Africa: The Serengeti
Graphic Films / IMAX / 1994 / 42 Mins / Rated G


MOVIE
No real plot on this one, much like the Wild Rhapsody disc. Basically it tells the story of the yearly migrating heard of animals through the Serengeti plains in Africa.

Shot in the spectacular IMAX format the scenes and cinematography are breathtaking.

From Cheetah's, Lions, Hyena's and other African dwelling animals this is an enjoyable documentary if a bit short in length.

The documentary is well narrated by James Earl Jones, A.K.A Darth Vader or Mufasa from the Lion King. Good Choice for a narrator really and his voice simply adds to the documentary.

VIDEO
This is a region 0 formatted DVD. The disc is in fact formatted in NTSC and has a ratio of 4:3 in full frame format which is slightly modified from it's original 1:44:1 aspect ratio. While the picture quality isn't to bad, it does suffer from the occasional MPEG artifact, and some scenes do seem very fuzzy at times.
AUDIO
This disc is formatted in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. While sounding acceptable, the whole soundstage is very unremarkable. But it's enough to get the message across for this type of documentary.
EXTRAS
Extras I hear you say, well uh you have got scene selections!
FINAL THOUGHTS
I can't really give a hearty recommendation on this disc, it's pretty bog standard and doesn't include many features for the price, pity though because it is a great documentary with excellent footage, if it were about 20 dollars then I would recommend buying it.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 24 May 2000 14:54:33 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 0
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating G
Running Time: 42 minutes
Case Type: Super Jewel Case
Release Date: 17/12/1998
Catalog Number: DVD0397
List Price: 34.95
Distributor: Simitar
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: NTSC
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 13
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Anamorphic: No
Film Format: 70 mm IMAX
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: None
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: No
Theatrical Trailer: No
Teaser Trailer: No
TV Spots: No
Dolby Trailer: No
Documentary: No
Cast & Crew Bios: No
Deleted Scenes: No
Music Video: No
DVD ROM Content: No
Collectable Booklet: No
Scene Selections: Yes
Animated Menus: No
Production Notes: No
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