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Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Blu-ray

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IMAX / Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray Image Entertainment | 2007 | 40 min | Not rated | Nov 02, 2010

Dinosaurs Alive! 3D (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 MVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

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Single disc (1 BD)
BD-Live
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Blu-ray rating
3D 3.4 of 53.4
Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 2.8 of 52.8
Based on 5 user reviews

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Nature88%
Other22%
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Dinosaurs Alive! 3D

 (2007)

Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Blu-ray offers solid video and superb audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

Uncover the mysteries buried beneath our feet! Join the world's preeminent paleontologists in this eye-popping IMAX adventure as they uncover some of history's most astonishing dinosaur finds. Travel across the exotic dunes of the Gobi Desert and along the sandstone buttes of New Mexico as scientists make brand-new discoveries about dinosaur behavior, their environments and find what could be the oldest dinosaur ever unearthed in North America. With stunningly realistic and scientifically accurate CGI, you'll see these amazing creatures come alive...in a big way! Narrated by Michael Douglas.

For more about Dinosaurs Alive! 3D and the Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Blu-ray release, see Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Narrator: Michael Douglas

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Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Dinosaurs Alive! features a good, but not great, Blu-ray 3D presentation. It sparkles here and falls a bit short of expectations there, but the good far outweighs the bad. Detail is solid-to-excellent throughout; never is the movie quite as perfectly detailed as Wild Ocean's surface shots, but viewers can expect to see plenty of definition in various sands and earth covering fossils or, in the CGI sequences, the immaculate texturing of the rough dinosaur hides. Colors are steady throughout, whether the many earth tones that dominate much of the film or the brighter hues as seen on automobiles and clothing. Black levels are sturdy and never overpowering of important details, while flesh tones appear accurately reproduced in those scenes featuring human scientists and students. There's no evidence of banding or blocking, but there are a few jagged edges seen on slim horizontal surfaces within the museum as well as a few pops and scratches littered infrequently over the film. These general attributes neither impress nor disappoint; when it comes to its everyday visuals, Dinosaurs Alive! is merely a good, not great, high definition presentation.

Likewise, the 3D elements are quite good but the overall experience isn't as perfect as most would hope. As to the good news, Dinosaurs Alive! offers the expectedly awe-inspiring sense of depth in every 3D scene; there are quite a few shots that stand out as some of the best yet seen on a Blu-ray 3D release, particularly those shots that put even greater emphasis on the spacing between objects by definitively identifying a foreground object and using it to further enhance the spaciousness of a location. One example is a glass barricade seen inside a museum early in the film. It's located right in front of the camera at the bottom right-hand corner of the frame, and it perfectly offsets everything else within view, whether the dinosaur bones that extend back what seems like dozens of feet and the handful of museum patrons perusing the exhibit. Another such moment comes around the 10:28 mark as an in-close rock formation -- again appearing on the bottom right-hand portion of the screen -- perfectly offsets the formations that are further out at some distance from the viewer. The depth is good to begin with, but when there are one or more objects in-frame which can be used as markers of sorts to more accurately judge spacing within these 3D worlds, the better the effect seems. Dinosaurs Alive! is packed with quality 3D effects, notably in the form of elongated dinosaurs -- both fossilized and animated -- that seem to extend out of and well into the screen when they are viewed almost head-on or turned at a slight angle. Like Wild Ocean, Dinosaurs Alive! features some old video footage offset against a relatively static backdrop; here, not only does the video box appear to hover over the screen, but it almost looks perpendicular to the still and flat image behind it. Text -- including the opening credits -- and several objects atop a solid black backdrop appear to float above the screen, too. The single best shot, though, comes as the camera pans over several diggers at the 29:50 mark; watch for incoming dirt a few seconds later!

Unfortunately, not every 3D effect works so well. Several scenes feature either excessively elongated or obviously squished and "fat" visuals that appear of a more normal shape and size in the 2D presentation. Around the 14-minute mark is a shot of a car and two people that look unnaturally stretched out across the vertical axis, making them all appear far wider than natural. A similar phenomena occurs around the 25-minute mark where a red jeep looks far too skinny. The 3D effect in both cases is fine and does its job -- the hood of the red jeep, for instance, seems to jut straight out of the television -- but the unnatural shapes are enough to take the viewer out of the moment, lose focus of the film, and wonder why objects look squished or stretched. Fortunately, most of the film is absent such anomalies, with the majority of shapes looking just as they should. Additionally, viewers can expect to see a steady dosage of "ghosting" or "double images" throughout; replayed on the Panasonic TC-P50VT20, several shots suffer through what are arguably the worst instances of "ghosting" yet seen on a 3D Blu-ray. The 26:37 and 30:30 marks are the worst offenders, with the latter featuring two men lying on the ground while working on uncovering a fossil and looking like they have a reflection the size of their entire bodies off to one side. When Dinosaurs Alive!'s transfer is on, it's amazing, but there are just enough issues -- whether related to the 3D process or the way the movie was shot -- to yank the viewer out of the experience at several points. Please note that all screenshots posted in the review were captured from the 2D transfer located on the 3D disc.


Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

Dinosaurs Alive!'s DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack is the real strength of this presentation. It's big and powerful, just as should any modern production focusing on dinosaurs be. Music is delivered with power to spare and most excellent spacing, falling out of the sides and bringing a room-filling sensation along for the ride. Bass is found in a supportive role with regularity, and the dinosaur growls and snarls, too, are propped up and given an extra jolt of terror by a righteous low end. The surround channels offer up support for music and sound effects; the gusty winds of the Gobi desert in one scene seem to swirl around the listening area to great effect, heavy rain heard in chapter eleven saturates the soundstage, and a helicopter in one scene zips from back to front as its rotors tear through the listening area. Dinosaur screeches and footsteps seem to fill the room with floorboard-rattling ease. Michael Douglas' dry narration is handled expertly by the center channel, delivering each syllable with pinpoint accuracy. Image Entertainment's lossless soundtrack is every bit the supportive element this film needs.


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