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Coral Reef Adventure
Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 82 (Mar 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Narrated By Liam Neeson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One of this two disc set includes a 34-minute making-of featurette that is just as fascinating as the feature film itself, a Greg MacGillivray biography, an 11-minute company profile on MacGillivray Freeman Films, trailers, a Coral Reef Adventure challenge quiz, a video montage (that can be played as a 30-minute segment or a loop for an ultimate virtual aquarium), and a promo for the companion book. Disc Two is the complete feature in Microsoft Windows Media

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID2088MVDVD
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $19.99
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 46
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/06/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Greg MacGillivray
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Story Synopsis:
The beautiful South Pacific is the spotlight in "Coral Reef Adventure," home to some of the most fabulous coral reefs in the world. Coral Reefs are not just a thing of beauty but they do more for us than anyone can imagine; no place on earth has greater potential for medical cures than the coral reef. Having been around for 60 million years, their creation is a slow one but their destruction happens quickly. Howard and Michele Hall have spent 30 years exploring and filming reefs, and in this scenic wonder they take you on a ten-month expedition as they explore some of the most magnificent reefs on earth. (Tricia Littrell/Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The underwater photography depicted in this anamorphically enhanced DVD (reframed at 1.78:1) is utterly breathtaking. Intricate details of the sea life are captured with impeccable detail. Colors are richly saturated with hues that can be found only below the surface of the ocean. The blue waters are completely solid, with no chroma noise. Above the water, the picture is also nicely rendered but not nearly as impressive, as hues can appear a bit hot and bordering oversaturation, and the picture appears a bit pasty at times. A few minor flecks of dirt are noticed in the source element. Some pixel breakup is occasionally noticed, as well as some annoying edge halos. Perhaps these issues are a good way to make the underwater images seem even more impressive. (Suzanne Hodges) The disc also includes a fullscreen 1.33:1 version.

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