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
Product Release: April 5, 2011
Audio: English,Spanish and French DTS-HD Master Audio
Running Time: 39 Minutes
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
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.
LG 60PX950 THX Certified 3D display
Oppo BDP-93 3D Blu-ray player
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