Aliens of the Deep
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
James Cameron takes a handful of scientists from various fields of study down to the deep regions of the ocean where sunlight does not exist. The goal is to understand how life thrives there in order to better theorize how it could exist on other worlds.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This extended feature of the theatrical release has more than doubled the original film, bringing it from a mere 47 minutes to a more appropriate 99. I say more appropriate because personally, this documentary is the kind of stuff I can eat up and swallow whole. Thatís one of the things I really like about Jim Cameron. The guy makes a fortune in Hollywood and rather than prancing around from party to party and living the shallow movie tycoon life, he pretty much does all the stuff that I always say Iíd love to do ďif I had the moneyĒ. The guy could still be riding TITANIC all the way to the bank but heís out there putting together things like this and GHOSTS OF THE ABYSS and delivering some really worthwhile footage thatís usually reserved for late nights on The Discovery Channel only with a much bigger budget.
ALIENS OF THE DEEP allowed me to see some creatures and environments that I would never had a chance to see. We who take our environment for granted get a shot at seeing the conditions in which life can thrive. Boiling undersea chimneys spewing acid that would melt steel, darkness that can be cut with a knife, predators that use every trick in the book to sink their teeth into their next mealÖ and amongst all that, some of the most beautiful, graceful animals that youíve probably never even imagined. What makes it even more interesting is that Cameron and most of the other scientists traveling down there are really not ocean specialists and theyíre about as surprised by all of this as you or I would be. Itís really a well put-together documentary and if that kind of stuff is your bag, then ALIENS OF THE DEEP should make it to the top of your Christmas list.
There arenít any special features per se but you can see both the theatrical and extended versions on this disc.
Itís made for a niche market and if youíre in that niche, then youíll like what this film has to offer. Itís a well-made documentary with lots of info and beautiful pictures of one of (if not the) harshest environment on our planet.