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Atlantis (Version française)

Luc Besson    DVD
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A fitting companion to his globally popular feature The Big Blue, Luc Besson's Atlantis presents a mesmerizing, nonverbal experience of undersea wonders. Described by one critic as "a thinking person's Fantasia," this 75-minute documentary belongs on your DVD shelf next to Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi, glorifying ocean wildlife with a refreshing absence (apart from a pretentious spoken prologue) of narrative interference. In fruitful collaboration with composer Eric Serra and cinematographer Christian Petron, Besson traveled the world to capture the grace and beauty of such amazing creatures as Floridian manatees, Bahamian dolphins, Australian great white sharks, sea snakes in the Seychelles, and many others. Divided into thematic "movements" like Disney's animated classic (including a stunning sequence of manta rays set to a Maria Callas performance of La Sonnambula), this glorious film has been visually overshadowed by the spectacular BBC series The Blue Planet, but it serves a different purpose: It's not so much a documentary as a meditative journey, perfect for all-ages viewing. --Jeff Shannon

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A poetic documentary that is a hymn to the beauties of the underwater world. It shows underwater footage shot all over the world in about three years time with a variety of musical accompaniments making for an astonishing visual treat. Directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong region Feb. 25 2011
By n
Format:Blu-ray
Seller was not sure about region of this blue ray so we asked Amazon to confirm and they said it was region 1(North American). It turned to be region B which is for Europe and Oceania so we could not watch. They even did not know the way it describes region in blue ray (A,B,...not 1,2,). Also, the product arrived one week later than they expected. They refund the money without explaining why they had to refund it when the prdocut still had not arrived yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes ... It Really Is That Good.... Feb. 23 2003
By John G.
Format:DVD
I saw this film in the theaters. I was a die-hard Besson fan from La Femme Nikita and The Big Blue -- two movies that got me into the film business. When I saw Atlantis in the theater I was one of five people in the audience. We were all awe-struck. Besson must've angered the head of the studio that released it because it vanished soon after. He had spent two years traveling the world (Besson's an avid diver and grew up in Greece where his parents were divers) and photographing the incredible images in this picture. I actually found a French VHS that i had for a while, then got a LaserDisc via Hong Kong, and people used to come to my house, watch it and beg me to tape it for them. Lucky divers around the world have a couple bootleg copies they were grateful to receive. So when my laserdisc player barfed, i could no longer watch it. So now its finally coming out on DVD. Well if you can't gather my opinion from what i've already written, not much more will help. If you're interested in the ocean -- or just want something to put on in the background to calm you down after a long day -- this is it. But watch Atlantis the first time very carefully. It's all about the last scene to find meaning in what Besson was getting at in this gorgeous visual underwater opera, and i think it's point is as poignant as the DVD's arrival is exciting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Feb. 21 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Ever since I saw this film years ago I've been searching for it on VHS or DVD. In short, the movie opened with a few lines of dialog as the camera flys over the ocean. Suddenly we dip beneath the waves and for the next hour and 40 all images are from underneath the water. The only sounds you hear are the film's excellent score and some occasional sound effects to enhance the scene.
The film itself is broken down into sections which represent themes. Each theme is then appropriately scored by Eric Serra. Using this structure helps in the film's pacing as the theme can be scary, lighthearted, or awe inspiring. If anyone enjoyed the movie Baraka I think you'll enjoy this one as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally surfacing Feb. 17 2003
Format:DVD
At last. Long have I heard rumors of the magnificence of Luc Besson's ATLANTIS, but found nary a showing in the years since becoming enamored with the serene moments of Besson's THE BIG BLUE. [The DVD's release date] can't arrive too soon.
Reportedly, ATLANTIS is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack of a stunning Eric Serra score. Also included are the trailers for this and one other Besson film. What's notably (and thankfully) NOT included is a voice-over narration.
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