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Pandas: The Journey Home Blu-ray Review

Pandas- The Journey Home Blu-ray

“Pandas: The Journey Home” is a short, but sweet 2014 Nat Geo special.

Running a scant 34 minutes (36 minutes with credits), “Pandas: The Journey Home” centers around a Panda Conservation Center in China. More specifically, it’s about the organization’s efforts to release the near extinct species back into the wild.

The documentary begins with the Conservation Center trying to breed a giant panda (which is easier said than done). From there on out, the story delves into the mating rituals of pandas, the birth of two baby pandas, the behavioral aspects of the animal, and the process of trying to train a captive panda to live in the wild. As you can probably guess, the movie concludes with a panda being released into the wild for real.

Given the short duration, there’s not a lot of material here. Granted, what we do get is both educational and emotional (especially the ending), but is this special really worth the grand home video treatment? If it was bundled with other programs, I would say yes. As is, I would say it’s merely worth a rent unless you are a panda fanatic.

Note: This set contains the 2D Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD editions of “Pandas: The Journey Home.”

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? Between the China locals and the up-close-and-personal footage of Pandas, this is a truly gorgeous hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? There’s a ton going on here aside from Joely Richardson’s narration, the cheesy score, the sounds of the pandas (and sometimes humans), but it does the job.

The lone extra is an old school Nat Geo nature program called “Save The Panda.” Richard Basehart narrates this dated but nonetheless interesting hour long special about the titular animal.

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June 15, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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