DVD Aquarium (2000)
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Plot - there is, of course, no plot. Fish swim. They don't know why. They probably don't even know they're doing it. I've read that recent academic research has found that the memory span of your average fish is of the order of 8 seconds. That means that in the space of time it takes them to meander the distance from one side of the TV screen to the other, they've forgotten they ever did it in the first place, and can promptly turn around and enjoy the experience for the first time - again. And again. Etc. I can quite understand that, but I can't understand why any academic would bother trying to determine that fact.
However, I digress. The disc under review presents two 20 minute looped video recordings of two respective static sites within the tropical marine fish tank at the Sydney Aquarium. They are intended to be used as virtual fish tanks, or possibly as the TV equivalent of PC screen savers. "Aquarium 1" shows a moderately open grotto formed by sloping rock walls, with a range of corals and anemones. "Aquarium 2" shows a flat rock wall backdrop with less coral. Each has a wide range of very colourful reef fish swimming throughout the scene. The soundtrack to each consists of a continuous drone from a filter pump combined with bubble sounds. The audio appears to be the live audio recorded at the aquarium.
I visited the Sydney Aquarium several times over the early years following its opening in the late 1980s. While it was enjoyable I never felt it was great. However, the addition of the massive reef tank plus a few other additions has elevated it to one of the world's great aquariums, and I genuinely recommend it to everybody. The views on offer on this disc don't attempt to capture even a small part of the feeling of visiting the Aquarium - they are more a novelty. Personally, I rather prefer my own real tropical aquarium (which I admit is not a marine aquarium), to a screen saver even if it is more work.
There were no compression artefacts or other distractions.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Toshiba SD-K310, using S-Video output|
|Display||Pioneer SD-T43W1 (125cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Richter Wizard (front), Jamo SAT150 (rear), Yamaha YST-SW120 (subwoofer)|