Students, Lovers Of The Biological, Ecological Sciences Will Appreciate ‘Wonders Of The Arctic’

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Shout! Factory gave audiences an early taste of winter this past September when it released the documentary presentation Wonders of the Arctic on Blu-ray/Digital combo pack and 4KUHD/BD 3D/Blu-ray/digital expanded combo pack.  Yet another of the company’s recent IMAX offerings, the 40-minute-plus program is an interesting look at life in the Arctic that is worth at least one watch.  That is due in part to its central topic.  That will be discussed shortly.  The information provided within the program is just as important to note in examining the program’s presentation as its central topic.  That will be discussed later.  As with Shout! Factory’s other IMAX offerings, this program’s cinematography stands proudly as one of the program’s most outstanding elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Wonders of the Arctic a program that students and lovers of the biological and ecological sciences will appreciate.

Wonders of the Arctic is a program that any student and lover of the biological and ecological sciences will appreciate.  They will agree it is a program that is worth at least one watch.  That statement is supported in part through the program’s central topic.  The topic in question is that of life in the Arctic.  It presents the interaction and intersection of humans and wildlife in one of the planet’s coldest regions.  At the same time, it also points out the delicate balance that humans and animals share in that area.  What is so important about this is that while it points out that balance, those behind the program never allow the message of that balance become preachy.  That is important to note because at least two other offerings in the company’s IMAX series – The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea and Humpback Whales – have both been blatantly preachy in nature.  This program however, walks that line but never allows itself to fall in with those counterparts.  That being the case, it does its own part to ensure audiences’ engagement at least to a point.  It is just one of the elements that should be noted in examining this program’s presentation.  The information presented within the program is just as important to note as the program’s central topic.

The central topic presented in Wonders of the Arctic is a key piece of the program’s overall presentation.  That is because those behind the program never allow it to become too much of an activist film, unlike some of its counterparts, as it presents the intersection of human and animal life in one of the planet’s coldest places.  That is just one piece of the program that should be noted here.  The information that is provided throughout the program is just as important to note as its central topic.  One of the most interesting pieces of information presented in this program focuses on the ways in which the Inuit people survive in the region.  Audiences will be interested to see that they keep alive the tradition of using every part of the animals they hunt.  That includes animals both above and below the ice.  Touching on the matter of the information’s balance between informational and influential, narrator Victor Garber discusses the changes in the region’s ice flows and the impact those changes are having on the area at one point.  This is one example of the information presented here consciously effectively walking that line.  There is also mention of the research conducted on the area to study how much the region has changed over time.  Even this mention manages to effectively balance information and influence.  It is one more example, too of the importance of the presented information to the program’s whole.  There is plenty of other information that audiences will appreciate just as much.  All things considered, the information presented throughout Wonders of the Arctic clearly proves to be just as important to the program’s presentation as its central topic, and is just one more of the program’s key elements.  The program’s cinematography is just as important as its topic and associated information if not even more important than those elements combined.

The topic at the heart of Wonders of the Arctic and its associated information are both key pieces of the program’s overall presentation.  The two in themselves do plenty to keep viewers entertained.  When they are set against one another, they ensure even more, audiences’ engagement.  While both elements play their own important part in the program’s whole, they are just two of the program’s key elements.  The program’s cinematography is just as important to note in examining its presentation as the previously discussed elements.  Audiences will marvel at the aerial shots over the mountainous parts of the region just as much as they will the footage recorded in the area’s icy waters.  Viewers will enjoy just as much getting to ride along on sled dog rides across the icy terrain.  These are just some of the ways in which the program’s cinematography stands out.  There is so much more for audiences to enjoy just from the visual angle here.  When that outstanding overall cinematography is set alongside the program’s largely focused topic and equally engaging information, they make the program overall a work that, again, students and lovers of the biological and ecological sciences will appreciate.

