ROCKY MOUNTAIN EXPRESS 4K REVIEWED
“Rocky Mountain Express” is 45 minutes of pure bliss. I’m starting to be won over by 4K due to these releases and how it’s making older films pop. This 45 minute documentary follows the path of the steam engine 2816, as it cuts through the Canadian Rockies. I remember when IMAX first debuted and this was the kind of thing that got your butt to the museum to check it out. Who knew that educational material could be so dynamic?!?
The special features are great, as it comes with an underseen Oscar nominated documentary that tackles the same material. This approach to the material is part of the reason why I love what 4K IMAX can bring to the home theater front. If you’re on the fence about upgrading, consider a solid 4K presentation such as this disc. If you’re worried about your kids enjoying the film, don’t be. Everyone knows a little kid that’s super into trains or dinosaurs or whatever. Pure visual bliss can transcend any boundaries.
- Animated Short
- 4K UHD IMAX trailers
- 1.78:1 2160p transfer
- Dolby Atmos
RELEASE DATE: 7/12/16
The Plot Thus Far
Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and relates the epic adventure of building the nation’s first transcontinental railway.
Retracing the original route aboard the majestic steam engine 2816, the film transports the audience back to the age of steam to re-live this alpine nation-building odyssey. The film weaves together spectacular aerial cinematography, breathtaking vistas of the west, archival photographs and maps and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive to immerse audiences in an era of remarkable ingenuity and struggle and through a region of stunning natural beauty. Ride the rails along deep river canyons and over high mountain passes. Discover some of the most beautiful and rugged landscapes on earth and the heroic human drama and epic engineering that shaped a continent.