it can still be very impressive with vast sky and desert vistas as well as under water photography. Almost exclusively shot in daylight it is bright and clean with no digital noise, other than the artifacts of the interlacing as a strong negative. This Blu-ray might even be worthy to play when less-HD-discerning friends come over - certainly the topic of Collapse is a great conversation starter and many people will view these visuals open-mouthed.
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No lossless and the Dolby Digital 5.1 could have used some further bass punch here and there. It's consistent and clear - mostly audio coming from the front - devoid of notable depth or range. There are optional English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
There is only one extra - another National Geographic Special - Treasure Seekers - Lost City of the Incas running 52-minutes in SD. While it doesn't relate much to Collapse - it is very interesting. It's about Hiram Bingham's discovery of the ruins of Macchu Picchu which opened up the glories of the Inca civilization to the entire world. Lots of history and one of the great finds of all time.
Since Jared Diamond was part of the production (as well as writing the book) - I would have thought, at least, a supplemental interview would have been appropriate.
September 16th, 2010
About the Reviewer: 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 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 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
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze