Destiny In Space

Destiny In Space (1994)
Warner Home Video
Extras: Behind-the-scenes Featurette, Theatrical Trailer, IMAX Trailer

In their line of IMAX releases, Warner Home Video is bringing us ’Destiny In Space,’ an IMAX presentation that explores the question where space exploration has taken mankind, and where we may go in the future. Narrated by Leonard Nimoy, this film is once again an engaging look at outer space in an intelligent, fascinating and entertaining fashion.

The DVD delivers a sparkling transfer of the film from its original 70mm prints. Entirely without blemishes or defects, the image is virtually free of grain. Colors are incredibly rich in their rendering, producing images that are extremely vibrant, but never appear oversaturated. The compression has been done adequately, but some pixelation unfortunately removes some of the definition from the image and creates slightly fuzzy edges in these outer space images that boast very stark contrasts.

The DVD features Dolby Digital 5.1 channel audio tracks in English and French, which are well presented and well balanced. With good bass extension and clean high ends, the track fully delivers, and makes ’Destiny In Space’ a very attractive experience, sometimes enveloping the viewer in the sounds and noises of the aircrafts.

The disc also contains a 10-minute behind-the-scenes featurette and theatrical trailer, and on both the quality degradation when compared to the glorious IMAX image, is immediately apparent. The disc is rounded out by a great-looking general IMAX trailer.

Once again, this is a great IMAX release, although the compression is a bit disappointing and more care could have resulted in an even more spectacular image than what we get to see here. Still, because of its origins from 70mm negatives, this DVD looks incredibly sharp and rich.