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Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2009
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 118 Minutes
Genre: Documentary

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH
Starring: Glenn Close (Narration)
Directed by: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Music by: Armand Amar
Written by: Isabelle Delannoy, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Denis Carot, Yen LE Van
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 5, 2009







"Experience the wonderment of our world"



Film Synopsis:

Experience the wonderment of our world in a way that will enthrall, captivate and inspire you! Award-winning aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and narrator Glenn Close take you on a spectacular voyage around the world in Home, a unique film with such breathtaking imagery, you'll want to enjoy it time and time again.





My Take:

Home aims to change the way people see the planet and their impact on it. Shot in high definition in 54 countries and 120 locations over 217 days, the unique and first-time ever all-aerial filming style highlights the Earth's wonders as well as its wounds and provides a necessary perspective to approach the changing environment. In 200,000 years on Earth, humanity has upset the balance of the planet, established by nearly four billion years of evolution. The price to pay is high as humankind has barely ten years to reverse the trend, become aware of the full extent of the Earth's riches and change its patterns of consumption. Following in the tradition of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, Home sets out to shift people's perceptions, inspire action and lay a foundation for the edifice that must be rebuilt.

I found this to be an incredibly informative documentary film. It raises poignant questions and points out significant facts about how our world has evolved over the last 50 years. In addition it provides a broad perspective on just how wondrous a place the earth is and how its design is decidedly miraculous. The aerial style footage and vista style views are truly breathtaking. It message isn't subtle but I didn't find it to be overly stated or annoyingly redundant. It was laid out using stark, interesting visuals and data based elements that were clear and concise. This is a compelling documentary that contains a wealth of pertinent information. I found it to be entertaining as it contains images/locations on our planet that I have NEVER seen before. This, like similar documentary style nature films, is tailor made for high definition and looks absolutely stunning on Blu-ray.




Parental Guide:

There is nothing contained in this film that would be inappropriate for young viewers.






AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

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Audio: 82



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Home comes to Blu-ray Disc from Fox featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 19 mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 mbps.

This is a reference quality high definition presentation that boasts an almost endless array of brilliant colors, superlative depth, and an abundance of high level detail. The nature defined color palette is alluring as the deep, vivid, reds, succulent blues, and resplendent earth toned hues leap from the 1.78:1 framed video. Contrast balance is spot on as the various shades of gray and white are gradationally revealing. Blacks are delineated, deep, and rich, which works hand in hand with the definitive shadow detail to provide low level images with excellent perspective and depth of field. Resolution is impeccable as the vastness and scope of this digitally recorded film offers lucid, three dimensional acuity that is rarely called into question. These beautifully captured images of our planet are captivating as the richness of color, transparently rendered detail, and near infinite sense of depth and dimension are visually stimulating. Any minor nits that I found to pick didn't warrant a deduction in my opinion so I won't mention them. I thought this looked amazing.

The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack deliver the elements contained within this documentary film with aplomb. Glenn Close's running narration commands the front soundstage with crisp articulation, forward presence and just a hint of sibilance and upper treble edge. The front three channels predominate the mix with excellent channel integration, high level detail/clarity and pinpoint imaging. Armand Amar's music has appreciable top end air, smoothly rendered instrumentation, and discerning focus as its primary elements are delivered through the front speakers with low level rear channel ambience used to broaden the soundstage. LFE presence is notable as it resides primarily in the mid to upper low end bass frequencies which lends tactile support to the film's music and enhancement to its recorded elements. The blend works very well as I thought that this audio presentation mated perfectly with the source.



Bonus Features:

There are no bonus features.

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Final Thoughts:

Home offers an amazing visual adventure that traverses the globe to show us the incredible world that we inhabit. It also points out how industrialization has changed the face of the earth in the last five decades and what that could mean for our future. Its message of moderation, intelligence, and sharing' is poignant. I appreciated it and was mesmerized by its captivating imagery and fascinating facts about our planet. Its high definition Blu-ray presentation from Fox offers engaging, demonstration level video that is of reference quality. I found the lack of bonus features a bit disappointing but regardless this package is worthy of inclusion in your Blu-ray collection. Recommended.









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Great Review! I'm gonna have to pick this up.

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We only have ten years to "turn it around"? Then what? We all explode?

I'm sure its a beautiful film, but if its spouting "facts" to get us to vote for every global warming initiative we see, I might have to watch it with the sound off.

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we only have ten years to "turn it around"? Then what? We all explode?

i'm sure its a beautiful film, but if its spouting "facts" to get us to vote for every global warming initiative we see, i might have to watch it with the sound off.

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We only have ten years to "turn it around"? Then what? We all explode?

I'm sure its a beautiful film, but if its spouting "facts" to get us to vote for every global warming initiative we see, I might have to watch it with the sound off.

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We recently purchased "Planet Earth" on BD. My wife and I really enjoyed the sights and sounds of our planet, although it bored the 2 little ones a bit. (5 and 18 months old).

Thanks for the review Ralph, I look forward to adding this to our collection.
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We only have ten years to "turn it around"? Then what? We all explode?

I'm sure its a beautiful film, but if its spouting "facts" to get us to vote for every global warming initiative we see, I might have to watch it with the sound off.

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Hi Ralph,

I noticed you switched over to the OPPO BDP-83. I have one and I love it.

