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Kingdom of the Blue Whale Blu-ray

United States
National Geographic | 2009 | 90 min | Not rated | Mar 31, 2009

Kingdom of the Blue Whale (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH

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25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 2.4 of 52.4
Audio 2.5 of 52.5
Extras 1.2 of 51.2
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Kingdom of the Blue Whale

 (TV) (2009)

Kingdom of the Blue Whale Blu-ray features mediocre video and poor audio in this poor Blu-ray release

Big Blue sets out on an expedition to discover the secrets of the blue whale, and reveal its unknown calving and breeding grounds. National Geographic has supported the research of the worlds top blue whale scientist for years. Now, by working with them, we go on a mission around the globe. We dive deep under the surface with blue whales to discover what they do at depth. We use satellite tags to reveal their mammoth migrations. We identify individual whales to understand populations. DNA analysis reveals gender related behavioral differences. We explore the sea floor and water currents to uncover blue whale feeding strategies. Hydro acoustic microphones reveal whale song and whole dialects in blue whale communication. Ultimately we follow the California population of blue whales to a remote area of open ocean off Costa Rica . If we and our scientists are right, we will reveal the secret calving and breeding grounds of blue whales.

For more about Kingdom of the Blue Whale and the Kingdom of the Blue Whale Blu-ray release, see Kingdom of the Blue Whale Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.0 out of 5.



Kingdom of the Blue Whale Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.5 of 5

Like many low-budget nature documentaries produced for television, Kingdom of the Blue Whale arrives on Blu-ray with a problematic 1080i/VC-1 transfer that is never able to overcome the inadequacies of its patchwork visuals. Don't misunderstand, I'm more than capable of shrugging off shortcomings associated with the standard definition footage strewn throughout the film, but I can't overlook the troubling technical flaws that haunt its HD-sourced scenes. While the palette is generally bold and vibrant -- especially the deep blue hues of the rolling ocean, the stark orange and yellow coats worn by the biologists, and the multi-colored array of crates sitting atop several shipping freighters -- blacks are left unresolved, contrast occasionally wavers, and dimensionality is inconsistent. Even the CG inserts and interview segments are often soft, fuzzy, and indistinct. More distressingly, persistent artifacting combines forces with severe banding and frequent aliasing to create a variety of issues. There isn't a shot in the film that doesn't suffer from some manner of noise, ringing, or artificial sharpening. To its credit, the high definition footage boasts fairly commendable detail and effectively rendered textures.

Had the proficiency of Warner's transfer matched the documentary filmmakers' penchant for beautiful photography, the Blu-ray edition of Kingdom of the Blue Whale would at least have one redeeming factor. Sadly, it's as much a technical mess as it is a conceptual one.


Kingdom of the Blue Whale Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.0 of 5

Kingdom of the Blue Whale features a 448kbps Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track that isn't remarkable or involving enough to salvage Selleck's recording sessions or the documentary's terribly dreary, altogether front-heavy sound design. Despite air hiss, a few audible pops, and other environmental hindrances, voices are at their best during topside interviews and interior exchanges. Almost every line of narration is muffled and underwhelming, leaving very little to get excited about when it comes to the conversational nature of such a chatty documentary. LFE support doesn't lend any weight to effects, ambience is subdued to the point of being completely contained, and the track's dynamic range is as narrow as they come. Even when Selleck isn't speaking, the overall clarity of the mix is extremely poor, the soundfield (if that's what you want to call it) isn't immersive in the slightest, directionality is a joke, and just about every element of the soundscape sounds condensed and overly compressed. Simply put, the entire sonic experience is a bust.


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Kingdom of the Whale Announced - December 31, 2008

National Geographic in conjunction with Warner Home Video have announced that they will bring 'Kingdom of the Whale' to Blu-ray on March 31st, day-and-date with the DVD release. Technical specs have yet to be announced at this time, but you can expect 1080p VC-1 ...


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