Big, Bigger, Biggest-Series 3 (2008)

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Released 6-Jun-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary None
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2008
Running Time 270:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Stephen Bonser
Peter Oxley
Ian Bremner
Robert Hartel
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI $39.95 Music Alasdair Reid
Rohan Stevenson


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     This show is from the National Geographic channel and although I had not seen any of it before, or heard of it, it has reached its third season. It is probably easier to describe it as a British version of Megastructures which is done better. This series contains six episodes each of approximately 45 minutes and was made in 2011.

     The format of the show is to present a major, generally extremely large scale engineering achievement such as a massive icebreaking ship or the Panama Canal's recent upgrades and then discuss the major engineering inventions or achievements from the past which have led up to this latest achievement. To this it also adds small scale practical demonstrations (a la Mythbusters) of the engineering ideas involved which my young boys found fascinating and much easier to understand. The information presented is interesting and engaging especially for those with a 'How did they do that?' approach.

     These episodes cover the abovementioned icebreaker and canal plus the London Underground, an impressive prison, a major tower in China and the world's fastest train.

     Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is a bit disappointing and had me wondering whether it might be an NTSC to PAL conversion.

     The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture is fairly soft for a recent show and is afflicted by a number of artefacts. Shadow detail is decent.

     The colour is very vivid and a little too bright.

     Artefacts include grain, aliasing, macro-blocking and cross-colourisation.

     There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read.

    The layer changes are quite obvious.

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Audio

     The audio quality is good.

These discs contain an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. The sound is obviously quite front focused.

     Dialogue was easy to understand and clear throughout.

     The theme music sounds good and fits the show well.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

   No extras.

Menu

    The menu featured music and allowed for episode selection.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This series does not seem to be available in other regions.

Summary

     An interesting and engaging show about engineering achievements around the world.

     The video quality is disappointing.

     The audio quality is good.

     The extras are small, smaller, smallest.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, September 08, 2012
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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