Sea Rex 3D Journey To A Prehistoric World

Featured In Issue 164, February 2012

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Immerse yourself in a lost age, 200 million years back in time, and get ready for a face-to-face encounter with the T-Rex of the seas. Join Julie (Hollings), an imaginative young woman, as she travels from a modern-day aquarium to the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. Explore an amazing underwater universe inhabited by larger-than-life creatures—including the powerful Liopleurodon, long-necked Elasmosaurus, and gigantic Shonisaurus—which were ruling the seas before dinosaurs conquered the earth. Thanks to state-of-the-art ultra-photorealistic imagery, see science come alive in a unique and entertaining manner. (Tricia Spears)

Special features include a Sea Rex featurette (HD 03:49), an interview reel (HD 03:32), and the trailer.

Theatrically shown in 70 mm 3D blow up (dual-strip 3D) in IMAX® Theatres, the 1080p MVC presentation's color palette exhibits bold and bright hues, well-defined black levels, and revealing shadow delineation. The underwater segments appear naturally hued, with at times, beautiful blue waters. Fleshtones are also naturally rendered. Resolution is excellent and revealing of fine detail in the presentation of the natural world and artists' renderings. The native 3-D presentation is often dramatic, with fish and underwater reptiles darting in the foreground and background, often extending out of the screen. Perspective depth and dimension is impressive during sweeping views of seascapes. The marine aquarium scenes exhibit natural depth and dimension with lifelike, dimensional humans interacting as the historical story unfolds. Crosstalk or ghosting is virtually nonexistent with other artifacts. This is a dramatic 3-D experience that injects life in a fascinating subject and is sure to enthrall viewers. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1 soundtrack is well produced, with a very dimensional soundfield presentation. At times the soundfield is submerged to portray the tumultuous oceans of the Mesozoic Age. Powerful water surges, pounding waves, and deep bass pulses beneath the ocean are aggressively enveloping. The narrative and aquarium scenes are nicely reverberant, to suggest scale and character. Atmospherics and sound effects are effectively designed to enhance the 3-D experience. Deep bass is, at times, powerfully engaged at sub-25 Hz frequencies, for dramatic effect. Fidelity and dynamics are nicely delivered, along with a sweeping orchestral and choral music score that extends well into the surrounds. Overall, this is an effective holosonic® soundtrack experience. (Gary Reber)