National Geographic-Megastructures (Box Set) (2006)
|Category||Documentary||Main Menu Audio & Animation|
|Year Of Production||2006|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (3)
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||None Given|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Megastructures is a long running series of one hour documentaries from the National Geographic Channel in the US. They cover mostly engineering related topics and they have been shown quite a bit lately on 7Mate. I have watched a couple lately and found them interesting, featuring construction projects for major bridges, ships and other constructions. Accordingly, I decided to give this catalogue box set of three such documentaries a review. Unfortunately, they are not up to the standard of ones I have seen recently on television, with one of the three being a total waste of time.
The three documentaries featured are:
One major disappointment is that this three DVD5 box set, which has three cases in a cardboard slipcover, only really has enough content to fill a DVD9 as each disc only contains the 50 minute show and some trailers.
In general I find this set hard to recommend as it has limited content and contains episodes of a quality series which are not the best on offer from the show.
The video quality is good. The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.
The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout. Shadow detail was fine. The colour is good but nothing special.
There were a few MPEG compression artefacts especially in stock footage and underwater scenes.
There are no subtitles.
There were no layer changes.
The audio quality is good.
This discs contain an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 Kb/s).
Dialogue was very easy to understand throughout.
The music is more annoying than value adding.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menus featured scenes from the shows and music.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This set only seems to be available in Region 4.
An average quality collection of episodes from National Geographic Channel.
The video quality is good. The audio quality is good.
No extras at all except trailers.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp 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 Decoder||Built into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|