Exposure with Nigel Marven – The Complete Mini-Series (Genius/Animal
Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C+ Episodes: B
The Canadian Arctic is not a place
you hear much (enough) about as most special go to the furthest North or South
Poles, but it is just as amazing and Arctic
Exposure with Nigel Marven is a fine five-part documentary mini-series as
he explores the lands, its indigenous animal life, the famous Northern Lights
and the impending environmental crisis facing this irreplaceable, priceless
part of the world ecosystem. From the
stunning animal life to polar bears in jeopardy to the scenery, this is one of
the best programs of its kind to date and could never run long enough.
Marven is an expert on the area,
history and much more, like the great scene where he pours boiling water into a
cup and throws it in the air. At
35-degrees below zero Fahrenheit, the water freezes mid-air before coming down
as ice! Then there are the details that
he infuses with more energy and enthusiasm than most of his counterparts on
other such shows and without going overboard.
This was a very pleasant surprise and that the show never becomes pat or
cutesy about things is another plus. I
hope we see Marven again, because he is a standout.
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X
1 image has some great shots throughout and some like you have never seen
before, but this DVD downtrade of the fine HD shoot suffers detail loss and
depth suffers as well. This should be a
Blu-ray as soon as they can get around to it, especially since these animals
look so good here already. The Dolby
Digital 2.0 Stereo is pretty good for location audio and is edited well. The combination is decent, though has its
limits. Extras include a brief interview
piece with Marven and a featurette Climate
Change that is one of the best on the subject to date.