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Journey to Space Ultra HD Blu-ray Review



Narrated by film and television star Sir Patrick Stewart, this interesting documentary film gives a sweeping overview of humanity’s accomplishments in space, as well as our ongoing activities and future plans.



The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Film:

Extras:

Audio/UHD Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

90



Details:

Studio and Year: Shout Factory - 2015
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 41 minutes
Genre: Documentary

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos, French/Spanish DTS-HD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH
Starring: Patrick Stewart
Written & Directed by: Mark Krenzlen
Music by: Cody Westhemier
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 7, 2016


"Next Stop…Mars"


My Take:

This dazzling film illustrates just how exciting and ambitious NASA’s next era promises to be. In showcasing the goals NASA and the space industry are working towards, including space travel to Mars and capturing asteroids, the film puts an end to the perception that the space program died with the end of the Space Shuttle Program.

Beautifully narrated by film and television star Sir Patrick Stewart, and featuring extensive interviews with astronauts Chris Ferguson (Commander of the final shuttle mission) and Serena Aunon (a new astronaut chosen for future flights), Journey to Space also puts into historical context the magnificent contributions made by the Space Shuttle program and its daring space pioneers during their 135 missions.

The film offers spectacular space footage and gorgeous views of Earth as it shows operations in space, such as deploying and repairing the Hubble Space Telescope, and building the International Space Station (ISS). These incredibly important programs taught us how to live, build and conduct science in space. The ISS will continue to be in operation until 2024, and the film shows how it is building a foundation for the next giant leaps NASA will be taking, leaps that will forever change how we live and operate in space as a species. An impressive and realistic depiction of how astronauts plan to travel to Mars and back as part of a two-and-a-half-year mission concludes this sensational film.

The spirit of human exploration is at the core of man’s DNA. Journey to Space endeavors to remind us all of the incredible accomplishments the brave men and women of the Space Shuttle program have achieved so far, and to inspire younger generations to dream of new horizons in space.

I found this short documentary film to be interesting and thoroughly entertaining as it provides intriguing details about the now defunct shuttle program, its significance to the space age, and the future of space exploration.

Parental Guide:

This film is appropriate for all audiences.


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.**


UHD Presentation: 100
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Dolby Atmos Rating: 80
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Ultra HD Blu-ray has finally been released and eager enthusiasts are ready and willing to see what it has to offer. For those not familiar with the details regarding Ultra HD Blu-ray you can refer to my article that includes some pertinent data on the subject. Here is the link:

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For those not willing to refer to the article linked above, I have included some comments here. The implementation of high dynamic range as it stands currently, doesn't appear to have exacting standards and no calibration tools to allow for a foundational threshold for setting up a visual system. This leaves us to do the best we can to determine what appears to be accurate, at least for the time being. With that in mind, my approach to reviewing Ultra HD Blu-ray will be to assess the elements observed which I find to generate the most significant visual impact when compared to standard high definition Blu-ray.

For me, high dynamic range, with its broader spectrum of colors and emboldened highlights in the areas of contrast and brightness, is where the potential lies in the format. The increase in resolution, while an important component, isn't going to be definitive in every case, especially given that currently many of the Ultra HD Blu-ray releases are derived from 2K Digital Intermediates that are up-converted to 4K. This shouldn't be strictly construed to mean that such up-converted images won't look noticeably better than their 1080p counterparts. Conversely, a release finished on a 4K Digital Intermediate isn't a guarantee that it will be heads and shoulders above the rest. So, what can you expect to hear from me when discussing what I observed from Ultra HD Blu-ray? I will hit upon the things that struck me, the impact, or lack of impact, of HDR and the improvement, if any, in resolution when compared to 1080p Blu-ray. The outcome will be a rating as seen above.

Front projection for home theater is just stepping through the door with respect to the reproduction of HDR. My goal is to present readers with a reasonable expectation of what they can expect when viewing the same content that I have. There may be variables that differ slightly however I believe that in general the outcome will be close. As we are exposed to more and more content and calibration tools come onboard we will have better perspectives from which to gauge. Thanks for reading!


