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The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti 3D Blu-ray

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IMAX / Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray Image Entertainment | 2010 | 46 min | Not rated | Mar 01, 2011

The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti 3D (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 MVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

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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3D 4.8 of 54.8
Video 4.4 of 54.4
Audio 4.4 of 54.4
Extras 1.9 of 51.9
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The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti 3D


The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti 3D Blu-ray delivers stunning video and reference-quality audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater and Tahitian surfer Raimana Van Bastolaer and a group of friends seek out the best waves breaking on the reef at Tahiti's famed surf site Teahupo'o. As their quest unfolds, the audience is plunged beneath the surface of things, to explore the hidden forces at work shaping ocean waves and the islands that lie in their path. Amidst playful surfing action, we navigate the cosmos and an ocean storm in a search for the source and nature of a wave's energy. Exploring mountainous Tahiti, we are thrust into the turbulent volcanic past of the island and its neighbors and discover the seagoing, wave-riding roots of the islanders themselves -- a culture still rich in the music, dance and lore of the sea. Beneath the ocean...

For more about The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti 3D and the The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti 3D Blu-ray release, see the The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti 3D Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Kelly Slater
Narrator: Michael Hanrahan
Director: Stephen Low

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The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti 3D Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Blu-ray 3D releases are still coming at a fairly infrequent rate, so it's always something of a rush when a new one comes in. Popping The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti 3D into the Blu-ray player almost instantly recalls just how exciting this technology can be if it's done right and accompanying a worthwhile cinematic venture. The disc impresses even before the movie begins; even watching the well-made menu recalls just how amazing it really is that simply putting on a pair of specialized glasses can open up a whole new realm of visual entertainment. The menu features text raised against a static backdrop of a wave, in the center of which, seemingly further back inside the screen, plays a loop of full-motion visuals from the film. It's really not much in the grand scheme of things, but it's the attention to detail that really makes one appreciate Blu-ray 3D and all its capabilities. Of all the studios cranking out what amounts to only a handful of Blu-ray 3D discs, Image Entertainment is really near the top of the heap in terms of both frequency of output and quality of releases. The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti might be the studio's best title yet. Not only is the 3D stunning -- more on that in a moment -- but the transfer, in a more general sense, yields absolutely fantastic colors and precise details. Indeed, the color palette is simply breathtaking; Tahiti's blue waters positively sparkle, as does the varied vegetation around the island, not to mention more mundane objects like bright swimsuits. Detail, too, is nothing short of spectacular; whether the texture of frothy water, the finest details of the pebbly and sandy terrain along the beach, or simple facial and clothing details, the image is practically flawless in terms of its traditional merits. Best of all, this is a sharp, incredibly crisp image that's free of speckles, banding, blocking, or other eyesores.

The transfer's 3D attributes are almost as good. General depth is fantastic; the image appears to go on and on well into the depths of the television and beyond, truly transporting the viewer to the various locations around Tahiti, both above and below the water's surface. Several objects appear to extend beyond the front of the screen, too; surfboards point out of the screen in several scenes and water seems to splash on the 3D glasses several times, an effect bound to make viewers jump a bit out of their seats and wonder why they're not wet. Additionally, various real-life and computer-generated shapes take form with incredible lifelike accuracy. The various surfboards and other water toys have a tangible dimension that really brings them to life, particularly in conjunction with the amazing accuracy of the transfer's general depth of field. Only some slight and very infrequent "ghosting" effects will hamper one's enjoyment of the image; otherwise, this is a flawless transfer that demands to be viewed on the largest screen possible. For as great as it looks, the 50" Panasonic 3D monitor used for this review just doesn't do the scope and grandeur of the film justice.

The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti 3D Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti features a standout DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack. This is an all-immersive listen, and really, that's almost necessary in a film like this, particularly with such dazzling 3D visuals in tow. The track features plenty of natural, wide-open space that lets music and sound effects both flow effortlessly around the soundstage, whether some percussion-heavy tribal-like beats that open the film or the various splashing sound effects as water seems to push through the speakers and into the listening area. The track also plays with some smoother, tropical-flavored musical notes that are also airy and effortless in delivery, but the track really hits home with its ability to use the entire soundstage with unmatched precision in the delivery of various aquatic effects; listeners, in conjunction with the superb 3D visuals, will regularly feel like they're in the water with the surfers. Of course, dialogue reproduction is accurate, center-specific, and never misses a beat. This is a fantastic soundtrack; one couldn't ask for more.

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Four Imax 3D Blu-ray Titles from Image in March - February 17, 2011

Image has announced four Imax 3D titles for Blu-ray release in March, three of them part of its agreement with Big Picture Digital Productions. On March 1, the studio will release Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia and The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti. Then, on March 29, ...

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