Wildest Islands-Series 1 (2012)

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Released 2-Oct-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category TV Series None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 260:07
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Richard Kirby
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
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 for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Wildest Islands is a series shown in Australia on SBS. The series premise is that because of their isolation particular islands have become the home to some of the most unusual plants and wildlife on earth.

     Wildest Islands does not use a talking head narrator; instead the series consists of spectacular images of wildlife and plant life, on land and under the sea, made more “dramatic” by fast, slow and stop motion camerawork, dramatic music and a theatrical narration by Paul McGann. The series also looks at geographical features. Wildest Islands: Series 1 consists of five episodes, each 52 minutes in length:

     The episodes are colourful and entertaining. Among other creatures we meet the largest crab in the world which weights up to 4 kg, huge rats, cockroaches who spend their entire lives buried in bat droppings, the only marine iguanas in the world, 250 kg tortoises, birds which deter predators with projectile vomit and an annual hunt killing 2,000 gannet chicks.

     This is a two disc set; episodes 1 -3 on disc 1, episodes 4-5 on disc two. There are no extras. Wildest Islands: Series 2 has also been released.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Wildest Islands is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which I expect is the original ratio, and is 16x9 enhanced.

     This is a nice sharp print. Colours are bright and vibrant, almost garish in places with that digital glossiness, blacks and shadow detail are excellent. There is some motion blur with movement in front of broken surfaces such as leaves, but otherwise marks and artefacts are absent.

     Yellow English subtitles for the hearing impaired are available that, from the portion I sampled, follow the narration closely.

     The layer change on disc 1 at 38:52 during Episode 2 created a slight pause. The layer change on disc 2 was not noticeable.

     A good print of a recent TV series.

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Audio

     Audio is English Dolby Digital 2.0 at 224 Kbps, surround encoded.

     The audio is fine. The narration is clear and easy to understand. There is some music and effects such as waves, the wind and insect and animal noises directed to the rears. The music is quite dramatic. The sub-woofer did help with the crash of waves and volcanic explosions but otherwise is not used.

     Lip synchronisation is not an issue as there is no on-screen dialogue.

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Extras

     Nothing.

R4 vs R1

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     At the moment Wildest Islands does not seem to have been released elsewhere.

Summary

     Wildest Islands consists of spectacular images of wildlife and plant life, dramatic music and a theatrical narration. The episodes are colourful and interesting.

     The video and audio are fine. No extras.

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Friday, October 03, 2014
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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