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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder

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    [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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.


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    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.
  2. Everett S.

    Everett S. Movie King (formally a projectionist)

    Aug 24, 1998
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    It's a crime what WE are doing to Mother EARTH. When I talk to some young people about the animals and FORRESTS I am shocked at the response I get, like people are more important then the rest of Earth!!! And they have small children. GOD help them! and the future.

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