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MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 86 Minutes
Narrated by: Queen Latifah
Narration written by: Linda Woolverton and Mose Richards and Kristin Gore
Directed by: Adam Ravetch & Sarah Robertson
Retail Price: $29.99
Features: Making Of Arctic Tale, Are We There Yet? World Adventure: Polar Bear Spotting, Theatrical Trailer
Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (15 Scenes)
Released: December 4th, 2007
Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, "Arctic Tale" looks rather fantastic: this is a crisp, film-like transfer that really transports you to the frozen locations featured in the documentary (mainly shot by co-director Adam Ravetch). The icy blues and whites are perfectly saturated, and detail is remarkable too - be it glaciers in the background or the hairs on the polar bears. The actual print used for the transfer is clean, and there is no edge enhancement. Slight noise pops up, but it's not too distracting. This is a very soothing, pleasing transfer that really captures the film's visual texture.
A bevy of other audio and subtitle options are included: there are 5.1 Dolby Digital mixes in French and Spanish, plus an English Dolby Surround track. English closed captions are an option, as are subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
Are We There Yet? World Adventure: Polar Bear Spotting is in non-anamorphic widescreen, and is aimed for the younger viewers of this DVD. In the course of a colorful 7 minutes, two youngsters search for polar bears in Canada. This piece is nicely produced, and is certainly educational, speaking on level with the younger audience. Oh, and there's more polar bears to see. How can you go wrong with that?
Rounding out the disc is the film's Theatrical Trailer in non-anamorphic widescreen.
"Arctic Tale" flew under the radar at the box office in the summer of 2007, but this documentary is well worth checking out on DVD, especially for families. The sparse extras are well made and give insight into the film's production and polar bears in general; while the film's presentation is quite beautiful. Make sure you bundle up when watching!