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Mars (2016 Mini-Series/National Geographic/Fox Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Episodes: B

From Executive Producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard comes the cinematic docudrama Mars (2016) - a National Geographic series that centers around a fictional mission to mars, while interweaving actual facts about the red planet. While the story of a trip to mars has been done several times before, the documentary aspect of this series that is brought to life with interviews by powerful minds such as Neil deGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk, and Stephen Petranek to name a few, that help keep the series fresh.

When a mission to mars becomes crucial to the future survival of the human race in the year 2033, a group of astronauts end up on the foreign planet after a long journey far from home. Mars is an interesting look at what could be in the not too distant future, giving its audience a realistic (and often dramatic) view of how a historic event like this would take place.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a nice sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track, the transfer here is very nice and fuses HD footage with archival footage of past and real NASA missions in opening sections. Lots of detail is on characters as well - this disc could be a good candidate for UHD. The tones on Mars itself is expectantly bleak, many of the other scenes are very cinematic and obviously high in production value with theatrical-style special effects. The breathtaking photography of the series definitely makes it a worthwhile watch for those interested in the subject matter. Surprisingly, no digital UV copy is included.

Special Features:

Making MARS


BEFORE MARS Behind the Scenes

Getting to MARS Featurettes

Living on MARS Featurettes

More MARS Featurettes

Behind-the-scenes featurettes

Cast & Crew Interviews

More than just another Mars documentary o melodrama, this high budgeted series is geared for scientific minds and could be enjoyed in a classroom as well as at home.

- James Lockhart



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