Atlantis: A World Beyond Words (Directors Suite) (1991)
Main Menu Audio
|Year Of Production||1991|
|Running Time||76:07 (Case: 79)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Luc Besson|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||French Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
This is a documentary (in that it is factual) however it does not really set out to educate, rather being about representing the beauty of the ocean and ocean life around the world. The wonderful images of ocean life are accompanied mostly only by the marvellous score by Serra. There is some French voiceover at the beginning of the film but this only lasts for a minute or so. The film is divided into movements with titles such as The Grace or The Game or The Tenderness which relate to the creatures depicted in each section. The music changes markedly for each section, sometimes jazz, sometimes classical, sometimes funk or rock. It is by turns relaxing, vibrant, up tempo or cool and gentle. The featured life includes sea snakes, dolphins, sharks, giant octopuses, manatees, penguins and even aquatic iguanas.
This is a beautiful film which can be enjoyed by anyone who loves good music and beautiful images of the natural world. Highly Recommended.
The video quality is very good. The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio.
The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout. There was some occasional cloudiness and/or mild grain, however, considering the nature and age of the material these were not major problems.
The colour was beautiful representing the blues and greens of the ocean.
There were no other noticeable artefacts.
There are subtitles in English for the French dialogue which can be either yellow or white based on the viewers choice.
There is no layer change.
The audio quality is good. This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.
The very small amount of dialogue was clear.
The music by Eric Serra is beautiful and sounds quite good on this transfer.
The surround speakers were not used. The subwoofer added bass to the music.
|Surround Channel Use|
Not much here.
The menu included music.
An interesting theatrical trailer which includes some behind the scenes footage. Shame there wasn't a featurette about that subject.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 1 release is essentially the same. Draw.
The video quality is very good. The audio quality is good.
No real extras are included.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|