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Blue Water White Death

Tom Chapin , Phil Clarkson , Peter Gimbel , James Lipscomb    G (General Audience)   DVD
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Makes you sick. Not for anyone who loves animals. Aug. 18 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I heard that this was the best documentary ever on the Great White Shark. I heard rave reviews from the author of Jaws, Peter Benchley, as well as the creators of the movie Jaws. I was so pumped when it finally came out on DVD. This was shot in 1969/1970, but amazingly the quality is still great.
HOWEVER:
The "filmakers" follow around whaling ships and the viewer watches in horror as helpless whales are harpooned time and time again. You see the whales suffering and you can hear them moan. The "filmakers" dont care. In fact they want to see more whales killed just because a dead whale carcus attracts sharks. So in essence the "filmakers" are endorsing whaling. One time they let the whalers harpoon a whale and just have them leave it there. It's disgusting.
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When they are swimming with sharks, one of the divers shoots a shark right in the head for no reason at all other than for the viewer to see how a shark dies. This made me sick.
I stopped the movie after 40 minutes. It is pure disgusting. These people dont care anything about the life of mammals or fish. It is rated G but I would never show it to anyone young or who loves animals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD Aug. 3 2010
By Walsh
Format:DVD
This is definitely a great documentary, from a time when sharks weren't really on film. The ending scenes are pretty intense. A different perspective on filming sharks, compared to how it is done today.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally its here.....A True Masterpiece!! July 1 2007
By Alexander Buttigieg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
In 1969 Peter Gimbel set off on the First ever Expedition to Film The Great White Shark. His Team included other World famous underwater Photographers: Stan Waterman, Ron & Valerie Taylor, and also Shark Attack Survivor Rodney Fox.

Their search for the Great White lasted for 9 months and it took them from South Africa to South Australia. The tension, the drama, the setbacks... of a long journey, plus the first ever awesome underwater photography make this documentary an all time classic and a living tribute both to the team and the sharks.

A lot of the footage that was Filmed had never been seen before. Some highlights like the dives with the feeding Oceanic Whitetips, and the final encounter with the Great White Shark are simply awesome.

Peter Gimbel and his team were the first to introduce me to SHARKS with this Documentary when I first saw it in 1971 and Since then, my life has never been the same again.

A True Masterpiece!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last it is here - the movie that started them all Sept. 7 2007
By Richard S. Schwerdtfeger - Published on Amazon.com
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I remember seeing this when it first came out and have waited years to see it again. I have been a diver for 20 years. This is one of those movies that started it all. The stars of the movie, Stan Waterman, Peter Gimbel, and the Taylor's are icons in the diving and underwater film making business. This is the first movie of Great White sharks and the lengths to which these people went to film them are astounding. These adventurers went out in the middle of the Indian Ocean, parked themselves next to a sperm whale carcass, and got up close and personal with large oceanic sharks at feeding time. They also went to the Hermes wreck at 180 feet and off the coast of Dangerous Reef in the Sourthern Ocean.

- no dive computers, no DAN to evac you out, and never quite knowing what to expect. This is a true life adventure caught on tape when diving really was by the seat of your pants. If you are a diver or adventurer you must see this film. If you like the film buy the book that documents the adventure - Blue Meridian - The Search for the Great White Shark by Peter Matthiessen
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last...! Nov. 26 2007
By PHyères - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I first have seen this movie when I was a teenager. And never since this time. I watch out for the DVD and now here it is ! Don't miss this movie. This is not JAWS but a very impressive shark movie one of the very real first ! It is an historical account not only about the history of scubadiving Captain Cousteau or Hans Hass began years ago (as reported in HDS last issue) but also about the way we considered Mother Nature in the 70's.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OPEN OCEAN SWIMMING WITH OCEANIC WHITETIPS! Aug. 14 2007
By R. Hansen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I just watched this movie for the first time and I must say i was amazed!This documentary by Peter Gimbel follows his crew to exotic locations including South Africa, Madagascar, Ceylon and Australia looking to be the first to film the Great White shark in its own world. The footage is fantastic with some of the most harrowing moments ever shot on film. Truly the moment where one by one the divers exit the safety of their cages to film dozens of feeding oceanic whitetips is unprecedented and unlikely to be repeated again. I couldn't believe my eyes as the Taylors(Ron & Valerie) and Peter Gimbel continuously prodded away the inquisitive sharks while Stan Waterman filmed the breathless action. When the crew travels to Dangerous Reef,Australia and meets the Great White, the results are spectacular. Never before had a Great White been filmed in its own environment and the pulse-pounding work of these underwater pioneers is priceless. A great purchase for all shark enthusiasts or action fans this DVD comes with several extra features including a reunion of the crew members who reminisce fondly of their great adventures beneath the waves. A MUST HAVE!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb!! Aug. 6 2007
By moxie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'd been waiting to see BWWD since 1971. Tried to get a VHS copy but failed. Now the DVD is out and a copy appeared in my mailbox, having pre-ordered several months ago. The movie itself is every bit as exciting as I remembered it. My wife, who is a also a diehard scuba diver and hadn't seen it before, agreed it's top notch. The real bonus is the high quality of the digital transfer. Every bit as clear as the original, with stunning colors and lighting to match. What a pleasure to watch. There is also a bonus feature on a get-together with some of the divers, including the Taylors and Stan Waterman.
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