Universal // 2011 // 45 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // April 7th, 2013
Does your day-to-day life get you down? Do you feel the pressure of the grind? Is the stress having adverse physiological effects on you and, perhaps, emotional effects on your marriage? Has your wife tuned you out? Do your children eye you with disappointment? Is it all starting to slip away?
Maybe you need to immerse yourself...in the ocean!
Universal Studios and technology have teamed up to drop you square into the ocean depths for a rousing 45 minutes worth of virtual snorkeling. Fascination Coral Reef 3D will take you on an intimate tour of the deep blue sea, particularly the vast labyrinth of coral reefs that are so critical to the health of our oceans. The tour includes a peek into the undersea shenanigans that take place in the coral, including the give and take of the multitude of sea creatures that lay claim to the space.
This includes: blowfish, lionfish, porcupine fish, groupers, morays, stingrays, sea turtles, sea anemones, whale sharks and whole bunch more species that I never heard of. That, my friend, is enough seafaring creatures to stock your local Long John Silver's for at least a month.
And that was my primary takeaway -- at least education-wise -- from the program. The exotic special diversity that goes on way down deep is truly staggering. It's like an alien planet under the waves.
But, really, this presentation is all about one thing: strapping on your 3D specs, cranking the sound system and getting completely and utterly lost in the spectacle. While the info dumps are intriguing, the producers are obviously more interested in putting out a visceral experience -- a relaxing, New Age-y score, lush, colorful visuals, and occasional narration from a man with an accent. It all adds up to a primo way to get a bit sideways without running afoul of your local narcotics laws.
The A/V is critical to the experience and the good news is it's all a treat to absorb. The picture quality (1.78:1/1080p) is sharp and vibrant and the DTS-HD 5.1 mix is immersive. No extras, but in all honesty, you'll be long unconscious by the time the runtime expires.
Not Guilty. I want fish sticks.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
* DTS 5.1 Surround (French)
* DTS 5.1 Surround (Italian)
* DTS 5.1 Surround (Japanese)
* DTS 5.1 Surround (Spanish)
Running Time: 45 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* 2D Version