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86





Studio and Year: Universal - 2013
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 93 minutes
Genre: Documentary

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English, Italian, Castilian Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Latin American Spanish,Norwegian, Russian, and Swedish DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Italian, Castilian Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Latin American Spanish,Norwegian, Russian, and Swedish
Starring: Josh Duhamel
Directed by:
Music by: Armand Amar
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: April 9, 2013







"An inspirational visual voyage into the astonishing and remarkable heart of our planet"


Film Synopsis:

Through dazzling aerial and underwater imagery captured in extreme geographical conditions worldwide, Planet Ocean delivers an unprecedented journey into the least known regions of our planet. The stunning documentary aims to captivate as well as provide understanding of humankind’s relationship to the ocean and stress the urgency of making sustainable change. Brought to life with dynamic and relatable narration, this groundbreaking film can be enjoyed by the entire family.


My Take:

Directed by photographer, filmmaker and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand and narrated by actor Josh Duhamel, Planet Ocean is a cinematic adventure that invites viewers of all ages to change the way they look at the ocean and appreciate its greatest natural mystery. This is most definitely a shake and stir type documentary designed to bring to light not only how the oceans spawn life and the cycles associated with that but how its resources are being depleted at what could easily be considered an alarming rate.

It starts off rather slowly beginning with micro bacteria and how it is fed on by larger bacteria which in turn is fed on by small marine life and continues up the food chain to humans. The underwater photography is simply beautiful. With that it shifts gears making its case for the aggressive fishing practices that if left unchecked could lead to permanent problems down the road. It finishes by offering potential solutions to the issues at hand. Whether there is any viability to them is of course unknown.

Planet Ocean is an interesting documentary and makes no bones about its message. I couldn’t escape the feeling that I should have been sitting in a classroom while watching it but that isn’t necessarily a complaint. Whether you buy into the various theories about global warming etc. this film is worth checking if for nothing else than to glean its information on the ocean.


Parental Guide:

The film is appropriate for all ages.



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

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


Audio: 84

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Video: 88

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Planet Ocean comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 32 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.1 Mbps.

This is a pleasing high definition presentation that boasts vivid colors, excellent depth, and high level detail. The nature defined color palette is alluring as the resplendent earth toned hues pop 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 and rich, which works hand in hand with definitive shadow detail to provide low level images with appreciable depth of field. Resolution is noteworthy as the vastness and scope of captured footage offers discerning dimension. I didn’t observe any deleterious video related anomalies.

The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack delivers the elements contained within this documentary film with aplomb. Josh Duhamel’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 predominates the mix and exhibit smooth channel integration, high level detail and pinpoint imaging. Armand Amar’s music has appreciable top end air 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:

  • Making of Planet Ocean (3 segments):
    1. In the skies above Rio – 6 minutes
    2. Underwater – 2 minutes
    3. Shanghai – 5 minutes




Final Thoughts:

Directed by photographer, filmmaker and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand and narrated by actor Josh Duhamel, Planet Ocean is a cinematic adventure that invites viewers of all ages to change the way they look at the ocean and appreciate its greatest natural mystery. It’s a preachy documentary but its message is relevant and there is lots of interesting information to be gleaned from it. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring pleasing high definition video, complimentary lossless surround sound and a dismal supplemental package that consists of a few bland production featurettes. If you enjoy eco-friendly documentary films this is well worth checking out.





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