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Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas (4K UHD)

Shout Factory // Unrated // February 5, 2019 // Region 0
List Price: $39.99 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted April 1, 2019 | E-mail the Author



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Aircraft Carriers: Guardians of the Sea 4K Review


color="#222222">Aircraft
Carrier: Guardians of the Seas
color="#222222">is an
IMAX documentary which takes an inside look at the world of high-tech
aircraft carriers. The film was shot in native 4K resolution and
offers up some interesting imagery of the ships which house these
air-crafts. For anyone with an interest in the technology and
mechanics this is worth admission. You can experience learning more
about the important history of aircraft carriers alongside seeing
stunning imagery of these ships.


color="#222222">The
film takes audiences on a narrated tour of some of the sea's
high-tech carriers and introduces us to the world of the navy crew
who works tirelessly to help protect the ocean. Utilizing a
top-of-the-line RIMPAC training program (which is
glimpsed at
during the film), the film ebbs and flows between exploring the
history of naval crafts to exploring the mission of these crews. The
various types and styles of aircraft's are highlighted throughout the
feature: from Nimitz and Ford Class carriers to Virginia Class
submarines and F-35 fighter jets.


The
documentary
includes detailed information about the technological development of
aircraft carriers to delving further into the first-hand exploration
of the crew's on-hand training sessions while being out-at-sea. As
the ships crews prepare for the aircraft's to take flight the crew
must work tirelessly to make sure these flights and landings are
successful and safe.


style="font-style: normal;">The
film was produced and optimized for giant IMAX screens.
Unfortunately, unlike previous Shout Factory IMAX documentary
releases, this one drops the 3D Blu-ray disc entirely and is just the
4K + Blu-ray as a combo pack release. That is the one main draw-back
to this particular release. However, fans of these ongoing IMAX
documentary releases should be pleased Aircraft
Carrier:
Guardians of the Seas

has been
given a high-quality presentation. Documentary fans with an interest
in naval history should take a look.


color="#222222">The
4K UltraHD Blu-ray:




Video:


color="#222222">Aircraft
Carrier: Guardians of the Seas
color="#222222">
arrives on 4K UltraHD from Shout Factory. This is a top-notch looking
4K release with excellent colors and overall detail. The film has
crisp definition which allows audiences to see the details of these
ships and their mechanical engineering.


color="#222222">This
is a native 4K release
(not an upscaled source) and it has a number of visually impressive
sequences
which stun with the heightened visual presentation.


color="#222222">The
4K HDR video is presented in 2160p 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and
has much deeper blacks, brighter whites, and greater color
reproduction. The only drawback to this presentation is extremely
minor banding which seems inherent to the source material. There is
also some archival video and photographs which do not benefit as much
from the resolution increase.


Audio:


color="#222222">The
audio is presented with Dolby Atmos surround sound. This is a
dynamically rich sound design for a documentary. While one can't expect
the sound design to match that of a high-budget
Hollywood spectacle, the Atmos audio does do a good job of opening-up
the sound-stage for more immersion for the experience.


color="#222222">English
SDH subtitles are provided for the deaf and hard of hearing.




Extras:


color="#222222">The
release includes a handful of extras. On disc supplements include:


color="#222222">Audience
testimonials
(HD, 5 min.) features afterthoughts of various
attendees who saw an IMAX screening of the film in theaters.


color="#222222">F-35
vs. Bugatti vs. Human Cannonball
(HD, 1 min.) is a brief
video
exploring the question of "who would win a race" between three
components at different speeds.


color="#222222">Usain
Bolt vs. Giraffe vs. Nuclear Carrier
(HD, 1 min.) is another
brief video exploring the question of "who would win the race"
between the three components traveling at different speeds.


color="#222222">F-35
Navy Selects Reel (HD, 3 min.) showcases some of the F-35.


style="font-style: normal;"> style="font-weight: normal;">Lastly,
the release includes the Aircraft Carrier trailer and TV spots as
well as trailers promoting other Shout Factory released IMAX
documentaries.


Final Thoughts:


Aircraft
Carrier: Guardians of the Seas
is a interesting documentary
feature exploring the world of high-tech ships carrying and housing
the various aircrafts flown out-at-sea.


The
film does
focus more intently on the technology than on the human aspect of the
men and women who make up these teams (which is the one area of the
documentary I felt could have been expanded upon) but the film is an
interesting glimpse into this technology nonetheless.


While
the
documentary is worth-watching and the technical merits of this 4K
release are strong, replay value feels almost non-existent. This
release is worth a rental to see once but is probably not worth a
purchase.


Rent It.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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