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Wild Ocean 3D Blu-ray

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IMAX 3D / Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray Image Entertainment | 2008 | 42 min | Not rated | Nov 02, 2010

Wild Ocean 3D (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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 4.2 of 54.2
Video 4.6 of 54.6
Audio 4.1 of 54.1
Extras 3.0 of 53.0
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Wild Ocean 3D


Wild Ocean 3D Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Wild Ocean is an uplifting cinematic experience capturing one of nature's greatest migration spectacles through the magic of IMAX. Plunge into an underwater feeding frenzy amidst the dolphins, sharks, whales, gannets, seals and billions of fish. Filmed off the Wild Coast of South Africa, Wild Ocean is a timely documentary that celebrates the animals that now depend on us to survive and the efforts by local people to protect this invaluable ecological resource. Hope is alive on the Wild Coast where Africa meets the sea.

For more about Wild Ocean 3D and the Wild Ocean 3D Blu-ray release, see Wild Ocean 3D Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Directors: Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas
Writers: Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas

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Wild Ocean 3D Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Wild Ocean sports a wonderfully rich and nearly faultless 1080p Blu-ray 3D transfer that easily ranks as one of the finest among the admittedly limited full HD 3D titles currently on the market. For live action titles, the list is even more narrow and Wild Ocean even closer to the top, if not the current champion. The film actually opens with a brief animated short that encourages energy conservation and recycling; though the animation is rather crude and the colors limited, the 3D effect proves dazzling with every passing frame, sporting an incredible sense of depth between the different layers of the animation process. This little piece makes for a fun diversion and an excellent demo of 3D's capabilities, particularly considering its unique look amongst the currently-released Blu-ray 3D titles. As for Wild Ocean proper, it excels at every turn. The film's detailing is exceptional; underwater shots lack precision detailing and colors are, of course, influenced heavily by the water's blue tint, but both attributes prove breathtaking during the many surface and land sequences. Various sand sculptures showcase almost infinite detailing; the 1080p transfer reveals the texture of the shaped sand to an extraordinary level, not to mention the sense of depth afforded to each shape by the immaculate 3D visuals. Such strong detailing remains throughout; whether roughly-textured rock formations, cliffs, grasses, or manmade objects such as boats, clothes, and netting, there's no shortage of eye-catching and pristinely-rendered detailing around the frame. Colors are also well-balanced, seen primarily in clothing and boats. The image reveals some light banding, slight shimmering on one metallic object, and some chunky but minimal blocking around the darker corners of the underwater imagery. Otherwise, Wild Ocean excels in its traditional attributes, and the 3D elements allow this transfer to soar.

One of the first shots in Wild Ocean features old sepia-toned and black-and-white photographs set against a static background; the images seem to literally hover off the screen while the background remains relatively flat, giving off a breathtaking layered appearance that's one of what are to be many interesting and jaw-dropping 3D moments crammed into the 42-minute feature. The above-ground shots seem almost too easy to compliment; one would only expect an overhead shot of a great waterfall to appear as if the water was rushing deep down into the bowels of the television set, or that various coastal environments -- including wonderfully-shaped and dimensional waves -- would offer an easily-discernible sense of depth in 3D. There's no questioning that Wild Ocean excels during its many out-of-water segments; the true test comes when the cameras are submerged and tasked with filming aquatic life with the same sense of spectacle and awe the 3D imagery affords to the surface shots. Fortunately, Wild Ocean easily accomplishes this task and offers 3D viewers some exceptional underwater footage that's probably the next-best thing to strapping on a tank and scuba-diving off of Africa's southeastern shores. Shoals of sardines -- particularly while in "bait ball" formation -- appear with extraordinary depth and spacing, even as they swim rapidly around the frame. Larger sea dwellers, such as the dolphins and sharks seen throughout the film, appear to swim straight out of the television set as their elongated bodies hurtle towards the camera, giving them a breathtaking feel of great length and size.

Perhaps best of all, and adding to the true sense of space that's evident with every underwater segment, is another one of those more nuanced elements that truly brings the 3D effect to life. Small, inconsequential bubbles often float around the frame, sometimes in large clusters close to the camera, and at other times only several individuals floating about at some distance. Either way, their size and shape allow for some of the more fascinating 3D elements in the movie. They enhance the sense of depth and natural space around the screen, and those larger clusters closer to the screen seem to float on by well in front of the television screen for what is arguably the most satisfying 3D effect in the entire film. With only a minimal "ghosting effect" visible on playback utilizing Panasonic's first-generation equipment, Wild Ocean is an unexpected frontrunner for best live-action Blu-ray 3D image of the year. Please note that all screenshots presented in this review are captured from the 2D version of Wild Ocean that's included on this 3D disc.

Wild Ocean 3D Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Wild Ocean's DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack understandably takes a back seat to the impressive 3D visuals, but this is a quality audio presentation that in several instances is the match for the 1080p Blu-ray 3D transfer. This mix is loud and entertainingly aggressive though it occasionally plays as ever-so-slightly mushy, particularly around the low end of the sometimes thunderous tribal beats that enchant the listener while playing primarily off to the sides and giving the sound equipment a punishing workout. Narration is crisp, effective, and consistently centered about the middle front portion of the soundstage. Bass tightens up a bit as several powerful effects -- such as crashing waves pounding on coastal rock formations -- send plenty of precise and focused energy into the listening area. The surround channels come alive in support of screeching birds, various underwater elements, and the general pressure that recreates the sensation of the below-the-surface settings. The back channels are used extensively but not purposelessly, supporting various environments and effects without dominating the experience. The added sound effects that replicate something akin to a battle scene from a War film are nicely reproduced during one of the picture's climactic segments as various species lay siege to the shoal of sardines; sound zips and zooms all over the soundstage to mesmerizing effect, and it's the perfect compliment to the amazingly insane visuals. It's easy to become lost in this disc's exceptional visuals and forget all about the soundtrack, but just when the 3D has taken over, Image's wonderful DTS-HD MA 5.1 track pulls the audience right back in for some more quality listening.

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