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Very Good IMAX Experience

7/10
Author: gravity3 from California
28 December 2005

First, I have to say that I'm really not a fan of documentaries, and in general they put me to sleep. That said, IMAX films are some of the only documentaries I've ever been able to sit through. Part of that, perhaps most of it, is their extraordinary presentation. It's a terrific format, and the films made for them are usually well put together.

RING OF FIRE is such a film (at least in it's original IMAX format - I have not seen the DVD). The title refers to the ring of volcanoes on the Pacific Rim, not a hard subject for me to be interested in to be sure. The narration is genuinely informative if not all that exciting.

But it's the cinematography that really makes RING work. The combination of great camera work, and the format itself, was immersing. Short of visiting these volcanic sites (and I'd imagine at some personal risk), I doubt a better experience could be had on the subject. You can forget all that stock volcano footage you've seen before, RING has all that beat, hands down.

If anything, the film's 40 minutes just isn't long enough for me. But even modern IMAX work like James Cameron's ALIENS OF THE DEEP run about the same length. This most likely is due to the expense of shooting the format, but it's still unfortunate. Also, I'm not sure if this can even be seen in an IMAX theater these days, and it will certainly lose much of it's impact on DVD. In comparison, IMAX has done a couple of other films (on the space shuttle and the ISS) that I found superior to this one overall. But as documentaries go, RING OF FIRE is still quite good, and certainly worth the time. 7 out of 10 stars.

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Standard kung-fu title with training montages and leotards

Author: izzylaif from United States
7 June 2014

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Of, I've been looking for this title for over 20 years now. It contains two scenes I vividly remember from my childhood VHS days, but couldn't remember the title. The first scene happens somewhere near the beach. There is a hardbody chick rollerblading in a thong swimsuit (ah, the eighties). She has a polaroid cammera, and she offers passerby couples to take a picture of them for just 2 bucks. She takes one of out heroes. I wondered where she tucks the money in, given she's only wearing a skimpy swimsuit, but alas the scenes cuts right there. Another scene is when a white girl comes to Asian funeral dressed in black, while azns moan dressed in white. That's a nice scene actually. And of course there is an aerobics class will lots of girls in leotard. Argh the eighties, why did you end so quickly?

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