‘Coral Reef Adventure’ Blu-ray Review
Greg MacGillivray returns with ‘Coral Reef Adventure’ as the IMAX film makes its debut in high definition on Blu-ray. This film is much more enjoyable than the last IMAX release, ‘The Living Sea’. We follow a husband and wife diving team by the name of Howard and Michele Hall as they take us through various adventures underwater. They do a very good job in presenting the material to the viewer. They take us to places under ocean that you could only imagine. It is interesting to see the types of sea creatures that live in the coral reefs. Liam Neeson provides the narration and a score with score by Crosby, Stills and Nash.
I am always astonished by viewing other animals, creatures, etc. in their habitats and how they interact with their environment. The interaction and relationships of the sea creatures is quite astonishing in the film here. This makes for a nice educational piece that many documentaries have a hard time nailing down. Such as the explanation that some of the coral reefs actually contain elements for making certain medicines for humans.
I was much more excited about the educational pieces than the entertainment value at times as I was floored by the information. While we see certain animals and plant life on land withering away, we see the same thing with the coral reefs. They have gone through so many varying stages of dying off over the years due to many factors. A lot of that has to do with pollution and changes in water temperature. That is why it is so ever important that people quit polluting our waters. Not only does it hurt any sea animals, but it also destroys planet life.
The coral reefs mean a lot to both Howard and Michele Hall. They were perfect for this adventure as you could feel their compassion and respect for the reefs. It is their knowledge of the underwater sea life that makes such a good documentary. We also do get a few issues in the water. Howards gets the bends, their cameras get damaged with one of their deep dives as things do not always go well.
Movie Content: 4.5/5
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Colors are vibrant and bold throughout the entire presentation. The color palette has nice saturation. Where the image falters a bit is with the darker scenes in the water. This isn’t with all of the darker scenes, but clarity can be an issue at times with some of them. Besides the darker scenes, the print offers a very clean transfer that is stunning with an excellent pop.
Video Quality: 4/5
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This is one of the not so aggressive IMAX sound experiences released on Blu-ray. That is a shame since this is a film that could have benefited from all the wonderful sounds of the ocean. This is more of a front heavy presentation with very minimal usage of the score through the rears. Dialogue is very clean and crisp through the center channel.
Audio Quality: 3/5
Interview with Filmmakers
Movie Trivia Quiz
Special Features: 3/5
I really enjoyed ‘Coral Reef Adventure’ a lot as this is one of Greg MacGillivray’s best IMAX releases. With excellent video and audio, you can not go wrong with picking up this release on Blu-ray. What made this release enjoyable for me is the information that was offered on the coral reefs.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 (Purchase)