"Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011 3-D Experience" features supermodels Julie Henderson, Alyssa Miller, and cover girl Irina Shayk as they explore the natural beauty of Maui, Hawaii. Featured are exclusive interviews with the models and taunting photo sessions on some of the most pristine beaches in the world. (Gary Reber)
There are no special features.
The 1080p MVC 3-D imagery is often striking and nearly always pleasing and soothing. Of course, the main attraction for the guys will be the beautiful women models shot against Maui's water edges. Everything appears natural, with expanses of ocean vistas, sandy beaches, and waterfalls. Depth and dimension are often spectacular and effectively convey the sense of being there sans the salt water aromas and sea breezes. The models look quite dimensional, with natural volumetric shaping, as does the immediate background, often of dense wooded cropping and rocks. Crosstalk ghosting is virtually absent. Resolution is generally good, though, at times softly focused. The color palette is naturally hued throughout, with strongly saturated tones. Overall, this is a pleasant 3-D viewing experience showcasing beautiful women and beautiful serene scenery. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is generally undistinguished, though, the music score is prevalent throughout, extending into the surrounds. Dialogue sounds ADR, forward, and wanting in spatial integration. Deep bass is found in the .1 LFE channel that is, at times, aggressively energized. Overall, the sonics are adequate for the presentation of the visual material. (Gary Reber)