Remember those old science movies in school where they'd
film something with a high speed camera and then play it back in slow
motion? I always thought that the
pattern a drop of water makes when it lands in a bowl of milk was
those images of panes of glass shattering were amazing.
Now Jeff Lieberman and Matt Kearney, a
scientist and a cinematographer, take those simple films of yesteryear
further with Time Warp, a
Discovery Channel show where everything and anything
gets slowed down to see just how things happen.
Armed with a high speed camera that can film at up to 5000
frames per second, hosts Jeff Lieberman and Matt Kearney slow down
events to see just how a kernel of popcorn pops or what happens when a
hits a wall. The things that separate
this show from the rather stodgy classroom films of long ago are the
which the experiments are performed and the 'thinking outside of the
attitude that the hosts have.
Jeff and Matt aren't content to just look at common events;
they come up with wacky ideas for things to examine.
Watching a wave of skin travel up a martial
artist's arm as he breaks a stack of blocks is interesting, but seeing
happens when you throw disposable butane lighters into a blender and
it on is very cool. So is putting chunks
of dry ice into an empty 2 L bottle and watching it explode in slow
motion. What to top that?
Put the bottle underwater and catch the shock
wave on film.
Not all of their experiments are crazy though. Freezing
things in liquid nitrogen was
beautiful, and slowing down the world's fastest drummer was very neat. The same goes for the episode where they
a man being Tasered.
The two hosts are jovial and energetic, bantering back and forth while
up an experiment or finish one up. They
make the show more current and keep it from being stale and boring. Having said that, I wish there was more
science in the program. The hosts make a
big deal that they're doing these experiments "for science" yet there's
explanation of what is actually taking place or what the camera reveals
from the most general information.
There's actually more science in Mythbusters,
but that's a small flaw. The show is
still fun and if it often gets people thinking about the world around
which is a good thing.
The 1.78:1 AVC 1080i image was very good for a TV show.
The lines were nice and tight and the picture
had a very good level of detail. In one
episode they shoot a Bicycle card with a bullet, and the very fine
lines of the
card are clear and solid. The colors are
rich and the flesh tones look great.
There are some digital defects that can be noticed during some
high speed playback footage, though that's not too surprising. The film is being recorded at up to 5000
frames per second after all. There's a
little aliasing in a few of the slo-mo sequences, that Bicycle card
sharpshooting trick is a good example.
While it is not major and doesn't ruin the effect it is present. Aside from that, the show looks fine.
This program comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack
that isn't too impressive but it gets the job done.
The audio is mainly centered on the screen,
though the rears occasionally get some action.
The dialog and narration is clean and crisp and in even the
parts the audio is clean with no distortion or breakup.
The sub gets a little bit of exercise during
some of the explosions that litter the show, but these were never as
powerful as I was hoping. All in all
this is an adequate sounding series.
The only extra is the pilot episode where they try to break
a glass with sound, look at a face getting hit with a punch, and break
This is a fun show that creates a lot of very interesting,
beautiful, thought provoking images. A
lot of the stunts the hosts pull are outrageous too, which adds to the
appeal. While I sat enthralled through
season, there's not really a lot of replay value. Once
you've seen a sword cut through a side
of meat in one stroke, you really don't need to see it again and again. Even with that caveat, this set comes
images in this review are not from the Blu-ray disc and do not
represent the image quality on the disc.