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Planet Earth: Australia
Genre: Special Interest

Reviewed In Issue 61 (June 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

High-Resolution Images Taken By NASA

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Visiting the Special Features menu is an enormous waste of time, unless you want to select one of your three audio choices. (Dear DVD International: the Special Features menu for this DVD should be called Audio Options.)

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DVD International
(Catalog Number): DVDI0731
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 81
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 03/19/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): NA
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DVD Picture:
The high-resolution images found on this anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibit colors that are nicely rendered. Because these are stationary photographs, the picture appears somewhat flat, but images are sharp and breathtaking. Some shimmering, pixelization, and aliasing problems are noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1 discrete soundtracks have been mastered at much higher than film reference level, and some distortion can be noticed. The audio consists of atmospheric effects and a music score that substantially fills the listening space, with ample deep bass extension, along with aggressive LFE activity. The Dolby