National Geographic-Untamed Americas (Blu-ray) (2012)

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Released 24-Oct-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Bonus Episode-Moose:Titans of the North (50.05)
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 180:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080i
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     National Geographic takes us to the wilds of the Americas for its latest high-definition mission release from Madman Entertainment, Untamed Americas. The title reflects the fact that this is not a program just about the wildlife of North America but rather encompasses the whole of the Americas including Central America and South America. As a result, the show is able to reflect a huge diversity of animal life across the vastness of this continent.

     This series is divided into four episodes each clocking in at 45 minutes. They are:

     The structure of each of the episodes is fairly similar, first giving a broad overview of the subject and then concentrating on the diversity of life that exists within these areas. So there are feeding frenzies off the Baja Peninsula, Alaskan bears chowing down on a whale carcass and penguins coping with freezing conditions on the Falkland Islands.

     Nature lovers will get a buzz out of the series. The breadth of the episodes perhaps prevents it from giving a detailed analysis of the creatures on offer but nevertheless it is consistently entertaining with a few jaw-dropping moments such as an enormous school of manta rays and always shocking yet gripping footage of animals fighting for dominance within their herds like the Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     As with other series from National Geographic this program comes to Blu-ray in the same definition as its HDTV origins-a 1080i transfer.

     Before Blu-ray lovers decide to storm the castle with pitchforks for something falling short of 1080p it is important to point out that this represents an exceptional video transfer. The image quality is consistently sharp and the colours are strong and vibrant. The level of detail is superb allowing you to pick out individual strands of hair from the bears and other hairy creatures.

     The question is whether it would have looked better in 1080p and the answer is possibly as there are a few minor interlacing moments which suggests that it does not quite reach the heights of recent 1080p David Attenborough series.

     Nevertheless, fans of nature programmes will find that the transfer is entirely satisfactory and clear throughout.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired.

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Audio

     The sound for Untamed Americas is a strong English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track.

     The sound is clear and effective throughout. This includes the clear and strong narration from Josh Brolin as well as the animal sounds including scuttling claws and hoof beats.

    The music is suitably awe inspiring and stirring throughout matching the strong visuals.

Extras

Bonus Episode

     There is only a single extra included however it is a full-length episode entitled Moose: Titans of the North. Actually this is a pretty good episode as it gives us time to concentrate on the one animal, in particular an animal which does not get as much attention paid to it as bears and other denizens of the forest.

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  This is an All Regions Blu-ray.

Summary

     Untamed Americas is an enjoyable sometimes amazing nature program which combines spectacular footage with a dramatic narrative and voice-over by Josh Brolin.

     The picture quality is as good as 1080i gets and the sound is top-notch.

    The extra full-length episode is as good as the main episodes.

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© Trevor Darge (read my bio)
Friday, January 04, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDCambridge 650BD (All Regions), using HDMI output
DisplaySony VPL-VW80 Projector on 110" Screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer SC-LX 81 7.1
SpeakersAaron ATS-5 7.1

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