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IMAX Under the Sea [Blu-ray]

Jim Carrey , Howard Hall    G (General Audience)   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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UNDER THE SEA (IMAX) - Blu-Ray Movie


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Video: Taken from the original 65mm negative intended for IMAX 15/70 theaters, the 1080p/VC-1 encoded transfer framed in 1.85:1 aspect ratio is breathtaking and spectacular. Contrast and brightness levels are perfectly balanced, giving the image a gorgeous three-dimensional depth. The scenes with the jellyfish and the great white shark are simply amazing. (5/5)

Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is adequate. Jim Carrey's narration cannot be compared to that of David Attenborough in the Planet Earth and Life series, but also adequate. I thought it was rather amusing to choose the music track Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps sung by Doris Day, during the cuttlefish mating sequence. You will understand the reason for the choice of the song when you watch that sequence. The title track of this video is at the end: Octopus's Garden sung by Leah Erbe, with the words Under The Sea in the lyrics. (4/5)

It is also educational to learn that the very large-sized IMAX camera weighs in at 1300 lbs and has only 3 minutes of film for each sequence. The entire film is rather short at 41 minutes, but I have a very enjoyable and relaxing time watching it. The price is also right at $15 (at 67% off). Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 12 2014
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Awesome!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great IMAX 3d Aug. 31 2012
Format:Blu-ray
If you love the ocean and 3d than this one is a must to at least view once. The depth and colors look amazing and there's a memorable scene involving a potato cod that you will never forget. The only down side is that it's only about 40 minutes long but a lot of the IMAX 3d films are too short but sweet. :)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray only... April 11 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I searched blu-ray 3D and this movie popped up. I mistakenly purchased it thinking it was indeed 3D.....
Thanks to blu-ray it was brilliantly displayed but was only about half an hour long. Should have returned it.
I thought of it as a bad purchase and under my search perimeters, a rip-off.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  475 reviews
315 of 325 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best application of 3D among Blu-Ray 3D discs so far Nov. 17 2010
By C. W. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This disc represents the best example of 3D photography available for Blu-Ray 3D at this time (17-Nov-2010). And, where one might fear that it would be undermined by insipid commentary from Jim Carrey, that fear turns out to be misplaced, with only a few brief exceptions.

Having done 3D (it should really be called "stereo") photography in the past, I can say that there are ways to do it well, and ways to do it poorly. Poor technique, and/or difficult subject matter, lead to artifacts (like distracting cases of the left image bleeding through into the right image, and vice versa - imperfect presentation technology is a factor in such cases, but stereo photographers know they face such problems, and failure to allow for them shows a lack of care) and, in extreme cases, even to difficulty in mentally assembling the 3D scene.

The stereo photography on this disc is not perfect in every case, but, overall, it is the best I've seen yet from any Blu-Ray 3D title (and I've bought all of the IMAX conversions available to date, and several of the few available films). Sit directly in front of your TV, and you can reach out and touch many of the creatures they've captured. It is a thing of beauty. (You will, for instance, probably never see a potato cod captured more perfectly.) In the rare cases where quality problems emerge it is in situations where stereo photography is just plain problematic - scenes with significant, but unpredictable, depth of field, high contrast elements, and subjects whose proximities to the camera(s) vary uncontrollably, leading to excessive parallax at times. I have no idea what equipment the photographers who made this IMAX film worked with, or what the state of the art currently is (or was at the time), but, in my experience, they'd have been hard-pressed to do better in practice.

If I were to pick any of the currently available Blu-Ray 3D titles to show-off 3D (stereo) television, or just for the pleasure of repeated viewing, this is the one I would choose.
124 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most accurate color I've seen June 12 2010
By rash67 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I am a scuba diver and I have dove all over the world including the South Pacific.

Many friends ask me what it looks like when we scuba dive. White balance is extremely difficult when shooting pictures under water, and changes constantly. You need to take a white card and rebalance the camera every few minutes. This movie, shot in the South Pacific, New Guinea, New Zealand, The Great Barrier Reef etc, is the most accurate ocean movie I've ever seen. They have somehow accurately captured the rainbow of colors we see when we dive. You will never see anything as bright and colorful as tropical fish and coral. The film crew must have a huge array of lights to shoot this.

