Saturday, December 15, 2018

Blu-ray Review: A Beautiful Planet

Mill Creek Entertainment; Amazon

I hate to admit this, but I've never seen to an IMAX film on the big screen. I know the AMC theatre in the city has IMAX screens, but the price for a ticket is too expensive for me.

If you own a 4K television, then you are in luck as you can now own the 2016 IMAX documentary "A Beautiful Planet" on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital combo pack (G; $34.98) from Mill Creek Entertainment, which is the first of two releases (the other title is Journey To The South Pacific) to be released with IMAX Enhanced immersive image, sound, & scale.

The 47-minute documentary is written, produced, and directed by Toni Myers. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence, A Beautiful Planet puts the cameras in the hands of astronauts (Scott Kelly, Samantha Cristoforetti, Barry "Butch" Wilmore, Terry Virts, Anton Shkaplerov,  Kjell Lindgren, and Kimiya Yui) who are aboard the International Space Station (ISS). With the use of IMAX cameras, the astronauts shows us what Earth looks like from space. 

Special Features include:
  • An Extraordinary Vision
  • IMAX: Astronaut Filmmakers
  • ABP Computing

Final Thoughts

This is the first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray I have ever reviewed on this blog and I was extremely impressed with the outstanding video and sound quality. The documentary isn't your typical documentary. Why you do learn a little bit about life aboard the ISS, it's more about showing us what Earth looks like from space, which is breathtaking!

There should have been more special features that what were included, which are three short 3-minute features.

If you're expecting a VUDU or Movies Anywhere Digital code, then you're going to be disappointed. This is a Mill Creek Entertainment release, so the Digital code can be only redeemed on their website. I haven't had time to watch the Digital, so I cannot tell you if the picture & sound quality is good or bad.

Overall, like I already mentioned, I was impressed with A Beautiful Planet 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. It's a short, fast-paced, well-filmed documentary.

*Note : I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. 
All opinions are my own.

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