mars
From executive producers Brian Grazer & Ron Howard, MARS is an epic series following a thrilling quest – in 2033 – to colonize Mars. In a unique blend of scripted drama and feature-film caliber visual effects, intercut with documentary sequences, the series presents what the greatest minds in space exploration are doing to make traveling to Mars a reality, and shows us the world they seek.

marsbluStudio: 20th Century Fox
Year: 2016
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Run time: 328 minutes
Rating: G

Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 3 BD
Region: A

“Mars” is an interesting blend of drama and documentary, featuring commentary by many who currently work on the SpaceX project. A cynic might write the whole series off as a commercial for Elon Musk, but it’s a compelling story. In fact, linking the fiction to fundamental facts about human existence and possible extinction gave me a feeling of dread.

That is not to say that all viewers will feel the same way. Some will probably feel exhilaration about the adventure to Mars. But the entire project is explained as necessary to eventual human survival.

In the first two episodes, the voyagers are exposed to the hazards and exertions of take-off, space travel (209 days) and landing. They encounter exigencies and failures. The acting is fine, but I haven’t felt that much was demanded of them so far. Especially since they wear helmets much of the time.

The mix of documentary and fiction was really good. It worked so well. I’ve learned many things through this show. It was interesting to learn where we really are, what we are doing… what we accomplished. It was interesting to see the work that people is still doing and that many people doesn’t know about.

Movie Quality: 9.5/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:85:1 aspect ratio. FOX really outdoes themselves with the visual presentation for ‘Mars’. This is an impressive looking drama/documentary in high definition which really left me stunned by the end. Colors are vibrant and carry pop which brings out the fine details. Colors maintain a perfect balance throughout as we move from the the various dense landscapes on planet mars. The detailed scenes stand out very well. Blacks are deep. I found the print to be crystal clear with no artifacts or print damage. The presentation really brings the documentary to life.
Print Quality: 10/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. I was quite surprised as to how lifelike the audio mix is presented. I really felt like I was a part of the camera crew filming the journey of the astronauts. Don’t go in expecting anything extravagant with the rears during the documentary as at times it does come off rather flat, but this mix accomplishes its goal. You will not be disappointed at all with this audio mix.
Print Quality: 8/10

Special Features

  • Making Mars [HD]
  • Before Mars – A Prequel [HD]
  • Before Mars Behind the Scenes [HD]
  • Getting to Mars [HD]
  • Living on Mars [HD]
  • More Mars [HD]
  • Behind the Scenes [HD]
  • Cast and Crew Interviews [HD]

Special Features: 9/10

Final Thoughts

The way the entire series is built, having a divided section with inputs from a long list of well renowned experts and enthusiasts giving ACTUAL ideas on colonizing the red planet, is absolutely terrific. You will not be disappointed at all with ‘Mars’, this is highly recommended.
Overall Rating: 9/10