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Moby Dick: The True Story [Import]

Greg Atkins , Justin Chatwin , Christopher Rowley    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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You don't need to have read Melville's masterpiece to enjoy this documentary from the Discovery Channel. As the title indicates, there really was truth behind the fiction. There may not have been an Ahab, but there was a Captain Pollard from Nantucket. In 1820, he took his crew on a whaling expedition that turned into one of the most famous maritime disasters of all time. It began when an 85-foot whale rammed the Essex and sunk it (an unusual occurrence, since sperm whales are generally peaceful). The crew collected what rations they could and split into three lifeboats. Two boats weren't rescued until after three months of starvation, madness--and cannibalism. The third was never found. The tale is recounted through reenactments, computer graphic imagery, and commentary from experts in the fields of biology, literature, and psychology. Although it's not officially tied to the book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, this program makes a terrific companion piece. Recommended for ages 10 and up due to some graphic descriptions of violence. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting March 3 2003
Format:DVD
I was hoping for some extras not seen on tv. Although the dvd didnt offer much in the way of bonus material it is still a very interesting watch. I dont want to spoil anything for you but I will say that the aftermath is the highlight of the film. And this is the portion of the story Herman Mellville didnt include in moby dick.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting March 3 2003
By JASON HRICAK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I was hoping for some extras not seen on tv. Although the dvd didnt offer much in the way of bonus material it is still a very interesting watch. I dont want to spoil anything for you but I will say that the aftermath is the highlight of the film. And this is the portion of the story Herman Mellville didnt include in moby dick.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The epic of the Essex Jan. 7 2005
By J. S. Kaminski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
Herman Melville didn't just imagine the story of a vengeful whale; there was a true life account of one attacking and sinking a whaling ship, the Essex, in the early 1800s. This program relates that story, and the horrors that followed.

The ship was sunk, and the crew was left to fend for themselves in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Some eventually made it back alive. Some did not. The real drama unfolds here, after the whale has long left the scene. And I can assure you, the sailors found themselves in a quandry that most humans hope they never have to face. Riveting stuff.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Moby DIck Sept. 15 2009
By Elbowroom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bought movie because it was listed as having Justin Chatwin in it. He was not.
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