4K UHD

​Four times the resolution of “HD,” 4K UHD will be the new standard for television / home viewing. Most of these titles were originally shot in 15/70MM and other ultra high resolution formats suitable for IMAX / Giant Screen theaters, and have been digitally scanned at 4K or higher resolution. Since they were captured in higher than 4K resolution, when viewed in 4K UHD they look especially crisp and vibrant.

Film
Release Year
Runtime(s)
Synopsis
Arabia
2010
46

Arabia reveals a unique culture, a history full of adventure, an environment of extreme challenges, a people of strong faith, and a chance for a film to bridge cultures and reduce misunderstanding between peoples.

An epic combination of historical recreations and contemporary scenes of everyday life, Arabia 3D follows the story of charismatic 22-year-old Arabian filmmaking student Hamzah Jamjoom as he returns home from Chicago’s De Paul University to make a film about his native culture.  As Hamzah discovers the roots of his people’s ancient traditions, audiences will learn how Arabian society developed through history into what it is today and discover a visually striking world of fascinating heritage.

Travel to the exotic and fascinating land of Arabia.  Explore the ancient tombs of a lost city; dive through the reefs of the Red Sea; and experience the Hajj — the largest gathering of people on Earth.  Discover an extraordinary culture and experience modern day Arabia in the midst of monumental change.

Around the World in 80 Islands
12 x 30 min

The series Around the World in 80 Islands proposes these strips of land that seem to float on the seas and that are embraced by soft winds and tides, but also seas that are navigated by boats, canoes, windsurf, land that has been reclaimed by the miracle of nature and land eco-systems that are protected by long-sighted human beings.  As well as sea-beds inhabited by fascinating and mysterious marine organisms.  A series of documentaries that is at the same time, adventure, tourism, ecology, sailing, diving, sports, and hobbies, but also ways of life and customs of different populations that live on these little pieces of our world dotted around the globe, with land itineraries which also introduce us to different foods and cooking methods.  All of this and much more will be revealed to a discerning and passionate eye by traveling around the Mediterranean, but also to the Seychelles, the Maldives, Indonesia, Thailand, Mozambique and so much more.

The series Around the World in 80 Islands is now at its fifth series and has reached 143.994 monthly contacts with peaks of 25 thousand AMR (average ratings each minute). The series is produced in two languages languages: Italian and English.

The series Around the World in 80 Islands not only wants to demonstrate the beauty of our planet but also wishes to our spectator to appreciate the beauty of Italy and also of other international territories, and above all, wishes to suggest: lifestyles, respect for the environment and help each human-being to safe-guard the dignity of the World.

Asia – Secret Lives, Hidden Places
2017
5 x 45 min

Behind the veil of tourism in Asia’s most stunning National Parks people and animals share the same backyard.

Follow us into the unfamiliar and fascinating lands of Asia, where opulent images allow us to experience the unique beauty of nature and the stories of people and animals that live in a world that remains untouched.  In the second part of our series, we also lead the viewer into paradisiac places few away from our civilized world.  Here you will witness the beautiful blood orange sky as the sun sets, watch the majestic birds of the region survey the land for preys, explore hidden caves among the wide expanse of mountains, go on fishing expeditions with the native where you discover the marine life among the coral reefs and take part in tradition unique to Asia.

In Asia there are enormous areas of wild, breath-taking beauty that entices and lures visitors.  The parks covered are in china, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, and Vietnam.  Each them has its own particular gems, whether above or below the water.

Unlike protected areas in North America and Europe, the diverse endangered habitats of Asia are almost always home to people as well as wildlife.

Auroras
5

The Northern and Southern Lights as seen from the International Space Station.  Constantly orbiting at 400 km (250 mi) above the earth, the ISS is perfectly situated to witness the beautiful streamers of green and red light emanating from the collision of highly charged solar wind particles with oxygen and nitrogen atoms in the earth’s atmosphere.  Centered about the northern (Aurora Borealis) and southern (Aurora Australis) poles the Auroras move in an almost hypnotic dance below the space station.

Australia’s Great Wild North
2018
41, 37, 25

Far Northern Australia is a land of extremes.  Huge bushfires ravage the ancient landscape in the dry season and the world’s biggest thunderstorms bring torrential rain and flooding in the wet season.  These almost Jurassic conditions have created some of the richest wetlands on Earth.

The coast, rivers, and waterholes are haunted by sharks.  The plains are guarded by territorial buffalo and venomous snakes but the apex predator here is a living dinosaur the salt water crocodile.  They have been on the planet in almost identical form for 200 million years – even surviving the meteor strike that wiped out the rest of the dinosaurs.

Crocodiles are the ultimate predators.  They attack with stealth, are extremely aggressive and can grow up to 7 meters in length.  Up here, they have even been known to attack and pull fisherman out of boats.

This film will carry the viewers across the whole Top End of Australia, from the wild Kimberly coast through mysterious and rarely seen Arnhem Land and then deep into the world’s oldest rainforest in Cape York.

