Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Disney Nature: Earth Blu-ray Review

Film Size: 25.9 GB
Film Rating: G
Region: A

Video
Earth comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation that is sure to please and impress. Nature releases on the format have been generally impressive, but tend to suffer at times due to filming conditions. The conditions and situations don't always present a crystal clear picture, but it's probably about as good as you will see some of these amazing locations for quite some time.

The footage presented on Disney's Earth is mostly from the popular BBC series 'Planet Earth'. It would be hard to say if there was much difference between the presentations of the footage, if at all. I will say I was very pleased, and often times impressed with both quite equally. It's definitely one of the better looking documentaries on Blu-ray. 8/10.

Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included and to be honest I didn't expect too much out of it. Surprisingly the track was quite impressive all things considered. The environments felt much more immersive to the experience, and even the vocals of the narration were much more crisp and clear when compared to the Dolby Digital narration on Planet Earth. This track isn't demo material whatsoever, but you'll find yourself very pleased with the high-def clarity. 8/10.

Extras

Living Menus
designed to reflect the constantly changing world, weather and seasons around you via BD-Live.

Earth Diaries: The Making Of Earth The Movie (42 Min. 32 Sec.) (HD)
Go behind-the-scenes and follow the epic-worldwide journey of the filmmakers who made earth possible.

Filmmaker Annotations (1 Hr. 10 Min.) (PiP)
A picture-in-picture video track which takes a look at all stages of production. It also includes commentary from the filmmakers and leading animals and environment experts, it was actually quite a nice and entertaining feature.

DVD copy of the film

Blu-news Summary
Earth is basically a shortened version of Planet Earth, which may not be such a bad thing for many. My biggest like about Earth is that it did tell a fantastic story, while still being much more kid friendly. Planet Earth would show the animals being fed on after being caught, while Earth merely shows a catch, leaving much to the imagination. 'The baby isn't about to be killed and eaten, they decided to take a timeout.'

The Blu-ray release is very good, with very nice video and a surprisingly immersive audio track. Extras are minimal, but what is included is quite in depth. There is also a DVD copy included for those who plan to go Blu in the future, or just want a copy for rooms without a Blu-ray player. Earth is definitely 'Recommended.'

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