Tuesday, July 2, 2019

New From Mill Creek Entertainment: SPACE STATION Will Have You Blasting Off to the International Space Station -- Includes Immersive Image, Sound & Scale with this New IMAX ENHANCED Original Film (Review)


Blast Off With This Breathtaking Voyage To the International SpaceStation With Immersive Image, Sound & Scale
I have mentioned in previous posts how the girls are getting a little break from homeschool and are getting the summer off this year.  Usually we homeschool year round, but I thought I would switch things up before they start 5th grade at the end of August, and enjoy quality time together outdoors, and taking advantage of the warm summer weather. Even though we are not sitting down to do school work daily, doesn't mean they still aren't learning and doing school in some fashion.  Shh, don't tell them that! :-)  They are currently doing the local school library reading program and have a little competition going between my two girls to see who can read the most books by the end of summer.  Right now they are neck and neck and have read over 50 books since they started the beginning of June.  This year's summer reading program has the theme of Outer Space, so many of their free programs and classes center around space and astronauts. This is fitting because this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk.  I am using the programs from the library, as well as different space-themed books and movies, to help celebrate this important milestone in our history.  
During our homeschooling this past year, both of my girls really got into the space themed lessons I planned out. We ended up extending our week long space study into a full month, as the girls really got into it and wanted to learn all about the solar system, planets and famous astronauts and space missions.  So, I knew once the library program started for summer that the girls would be excited to read more space books and participate in the different activities and programs. 
In addition to reading, the girls have also been watching different space-themed movies, which they have borrowed from nearby libraries, as well as watched ones I have been sent to review. One movie that was an instant hit with my whole family was the upcoming SPACE STATION original film, which is set to be released on July 9th, in advance of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission.  This film really got my girls up close and personal to to a realistic space experience.  
The film is narrated by Tom Cruise, who shares challenges, setbacks and triumphs surrounding the Space Station laboratory which has been set up in outer space.  I am always in awe of IMAX movies like these, and this film didn't disappoint.  Like I said, everyone in my family enjoyed this original film, as well as all the bonus content, and we have a new appreciation for the International Space Station, as we watched crew members at work, doing their day to day routines like exercising, eating, shaving, etc. in Space.  My girls now want to one day travel to Outer Space and feel weightlessness.  For now, they will just have to take watching this movie over and over again, as they dream about life on other planets, and what it would be like to do research in outer space, and live there day in and day out.  
More about this upcoming IMAX Enchanced release here:
"SPACE STATION will be released as IMAX® Enhanced 4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital combo on July 9 with a $34.98 MSRP. The IMAX Original film is the first cinematic journey to the International Space Station (ISS), where audiences can experience for themselves life in zero gravity aboard the new station.

SPACE STATION is the story of the unique partnership of 16 nations building a laboratory in outer space--a permanent facility for the study of the effects of long-duration exposure to zero gravity and the necessary first step towards the global co-operative effort needed if man is to someday set foot on Mars. Tom Cruise narrates this captivating story of challenges, setbacks and triumphs... and ultimately, the shared international victory of men and women whose dreams exceed the limits of life on this Earth.
Watch a preview of SPACE STATION!
The IMAX® Enhanced version of the film utilized the newest, proprietary post-production process developed by IMAX to digitally re-master the film to produce more vibrant colors, greater contrast and sharper clarity in the home. The truly singular home entertainment experience is further enriched with the IMAX signature sound mix delivered to the home exclusively by DTS® with immersive, powerful sound featuring deep bass and dynamic range."

·         Director’s Audio Commentary
·         Adventures In Space - Interviews with Tom Cruise, Director Toni Myers and the Astronauts aboard
·         Astronaut Guided Tours of the ISS - Expedition 7- An Audio Visual Tour of the ISS and STS-108 – An Audio Visual Tour aboard Endeavor to the ISS
·         2160p Ultra High-Definition HDR 16x9 (1.78:1) widescreen presentation
·         DTS:X English, Spanish, French, German audio
·         English SDH, Spanish, French and German Subtitles

Produced by IMAX Corporation, presented by Lockheed Martin Corporation in cooperation with the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) and narrated by Tom Cruise, SPACE STATION documents one of the most important accomplishments by NASA since landing a man on the moon -- the on-orbit construction of the International Space Station.
SPACE STATION is the fifth film produced by the unique public/private partnership formed 20 years ago by IMAX Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, NASA and The Smithsonian Institution. It continues IMAX's space film legacy, which helped shape the entire large format industry.
SPACE STATION is the third IMAX film to be released by Mill Creek Entertainment in the 4K UHD format.  Previous releases include A BEAUTIFUL PLANET and JOURNEY TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC."
About IMAX Enhanced:
The IMAX® Enhanced program, developed by IMAX and DTS®, is a certification and licensing program that combines the highest-end consumer electronics products with IMAX digitally remastered 4K HDR content and DTS audio technologies to offer consumers a new level of immersive sight and sound experiences for the home.
About Mill Creek Entertainment:
Mill Creek Entertainment is the leading provider of value home video content to the retail and specialty marketplaces.  With over 50 million DVDs and Blu-ray discs sold annually the company has established a powerful distribution network that encompasses over 30,000 storefronts and millions of online customers. The company is relentless in its quest to always provide outstanding content and packaging with amazing value propositions to ensure consumer demand and customer satisfaction. Mill Creek offers a tremendous range of content including contemporary and classic feature film and television, kids’ animation, documentary, special interest and fitness.  Compilations range from double-features to 250-movie collections as well as 10 to 600 episode TV collections.   Driven by its immense library of over 20,000 hours of owned and licensed content and licensing partnerships with major studios and production companies world-wide, the company continues to redefine the value marketplace.  For more information: www.millcreekent.com.

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