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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique film de Besson! April 25 2010
By Pagir
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Film fascinant, qui nous amène à voir les merveilles de l'océan avec un oeil artistique différent de celui du documentaliste.
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4.0 out of 5 stars i'ts just like being there June 1 2003
Format:DVD
it may have french audio but it is the best nature DVD that i've ever seen because not only is it relaxing and new age, it does not have (thank god) narration, the only reason that i dont want narration in a film like this, is because all the audio is in french. all i can say is that this film is great except this one thing that you cannot change, but that's alright
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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 Outstanding. Finally released on DVD! Feb. 22 2003
Format:DVD
I am so pleased to finally be able to watch this on DVD. I remember seeing the movie's origianl release in France in 1991 and being amazed by Luc Besson's brillant camera work and vision. Set, as usual, to Eric Serra's music, there is no comparable underwater film.
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