The financial distress of a particular retail chain (WOW Sight & Sound) has resulted in price discounts in those stores of 50% for Blu-ray discs. I've acquired some 3D discs that I would probably otherwise not have bothered trying. One of these is Sanctum 3D
, but I found the story line and acting so uninteresting, I did not see the movie through to the end.
A Blu-ray I can
write positively about is Cane Toads: The Conquest (2010).
A number of reviews of it can be found at http://www.rottentom..._conquest_2010/
. It's a slow and steady documentary tracing the history of cane toads from their introduction into North Qld in 1935-37, to their current spread across the top end of Australia, heading further into WA, in plague proportions.
It is reported the cane toad (Bufo marinus
) had reached Brisbane by 1945. However I recall they became quite severe in Brisbane in the 1970s. Walking outside at night you could tread on a number of them very easily if you weren't careful! In the 1970s, mosquitoes were very troublesome in summer. These days in Brisbane mosquitoes are a minor problem (because of Council spraying) and toads are relatively
rare. Just how and why the cane toad numbers have reduced so dramatically in Brisbane I have not been able to ascertain in a quick search tonight; and there is no mention of this reduction in the Blu-ray, which paints a picture of an unstoppable plague.
The 3D photography is well done, with many beautiful shots of nature, apart from the expected shots of the tadpoles and toads themselves. And there are numerous interviews of everyday people who experienced cane toads over the years, as well as of scientists and politicians. If you don't mind a slow and steady paced nature documentary (it lasts 1hr 23m), this 3D Blu-ray is recommended
One of the scenes is of fruit bats. Only in 3D do hundreds of flying bats make for coherent viewing. (In 2D, they form a muddled mass of black shapes!)