3D Blu-ray Review “IMAX: Space Junk 3D”

Actors: Don Kessler, Tom Wilkinson
Directors: Melissa R. Butts
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Run Time: 37 minutes

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
3D: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars

There is something about space that has always facisinated me, probably everything. For me it is the unknown that lies above us. IMAX has provided some great films about space including “Space Station 3D”. “Space Junk 3D” is a very educational title and also very entertaining. It is narrated by two time Academy Award® Nominee Tom Wilkinson (“In the Bedroom” and “Michael Clayton”). He delivered an excellent and fun overview of this topic backed with some very impressive visuals that only an IMAX film could bring us. There is also great interviews with leading experts like Don Kessler. I have to admit, I didn’t really know much about this topic prior to watching but I am sucker for anything in space and now I find myself researching long after the 37 minute film completed, so I call that mission accomplished!

Official Premise: What Goes Up Doesn’t Always Come Down. With media headlines repeatedly warning us of debris falling from the skies, orbital debris (or “space junk”) has finally risen to the forefront of social consciousness. “Space Junk 3D”, narrated by Academy Award® Nominee Tom Wilkinson, is the first movie to explore the exponentially expanding ring of debris that threatens the safety of our planet’s orbits. Experience mind-boggling collisions, both natural and man-made. Soar the stunning depths of Meteor Crater to an unprecedented view of our increasingly crowded orbits – 22,000 miles above earth! Join foremost expert Don Kessler, the “Father of Space Junk,” guides us through the challenges we face in protecting them, forging a new age of space discovery. This is a 3D cosmic adventure like no other!

Image is releasing this film with both a Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray discs. The 1080p transfer originally shot for IMAX screens looks quite amazing and is presented in high definition widescreen 1.78:1. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track works very well with Tom Hambleton’s score. The special features are worth checking out as well in addition to this film. They included a behind-the-scenes “Making of” look into the film. There is an “Interview with Tom Wilkinson” included, which is a must watch. There is also a behind-the-scenes photo gallery and an extensive 3D trailer set included.