'A Beautiful Planet: 4K Ultra HD' [Blu-ray]
(Jennifer Lawrence / 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital / NR / (2016) 2018 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Narrated by Academy AwardŽ winner Jennifer Lawrence, A Beautiful Planet is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before.
Blu-ray Verdict: In truth, is there anything that when a voice over from Lawrence comes a eagerly knockin' one can easily turn away from?
Well, yes, sadly, sorry! I've never liked her speaking voice, her tones are way too sexy, to syrupy for me, but at least here on 'A Beautiful Planet: 4K Ultra HD' she tones that all down and allows her more adult "inner voice" to come forth.
With the infamous IMAX Corporation having previously always stated that they had no plans to release the film on home-video, well, here it is now, ladies and gentleman.
So, well, as interesting as Space and looking down on Earth (and everything in between) is to those of us who are into space development and exploration, incredible, it's also essentially the same old depiction of astronaut activity that you've seen in every other documentary about astronauts for the past six decades.
That said, 'A Beautiful Planet: 4K Ultra HD' includes some footage of the Earth which I myself have personally never witnessed before re: as seen from the ISS (400 km over the planet). Glorious. Simply glorious.
Of course, this is as spectacular as you can only imagine, hence why I would still encourage you to buy this wondrous Blu-ray. Indeed, it's rather hard to decide what's the most impressive aspect of this documentary.
It could have been the thunderstorm seen from above. Or perhaps just the nighttime images of cities artificially lit up. Either way, this is a great usage of IMAX technology and something worth paying to see from the comfort of your own sofa.
Sure, I would have appreciated more insights or at least something to make it more worth watching (to a longtime fan of Space, as aforementioned, and I also thought the footage would have been improved with longer looks at specific things or with map overlays to help the viewers understand what they were looking at.
To be fair though, they did use a highlighting system to identify cities at times. I have a good understanding of geography so I figured most of it out, but my friend said he couldn't tell what it all was. To him, they were just depictions of land masses and water, sometimes a little hazy! You be the judge, my friends. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
An Extraordinary Vision
- IMAX: Astronaut Filmmakers
- ABP Computing