Wonders of the Arctic, another entry in Shout! Factory’s IMAX series, is a work that students and lovers of the biological and ecological sciences will appreciate.  They will agree it is a program worth at least one watch.  That is proven in part through the program’s largely focused central topic.  While it walks the line between being informative and influencing, it never allows itself to become preachy unlike a couple of its counterparts.  The information presented throughout the program is just as important to note because it ensures even more, audiences’ engagement.  The program’s cinematography rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Wonders of the Arctic a program worth at least one watch by students and lovers of the biological and ecological sciences.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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‘Humpback Whales’ Is Another Successful Entry In Shout! Factory’s IMAX Series

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Humpback whales are among the most beautiful, stunning creatures on the face of the Earth.  One would be hard pressed to find someone who would disagree with that sentiment.  One need only look at the number of documentaries and movies made about humpback whales to see just the level of reverence that people have for them.  Earlier this month, yet another entry was added to the field in the form of the new IMAX offering, simply titled Humpback Whales.  This latest entry in Shout! Factory’s ongoing series of IMAX documentaries doesn’t necessarily teach anything new about the whales in question.  That has to be noted right up front.  Rather, it is more of an activist film than documentary.  That is beside the point.  The program’s most important feature is its cinematography. It is a stunning visual treat for the eyes.  The bonus material that is included in the program is just as important to note in examining the program’s presentation as its cinematography.  The program’s central story rounds out the most important of its elements.  Each element is important in its own way to the program.  When they are combined into one presentation, they make Humpback Whales another enjoyable offering in Shout! Factory’s IMAX series.

Shout! Factory’s latest IMAX offering Humpback Whales is another enjoyable offering from the company’s IMAX series.  Most notable of the program’s presentation is its cinematography.  Recorded entirely in IMAX and in 3D audiences are taken on an incredible visual trip throughout the course of the program’s 40-minut run time thanks to the work of its cinematographers.  The footage of the whales surfacing so as to feed is incredible to experience even in standard 2D hi-def.  Even in standard 2D such a moment still pulls audiences into the program. The footage presenting the whales breaching is just as powerful in its own right.  The aerial views of this action and the closer, sea level views are just as incredible to experience as is the footage of the mother whale with her young calf.  Of course there is also some more stirring footage, too that some might be unsuitable for younger viewers as the program addresses how certain nations still skirt international whaling laws and get away with killing the whales.  That should be mentioned right now.  That aside, the program’s overall cinematography stands out as its key element in examining its overall presentation.  If for no other reason, audiences should see this program—whether in 3D or 2D—for its cinematography.  The cinematography is in itself just one reason that the program is worth the watch.  Its bonus material actually compliments its cinematography.

The cinematography that is presented throughout the course of Humpback Whales is in itself an important part of the program’s presentation.  It is not the program’s only important element, though.  The bonus material that is included in the program’ home release is just as important as the program’s cinematography.  That is because the bonus material takes audiences behind the lens.  It presents to audiences just how much time and effort went in to bringing the cinematography in question to life.  The filming crew had to weather storms in order to catch all of the right shots.  It had to figure out where the whales would be feeding to get just the right shots of them in action for other footage.  And in another case, they had to work with members of a whale rescue group as it tailed a whale in distress to capture the group trying to save the whale from a bunch of netting.  These are just some of the examples of what audiences get to see in terms of the program’s creative process thanks to the program’s bonus material.  There is much more presented in the program’s bonus material that will keep audiences just as engaged as that which is noted here.   All in all, the bonus material included in Humpback Whales’ home release proves just as important to the program as its stunning cinematography.  That is because it creates an appreciation for the amount of time and work that went into capturing the footage for the program and assembling it for its presentation.  It still is not the last remaining element to consider in examining the program’s presentation.  The story that is presented at the heart of the program rounds out its presentation.