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This is the first I have heard of this title. I suppose I can tolerate the political message in return for a "100" rating for video. Should make good demo material if nothing else.
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This does have beautiful photography, but it's blatantly political. I suggest people do their own research from both sides of the global warming argument and come to their own decision. A good place to start is here: http://www.crichton-official.com/spe...talfuture.html

What I've personally discovered through life is to always follow the money, whether it's politics, religion, or even in my professional life. Money drives everything in this world, and global warming is no exception. Does anyone realize the Earth has cooled the past two years? Now the argument is changing to "climate change," because it's a broader classification and more ambiguous.

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Great Review! I'm gonna have to pick this up.

Same here, all because of the review :P i do think i will like it though
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This does have beautiful photography, but it's blatantly political. I suggest people do their own research from both sides of the global warming argument and come to their own decision. A good place to start is here: http://www.crichton-official.com/spe...talfuture.html

What I've personally discovered through life is to always follow the money, whether it's politics, religion, or even in my professional life. Money drives everything in this world, and global warming is no exception. Does anyone realize the Earth has cooled the past two years? Now the argument is changing to "climate change," because it's a broader classification and more ambiguous.

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I agree it carries a message and that it is best to keep everything in perspective. In the end this is just a form of entertainment. I would prefer not to have this discussion reach beyond that stand point.


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I agree it carries a message and that it is best to keep everything in perspective. In the end this is just a form of entertainment. I would prefer not to have this discussion reach beyond that stand point.


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Agreed Ralph. Unfortunately this movie wasn't made for entertainment purposes, IMO.

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Let the flaming begin!!! Unfortunately, we aren't allowed to do that here even if it is great entertainment.

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A decidedly different review of this film was posted today at dvdbeaver.com. The reviewer gave the disc an overall grade of 3 out of 10. In his view, the film seemed to suffer from a disconnect between the visuals and the narration and the PQ had "a lack of sharpness that pervades this high-definition movie that fatigues both eye and mind."
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Thanks for the review Ralph, I've put the movie on my Blockbuster queue. Certainly sounds like a demo disc.

The discussion here reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from The Red Planet (2000):

"Man's a party animal. If he is doing okay nothing else matters. That's not going to change."

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"Man's a party animal. If he is doing okay nothing else matters. That's not going to change."


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This somewhat reminds me of Baraka.
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A decidedly different review of this film was posted today at dvdbeaver.com. The reviewer gave the disc an overall grade of 3 out of 10. In his view, the film seemed to suffer from a disconnect between the visuals and the narration and the PQ had "a lack of sharpness that pervades this high-definition movie that fatigues both eye and mind."

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I am not in the habit of questioning other reviewers so I won't start now. Obviously he and I differ. Give it a rent and decide for yourself..


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Agreed Ralph. Unfortunately this movie wasn't made for entertainment purposes, IMO.

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I am not in the habit of questioning other reviewers so I won't start now. Obviously he and I differ. Give it a rent and decide for yourself..


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I hear ya Dave. Point taken..


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Maybe this other reviewer was turned off by the dialog and let him affect his review

I thought the disc looked very good, but I don't like getting preached to and turned it off and made an editorial decision to not review the disc, but that's just me. Ralph has more patience than I do due to his advanced age

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Maybe this other reviewer was turned off by the dialog and let him affect his review

I thought the disc looked very good, but I don't like getting preached to and turned it off and made an editorial decision to not review the disc, but that's just me. Ralph has more patience than I do due to his advanced age

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You're just too thin skinned which they say comes with old age as well..


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You're just too thin skinned which they say comes with old age as well..


Cheers old man..

Too funny Ralph. You must be transparent!

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Very interesting. This one flew under the radar, but Ralph's review has intrigued me to give this a rent.
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Very nice review for this good documentary film,Ralph.Must pick this copy.
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I also thought of BARAKA as I read this review. Have you done a write up of the stellar Blu-ray release of that one yet Ralph? It's easily hands-down the best HD transfer I've seen to date, and it serves up equal portions of jaw dropping visual poetry and emotionally resonant commentary, all without the utterance of a single word.

As far as HOME goes, I'll probably give it a rent. Thanks for the review!
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I completely disagree with the premise that we have only 10 years to save our planet. The idea that too much CO2 will result in runaway global warming is preposterous (I haven't seen this documentary but I'm going by the Al Gore fantasy science fiction "An Inconvenient Truth). Our climate is governed primarily by our sun and secondarily by our oceans. The oceans cycle warm and cool periods consequently they determine the temperature of our climate. Runaway global warming is impossible because of the hydrological cycle which allow heat to be transported to the stratosphere through evaporation. See http://www.drroyspencer.com/ Spencer is a climatologist and his website will give a good basic theory of our climate system.
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Let the flaming begin!!! Unfortunately, we aren't allowed to do that here even if it is great entertainment.

You are confused. If we do not do what Al Gore does (fly in private jets, own several homes which each consume more energy than 20 standard homes, etc), the Earth will burst into flames!!

Flames I say!



It is because of the idiotic message contained in the movie that I will have to pass on its beauty. It is impossible to have runaway heating on the Earth - the Earth's makeup prevents it.
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hmmmmmmm....dvdbeaver.com? sounds like maybe their primary genre of review may not be documentaries... I'll take ralph's review--i also disagree with the political content but it sounds like the video may be worth having as HT reference...

and, btw, I have nothing against beavers, in fact I am very fond of them. fuzzy, forest-roaming creatures (esp rodents--I have pet rats!) are near and dear to my heart.
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