Scenic National Parks: Yosemite (Blu-ray Review)7 Sep, 2008 By: John Gaudiosi
I've never been to Yosemite, but after watching this documentary on the spectacular national park, I feel like I have been there. That's the magic of Blu-ray — and the reason big-box retailers focus on sports programming or natural wonder when showing content on their HDTV displays.
The 1080p (1.33:1 aspect ratio) picture quality is flawless and makes you feel like you're there looking at El Capitan or Half Dome. And the 5.1 surround sound brings Yosemite Falls to life. For a documentary there's a nice blend of sounds to add life to the scenic imagery.
This documentary serves two purposes. If you haven't been to the park yet, it offers great recommendations for where to stay. There's also an amusing segment on the park's bear population and how to keep your food away from these intelligent creatures.
In addition, the doc maps out the key attractions and delves into some history on John Muir and Ansel Adams. But if you've already experienced the majesty of this natural wonder, this disc is a great keepsake of the highlights of the park.
This Blu-ray is actually a pair of documentaries. The second is Wild National Parks, which focuses on the wild creatures that inhabit national parks from Alaska's Katmai to Arizona's Montezuma's Castle. Like Yosemite, the 1080p visuals make you feel like you're there — and in this case, you don't want to ever be this close to grizzlies or rattlesnakes.
It's a great buy and a wonderful way to prepare for a visit or remember your experience.