The cinematography that is presented throughout Humpback Whales and the bonus material that is included in the program are both key to the program’s presentation.  That is because of how closely the two elements work together.  While both elements are undeniably important to the program’s presentation they are not its only important elements.  The story at the heart of the program is just as important to note as those elements.  It doesn’t try to pass itself off as a documentary a la those presented by PBS or even like its predecessors—Rocky Mountain Express, Journey To Space, Flight of the Butterflies.  Rather it makes clear that it is an activist story aimed at raising awareness about the dangers that still face humpback whales today.  Most of those dangers are, as it points out, man-made.  Some are intentional while others are not.  In whole, though those dangers are there and people should be aware of said dangers.  It doesn’t allow itself to become as preachy as some other activist presentations either.  That makes the story stand on its own merits, too.  It makes the program in whole that much more worth at least one watch.  When this element is set against the program’s cinematography and its bonus material all three elements present Humpback Whales as a program that animal rights activists and filmmakers alike will appreciate.

Humpback Whales, the latest of Shout! Factory’s new IMAX releases, is a presentation that animal rights activists and filmmakers alike will appreciate.  That is due in part to the program’s cinematography.  The footage that is presented throughout the forty-minute program is stunning in its angles, its lighting and so many other aspects.  The bonus material included in the program’s home release is just as important to the program because it shows how much time and effort went in to bringing the footage to the screen.  It will create a whole new appreciation for even those that are not deeply involved in the world of filmmaking.  The story at the heart of the program is an activist story.  There is no getting around that.  That aside, it is nowhere near as preachy as some other activist programs out there.  Keeping that in mind it makes the program even more worth at least one watch.  When it is set alongside the program’s cinematography and its bonus material, all three elements combine to make this program ultimately, another successful entry in Shout! Factory’s IMAX series.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/documentary/humpback-whales.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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‘Flight Of The Butterflies’ Is A “Soaring” Success

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The butterfly is one of nature’s most incredible creatures.  From one species to the next there the butterfly inspires so much awe.  That is because of the process that it goes through to become the winged being that people of all ages love.  It is also because of the beautiful rainbow of colors displayed by each species post metamorphosis.  There is also the contrast of their fragility and endurance to consider among so many other topics in considering what makes them such wonderfully interesting creatures.  Now thanks to Shout! Factory and SK Films audiences are getting a very special look at what makes just one species of butterfly so incredible in the new IMAX presentation Flight of the Butterflies.  This roughly forty-five minute documentary follows what is perhaps the most well-known of the butterfly species in the form of the Monarch Butterfly.  It reveals in its re-enactment/documentary hybrid style presentation the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly including its epic (for lack of better wording) migratory pattern.  That story and presentation style makes up the central focus of the documentary’s presentation.  The program’s cinematography is just as important to note as the story and its format.  The bonus material included in the program’s home release rounds out its most important elements.  One can’t ignore the program’s audio here either.  That is especially when comparing it to the audio of the company’s previously released IMAX presentations.  It is just as important as the programs story, its cinematography, and bonus material.  All things considered, they make Flight of the Butterflies the best of Shout! Factory’s new IMAX presentations so far this year.

Flight of the Butterflies is Shout! Factory’s best new IMAX offering so far this year. That statement is supported through a number of elements that make up the program’s presentation beginning with its story.  This includes the format in which the story is presented, too.  Unlike its predecessors—Journey to Space and Rocky Mountain Express—this story turns the focus from technology to nature.  More specifically it focuses on the Monarch Butterfly, perhaps the most well-known and revered of the thousands of butterfly species.  The story takes audiences through the life cycle of the butterfly from a tiny egg all the way to its final stop in the mountains of Mexico and even back to Canada.  Along the way, the story notes subtly the impact that humans are having on the Monarch Butterfly population through urban sprawl, the elimination of resources such as milkweed, and other related actions.  That the filmmakers kept the program’s more preachy material to a minimum is deserving of its own applause.  It makes the overall story even more engaging for audiences of all ages.  The manner in which the story is presented plays its own important part in the program’s presentation, too.  It is presented more in the style of Hollywood’s major bio pics than the docs that have come before.  What is important to note here is that even being presented in such fashion, it doesn’t go full on in the way that those movies have and do go.  Rather it maintains a certain sense of simplicity and humility in that presentation style.  On the other side of that proverbial coin it doesn’t try to copy the re-enactment style presentations used by History Channel or PBS either.  What this means is that it presents the story in its own fashion even being a familiar style format.  It is just one way in which Fight of the Butterflies shows itself to be the best of Shout! Factory’s IMAX programs so far this year.  The cinematography that is used throughout the program is just as important to note as the story and its format in examining what makes it work.

