Dynasties (4K Blu-ray) (2019)

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Released 25-Mar-2019

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary None
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2019
Running Time 250
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring David Attenborough
Case Slip Case
RPI $39.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 2160p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

David Attenborough just keeps on churning out these natural history shows for British television. He does less traveling these days but his dulcet tones and recognisable physical presence continue to grace our screens. This latest show, Dynasties is another BBC Earth production which has been 3 years in the making. This series focuses on family groups or dynasties in the animal kingdom. Filming teams followed specific family groups of five different species for 2 years or more, tracking their challenges, successes and the drama of their day to day lives. It could be argued that the drama is sometimes overdone in the voiceover and music but there is no doubt that these animals have it tough, dealing with predators, weather and human challenges. There are five episodes each of just over 50 minutes spread across two UHD discs. They are

There is some incredible footage on display here, shot in 4K. These episodes look amazing and provide lots of marvellous viewing moments. Unfortunately, 50 minute episodes are perhaps too long for each to only be focused on one group. The benefit is that you see details of their lives that might otherwise be missed but some episodes feel like a 10 minute segment stretched to 50, especially Emperor (which is a story that has been done many times before) and Tiger, which although beautiful lacks much real activity. As an experience in amazing visuals it is certainly worth seeing and makes for a great 4K show-off disc.

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Transfer Quality


To sum it up in one word, beautiful!

The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio whichisthe original aspect ratio in 2160p. It is encoded in HEVC and incorporates High Dynamic Range (HDR10) and wide colour spectrum. It is does not include Dolby Vision but I cannot see how thiswould make a huge difference. As I mentioned above that the master of this show is 4K resulting in a stunning picture. The clarity, definition, texture and colour in this show are truly amazing. Some highlights include the facial detail on the chimps, a rain shower at 40:00 in episode 1, colour variation in the Antarctica ice and the beauty of the Tigers in the jungle. Landscape shots are invariably breathtaking with incredible colours of sunsets, waterways, jungles etc on display.

There aresubtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


The audio quality is excellent, really a great counterpoint to the amazing visuals. Disappointingly the US version also includes an Atmos track which is not present here.

Some may complain that this disc only contains an English soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1 but it sounds phenomenal. It grabs your attention with rolling thunder, many animals noises through the sound field, rain and the wonderful music all making for an immersive aural experience.

Dialogue was very clear throughout and surround speakers were used constantly for ambiance, birds, animals sounds etc along with the marvelous music. The subwoofer also had a lot to do supporting the rolling thunder, storms and animal growling etc.

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Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


No extras.


The menu includes footage and music.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

In the US version the Ultra HD set includes Blu-rays in HD of the show plus a 50 minute documentary, On Location and the addition of an Atmos soundtrack as I mentioned above. Clear win for the US release.


A visual extravaganza however the individual episodes sometimes feel a little too long.

The video quality is stunning even compared to other UHD discs.

The audio quality is excellent.

The extras were attacked and killed by a younger chimpanzee trying to take over the dynasty.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, April 15, 2019
Review Equipment
DVDSony UBP-X700 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, using HDMI output
DisplayLG OLEDC8PTA 55. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 2160p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5012
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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