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Space Station / Mission to Mir Blu-ray

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IMAX Warner Bros. | 1997-2002 | 2 Movies | 87 min | Not rated | Oct 14, 2008

Space Station / Mission to Mir (Blu-ray)
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Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

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English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
German: Dolby Digital 5.1

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English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 2.5 of 52.5
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Space Station / Mission to Mir

 (1997-2002)

Space Station / Mission to Mir Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

Double-feature including:

Space Station
Mission to Mir

For more about Space Station / Mission to Mir and the Space Station / Mission to Mir Blu-ray release, see Space Station / Mission to Mir Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.


Space Station / Mission to Mir Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in 1080p utilizing the VC-1 codec (at an average bitrate of 25Mbps), Space Station is absolutely stunning in high definition. As with most IMAX presentations, the level of detail and depth within the image is highly proficient, placing viewers directly in the heart of the action. During the course of my viewing session I took notice of such details as the intricate strands of electrical wiring coursing through the interior of the station, small lettering on the labels of high tech equipment, and the myriad of buttons and dials that litter nearly every wall of the space vessel. Aside from the heightened detail, the coloring of the film remains natural throughout the duration, black levels are solid, and contrast never demonstrates an ounce of weakness. In fact, the only real drawback I could find in the image quality of this 2002 production was the presence of some minor dust blobs that spot the picture from time to time.

Mission to Mir is also presented in 1080p with a similar bitrate, but the age of the source elements is beginning to show. Fine object detail takes a noticeable hit, print damage is more visible, and I spotted a strange effect on occasion that looks as if two identical images were superimposed upon one another with a hint of offset. Mild aliasing also rears its head in several shots, and the overall color palette of the 1997 production seems a bit lifeless in comparison to Space Station.

Despite the inherent weaknesses in the visual presentation on Mission to Mir, the inclusion of Space Station as the primary feature offers sufficient eye candy to make this a worthwhile high definition upgrade. If given the choice to judge the two films separately, I'd give Space Station a 4.5/5 and Mission to Mir a 3/5.


Space Station / Mission to Mir Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

During the Blu-ray format's infancy, Warner was one of the studios that underwent a gradual transition to the inclusion of lossless audio on their releases. Unfortunately, this disc was produced during that stretch, so the only choice we're given is a lossy 5.1 option. Usually this would stand as a significant bone of contention for anyone who believes audio is half of the overall movie-going experience, so I was notably surprised by the proficiency of the offering on this disc. The key factor in this assessment is found in the trademark IMAX surround separation, which delivers distinct environmental effects to individual speakers. One of the greatest moments during the double feature is a scene where the camera is strapped to the interior of the cockpit during a take-off sequence, allowing viewers a taste of the sounds surrounding the astronauts. I'm sure the crewmembers don't hear much with their helmets on, but sitting in the middle of my home theater during that sequence provided a minor shot of adrenaline at the thought of experiencing such a dangerous endeavor. Beyond the use of surrounds, there's a naturalistic balance struck between the narration, in-program dialog, musical score, and environmental effects. We're never given the impression that one element is afforded too much weight, leaving our attention firmly planted in the heart of the action. I always find it interesting to study a lossy audio track that sounds quite good to my ears, because it begs the question "How much better could this have been with lossless compression?" When given the opportunity for comparison, the results are typically quite dramatic, with the lossless mix providing increased richness and clarity. However, the lack of comparison luxury on this release left me with an overall assessment that this is a fine presentation on its own, but could have benefitted in subtle ways from a lossless mix.


Space Station / Mission to Mir Blu-ray, News and Updates



Warner Brings Two IMAX Features to Blu-ray - June 25, 2008

Warner Home Video has announced that they will bring the two IMAX features 'Cosmic Voyage / Destiny in Space' and 'Space Station / Mission to Mir' for Blu-ray on October 14th. Both releases will come on BD-25s featuring 1.66:1 1080p video and a Dolby Digital soundtrack. ...


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