Come with us on an epic journey through some of the wildest landscapes on Earth as we take you deep into crocodile’s world.  Australia’s Great Wild North will be shot in magnificent 8K for IMAX and other Giant Screen theaters.  Specialized underwater camera rigs have been designed to get the audience closer than ever before to the most powerful jaws on Earth.

Azores
2015
71, 45

The proverbial expression “Azores High” is renowned – but where does it derive from?  The Azores Archipelago is situated literally in the middle of the vast expanses of the Atlantic Ocean.  This is a windswept idyll, born from the sea.  The most remote and secluded spot in Europe, an extreme outpost, and for centuries a base for Transatlantic sailors.

It’s rugged and romantic landscape reflects an almost austere beauty; rich green slopes interspersed with rocks, magnificent volcanoes, lava caves, idyllic lakes, black sandy beaches, lunarscapes, and exotic gardens contrast with a famous ancient wine-growing region, picturesque fishing villages, traditional folk festivals, isolated lighthouses and all surrounded by a deep blue sea surging against a bizarrely shaped coastline.

This elaborately produced film discovers four of those fascinating islands: Pico, Faial, Sao Miguel, and Sao Jorge.  This is an archipelago for explorers who feel comfortable off the beaten track, the perfect destination for hikers, bird watchers, surfers, yachtsmen and free spirits alike.

Battle Royale: The Lions and Hyenas of Maasai Mara National Park
2015
52

The African savanna is a place of raw beauty.  It is also the setting for fierce battles between lions and hyenas.  Tough and scraggly, hyenas are known as the “scavengers of the savanna.”  They are intelligent predators who are a nuisance to the king of all beasts because they target the same prey.  While lions display overwhelming power, the hyenas’ weapons are solidarity and teamwork, which they use to outwit their larger rivals.  The standoffs between these carnivores can quickly escalate with hyena pups sometimes caught in the middle.  Viewers get a front row seat as these animals use their size, strength, and smarts to compete for the top spot.

Beach Jackals
46

They form hunting parties of four to ten, usually in the late morning hours, with each jackal having a specific role.

Once the prey is subdued, the incredible “mobbing” takes place: simultaneously, up to 70 individual surge forward.  This triggers a freeding frenzy … and makes the original hunters unable to protect their prey.  Despite this specialisation, a hunt is successful only 13% of the time … indicating just how hard it is to be a Black-backed jackal on the Skeleton Coast.

Through the eyes of researchers Ingrid Viesel and Eric Murray, the film explores all aspect of jackals lives: their dens behind the dunes, their litter, heir division of labor, their social interaction and communications.  By following two different packs, the story delves into the complex dynamics of the individual jackals as they continually struggle for position and dominance.

By revealing the seal-mobbing new behavior and the reasons behind it, the film solves the riddle of a collective switch from scavenging to hunting, and documents its social consequences.

Bears
2001
39

Most will never experience the exhilaration of seeing a half-ton-grizzly bear in the wild — but now people of all ages are daring to get closer than ever before to some of the largest predators on the planet.

From the safety of giant-screen theaters worldwide, of course. 

From black bears in Montana to polar bears in the arctic, the National Wildlife Federation’s fourth giant-screen film, Bears, features a fresh view of these powerful, majestic and often misunderstood animals in the full glory of their natural habitat, and highlights the universal threats to bear populations.

Beavers
1988
31

An acclaimed, intimate look at one beaver family and their aquatic habitat which puts a remarkably human face on these amazing creatures’ emotions.

Bug Technology
2016
2 x 48 min

The unique mechanism of the mosquito’s proboscis inspired “pain-free needles.”  The structure of dragonfly wings contributed to a wind-powered generator.  With over 400 million years in the race for survival, insects embody technology that is amazing and was once unimaginable to humans.  But now, cutting-edge technology unlocks this mystery, and practical application of “bug technology” is underway.  The program takes full advantage of 4K cameras, macro imagery, and high-speed cameras to reveal the amazing mechanisms of bugs.

Join the navigators of the show, a comedic duo of a bugologist and his assistant, in this exciting and entertaining science program for the whole family.

Campus Galli – The Medieval Experience
2016
75, 52, 45

Craftsmen, helpers and volunteers are busy building a monastery in town without the modern tools of the 21st century.  Rather than tractors with easy loading and unloading mechanisms, oxen are being used to carry heavy loads of stones.  The woods are being chopped with an axe instead of a wood chipper and from the smithy you can hear the sound of an anvil.

Building a living historical site with the aid of staff dressed in period costumes is a totally new and ambitious project.  By portraying construction, everyday life and the monastic culture of the Carolingian times – a period setting stage for our common medieval heritage – in the microcosm of an almost autonomous abbey, the inhabitants of Meßkirch will have the prestige of bringing the medieval times into the 21st century.

For centuries, the Plan of Saint Gall has inspired a vast number of architects and even more historians.  Yet, it had never before been realised – until today.  Welcome back to the Dark Ages!

Caves
47
Chicken Planet
2015
52

The love story between chickens and men has lasted for over 5000 years.  How has this humble forest animal managed to conquer all continents, all territories and become the most abundant and diversified feathered species on our planet?

Today there are over 19 billion on earth, three times more than human beings, and many more than any other species of wild birds.

How did this darkly plumed forest species become so diverse in colour, form and behaviour?  What is the everyday life of the hens and roosters that surround us?

Battery-farmed in Brazilian hangars, raised outdoors in the English countryside, in Filipino combat training centers, in survivalists’ bunkers or on New York’s roofs, chickens can live many different lives.

This documentary will explore the world of mankind and chickens in order to unveil the mysteries of the unprecedented success of this unassuming bird.

Conquest of the Skies
2015
40, 22 (Film); 3 x 50 (TV), 1 x 50 min Behind the Scenes (TV)

The ability to fly is one of the greatest wonders in the natural world.  Millions of creatures soar above our heads today, using a fabulous variety of techniques to defy gravity and master their aerial environment.  But how did animals make the incredible transition from land to air?

Conquest of the Skies uses the very latest science and stunning special effects to uncover the 300-million-year story of flight—and it’s not simply about birds.  Using advanced 3D filming technology we capture the beauty and excitement of the whole world of flying creatures, from the fastest predatory falcons to the most acrobatic of insects, night flyers like owls and bats, and the soaring and gliding specialists capable of traveling huge distances.  Audiences will enter the truly amazing world of these remarkable animal aviators, and leave the theater both stunned by the spectacle and thrilled by the story of how animals rose up and conquered the skies.

Coral Reef Adventure
2003
45

Coral Reef Adventure follows the real-life expedition of ocean explorers and underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall.  The Halls guide us to the islands and sun-drenched waters of the South Pacific, including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Tahiti and the mysterious depths of Rangiroa Atoll, to document the health and beauty of coral reefs.  On the giant screen, you’ll feel like you’re diving and exploring right alongside them!  Narrated by Liam Neeson.

Cuba
2019
44

Cuba tells the powerful story of a land preserved in time, yet poised on the cusp of dramatic change.  The nation’s vibrant culture, meticulously maintained colonial architecture, and pristine ecosystems provide a vivid window into the island’s history and spirit.  Cuba will transport audiences across breathtaking landscapes, under the ocean surface to iridescent reefs, and into streets throbbing with music and dance in the heart of Havana.

Through the eyes of Cuban artists, historians, and scientists, the film provides an intimate look this vivacious island nation.  Filmed exclusively for the giant screen format, Cuba reveals why Cuba continues to stir the imagination of the world.  Cuba is produced by Golden Gate 3D, in association with BBC Earth, Giant Screen Films and the Giant Dome Theater Consortium.

Cuba (Short)
3

Cuba tells the powerful story of a land preserved in time, yet poised on the cusp of dramatic change.  The nation’s vibrant culture, meticulously maintained colonial architecture, and pristine ecosystems provide a vivid window into the island’s history and spirit.  Cuba will transport audiences across breathtaking landscapes, under the ocean surface to iridescent reefs, and into streets throbbing with music and dance in the heart of Havana.

Through the eyes of Cuban artists, historians, and scientists, the film provides an intimate look this vivacious island nation.  Filmed exclusively for the giant screen format, Cuba reveals why Cuba continues to stir the imagination of the world.  Cuba is produced by Golden Gate 3D, in association with BBC Earth, Giant Screen Films and the Giant Dome Theater Consortium.

D-Day: Normandy 1944
2014
44

June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France.  Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world.  Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, D-Day: Normandy 1944 brings this monumental event to the world’s largest screens for the first time ever.  Audiences of all ages, including new generations, will discover from a new perspective how this landing changed the world.  Exploring history, military strategy, science, technology and human values, the film will educate and appeal to all.  Narrated by Tom Brokaw, D-Day: Normandy 1944 pays tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom … A duty of memory, a duty of gratitude.

Deep Ocean: The Lost World of the Pacific
2015
59

The island of New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean sits on the equator, where immediately next to a richly-colored coral reef, a sharp underwater cliff drops down to 1,000 meters.  A long-awaited exploration down the little known depths of this tropical sea is finally about to start.  NHK has teamed up with eminent marine biologist Mark Erdmann, discoverer of the coelacanth in Indonesia.  The spherical transparent submarine, which successfully captured the world’s first moving images of a giant squid in its natural habitat, is used as the team encounters true living fossil species one after another.  During their last dive, in the darkest depths of caves in the deep-sea cliff, the crew encounters a huge, unknown exotic fish …

For this shoot, the submarine was equipped with a cutting-edge 4K camera for pristine images.  Join the film crew on an exciting adventure into a deep sea never before seen by humans, captured on six cameras shooting multi-angles, creating a breath-taking underwater documentary.

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