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3D Blu-ray Review THE HTF 3D ADDICT: Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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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.






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    Dinosaurs:

    Giants of Patgonia



    Studio: Image

    Product Release: March 1, 2011

    Ratio: 1.78:1

    Audio: English, French DTD-HD Master Audio 5.1

    Running Time: 40 Minutes

    Rating: NR


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    ON A SCALE 0-5

    Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 5

    3D Separation: 5

    3D In Yo' Face Factor: 3


    IMAX redeems itself with Dinosaurs and 3D




    I am completely satisfied with some of the latest offerings

    from IMAX that Image Entertainment is bringing to the 

    home 3D market.


    After all, some of Image's initial offerings were pretty lackluster,

    to say the least.  Dinosaurs Alive!, among their first IMAX

    offerings, was so boring and badly produced for 3D that I 

    recommended enthusiasts keep their distance from it.  

    Fortunately, IMAX and IMAGE are back with a vengeance

    offering up some new, well produced 3D fare.  


    Narrated by Donald Sutherland, Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia

    is a fascinating film that focuses on the history, evolution 

    and extinction of the dinosaurs.  The documentary mostly fixates

    on the region of Patgonia located in southernmost portion of

    South America.  Whereas 700 species of dinosaurs have been

    found, 10% of them have been discovered in this Argentina 

    region over the past 30 years.


    We are introduced to Paleontologist Rodolfo Coria, who brings

    us into the world of the largest known dinosaurs and some of

    the great paleontological discoveries of modern time. Two of

    the largest creatures to roam that landscape were the Argentinosaur

    and Gigantosaur, remarkably recreated with CG technology to

    lifesize proportions.


    This IMAX feature is expertly produced, combining gorgeous

    footage of the Patagonia landscape along with highly-convincing

    computer generated renditions of monstrous dinosaurs that look

    mostly realistic.  I say this because some footage looks more

    believable than others.  At its best, the CG approaches the

    complexities of what can be seen in Walking With Dinosaurs.  

    It's convincing enough that big kids should have the biggest thrills,

    though despite the initial warning given at the start of the film, I

    never felt that the subject matter would be too intense for the

    small ones.


    The 3D presentation is top-shelf.  With a sharp sense of separation,

    you find yourself in yet another IMAX picture window journey through

    gorgeous landscapes that look amazing in its dimensionality.  With a

    crisp, well detailed 1080p transfer, you can't help but sit back and be

    drawn into the panorama that immerses you.  There are lots of

    sequences involving various species of dinosaurs both on the ground 

    and flying above.  You'll appreciate the 3D rendering that has these

    creatures poking their noses out of the screen and hurdling small

    rocks in your direction as a herd passes through .


    Adding to the authenticity of the computer graphics is an

    extremely active and effective soundtrack that takes 

    advantage of every single channel with its clever directionality.

    Throughout the film, effects emanate across the entire

    soundstage with precise clarity.  From the booming grunts 

    and growls of fierce meat-eating dinosaurs to the subtle 

    flapping of wings belonging to a pterodactyl, sounds are

    extremely well defined and skillfully placed.  To top it

    off there's a booming LFE track that had my subwoofer

    vibrating the floor with every stomp of the 8-ton prehistoric

    creatures.



    CONCLUSION


    There are plenty of reasons to recommend this title

    as a worthy purchase.  It makes for the perfect family

    3D presentation with repeated viewings coming from

    kids and preteens who won't get enough of the dinosaurs.

    Image has also sensibly priced this disc at well under

    $20 which is the perfect price for a feature running 40

    minutes in length.


    IMAX continues to be the leader in taking you

    places and introducing you to strange life with

    its mind-blowing detail and stunning photography.  

    I am proud to write that Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia

    stands as one of the best 3D titles in the Image library.




    Equipment


    LG 60PX950 THX Certified 3D display

    Oppo BDP-93 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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    SOLD! Just used the HTF Amazon link to make the purchase.
     
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    Let us know what you think after watching it.
     
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    Not one of the 10 best, but still pretty good. It's, by far, the best 3D dinosaur documentary I've seen. I did notice some banding, and a few instances of very minor ghosting, but overall I agree with Ron that it's a pretty good 3D presentation, and I'd recommend it without reservation.


    I did notice a few scenes that looked a bit odd however, and I wonder if anyone else noticed it and might be able to explain. There is a scene where a laptop computer is open on the ground in the foreground, and it appeared to me that the keyboard was twice as long as the screen. Then there was a red suv that drives and parks towards the left of the screen, and appears to have the front end of a stretch limo. Perhaps these are unavoidable Imax 3D composition anomalies?


    Took a chance (partly because they were in my Amazon Gold Box "Quick Pick" Specials) and pre-ordered 3D Yogi Bear, and 3D Gulliver's Travels. Haven't seen either movie yet, but I like Jack Black, and Yogi is a childhood favorite.
     
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    So happy to hear you enjoyed the documentary. Would

    have felt bad if you didn't.

    If I have time I will check out the anomalies you brought up.


    I have Yogi Bear in front of me and should have it reviewed

    by Sunday afternoon, well in advance of street date.


    You do realize Gulliver's Travels is not in 3D. Have no idea

    why Fox chose not to release it in its theatrical format.
     
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    No, I didn't. Amazon has it listed as being in 3D. If they made a mistake, I'll have to cancel :(
     
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    How 'bout that.


    Nowhere in this press release does Fox indicate

    a 3D release of Gulliver's Travels.


    Yet, Fox has quietly announced plans for a release.


    Keep that preorder. Thanks for this news.
     

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