Thursday, October 3, 2013

Space Junk 3-D (Blu-ray Review): From IMAX to Small Screen

If you recycle, reduce and reuse then you’re trying to do your part for the environment. Pat on the back to you. I’m glad you’ve realized that we all have to share this great big snow globe and that, barring a work of magnificent science fantasy, we aren’t going to Mars for some time. We’ve got a long way to go, but we’re on our way to a more beautiful world. That’s INSIDE the world. While you were sleeping we started exploring space, using space to our advantage by uploading satellites, sending space stations into orbit. What happens when these things collide? Where does the waste go? The little pieces of debris called space junk, the namesake of the subject of this review, are a problem for the future… or maybe they’re a problem for right now.

Synopsis (from the website):

50 years after launching our dreams into space, we’re left with a troubling legacy: a growing ring of orbiting debris that threatens the safety of earth’s orbits. SPACE JUNK is a visually explosive journey of discovery that weighs the solutions aimed at restoring our planet’s orbits.

Experience mind-boggling collisions, both natural and man-made. Soar for the stunning depths of Meteor Crater to an unprecedented view of our increasingly crowded orbits – 22,000 miles above earth. Join us as 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


Space Junk 3D was originally presented for an IMAX audience. It’s available for 3D viewing, however I regret not being able to discuss this viewing option given my lack of appropriate hardware. It’s original presentation was in 3D as well. It was absolutely larger than life. I didn’t see that either. The Blu-ray is a fine educational product for older grade school kids. It’s informative, thought provoking and well produced. It lacks some of the shock value of some of the more inflammatory IMAX features I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy. There’s less catastrophe. I suppose that’s a good thing.

  • Making of
  • Interview with Tom Wilkinson
  • BTS Photo Gallery
  • Extensive 3D trailer set

While I typically review horror related fare I figured that this science fact experience might be of interest to some of you. Maybe it’s a good primer for some of the more extreme and terrifying works you’ll want to show to your kids when the grow up. Perhaps it will inspire you to pen your own space junk disaster action flick. Armaggedon 2: Trash In Space.

Space Junk 3D is available for purchase now. Visit the website for more details on the creation and release of this cautionary documentary.


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