Not to be confused with the epic BBC series, this Blue Planet
is a 41-minute IMAX documentary from 1990. Its a cautionary message about what's happening to the face of the planet, which is seen here from space with the camera in the hands of astronauts. From their unique vantage point 200 miles above we see the Earth in all its glory. Jaw-dropping views of Sri Lanka, India, Hawaii and Africa are enough to convince the viewer of the narrator's assertion that this is a place of great beauty. Then we dive down into the heart of things, and are shown how human evolution has affected that beauty in a very small period of time. Great open plains of land that once teemed with animal life have given way to us. Logging and pollution has taken an enormous toll. While changes in climate are shown to offer clues to what the future may hold, the film's saddest conclusion is on a global scale only visible from space. Quite simply, our prized life-giving watery blue is fading.
On the DVD: the only extra is a trailer for the feature. The quality of sound and picture is as superb as you'd expect from the IMAX experience, presented in Dolby 5.1 and 1.33:1 screen ratio. --Paul Tonks
DVD Special Features:
36 mins approx
Languages: Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Polish, Greek, Turkish, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Czech, Turkish