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|Running Time||92:47 minutes|
|Starring||Lots of fish|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192 Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||No|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
This is just a bunch of video footage shot around some coral reefs showing a lot of fish swimming around. Now whether that has any great meaning in the overall scheme of things, I do not wish to speculate. All I can say is that there is a lot of pretty fish, there is a lot of pretty coral , there is a bit of other pretty marine life and the whole thing does look quite good on screen.
I am guessing that there is some market for these sorts of DVDs, but quite why you would want to turn what in many cases would be a quite pricey piece of display gear into a glorified digital fish tank, I don't know. However, if you do feel the need to turn your HT system into a glorified digital fish tank, then this is the DVD you need. Alternatively, if you need a ninety three minute screensaver for your computer, then this is the baby you need, too.
The programme is presented in Full Frame and is not 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer is well detailed and quite sharp throughout. Shadow detail is good, although there is admittedly not much of a natural problem here with that aspect of the programme. This is generally quite a clear transfer and there does not appear to be any significant problem with grain at all.
This is a bright and vibrant transfer, with the colours being the sort of gems that only nature can seem to come up with. Some of the more garish fish cause a bit of a problem with oversaturation, but thankfully these are quite few and far between. Similarly some of the very small, garishly purple fish seem to create a bit of a bleed problem but nothing too noticeable.
There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts
in the transfer. Some of the fan corals in particular seemed to cause problems
as far as shimmer goes, which is a slightly consistent problem, but there
was nothing much else in the way of film-to-video artefacts to disrupt
the display. You might well notice a small instance of cross colouration
at 39:54 in the fish, but again nothing
too extreme at all. There seemed to be a couple of minor video glitches
here and there in the transfer, such as a slight pause at 39:51
and a bit of a problem at 60:12, but
I doubt that these would be noticeable for the purposes of what this DVD
is for. After all, I doubt too many people, other than marginally insane
DVD reviewers, would actually watch this like a hawk for the entire 93
minutes! Just remember to push the off button after you have watched the
programme if you decide to join the insane world of DVD reviewers, as the
DVD is mastered for continuous play.
The music comes from two CDs by Christopher Buckman, and the usual environmental-type sounding efforts they are. The only issue I have is that whilst the use of the Dolphin Dreams CD, complete with dolphin and whale calls, is not entirely inappropriate for the programme, the use of the Rainforest Butterfly CD definitely is. There is something mildly odd about watching fish swim around to the sounds of bird calls. The music is a little recessed so that it does not overpower the visual side of things, but other than that is quite listenable and free of any great problems.
Obviously with this type of DVD you are not expecting
anything much from the soundtrack and that is what we get - nothing much.
There appears to be no use of the surround channels and no use of the bass
channel. Serviceable and mildly functional I guess, unless you have a problem
with fish swimming around to the accompaniment of bird calls.
|Surround Channel Use|
© Ian Morris (have
a laugh, check out the bio)
17th February, 2001
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515; S-video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega 80cm. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in|
|Amplification||Yamaha RXV-795. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right C-2; rears EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL|