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Arabia 3D (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 28 November 2011 (UK)
Discover a land as exotic as it is extraordinary. Arabia 3D offers an in-depth understanding of one of the most fascinating lifestyles and cultures. Cross the dunes with a caravan of camels... See full summary »

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Greg MacGillivray

Writer:

Jack Stephens
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Credited cast:
Hamzah Jamjoom ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reem AlHabib Reem AlHabib ... Herself - Bride (as Reem Habib)
Ahmad Zaki Hammad Ahmad Zaki Hammad ... Arabic translation
Robert Lacey Robert Lacey ... Author / historian
Helen Mirren ... Narrator
Hussain M. Najjar Hussain M. Najjar ... Arabic narration
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Discover a land as exotic as it is extraordinary. Arabia 3D offers an in-depth understanding of one of the most fascinating lifestyles and cultures. Cross the dunes with a caravan of camels, dive in the treasure-filled Red Sea, explore the ruins of a lost city, and relive the golden age of Islamic inventions. A precious land imprinted with myths and mysteries. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 2011 (UK) See more »

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Arábia 3D See more »

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An interesting IMAX film that was impaired by horrible CGI.
4 August 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I think "Arabia 3D" is worth seeing--even now that it's available without 3D and no longer an IMAX format film. You can get it from Netflix--and I watched it streaming on my television. The only serious problem in viewing it is that a few of the shots look oddly distorted and curved. Perhaps they were intended for an OMNIMAX screen.

The film is about the three golden ages of Arabia. The first was when Arabia was rich due to its production of Frankincense during the time of the Roman Empire. The second following the creation of Islam by Muhammad in the 6-7th centuries. And, the film implies that today is the beginning of a new golden age due to the oil riches of the new Saudi Arabia. In many ways, the film comes off like a travelogue as well as a piece of propaganda (positive though it is) for the Saudi government.

The film was truly gorgeous. I was fortunate to be able to see it on a 58" TV--and for this film, the bigger the better. However, despite learning a lot from the film and loving the footage, I was really shocked at the shoddy quality of the few CGI sequences that occurred in the movie. I am not exaggerating to say that the work appeared to be from about 1995--though the film was made in 2011! It is very strange that such an expensive and sumptuous film would contain such poor computer generated graphics--but they were quite poor.


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