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The Universe in 3D Blu-ray

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Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray A+E Networks Home Entertainment | 2011 | Season 6 | 132 min | Unrated | Nov 13, 2012

The Universe in 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

Subtitles
English, Spanish, German, Danish, Dutch, Swedish

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
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Blu-ray 3D

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 0.0 of 50.0
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The Universe in 3D

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The Universe in 3D Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

Three episodes from the sixth season of The Universe are presented in 3D.

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



The Universe in 3D Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Universe in 3D is presented on 3D Blu-ray with MPEG-4 MVC encoded 1080p transfers in 1.78:1. (For the record, 2D AVC encoded versions of all three episodes are also included, as is the norm on these History releases.) Fans of The Universe know that great swaths of the series are built out of CGI, which one assumes is inherently easy to convert to 3D, and in fact a lot of all three episodes look really excellent, with some impressive depth and really finely gradated fields which allow the viewer to feel at times like they're in between huge celestial bodies. Perhaps most surprising about these 3D conversions is how good the talking head segments look. Foreground objects (usually but not always the main speaker) are clearly placed forward and once again excellent depth of field is on display. All of this said, there are some curiously flat moments as well, including some sequences that would seem to be custom made for the 3D treatment. A look at Saturn's rings, for example, doesn't really pop out at the viewer the way one would expect it to, and some of the purely graphical elements are pretty much flat as a pancake, with absolutely no depth added. The general video quality here is quite good, albeit with perhaps a very slight added layer of softness due to the 3D conversion. Depending on your equipment, you may be prone to some ghosting here and there, most noticeably on some of the text that accompanies some of the imagery. Colors remain surprisingly robust throughout the 3D presentation, with some really beautifully lustrous hues adding to the visual allure.


The Universe in 3D Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Perhaps surprisingly, the three episodes in The Universe in 3D have been given a surround sound upgrade from their original LPCM 2.0 presentations (and which the specs on the disc inserts state are still being offered) to DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mixes. There's some decent surround activity in some of the more "likely suspect" sequences, such as huge asteroids hurtling through space, and scenes of the dinosaurs meeting their fate. As should be expected, talking head segments and narration are still anchored resolutely front and center. This isn't the most consistently immersive track History has ever done, but it utilizes enough basic discrete channelization to make it interesting most of the time. One noticeable improvement here is in the low end, especially with regard to the bombastic LFE that dots all three episodes. Fidelity is excellent and dynamic range is appealingly wide.


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The Universe 3D Blu-ray - October 19, 2012

This November, explore the edges of the cosmic unknown with The Universe 3D. Released by A+E Networks the 3-disc set originally aired on the History Channel and has prevously been released, albeit in 2D. Grab The Universe 3D in stores November 13th.


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