JOURNEY TO SPACE 4K 3D REVIEWED
“Journey to Space” provides an IMAX level look at the history of the Space Shuttle program. Split into three sections, Patrick Stewart introduces us to the Hubble Telescope, current NASA plans and a look to future Mars colonization. I’d call Stewart a narrator, but he’s more of an announcer for NASA astronauts to explain the inner workings of the program. If you are looking for hard science, then watch the Mars section as the other two sections feels more like promo pieces for NASA.
The history of the ISS and what it has meant for the world is quite stunning. Honestly, I feel that could be a documentary onto itself, as Journey to Space runs a scant 45 minutes. That being said, the creators wisely knew what was visually appealing and they mine every aspect of the documentary to create a sensory overload that will entertain from 8-80. Plus, it really helps if you’re into the Space program. I say this as a goon that watch “The Right Stuff” once every six months. Pick it up if you want to see what IMAX documentaries look like at the peak of A/V Quality.
Somewhere between the 3D and 4K presentations, I started to realize that we’re entering into a new age of home entertainment spectacle. I’m old enough to remember when IMAX started to help convert potential customers over to DVD and later Blu-Ray. It’s kinda neat to see the same trends continue. While documentary narratives aren’t enough to sell everyone on 4K, jaws will drop through all three segments of the documentary. The lush nature of the deep inky space couple with the shuttles taking off produces something on par with The Martian, but without Matt Damon existing. The reference moment of the disc is the Orion spacecraft taking off. It’s going to shake your windows, as it looks like the real shuttle is about to shoot out of your screen.
Extra kudos to Shout for presenting the special features in 4K on the 4K disc. Major studios should take notice of that level of commitment.
- Image Gallery
- 1.78:1 2160p transfer
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- Dolby Atmos
- Dolby TrueHD 7.1 master audio track
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track