Plot: What’s it about?
Just as Last Stand of the 300 showed us the historical events behind the movie 300, Journey to 10,000 BC takes us to the world shown in 10,000 BC. The planet was a state of immense change, as evidenced by a minor ice age and extinctions of many animals, not to mention the early exploits of mankind. In a world filled with danger and scarce resources, life of all kinds battled to survive against the elements and of course, each other. In this special presentation from The History Channel, you’ll be taken inside the world of 10,000 BC and experience it all first hand. You will visit early human habitation sites, see actual dwellings & tools from the time, and hear from experts of all kinds. So whether you’ve seen the movie 10,000 BC or not, you will want to see this and take a Journey to 10,000 BC.
This is a great example of how entertainment can educational. The History Channel’s usual level of information and insight, combined with lively re-creations and cool computer generated images. If you have even a minor interest in this subject, you will be fascinated by Journey to 10,000 BC. The re-creations are fun to watch and help bring the historical aspect to life, which enriches the experience to no end. You can listen to experts and historians, but when you’re able to visualize these events, it brings a whole new dimension into focus. In terms of experts, this program boasts a host of them, sharing their perspective on both facts and theories. I had a great time with Journey to 10,000 BC and while the disc is bare bones, anyone interested should give it a look, even if just as a rental.
Video: How does it look?
Journey to 10,000 BC is presented in 1.78:1 non anamorphic widescreen. The visuals look fine here, with a clear image that has bright colors and accurate contrast. As I have stated in the past, there is no reason to have non anamorphic transfers at this point, but The History Channel continues to do so. The improvements might not be astronomical, but they’re there and to offer a lesser visual presentation is a disappointment.
Audio: How does it sound?
This is a solid stereo soundtrack, one that covers all the bases and suffers from no real problems. The re-creations sound good and have as much depth as possible, given the track’s limitations. The interviews and on site visits sound good too, with no volume issues, so all the vocals come through well. Not a memorable soundtrack, but it gets the job done.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes no bonus materials.