The World's Biggest and Baddest Bugs (2004) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Documentary
Genius Products || NR - 83 minutes - $21.95 || April 7, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-04-15


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
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Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

With the success of Warner's "Planet Earth" series on Blu-ray (and previously HD DVD), it seems every studio is trying to push out some sort of nature Blu-ray in hopes of catching the eye of new Blu-ray player owners. Why? Because when you spend $300 on a shiny new toy you just have to show it off to your friends and the best way to do that is by grabbing a nature disc that is sure to please the eye. With that, Genius has launched their own line of Blu-rays from Animal Planet & Discovery and first on their budget list is "The World's Biggest and Baddest Bugs" (83 Minutes).

Considering the other titles in the launch of this 'nature' line by Genius I have to say "The World's Biggest and Baddest Bugs" is the best. Not only is the run time twice as long as "The Beauty of Snakes", but the material and announcer are far, far more entertaining. Rudd is an excellent choice to host this feature (he even has his own show on Animal Planet) and the situations he puts himself in to get the shot are pretty astounding. About a dozen bugs are showcased including cockroaches, spiders and scorpions.

Given the low MSRP Genius is offering on these ($21.99 - so about $14 or so on Amazon) the price is not bad for a blind buy, but with "Planet Earth", a 10 hour+ series (and clearly superior in every single way - 1080p and TrueHD tracks) only $50 or so it makes this one a bit tougher to swallow. If the subject matter interests you then itís probably worth your money but if not I'd say pass. There is only so many nature films on Blu-ray that you can really enjoy.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

No features included.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

"The World's Biggest and Baddest Bugs" is presented in 1.78:1 (MPEG4; 1080i) on a 25GB Disc. Even though the disc is only 1080i it still looks really good. I'd say itís a hair nicer than the Snake Blu-ray.

Genius has included an English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 track (English Subtitles only). Even with the lack of a HD Lossless track the 5.1 mix is still really good - better than some recent Blu-ray films I've watched. Rears remain active 90% of the documentary with some sort of background music. Still, a TrueHD track would have been nice and with 10GB+ free on the disc they really could have stepped it up a bit in this department.



.::OVERALL::.

If you like Bugs then I would say pick this Blu-ray up but if you are looking to show off your brand new Blu-ray player and HDTV then stick to "Planet Earth". 1080i and Dolby Digital 5.1 has no place on Blu-ray in 2009 - period.