On August 31st, 2011 the world watched on as one of the most storied chapters in NASA’s history was officially closed. That was when the agency’s shuttle program was ended. While its ending was a major point in its history, it definitely wasn’t the end for NASA. That is because not long after that chapter closed, talk about NASA’s next chapter began. And now the world knows what the next step into space will be thanks to the announcement that NASA wants to send humans to Mars. It isn’t the only organization looking to begin interstellar colonization. SpaceX head Elon Musk has made it clear that he wants his company to send humans to Mars, too. Both organizations are in their own race to get humans to Mars by 2024. That is not very far off. To be precise it is only eight years away at the time of this post and will be here before we know it. As it nears so does anticipation over what this potential next step will bring for mankind. Shout! Factory has a new program on the way this week that attempts to answer some of those questions in the form of Journey to Space. The new feature is currently running in IMAX theaters nationwide. This includes many science museums’ IMAX theaters. For those not lucky enough to see it on the big screen, its new small screen presentation offers its own interesting experience. One of the key elements to note in that experience is the program’s collective cinematography and sound. It is just one of the program’s most important elements. The program’s story is notable in its own right, too. Last but hardly least of note in this program is its bonus material. Yes, even the bonus material is important here. Each element is just as important as the others in this program’s presentation. Altogether they make Journey To Space an interesting presentation in its new home presentation that is worth at least one watch.
Shout! Factory’s new home presentation of Journey To Space is an interesting work. It is a program that the whole family will enjoy, and is worth at least one watch. One element that makes it worth that watch is its production values. Originally filmed in IMAX, this program cries out desperately to be watched on a surround sound home theater system. That is not to say that it won’t play out on a regular HDTV or even 4K UHD TV (as it is presented on both Blu-ray and 4K UHD platforms). But it is obvious in watching this program that it was transferred directly from its original masters right to disc without any touchups. For those without a home theater system, those production values (its collective audio and video mix) will be best appreciated on the largest screen possible. Anything below 40 inches does not do the program proper justice. That is especially true in the case of the sequences in which the actual video is placed inside a small frame, which is then set against a much larger backdrop. Those sequences, as audiences will learn in the program’s bonus material, were originally filmed in 3D. So that explains that. In regards to the program’s audio presentation, using either “movie” or “personal” audio settings will produce the best audio experience. Audiences will understand that when they hear this program for themselves. The mixing and levels are exactly as they were in the program’s big screen presentation. That means that they have not been optimized for small screen settings. This, again, is why this presentation is best viewed in a home theater setup. Between that and the program’s video, the production values presented in Journey To Space make it a very specialized program in its Blu-ray and 4K UHD platform. Though it is a very specialized presentation in its new home release, there are still elements of the program that make it worth the watch by any viewer regardless of setup. One of those elements is the program’s story.
The production values presented in Shout! Factory’s home release of Journey To Space makes it a very specialized presentation. While the production values do tend to make it a specialized presentation it is just one of the program’s most notable elements. The program’s story is just as important to note as its production values. The story is something for every viewer. The story starts at mankind’s aviation past. It then flashes forward to the final days of NASA’s shuttle program before ultimately transitioning to the story of mankind’s next step into space, the journey to Mars. This segment of the story makes up the bulk of the program. Audiences learn in this segment about the efforts being undertaken to get humans deeper into space and ultimately onto the surface of the red planet. Those efforts include the Orion spacecraft, specialized vehicles that will roam the planet’s terrain, and even space suits that will allow astronauts to transition right from their suits directly into the noted vehicles. It outlines the training being undertaken by astronauts in order to prepare them for both the journey to Mars and life on the planet’s surface. This includes underwater training, learning how to operate those noted vehicles, and even learning to walk in the noted space suits. The whole thing ends with lead narrator Sir Patrick Stewart (Stewart is just one of the program’s narrators, as audiences will learn) bringing everything full circle. He notes in his final monologue mankind’s future once Mars is reached and what lays beyond that, including even more advanced craft to go far deeper outside of the Milky Way. All in all the story at the center of Journey To Space will both entertain and enlighten audiences. Even as specialized as the program’s production values prove to be, this story makes it worth at least one watch in its new home video platforms. It isn’t the program’s last notable element either. Its bonus material is just as notable as its story or even its production values.
The production values presented in Journey To Space make it a very specialized presentation in its new home video release. That aside, its story makes it worth at least one watch. That is because it discusses (and ultimately promotes) humans’ journey beyond Earth and the moon. It does so in a way that makes the story accessible to audiences of all ages. While it is an important part of the program’s presentation, it is not the program’s only key element. The bonus material that is included with the story is just as important as the story and its production values. That is because of the revelations that are made in said material. The “Behind-The-Scenes” feature, although short (it clocks in at just under five minutes), reveals that much of the program’s cinematography was captured in 4K by astronauts aboard the ISS. Other footage was created via High Def cameras (such as those of the shuttle taking off) and via CG. There was also use of 3D and other elements incorporated into the program’s presentation. This includes the large visual backgrounds that are used for the smaller video segments. There are even some CG scenes that are revealed to have utilized some 3D elements along with the CG elements. There are even discussions in that short span on specific camera types and shooting styles used to capture to program’s footage. These discussions will appeal largely to those with a background and interest in cameras and film production in general. All things considered, the bonus Behind-The-Scenes featurette included in Journey To Space’s home presentation bring the whole thing full circle. The discussion, though short, explains why the program is a specialized presentation in regards to its production values. It also explains the specifics of the footage presented in the entertaining and insightful story. Keeping this in mind, each element noted here proves important in its own right to the whole of Journey To Space. Altogether they make Journey To Space an interesting outer space presentation that is worth at least one watch.
Shout! Factory’s new home presentation of Journey To Space is an interesting outer space presentation that is worth at least one watch in its new home presentation. That is the case even with its production values making it a very specialized presentation. The forty-five minute program’s story (forty-five minutes counting end credits) makes the program worth the watch even despite its specialized production values. That is because of the picture that the story paints for mankind’s future. The bonus Behind-The-Scenes material included in the program’s home release ties everything together. It explains why the footage is so specialized and also presents how the program’s different scenes were captured and presented in the whole of the program. Each element proves hugely important in its own right to the movie’s presentation. Altogether they make Journey To Space an outer space presentation that is worth at least one watch. It will be available this Tuesday, June 7th in stores and online on Blu-ray and 4K UHD/3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray combo pack and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/documentary/journey-to-space. More information on this and other titles is available online now at:
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