The story at the center of Flight of the Butterflies and its format are both key pieces of the program’s presentation.  The story goes in a direction that is entirely opposite that of Journey to Space and Rocky Mountain Express. The format used to present the story stands out just as much as the story itself.  That is because neither of those programs used the format that is used here.  It even stands out from the format used in documentaries from PBS and History Channel.  This is even with the familiarity of the format.  Keeping all of this in mind, the program’s story and its format are just part of what makes the program stand out among its counterparts.  Its cinematography is just as important to note in its presentation as its story and format.  One of the most stunning pieces of footage presented in the program comes as the camera crew pans across an abandoned farm.  The farm, as the narrator notes, is shelter for the Monarch Butterflies.  It stands out both because of the shooting style and because of the contrast of colors in the footage.  The grass around the abandoned barn is a deep green.  The paint on the barn had obviously long ago worn away, leaving a bleak white/grey tint to its boards.  Meanwhile the sky off in the distance indicates trouble (I.E. a storm).  So much discussion can rise from this contrast.  That includes a statement about the safety and life offered by the barn even in its bleakness because of the deep green around the barn and.  The barn stands tall against the dark clouds in the distance, strengthening that statement about it serving as a safe haven for the butterflies.  The zoom effect used to show a butterfly’s path to a backyard haven, full of flowers, is another key example of what makes the program’s cinematography stand out.  It makes audiences feel as if they are the butterflies, making their way into the garden.  The way in which this shot was captured is explained in the program’s bonus material.  That will be discussed later.  Getting back on the subject at hand, the footage in this scene is stunning to say the very least.  One cannot ignore the absolutely incredible footage of the Monarch Butterflies in the mountains of Mexico, the final point of their migration.  There is something about the footage that is so beautiful.  This includes those moments in which the butterflies go about their lives alone an as they surround Doctor Urquhart and his wife.  It is just like something out of a major motion picture and must simply be seen to be fully appreciated.  It is just one more way in which the progam’s cinematography shines as part of the program’s overall presentation.  There is much more footage that could be cited here in explaining the importance of the program’s cinematography.  When audiences see it all for themselves they will agree that the program’s cinematography is indeed just as important to its presentation as its story. It still is not the last of the program’s most important elements.  The bonus material that is included in the doc’s home release is just as important to its presentation as its story and cinematography.

