3D Blu-ray Review THE HTF 3D ADDICT: Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs

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    What can I say?  I love 3D!  From the moment I began watching 3D content in my home I quickly discovered that I needed more content.  I suspect that those of you just purchasing your first 3D hardware will acquire the same ferocious appetite.  That's why I became the HTF 3D ADDICT.  I personally love images that pop off the screen and come inches away from your face without becoming overly gimmicky.  However, I certainly appreciate the nature documentaries that offer beautiful depth and separation.  These are not necessarily reviews of the film themselves.  I am not going to concentrate on story or supplements -- you can find the 2D reviews elsewhere on this forum.  My job is to let you know exactly what kind of 3D experience to expect from the titles that are being released.   As I will be receiving a handful of new product from the studios expect to see more title coverage.


    Secrets of the Pharaohs

    Studio: Image

    Product Release: April 5, 2011

    Ratio: 1.78:1

    Audio: English,Spanish and French DTS-HD Master Audio

    Running Time: 39 Minutes

    Rating: NR

    ON A SCALE 0-5

    Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 4

    3D Separation: 5

    3D In Yo' Face Factor: 1

    Oh what a time it was being a King of Egypt some

    3,000 years ago.  Not only were you worshipped as

    a God and had temples built in your honor along the

    Nile, but upon death, your body was perfectly

    preserved through the process of mummification.

    Secrets of the Pharaohs examines one of the world's

    greatest phenomenons - Egypt's Mummies.  Narrated

    by Christopher Lee, this 2007 IMAX presentation 

    combines convincing reenactments of Egypt circa 

    1267 B.C. along with footage of top scientists and 

    their studies into forensics that could perhaps lead

    to medical breakthroughs for modern day cures.

    Viewers of this documentary learn that Egyptian 

    priests created the first mummies ever known. 

    The Kings loved life and wanted to live beyond

    death.  They believed that dying was a gateway

    to the next world where a paradise awaited them.

    The mummification process ensured that the spirit

    of the body was prepared for the afterlife. However,

    for the longest period of time scientists had no

    idea to the secret ingredients used for embalming.

    Enter Bob Brier, one of the world's foremost 

    experts on mummies.  He is also one of the first

    modern-day scientists who have been able to

    actually duplicate the mummification process.

    Secrets of the Pharoahs presents a wealth of 

    history for anyone with a hunger to learn about

    these ancient times.  For instance, viewers will

    learn about Heinrich Brugsch who cracked the

    heiroglyphic code which led him to the discovery

    of King Rameses II's tomb in 1881 with the help

    of some local tomb raiders.

    Of course we get to see footage of lots of mummies

    courtesy of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.  

    Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs lives up to

    the benchmark that these IMAX presentations

    are known for.  The panoramic Egyptian environment

    is so effectively brought out in razor sharp detail

    and enhanced with the dimensionality 3D offers 

    that it becomes a stunning watch.  There is a 

    great deal of depth perception here though rarely

    does anything poke out of the screen except for

    the opening and closing titles and a quick shot 

    of mummy toes.  

    Ghosting can be a recurring problem here due

    to the fact that there is a lot of footage taken

    in dark environments such as caves lit by torch

    fire, which results in double imaging.  Not a huge

    problem by any stretch but worth mentioning.

    The accompanying audio soundtrack is rather 

    potent and immersive.  Dialogue is handled

    firmly in the center speaker while music sweeps

    across the remaining tracks with clarity and 

    force.  The rears aptly support effect noises

    that include windswept rain and crashes.  There

    is also an abundant amount of LFE activity that

    supports the film's sound effects and music. In 

    all, the soundtrack is the perfect companion to 

    the 3D visuals.

    The disc includes a "making of" documentary

    which was shot in High Definition.


    One of the things that I enjoy most about these IMAX

    discs is that they give me an incredible amount of insight

    into modern and historical research -- taking me to the

    farthest corners of the Earth, and sometimes beyond its

    outer boundaries.  

    If you are looking for an eye-popping 3D thrill-ride 

    experience, then Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs

    is not for you.

    However, this mildly entertaining documentary will be

    enjoyed by anyone intrigued by Egyptian history.  These

    viewers will no doubt be fascinated by the film's realistic

    re-enactments of that period perfectly captured in 3D.


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    Oppo BDP-93 3D Blu-ray player

    Denon 3808CI Receiver

    Atlantic Technology H-PAS AT-1 fronts, 4400 center; 4200 rear speakers

    SV Sound Subwoofer


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