Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - February, 2013


 "Fascination Coral Reef 3D" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen



Enter the fascinating world of the coral reefs and experience breathtaking flora and fauna up close and in 3D.  Enjoy watching an entire ecosystem of marine species including blowfish, porcupine fish, goliath groupers, giant morays, sea turtles and whale sharks, as well as the play of colors of the many different coral and anemone species.


  • Universal Studios
  • 2013, Color, Not Rated, 53 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p, AVC
  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: NA
  • Directed by Burkhard Neesen, Rene Schopfer (producers)
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No


A short documentary on coral reefs, all we see are images of undersea creatures and an occasional diver, with commentary from a narrator.  A basic overview of what is present in many coral reefs, but not in depth or with much commentary beyond basic facts, it might be interesting to those that want to know more about the reefs but not for general entertainment.


Available in 2D or 3D, Fascination Coral Reef 3D alternates between decent footage and poor footage.  Much of this might be due to the environment that it was shot in, but many shots show visible banding in the blue seas, and details are murky most of the time.  The 3D use is to try to add as much pop as possible, but can't overcome the issues with either the source or compression.

Audio is just a narrator and a soundtrack that is front and center almost the whole time.  Instead of trying to make you feel like you are in the water environment, the soundtrack keeps you aware that you are watching something and attracts more attention to itself than enhancing the film.