The story at the center of Flight of The Butterflies and the manner in which it is presented form a solid foundation for the program.  The cinematography that is used to help tell that story is just as important to the program’s presentation as its story.  They are not its only important elements, though.  The bonus material that is included in the documentary’s home release is just as important as its story and cinematography.  The most important of the included bonus material is its behind-the-scenes featurette.  More often than not the behind-the-scenes material included in most movies and documentaries amount to nothing and are typically useless to said presentations.  However in the case of this documentary it adds so much the program’s presentation.   Audiences will be surprised to learn in this feature that Gordon Pinsent (Babar and the Adventures of Badou, Babar, Away From Her) came into the role of Dr. Urquhart knowing little to nothing about Monarch butterflies or even lepidopterology (the study of butterflies).  He admits this himself. He also openly states how much his view on both changed as a result of his work on the documentary.  On another level audiences will be just as surprised to learn the lengths to which the filming crew went to capture the butterflies in their winter home.  What’s more the revelation that filming took an entire year is just as interesting to learn.   That is because it reveals the dedication on the part of the movie’s crew to fully capturing the life and migration of the butterflies.  On a related note, the respect that the crew showed the butterflies as it captured them on camera is just as enlightening and moving.   This is directly discussed and shown in this feature, too.  The discussion on the program’s cinematography is just as interesting as the feature’s other discussions.  One of the most interesting aspects of this discussion involves the butterflies’ discovery of a backyard haven that was developed specifically for butterflies.  Audiences learn that the crew used both a camera mounted on a helicopter and a boom arm camera to capture this moment, and that the two elements were melded together in order to present the sequence shown in the program.  The revelation about the regulations that led to this shooting style add even more interest to the discussion.  It would be understandable that the crew wouldn’t be able to get but so close to the residential sanctuary with a massive aircraft.  The combination of the chopper-mounted footage and the boom-mounted footage makes this sequence alone so memorable in its own right.  It is just one more way in which the bonus material shines in the documentary’s new home release.  There are plenty of other discussions that will interest viewers in the feature.  Altogether the discussions presented in the program’s behind-the-scenes footage make this bonus just as important to the documentary’s overall presentation as its story and its cinematography.  All things considered this latest IMAX entry from Shout! Factory proves to be the best of its IMAX offerings so far this year.

Flight of the Butterflies is the best of Shout! Factory’s current offerings in its new IMAX series.  That is due in large part to the story at the heart of its presentation.  The cinematography that is used to help tell the story stands out just as much in the program’s presentation.  The bonus behind-the-scenes featurette that is included in the program’s home release rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own way.  Altogether they make Flight of the Butterflies the best of Shout! Factory’s IMAX offerings so far this year.  It is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/documentary/flight-of-the-butterflies.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Rocky Mountain Express Is An Enjoyable Cinematic Ride

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The story of the Trans-Continental Railroad is one of the most well-known stories in North America’s rich transportation history.  Thousands labored and lost their lives in the building of the railroad.  Its creation marked the end of one era of for America and the beginning of a broad new era.  As well-known as the history of the Trans-Continental railroad is, it is not North America’s only great railway.  Canada has its own Trans-Continental Railway whose creation boasts its own gripping tale.  Now thanks to Shout! Factory the story of that railway is finally being told in the new IMAX presentation Rocky Mountain Express.  Originally shown in museum theaters across America, audiences can now own the documentary for themselves on Blu-ray + Digital and 4K UHD + Blu-ray combo pack.  That dual presentation is in itself just one of the many key elements to note in this documentary’s presentation.  The story at the center of the documentary is the program’s key element.  It will be discussed shortly.  The cinematography that is presented throughout the course of the program’s 45-minute run time is just as important to the program’s presentation as the story that forms the program’s foundation.  The bonus material that is included with the program in its new home release is just as important to the program’s presentation as its story, cinematography, and available platforms.  Each element is important in its own way to the program’s presentation in its new home release.  All things considered it is a wonderful ride for any lover of transportation history and lover of trains.

