Finished up watching The Penguin King. Started this one months ago, but never got back to it. This is the final one from David Attenborough that I've purchased. So far I think there's 6 titles from him and Sky 3D which include: Flying Monsters, Micro Monsters, Kingdom of Plants, Galapagos, Natural History Museum and Penguin King.
They've all been pretty good 3D titles and I'm looking forward to more from Attenborough and his 3D productions. I will say on Penguin King I was a little disappointed with the 3D on this one. It was very, very slight. I didn't notice a lot of depth throughout the entire run of it nor any popout.
Also, the production didn't entertain as well as the other titles. The story follows a penguin through their breeding cycle as well as some of the other animals that they interact with. But overall, not as interesting as the other productions, in my opinion.
The HD quality is quite good and there's a good deal of shots throughout including underwater shots. I don't remember any arial shots since they arrived at South Georgia via a sail boat. Still their shot selections where very good. I just don't consider it as good as the similar Galapagos feature which was also a difficult on location shoot. Another reason I didn't feel it was as entertaining is Attenborough isn't present on this production, he merely provides narration.
The musical score is quite nice and is blended well with the 5.1 mix.
Biggest disappointment would be the 3D is slight, which I'm really surprised with the camera rig they're using and overall somewhere around 1M in equipment. I noticed they did shoot a lot of long lens stuff which will negate some of the depth, but I noticed even on some close shots the depth was still very shallow.
There is a making of documentary which runs for almost 40 minutes. It's nearly as enjoyable as the main feature and details the voyage, crew, equipment and some of the extreme on-location challenges. The making of is just in 2D and the main feature is playable in 2D and 3D.
Since this comes from UK (I ordered mine from Amazon.co.uk) I suspect the 2D content is output at 25p, so if you've had trouble playing that before, this won't be any different. The disc is region free and will play fine. My player/avr/display had no trouble playing the 25p content.
I need to do a review of Natural History Museum still, I viewed that one awhile ago too, I'll see if I can get something up on that one after I view it again. The 3D was better on that one, if I remember right.