'Planet Dinosaur 3D' (Blu-ray)
(Blu ray 3D / NR / 2015 / BBC Home Entertainment)
Overview: 'Planet Dinosaur 3D' is an astonishing six-part series that brings to life the most incredible creatures that ever existed. From Spinosaurus, the biggest killer to ever walk the Earth, to the immense sea-monster Predator X, and the deadly cannibalistic Majunasaurus - dinosaurs were more monstrous, more horrific and bizarre than ever before imagined. Especially now that they are in 3D!
Blu ray Verdict: 'Planet Dinosaur 3D' is a BBC Earth Production, narrated by legendary actor John Hurt, and produced and directed by Nigel Paterson. Simply put, 'Planet Dinosaur' has magnificent, realistic, dynamic direction and SFX that serve to put you into the frame with the gargantuan beasts. The informative narrative puts you further - into the mind of these creatures, as they go through their respective daily grinds.
'PD' mainly focuses on the big boys - the titans who are truly the movers and shakers in their environment. When you watch these giants engage in enterprises like mass hunts or migrations, the events on-screen take on truly epic proportions.
That said, and unlike most dinosaur documentaries, for instance BBC's previous 'Walking with Dinosaurs' (1999), which blended live-action footage with CGI animals, 'PD' relies solely on computer generated graphics to create its imagery. 21 habitats were created altogether. They primarily used a software called SOFTIMAGE XSI as well as NUKE to build up these environments, combining actual, CGI terrains and digital matte-paintings to fill in the background, since building up an entirely 3D environment would have been next to impossible, given the immense computing power and rendering times that such an undertaking would have required.
The 3D brings the images to life. Filmed in high definition Blu-ray 3D, the film makes it more fun to witness these gigantic creatures do their thing. Though the scientific explanations may be above the heads of youngsters, they will love seeing these big beasts in action. The images are so convincing, the film is almost like a true-life nature documentary. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.