Shout! Factory’s new home release of Rocky Mountain Express is a wonderful ride for any lover of transportation history and lover of trains in general.  Originally released in Canada in 2011, this 45-minute documentary has received new acclaim as it has recently been making the rounds in IMAX theaters at many of America’s museums.  It offers its key audiences plenty to appreciate beginning with its central story.  The story at the center of the program is that of Canada’s Trans-Continental Railroad.  It is a story that despite being part of North America’s transportation history has received far less attention than that of America’s own Trans-Continental Railroad.  Yet it is just as gripping and engaging of a story as that of the construction of Americas Trans-Continental Railroad.  Audiences will be interested to lean not only of the men who built Canada’s “Rocky Mountain Railroad” but also of the perils faced by those men in bringing it to fruition.  What’s more viewers will be just as interested to learn the very way in which the railroad was planned before construction even began.  Apparently two routes were presented for the railroad—an easy route and a much more difficult and dangerous root.  For whatever reason, railroad head William Van Horne opted for the much more dangerous, mountainous route, in turn costing thousands of lives along the way.  One can only imagine how different things would have been for the railroad’s history and its workers had Van Horne opted for the easier, more stable route that had been presented.  Sadly, that will never be known.  Though, at least the world can look back and say that Van Horne got lucky since the railroad was eventually completed.  Regardless, the cost in human lives and damage to equipment along the way is stunning to say the very least.  That consideration puts things into their own interesting perspective looking at the end result of that work put in to construct the railroad.  It will likely create its own share of discussion among transportation history buffs and railroad aficionados.  Considering the awe and discussion that the program’s central story is certain to generate its importance becomes wholly clear in the grand scheme of the program.  It is not the program’s only key element either.  The cinematography that is presented throughout the course of the program’s 45-minute run time is just as important to its presentation as its story.

The story at the center of Rocky Mountain Express is a key part of the program’s presentation.  It tells a story that has needed to be told for any ages.  That is especially the case considering that it shows America’s Trans-Continental Railroad wasn’t North America’s only great railway.  The story of the men who made the railroad happen is just as interesting as the story of the railroad’s very construction.  Of course the overall story of the railroad’s construction is just one of the program’s most important elements.  The cinematography that is presented throughout the program is just as important to note as the story itself.  The footage that is presented is stunning to say the absolute least.  The program combines stunning aerial footage with various shots captured on board the 2816 (the engine that viewers follow on its journey along the railroad) for a visual experience that is absolutely breathtaking in every scene.  The aerial footage was captured using cameras mounted aboard various helicopters and includes powerful footage of snow-covered mountains, fly byes of the 2816, wide shots of the 2816 against beautiful nature backdrops, and so many other angles.  The footage capture from aboard the 2816 includes footage showing the power of the engine’s mechanical components, the majesty of its very size, and much more.  Every angle and ever second of footage is beautiful, stunning, and awe-inspiring to say the very least.  All things considered here, audiences will agree in taking in the program’s cinematography that it was completely deserving of its awards.  Even with its importance the program’s cinematography is still not the program’s last notable element.  The bonus material that is included in the program is just as important to note in its presentation as its cinematography and story.

The story at the center of Rocky Mountain Express and the cinematography used to help tell the story are both key to the program’s overall presentation.  As important as they are to the program’s presentation they are not its only important elements.  The bonus material that has been included in the program’s home release is just as important to its presentation as its story and cinematography.  The most notable of the bonuses included in the program is the 22-minute mini-documentary Railroaders.  It provides even more depth to the story presented in the program’s main feature.  It tells the story not of the men who built the railroad but the men who maintained it in its earlier days.  There was apparently a lot of work that went into keeping the railway running in its earlier days.  This included not only keeping the snow and ice off of the rails but also keeping it off of the communication lines along the railroad’s route.  It also involved walking the tracks every day to make sure that not even one track was out of place.  And as viewers will see, this process went on essentially 24-7 regardless of the weather (or in some cases because of the weather).  The much shorter, 1-minute animated The Romance of Transportation in Canada is entertaining in its own right.  It provides a brief history of the evolution of transportation in Canada.  Believe it or not it adds its own historical significance to the story presented in Rocky Mountain Express’ main feature.  The historical significance and depth that both features add to the program’s main feature shows even more their importance to the program’s presentation in whole.  They show that they are just as important to the program’s presentation as its central story and its companion cinematography.  Together with the program’s central story and cinematography they round out the program’s most important elements and show in whole why Rocky Mountain Express is a wonderful ride for transportation history buffs and lovers of trains alike.  That is not even counting the dual platforms on which the program is available.  It is worth noting in its own right.  When this element is set against all of the other noted elements the program in whole becomes a must see for any transportation history buff and for any lover of trains.

