3D Sun/Mars 3D is a nice addition to the ever-growing series of videos not only expanding our universe, but Earth’s history as well. The selling-point of this disc is the 3D and while some parts of it aren’t fantastic, others do look incredible and well worth checking out especially if you’re a fan of educational documentaries.
RLJ Entertainment | NR – 43 min. – $24.98 | December 3, 2013
Directed by: NA
Cast: Al Roker (narrator)
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 720p & 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Disc Size: NA
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
In October 2006, NASA launched two spacecraft that would, for the first time in the history of space exploration, capture space-born, high-definition 3D images of the Sun. In 3D SUN, the leading NASA scientists from the mission unveil these images and take us behind the scenes to tell the story of the Sun and why it is of crucial importance to all of us. 3D SUN gives audiences a chance to see the Sun up close in startling 3D. Stand above the Arctic Circle and witness the most brilliant auroras on Earth; take a ride on a solar blast from the Sun’s surface to Earth’s Magnetosphere, and come to a deeper understanding of what this vast sea of fire means to life here on Earth.
The unveiling of this film marks an important milestone: the first time NASA’s 3D footage has been adapted for public viewing in a motion picture format. Viewers will experience Mars as if they are standing on the planet’s surface and join the crew responsible for NASA’s recent and historic mission to Mars. The breathtaking landscapes and mysterious history of one of Earth’s closest neighbors in the universe are revealed through the now-famous twin robotic geologists, the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
Quick Hit Review: If you’ve ever read any of my reviews about the universe (such as “How the Universe Works”), and I know many of you HAVE read it… I have a fascination with anything concerning Earth and the elements outside of it and while both 3D Sun and Mars 3D are relatively brief, clocking in at a total of only 40-some-odd minutes, both specials have something to offer even if they’ve been expanded upon in other shows and formats.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5
Unfortunately, no features have been included save for some trailers for “Space Junk 3D”, “Sun 3D”, “Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D”, “Mummies – Secrets of the Pharaohs 3D”, “Dinosaurs Alive 3D”, “Dinosaurs – Giants of Patagonia 3D”, “Legends of Flight 3D”, “Wild Ocean 3D” and “Rescue 3D”.
VIDEO – 4.5/5
The 3D elements for both aren’t anything astounding but still fairly impressive giving a new glimpse at our solar system. Depth is OK though the colors still manage to be vibrant even and especially so with the 2D version (both 2D and 3D versions are available on this disc). The main highlight is when we get to the solar system where the 3D really shines as the earth-parts aren’t quite as impressive.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
Both specials include a fairly depth-filled 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks but being this is mostly dialogue-heavy, with sound effects inserted to add drama, there’s not a whole lot here but these are fine and adequate lossless tracks.
OVERALL – 3.0/5
Overall, 3D Sun/Mars 3D is a nice addition to the ever-growing series of videos not only expanding our universe, but Earth’s history as well. The selling-point of this disc is the 3D and while some parts of it aren’t fantastic, others do look incredible and well worth checking out especially if you’re a fan of educational documentaries.