'Oceans: Our Blue Planet: 4K Ultra HD'
(Kate Winslet / 4K Ultra HD + Blu ray / NR / 2019 / BBC Earth)
Overview: Narrated by Kate Winslet 'Oceans: Our Blue Planet' takes us on a global odyssey to discover the largest and least explored habitat on earth.
New ocean technology has allowed us to delve further into the unknown than ever before. From the coastal shallows to deeper, more mysterious worlds, we reveal the spectacular stories of life beneath the waves.
4K Ultra HD Verdict: BBC Earth continues to expand their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray catalog offerings this January with the release of this quite beautifully filmed and cinematically captured, 'Oceans: Our Blue Planet' in the new 4K home video format on January 22nd, 2019.
For my money, this 'Oceans: Our Blue Planet - 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray' combo pack's sharpness takes a fairly large step forward from others in their 4K Ultra HD catalog and even comes with HDR (High Dynamic Range) for the complete 4K Ultra HD experience, of course.
So, what we have is 'Oceans: Our Blue Planet' presented to us as a two-disc combo pack. Other stand out points you should know are: Codec: HEVC / H.265; Resolution: Native 4K (2160p) and HDR: HDR10.
Featuring Dolby Vision and HDR10 for brighter, deeper, and way more lifelike colors, as with most all 4K UHD's, everything that we watch features these qualities - but somehow, this film gloriously shines within them all.
Noticeably crisper with the overall clarity receiving an obvious boost here on this release, what's more is that it's enjoyably noticeable. For as well as some new nuances to the somewhat drab palette courtesy of Dolby Vision we also get to witness sudden bright pops of color; like the stunning coral beds found deep under the oceans.
Quite stunning and always colorful, the fish and other sea creatures that inhabit this coral are as beautiful, as colorful, as breathtaking as the landscape itself.
Overall, this is a very strong 4K HDR Blu-ray presentation, and, for the most part, the audio track remains fairly similar to its DTS-HD counterpart; with much of the action occupying the surrounds with outstanding directionality and placement where effects flawlessly pan between the sides and rears.
Phew! OK, so, as for the film itself. Captured with some simply stunning visuals, 'Oceans: Our Blue Planet' provides insight and sights into what goes on under the blue liquid we inhabit the world with; and reveals sights, sounds and moments that without this incredible film, 99% of us would never have witnessed.
Chock full of great narration from the always-lovely, smooth toned Kate Winslet, there are many fine bouts of educational value on hand also, as one would expect, of course.
Indeed, what I liked the best, and somewhat unexpected, is the glorious lack of any endless, droning on fluff footage of endless "swims" under the oceans. Nothing more than pretty filler in most documentaries and films of this ilk, they are (thankfully) not to be found here.
Furthermore, 'Oceans: Our Blue Planet' contains 40 minutes (yes, I know that's not a lot, but allow it to flow over you and you'll watch it again regardless, and willingly, you have my word) that can be watched; and importantly understood by all ages.
Visually impressive from start to finish, we are educated to the fact that these wondrous oceans are actually of some rather vital importance to the planet we live on.
For they make up 70% of our blue planet and their health is vital to all life on Earth - from acting as a food source to providing over half the oxygen that we breathe!
In culmination, we are urged to take more care of our oceans and having watched this film three times now in 24 hours, I have to say it has definitely changed the way how I look, and how I feel our beautiful planet. I hope it does for you also.
Anyway, that's that, for the most part, so now let's concentrate on some of the special features included. One of the most eye-opening is the job recruitment promo (basically) entitled How do you become a marine biologist.
Another is the beautiful, and breathtakingly fascinating The Secret Sounds of Fish, which reveals their "speech" to one another quite like I've never known or seen ever before! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs via 1080p and comes with the Special Features of:
How do you become a marine biologist
The Secret Sounds of Fish
Surfing for Science
The Turtle Saved by 3D Printing