The MacGillivray Freeman film company believes in creating films that inspire, inform, and entertain people of all ages with settings in the extraordinary and remote parts of the Earth.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ The DVD of the film ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œArabiaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â does not disappoint.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ Originally created as an IMAX movie, the film tells the story of the region with amazing scenery and breathtaking views.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚
Photographed in 15/70 (65mm) and transferred at up to 8K resolution, Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ MacGillivray FreemanÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Arabia comes with the following special features:
- Featurette ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ The Making OfÃƒâ€šÃ‚ Ãƒâ€šÃ‚
- The MacGillivray Freeman HistoryÃƒâ€šÃ‚ Ãƒâ€šÃ‚
The film focuses on the different Arabian golden ages.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ The first takes a look at the earliest tribes who developed Frankincense to sell to the Romans and Greeks.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ The film travels to the lost city of Madain Saleh with its ancient tombs and amazing carved buildings built right out of the mountains.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ The next golden age was built more around knowledge than wealth.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ The Arabic scholars had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and helped ultimately inspire Europe and their Renaissance.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ With the discovery of oil, the region is moving into another golden age with renewed focus on learning and a modernization of their cities.
The film also provides some contrasts of the region as it travels deep into the Red Sea to explore ancient shipwrecks and through the desert with a wild sandstorm.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ One of the most amazing scenes is a look at one of the religious pilgrimages to the region with one of the largest single human gatherings on Earth.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚
The DVD is narrated by Academy Award winner Helen Mirren and really provides a deeper understanding of the culture and region.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ Even with the DVD format, the images from the film are clear and bright.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ Although in a few places the film looks a little distorted as the images were more likely better spread out on an IMAX screen.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ The sound is clear and consistent throughout the movie and the dialog helps add a lot to the images portrayed.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ There are also a few animated images of maps to help better explain the history, which really adds to the film.
There are also three special features on the DVD.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ The first is a Making of Documentary, which provides an interesting look into the challenges that went into the filmmaking.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ It is neat to see the behind the scenes look at what it takes to make a nature film.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ The second is a short retrospective of the MacGillivray Freeman Company and the films they make.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ The third includes several trailers of upcoming films from this company.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