So breathtaking seeing these images from the craddle of Europe, Greece. A bit "corny" and tipycal American productions having a celeb vioce over for the narration, but non of the less a true exciting experience to see the Parthenon coming back to it's glory in stunningly 3-d computer animation. By this DVD if you're, like me, passionated with the ancient Greece and in awe of this civilization
This was originally advertised as part of the IMax 3D series and I ordered it as I am a great lover of Greece and her islands; but was also interested to try out more 3D Blu Ray discs.
There was a long delay over many months from the time I ordered, until the Blu Ray release and they seem to have dropped the attempt at 3D, so this is a standard Blu Ray disc now.
The Blu Ray transfer is excellent and the picture quality is truly stunning - Santorini has never looked more appealing. The reconstructions of the Parthenon were also amazing - with incredible detail. But just as you start to get into it - it's all over! At just 40 minutes and with few extras, this is just not very good value and leaves you with a feeling of disappointment. The extras are a "making of" documentary that is not in HD and trailers for other films - adverts!
I am glad to have seen this and the music was particularly inspiring and well-recorded in surround sound. I liked the fact they had selected Greek music that fitted well with the images, rather than a generic score and the volcano eruption was impressive. But without the lure of 3D and with such meagre pickings, in terms of running time and extras - I don't feel I can recommend this.
Yes, OK, it's a very short trip to Greece, and only covers the island of Santorini and the Parthenon in Athens. Nevertheless, what's on show here is nothing short of spectacular - from the beautiful aerial view of Santorini to the magnificent CGI reconstruction of the Temple of Athena, better known as the Acropolis, in Athens. Having been there and personally photographed the Acropolis in 8mm many years ago, I was thrilled to see what today's ruins actually amounted to when ancient Temple of Athena was built. This is well worth the cost of the disc alone, albeit with only about a couple of minutes devoted to the CGI reconstruction. The first half of the disc includes a somewhat potted history of Santorini, with a number of breathtaking aerial shots of that beautiful island, and some impressive volcanic CGI effects to boot. It is a marvel to behold in blu ray when projected onto a large screen, as indeed it must have been when originally shown in an Imax theatre. I don't know if watching it on a TV amounts to the same experience, so my comments only really apply when seen via a projector. That said, this is a real treat for the eyes, and would deserve 5 stars if only there had been a little more content.