Shout! Factory’s new IMAX documentary Rocky Mountain Express is a must see for any transportation history buff and train lover.  That is due in part to the program’s central story.  The story presents the history of the construction of Canada’s Trans-Continental Railroad.  It is a story that is rarely, if ever, taught in American schools today or even history books in general.  This is despite the fact that it is obviously an important part of North America’s transportation history in whole.  The award-winning cinematography exhibited throughout the course of the program is just as important to its presentation as its story.  That is because from one angle to the next it is so awe-inspiring.  The bonus material and dual platform availability of the program are notable in their own right in examining this documentary’s presentation.  Each piece of the whole is important in its own right.  All in all this program proves itself to be a must see for any transportation history buff and any lover of trains in general.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/documentary/rocky-mountain-express.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory Adds Two More Docs To Its IMAX Series

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Shout! Factory has two more new additions to its recently launched IMAX 4K UHD series on the way this July.

Flight of the Butterflies and Rocky Mountain Express will be released Tuesday, July 12th.  Both programs will be presented on separate standalone Blu-ray and 4K UHD/3-D Blu-ray platforms.  Flight of the Butterflies follows what is one of the most incredible of nature’s phenomena in the migration of the monarch butterfly.  It follows a husband and wife scientist team as they follow the butterflies’ annual migration.  It is the only film for IMAX® theaters to ever sweep all of the Giant Screen Cinema association’s annual awards.  Included as bonus material in the documentary are: trailers, image gallery, making of featurette, and a very special message from Lic. Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, President of Mexico from 2006 – 2012.  Audiences can view the trailer for this program online now via Shout! Factory’s official website.

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory

The second of Shout! Factory’s new IMAX home offerings, Rocky Mountain Express takes audiences on an exhilarating train ride through the Canadian Rockies while also presenting the history of America’s first transcontinental railroad and its construction.  The program was recorded on authentic 15 perf. 70 MM negative and originally presented in IMAX theaters nationwide.  Audiences are taken along for the ride thanks to cameras mounted on-board the program’s featured train and above on-board a group of helicopters.  The trailer for Rocky Mountain Express is also available online via Shout! Factory’s official website.

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flight of the Butterflies and Rocky Mountain Express will both be released Tuesday, July 12th.  They will be available on separate standalone Blu-ray and 4K UHD/3-D Blu-ray combo pack.  Both presentations will retail for MSRP of $39.93 on 4K UHD/3-D Blu-ray combo pack and $19.99 on standalone Blu-ray.  They can each be pre-ordered now online at a discounted price of $34.93 (4K UHD/3-D Blu-ray combo pack) and $16.99 (Blu-ray) via Shout! Factory’s online store here and here. More information on these and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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Journey To Space Will “Ignite” Audiences’ Enthusiasm For The Next Space Race

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory

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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Hendrix Woodstock Performance Coming To Theaters Nationwide

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Music lovers the world over are celebrating a big anniversary this year.  AS 2012 has rolled on, fans of music legend Jimi Hendrix have celebrated the seventieth anniversary of Hendrix’s birthday.  Now another addition has been made to the year-long celebration courtesy of Experience Hendrix.  The original recording of Jimi’s legendary Woodstock 1969 concert will run in select theaters across the globe very soon.  Among the theaters here in the states holding screenings of the iconic performance is the Rave Southpoint 17 + IMAX in Durham, North Carolina. 

The Rave Southpoint 17 + IMAX will have two showings of the concert.  The first of the pair will be on Wednesday, November 28th.  The second planned showing is set for Wednesday, December 5th.  Both screenings will be at 7:00pm.  Tickets for each showing are $12.50 per person.  For more information on the showings, fans can go online to the theater’s website at http://www.streetsatsouthpoint.com/movies.  Fans can also get all the latest news on the year-long celebration of Hendrix’s birthday on his official website, http://www.jimihendrix.com.

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