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IMAX: Deep Sea
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04.18.2007 By: Mathew Plale
IMAX: Deep Sea order
Director:
Howard Hall

Actors:
Johnny Depp
Kate Winslet
A Wolf Eel!

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Oscar nominees Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet narrate a look at the world of underwater creatures, examining their habits and means of survival.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
People often say how watching a movie at home on DVD just isnít the same as going to the theaters. This is especially true for IMAX-released filmsóparticularly one that was originally shown in 3D. Itís strange to watch an IMAX movie on DVD, since itís impossible to get the same experience on our couch that we would in one of IMAXís theatres.

Of course, the images in Deep Sea remain beautiful. Director Howard Hall (Into the Deep, Island of the Sharks) captures a vast number of underwater creatures in their natural stateófrom sea turtles and urchins to wolf eels and fried-egg jellyfish (how do ya like those names?), we are immersed into the habits of these wondrous creatures. The next time you go to the aquarium, youíll realize how phony it actually is.

At 41 minutes, Deep Sea moves as quickly as its subjects, providing enough basic (and unusual) information for each creature. Danny Elfman provides the dreamlike score that compliments the voicing talents of Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.

As much as a nice little film this is, itís hard to love it when The Discovery Channel has been airing Planet Earth: Deep Sea, which is oceans more impressive. Still, Howard Hallís own Deep Sea is a breezy, informative, terrifically photographed work.
THE EXTRAS
A Making Of... or an interview with Hall would've been a nice addition, but all we get is the Theatrical Trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As fine as the film looks on the disc, it's still hard to recommend it overall. IMAX films are designed for their style of projection, not the DVD format.
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