Journey to Space comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Shout Factory featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/True HD 7.1 channel sound that has an average bitrate of 4 Mbps.

For its presentation in Ultra HD Journey to Space (derived from a combination of 6K, 5.5K and 4K sources scanned at 11K for large screen format) was rendered from a 4K DI. With the limited exposure to Ultra HD either sourced from 4K Digital Intermediates we are left to judge based upon what we have seen thus far. This a terrific Ultra HD presentation that looks superb on my large screen. First and foremost, the thing that immediately stands out is the lifelike reproduction of the textures captured by the camera's lens. Whether it be the finest minutia in physical features/clothing, particles seen on surfaces or the visible gradations in the makeup of man-made objects. This isn't just applicable to details closest to the camera as wide angle shots have an added level of clarity. The benefits of high dynamic range are nearly as stark as colors have an added dimension that enlivens shots where they would normally have blended in, being seen as a less provocative background element that would generally go unnoticed. Whites are emboldened, detailed and downright dazzling, especially during low level transitions viewed in a darkened environment. Contrast abounds, lending an authenticity that underscores the subject matter, bringing it to a visually compelling level.

Journey to Space includes 4K standard dynamic range and high dynamic range viewing options, with the latter requiring an Ultra HD TV with high dynamic range support for access. Hands down this is the best looking Ultra HD presentation that has graced my system. Shout Factory has announced future Ultra HD releases, Flight of the Butterflies and Rocky Mountain Express, due out on July 12, 2016. I look forward to seeing when they have to offer.

In listening to the Dolby Atmos surround mix I found it to be of the less aggressive variety but considering the source material that’s not a complete surprise. Its use of audio objects placed above is limited to atmospherics, musical accompaniment and occasional panning fills. This is done to good effect when implemented and created a fair level of immersion that coincided with the onscreen events nicely. This was done to excellent effect to replicate the scope and power of space flight. While this mix doesn’t make constant use of discretely placed audio objects, I found myself completely involved when it mattered and found this to be an enjoyable audio presentation that absolutely complimented the source material.


Blu-ray Audio/Video:


Video: 100
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Audio: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): [img] [/img]




Journey to Space comes to Blu-ray Disc from Shout Factory featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 23 Mbps and Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel sound that has an average bitrate of 4.2 Mbps.

This is a reference quality high definition presentation that boasts 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 are gradationally revealing and whites appear bright with crisp highlights that preserve detail. 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 the recorded elements offers lucid, three dimensional acuity that is extraordinary. The beautifully captured images of our planet and beyond can be captivating as the richness of color, transparently rendered detail, and near infinite sense of depth and dimension are assuredly conveyed in high definition.

The high resolution Dolby Atmos/True HD 7.1 (core) sound has excellent dynamic range and detail. Dialog is articulately reproduced through the center channel and maintains a position of prominence within the front soundstage. This isn’t an aggressive surround mix but when applied the surround channels generate plenty of atmosphere and where appropriate, discrete sound placement. Front and rear channel imaging is spot on as details and spatial cues, such as though used for near field effect during the various sequences involving captured footage of spacecraft liftoffs, mate perfectly with the images onscreen. Low frequency effects provide palpable richness to the music and live sounds. I found this to be an entertaining and complimentary audio presentation.


3D Blu-ray Video:

3D Presentation: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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This IMAX 3D presentation boasts an abundance of high level detail, and beautifully rendered color. Contrast is spot on as the various shades of the color spectrum are gradationally revealing while whites appear bright with crisp highlights that preserve detail. Blacks are delineated, deep, and rich, which provides low level images with excellent perspective and depth of field. The digitally crafted segments make excellent use of the 3D platform and prove entertaining. Otherwise the 3D rendered video has an appreciable level of natural depth but none that catches the eye. The 1.78:1 presentation is whistle clean and free from distracting crosstalk/ghosting.