Fish "school", move together, so nearsighted larger predator fish, sharks and such, will think they are one big fish instead of a thousand small fish and not attack them. This movie shows thousands of small fish schooling together, which is a fascinating and hypnotic process to watch.

Movie also contains a scene of the fabulous reclusive Leafy Sea Dragon one of the strangest creatures in the sea, which I have only seen here and in the Monterey Aquarium.

Yes, it's a little short. The film crew doubtless shot hundreds of hours of movie and has provided the viewer with the choicest and most interesting parts. (it's damn hard to get those fish to pose!)

It's the closest you can come to diving without getting wet.

Recommended
93 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful scenery with funny commentary. Oct. 5 2010
By Jimmy To - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
I rented this movie at Blockbuster to watch on a Samsung UN55C8000 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV.
IMAX offers many different movies that cover a wide range of topics that are great for children and adults.
Needless to say, the quality of the movie is simply breathtaking.
The movie shows various animals and species in their natural underwater habitat that most of us simply will never get to see in our lifetimes.

Jim Carrey's narration is an added bonus to the overall entertainment value. He narrates with a relaxed yet charming voice with small jokes you and your family will be sure to enjoy.
With stunning images and vivid colors and scenery, this movie must not be missed.

The only drawback to this movie is the length at under an hour which will leave you either wanting more or simply watching it again.
I am placing an order on Amazon for my own copy after I finish writing this review.
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3D Review by a 3D Connoisseur Nov. 8 2011
By Keith Niemeyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
My ratings are based mainly on the QUALITY OF THE 3D, not the video content.

Like many of the IMAX films the 3D is over done, meaning you may see objects out of screen that your brain knows should be farther back. These defects will vary from person to person by the way your brain interprets the 3D and by exactly where on the screen your eyes are focused at that time. With that being said, the following amounts and distances are the minimums you should see in this film.

In Addition to the opening credits floating out to 40%; there are about 21 out of screen effects that extend 10% of the way, from the screen to the viewer. There are another 23 OOS effects between 15 & 25%. 1 to 4 effects will reach out to 50%. My favorite effect is at 21:00 minutes, a large head shot of a Potato Cod is at least half way between you and the screen. Finally, stick around for the closing credits. Some of the bubbles go out to 50% and the very last bubble almost reaches 75% before the effect is lost.

If the 3D in other IMAX films were OK for you, this one should be too.

*** Visually stunning sea floor & creature footage in crisp 3D ***

MY 3D RATING = VERY GOOD (poor, fair, good, very good, excellent)

Note: As far as the percentages go, everyone's eyes are different. What I see at 25% you may see at 15% or 35%. To fully realize how far something is out of the screen for you, pause on an effect and direct a partner with an extended finger to the tip of what you are seeing. You may be surprised.

Click on `See all my reviews' for the lowdown on other 3Ds
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Photography May 7 2010
By John F. Rooney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
"IMAX Under the Sea" narrated by Jim Carrey is spectacular when seen in Blu-Ray. The color photography is stunning and very vivid. It's a trip. It is photographed mostly along the sea bottom in the coral reefs off New Zealand and in Australia's Great Coral Reef.
As usual with these nature films it features a great deal of footage on predators. I guess the moviemakers think that their audiences will be enthralled by seeing predation at work, and of course it is dramatic and exciting to see hunters go at it. There are scenes of cute sea lions cavorting around the bottom, and luckily the producers don't show the predatory feats of the Great White Shark who is shown lurking in the vicinity.
The living coral reefs make marvelous visual images. The symbiotic relationships between species are shown when one species relieves another of parasites. Watch out for those cuttle fish with their darting projectiles that grab unwary passers-by. Big schools of fish are shown swarming through the sea as other fish sedately undulate along.
This movie is a treasure, and the camera people showed extraordinary skill. It's a rare sight to be able to see the teeming marine life that inhabits the reefs.
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