“A tribute to China’s rich past and vibrant present!
Mysteries of China captures one of the great archaeological events of the modern age, telling the story of Ancient China, the First Emperor, and the literal foundation of the China we know today. Through the lens of this groundbreaking discovery, viewers explore an ancient time when a fierce warrior brought together a warring nation and how an accidental discovery changed everything we know about China’s past.
The discovery of the Terracotta Warriors and the Tomb of the First Emperor offers a unique time capsule into the past, revealing many things about this great country, which tells a larger story about the growth of China into a true superpower. From modern China to ancient China and back again, Mysteries of China is a visual adventure, using beautiful aerial photography and cutting-edge time lapse techniques to reveal great majesty, tragedy, splendor, and growth in a nation that continues to excel quickly into the future.
INCLUDES 4K SDR AND 4K HDR FOR THE FULL UHD EXPERIENCE. ULTRA HD TV WITH HDR NEEDED TO ACCESS 4K HDR.”
I’m a big fan of documentaries, especially ones about history. Mysteries of China gives us the opportunity to learn more about the history of a country with a rich past, all in the glory of stunning 4k. The documentary explores the origins of the Terracotta Warriors, an excavation that continues to yield amazing discoveries to this day.
As far as production value goes on this documentary, it goes above and beyond what one would expect, with beautiful animated and live-action sequences that look just as good as a multi-million dollar budget film would. It is concise in its storytelling methods, giving a great deal of interesting information about the history of another culture in a very easy to understand manner. Avery Brooks narrates this fascinating journey into the origins of China.
My biggest complaint with this is the run-time. At an astonishingly short thirty seven minutes long, I just felt that it had to be longer. Indeed we do get a lot of information about the Terracotta Warriors, but it’s as if we just scratched the surface into learning about this amazing archeological discovery that has taken over forty years to unearth. Thirty-seven minutes just doesn’t cut it. Not for the beautiful production, and the gorgeous visuals.
Mysteries of China is presented in 4k Ultra High Definition Widescreen 1.78:1. As I mentioned, this is a stunning display of 4k technology, which I believe documentaries can best demonstrate the beauty of this new format.
The audio is presented in Dolby Atmos, generating some very impressive sound through the entire system. The narration will of course be coming out of the center channel, but the background sound and beautiful score will power through the surrounds at a well-balanced level.
Very few extras on this disc that unfortunately don’t make up for the short run-time. These include:
- Exclusive Interviews
- Behind-the-Scenes Footage
- 4k Trailers
I really enjoyed this documentary, but really wished it was longer. Perhaps Ken Burns has spoiled me with his 500-minute long foray into history, but if you get the chance to see this film, definitely see it in 4k, and soak it in for as long as you can, because it doesn’t last long.