IMAX: Under The Sea
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Jim Carrey narrates this look at the undersea regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific area0 which also examines the effect global warming is having on the undersea kingdom and it's inhabitants.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Originally a short (40min) IMAX 3D film, UNDER THE SEA is the type of film you'd see playing at a non-multiplex IMAX (re: one that's not showing AVATAR). In 3D and on a massive IMAX screen, I have no doubt that UNDER THE SEA must be breathtaking. At home- not so much, but it's still a very pretty film to look at.
While it doesn't compare to the long form BBC PLANET EARTH documentary, UNDER THE SEA is still a great look at the undersea kingdom, but it does suffer considerably from the switch to home video. For one thing, Jim Carrey's narration is far to low-key. I understand the approach, as you wouldn't want the images to be overwhelmed, but while that approach obviously worked on an IMAX 3D run, at home Carrey will put you to sleep.
Still, it's a film worth seeing if only to soak up the beautiful images filmmaker Howard Hall was able to capture with his underwater IMAX cameras. It must have been quite the undertaking, as the IMAX cams are notoriously unwieldy.
Among the extras is the Filming IMAX: Under the Sea 7 min doc, which is a look at the way Hall was able to shoot underwater with the massive IMAX cams. Along the smae lines are a series of mini-doc detailing each expedition, and running about 12 min collectively. All the extras are in HD.
If you want eye-candy, than UNDER THE SEA is the perfect title for you. It's also a solid choice if you have an appreciation for the undersea kingdom, although it's not nearly as impressive as some of the more long form documentaries, like PLANET EARTH, that have been hitting blu-ray lately.