Bonus Features:
  • Disc 1: Journey to Space 4K
    Disc 2: Journey to Space 2D/3D Blu-ray
  • (HD) Behind-the-Scenes – 5 minute featurette
  • (HD) Picture Gallery
  • (HD) Trailers



Final Thoughts:

Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart, and featuring extensive interviews with astronauts Chris Ferguson and Serena Aunon, Journey to Space puts into historical context the magnificent contributions made by the Space Shuttle program, its daring space pioneers and provides a glimpse into the future of space exploration. It comes to home video in the Ultra HD/3D/2D Blu-ray Combo pack featuring sparking Ultra HD video quality, complimentary lossless surround sound, including a Dolby Atmos mix and a lackluster supplemental offering. Journey to Space is an easy recommendation for genre fans and high definition video enthusiasts that appreciated a well-crafted and interesting film experience.







Ralph Potts
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Thx Ralph,

100 on UHD presentation sounds pretty damn good. I guess another one for my amazon wishlist.
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I just finished reading your review Ralph. ...Very nice.

This is a complete package, a good reference standard for all other studios: Top notch 4K picture quality using the best high definition elements (11K scanning!), an immersive audio soundtrack (Dolby Atmos), a 3D version and the regular 2D/2K Blu-ray version. WoW! That's what I would love to see all other studios do.
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* This is a 2-disc set: the 4K Blu-ray version on the first disc (BD-66), and the second disc with both the 3D and 2D versions on it (BD-50), plus with the Dolby Atmos audio soundtrack on that second disc as well (on all three BR versions), hurrah!
Take that FOX! ...And other studios who separate the 3D version, and sometime without Atmos. ...How annoying and boring you are when doing that!

If a small studio like Shout Factory can deliver such a premium/optimal product for everyone's taste in all the various movie experiences...audio and picture wise, inside a single full complete package, why can't other big Hollywood studios packed with money coming out of their nose do the same? Can I venture my best guessing answer? ...GREED.
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Thanks Ralph for great review. I appreciate it. It has everything I wanted . 100 UHD, 3D blu Ray , Atmos, fantastic documentary. I just ordered it after seeing your review. Really look forward to it. I hope 3D will be included in UHD for the future. I never use HD digital .

Also at this forum , when using iPhone , why it doesnot show "like " button? I want to "like" this threat but I cannot do it using iPhone . I am at the other guitar forum, like strat-talk.com, it is pretty convenient to do it , "like, quote" buttons are shown at the bottom of each post . Maybe a suggestion to this forum developer?

Thanks Ralph again . As I said before , I count on you for my blu Ray buying. Very well done !!!!
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Intriguing synopsis, but at 41 minutes, and your mentioning extensive interviews with 2 of the space people, how much time was allowed for the rest of the documentary? Sounds like it's a quick compression of so many details? ls this a like an ooh and aah type film?

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Intriguing synopsis, but at 41 minutes, and your mentioning extensive interviews with 2 of the space people, how much time was allowed for the rest of the documentary? Sounds like it's a quick compression of so many details? ls this a like an ooh and aah type film?

Greetings,

The interviews are more like voice overs showing the details as it plays along. Patrick Stewart narrates but his contribution is really secondary as the meat and potatoes is provided the the astronauts.


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The interviews are more like voice overs showing the details as it plays along. Patrick Stewart narrates but his contribution is really secondary as the meat and potatoes is provided the the astronauts.


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Journey to Space is on my buy list.
Nice! Thanks for the review!

Ralph, if you've seen it..how does it compare to When we Left Earth?

I just hope this isn't as cheesy as "When we left Earth". At some points I was very embarrassed for the astronaut but it is a good overview of the US space program. I've watched it twice from Netflix but will not buy

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Great review Ralph! Looking forward to watch this uhd bd.
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Nice review Ralph - it sounds like a reference disc!

This may be a dumb question given that your spec summary states 'Region A', but can you confirm if the 3D blu-ray is locked to region A, or if it is multi-region? I have read a review on another site that claims the 3D blu-ray is region free even though the disc and box are marked as region A - it would just be good to confirm before I have one shipped over to the UK!
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Oops, completely forgot about this title... Just ordered and it was the last one in stock...
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