Great Barrier Reef Blu-ray Review

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great-barrier-reef-blu-ray-coverU.S. Release

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz/24-bit)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Running Time: 185 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: BBC
  • Blu-ray Release Date: April 9, 2013
  • List Price: $29.98

 

Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0/5]

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The Film

[Rating:4.5/5]

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A biologic miracle is the humongous reef that covers the eastern coast line of Australia. Seen from the perspective of the BBC Earth team, this is a universe without equal on our planet. There is so much life in this environment that it is new to us as revealed by Great Barrier Reef. The incredible overhead cinematography gives us unprecedented views of an incredible water world.

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Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

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Another slam dunk for BBC Earth.  The elements of this environment are seen as never before. One has to only go to one of the chapters to appreciate how the cinematographers reached out and got the essence of these natural miracles.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

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The default DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 soundtrack is evocative and does justice to the narrative and musical soundtracks.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:0/5]

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Surprising for this BBC nature series, there are no extras provided.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

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There is a message conveyed by this film that suggests the impact of global warming. It is a message that should be understood and respected, as this is a preventable disaster. The Great Barrier Reef has been awarded world heritage status and deservedly so. This film gives us an rare opportunity to see this incredible natural wonder of the world that we could only hope to visit in our dreams.  This is one travelogue to see over and over as its episodes will never cease to fascinate their viewers.

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0/5]

 

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