IMAX Hubble [Blu-Ray] Toni Myers

IMAX Hubble [Blu-Ray] Toni Myers
From what I understand, the risky mission to repair and upgrade the blurry and somewhat irrelevant (a mirror had warped, distorting the images captured) Hubble space telescope in May 2009 had its share of dramatic moments and disheartening obstacles. Astronaut Mike Massimino (also featured in the Blu-Ray webisode supplements, talking about training, being suited up and dealing with zero gravity) had to rip a handle off the spacecraft, risking a tear in his suit, which would of course kill him. There was also a hurdle involving a jammed bolt that could have rendered the mission a moot point. Both of these moments are captured in this 40-minute IMAX documentary, but pass by with little more than a couple of shots and comments, seemingly having less dramatic significance than the process of using a space toilet and making a burrito without gravity. While it's interesting to learn about the quotidian in space, the disjointed narrative focus is odd considering the potential tension and emotional impact this film could have had if balanced with more acuity. Similarly, the fact that IMAX Hubble is actually tackling two different subjects during its brief runtime proves jarring in the final product. The latter subject is that of Hubble imagery, which is a hybrid of actual photography and computer animation, in an effort to take us through the Milky Way to far off galaxies and back in time when stars were first forming. Now, this imagery is indeed soothing and absorbing, captured impeccably with crystal-clear clarity, taking us into a different headspace where the purported possibility of life outside our planet seems increasingly likely. While absorbing, it doesn't mesh with the actual space mission, making for viewing that never seems whole or even particularly logical. Regardless, it looks and sounds amazing on Blu-Ray, even if Leonardo DiCaprio's whiny voice is alienating in the narrator capacity. Also included with the Blu-Ray is a brief "Making of," which details the process of IMAX space doc guru Toni Myers. (Warner)