Image Blu-ray IMAX 3D releases ups home video ante

November 22, 2010 – 3:12 pm

Hollywood in HiDef compares the latest IMAX 3D Blu-ray releases from Warner Home Video and Image Entertainment with the latter edging out Warner in quality:

Image Entertainment’s three Dec. 7 Blu-ray 3D releases of IMAX movies from Big Pictures Digital Productions look far better as authored by Imagion of Germany.

The best of the lot in terms of 3D is “Grand Canyon Adventure: River At Risk” ($24.98) from award-winning producers MacGillivray Freeman Films. Part of that is due to the filmmakers’ aggressive use of effects to accentuate the 3D, beginning during the opening credits with digital water drops bubbling up from rivers and waterfalls, some expanding to frame the opening titles with filmmakers’ names. The drops are among the few images to come close to emulating the theatrical experience of something actually pushing out of the screen to make you feel as if you could reach out and touch it.

Even without the gimmicks, the 3D depth of waterfalls and a kayak going over the waterfall, and even a photographer walking between rocks, offer very pronounced depth without any of it being blurry and none of the left/right images in the foreground being split.

The other two, “Wild Ocean,” by Yes/No Productions, and “Dinosaurs Alive!,” by Giant Screen Films, are also much stronger than the Warner IMAX movies but not as dynamic as “Grand Canyon,” narrated by Robert Redford and featuring songs and music by Dave Matthews Band.

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