[font=" 'Merriweather Sans'"]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.[/font] To The Arctic Studio: Warner Bros. Product Release: March 26, 2013 Ratio: 1.78:1 Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Dolby Digital French & Spanish 5.1 Running Time: 40 minutes Rating: G On A Scale 0-5 Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 3 3D Separation: 3 3D In Yo' Face Factor: 2 I always enjoy watching these IMAX 3D titles coming out of Warner's library. Immersing the viewer in glorious 3D, these documentaries offer a captivating look at the world around us. To The Arctic continues the IMAX tradition of taking us to regions that are generally inaccessible -- in this case, the Arctic, which is the polar region located at the top of our earth. Where the temperature usually reaches 30 below, we meet a mother polar bear and her two seven-month old cubs as they attempt to survive the wilderness within the changing, warming Arctic climate. As you would expect, global warming is to blame for the melting of the ice caps which is making it more difficult for wildlife to survive there. Narrated by Meryl Streep, the documentary tends to cater more to children than adults with its depiction of playful animals and constant reminders that these creatures need their frigid cold environment to survive. WIth the arctic warming twice as fast than any other place on earth, the polar bears are finding it increasingly difficult to hunt for food, and are in more danger of being hunted themselves from hungry predators. As would be expected from these IMAX presentations, the transfer is visually flawless. From the breathtaking waterfalls created by the melting ice caps to the close-ups of polar bears and caribou, the viewer is constantly mesmerized by the amount of detail that only this high definition format can provide. Unfortunately, the 3D doesn't seem to add as much impact to the story as it does to other IMAX films I have seen. Outside of a title sequence with its snowflakes that place themselves outside the screen, the overall effectiveness of the 3D process is mixed. Levels of depth seem to change from one shot to another, with some sequences looking more flat than others. Perhaps, this is not the most inviting environment for spectacular 3D effects. Still, I must say that I thought the underwater sequences involving swimming polar bears and walrus were the most stunning to watch. It was almost as if I could reach out and touch these creatures. If the 3D doesn't immerse you wholly, the 5.1 DTS-HD MA track will make up for the void. This is a very aggressive mix that takes advantage of placing action across all the channels. With narration clearly emanating from the front, the rears do an exceptional job of delivering ambient sounds that include the crackles and crunches of the melting ice, the grunts of walrus, and the flyby of dozens of birds during their flock. Steve Wood has written the music for this film and it's quite enveloping with a chorus that resides mostly within the rear channels. As an added treat, the soundtrack also features familiar and original music from Paul McCartney. CONCLUSION When considering the many IMAX titles I have reviewed, it's difficult to place To The Arctic as the best of the bunch. While it's visually perfect in both 2D and 3D, the latter format doesn't really add enough impact to justify the exorbitant price that is being asked for its purchase. There really are better 3D IMAX titles to consider and you can check my list to see which ones I recommend most. Images are for illustrative purpose only not representative of the picture quality of this disc.