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  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Producers: Luc Besson, Claude Besson, David Robert Cobb, Mario Cecchi Gori, Patrice Ledoux
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000844ML
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,245 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Atlantis" on IMDb

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ATLANTIS is acclaimed filmmaker Luc Besson's awe-inspiring celebration of the beauty and wonder of the world beneath the sea, expanding upon themes touched on in his huge hit, The Big Blue. Combiningstunning underwater cinematography and a hypnotic score by Eric Serra, Besson's singular vision defies dialogue or narrative structure to explore ocean life as you've never seen it before. At once thrilling, lyrical, and mysterious, ATLANTIS' spell-binding images - with its graceful visuals of manta rays, whales, dolphins, sea snakes, and even ferocious sharks at play - will haunt your memory long after the film ends.

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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

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John G. on February 23, 2003
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Richardson on February 17, 2003
Format: DVD
At last. Long had 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] couldn't have arrived too soon.

ATLANTIS is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with a French Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. English subtitles are optional for the opening prologue. Chapter-title cards display only in French, but a printed insert lists the chapter breaks in English. Also included are the trailers for this and one other Besson film. What's notably (and thankfully) NOT included is a voice-over narration beyond the prologue. Press Chapter Next to skip even that much, and move on to:

[1] premier jour / Start
[2] la lumière / The Light
[3] l'esprit / The Spirit
[4] le mouvement / The Movement
[5] le jeu / The Game
[6] la grâce / The Grace
[7] la nuit / The Night
[8] la foi / The Faith
[9] la tendresse / The Tenderness
[10] l'amour / The Love
[11] la haine / The Hatred

dernier jour
[12] la naissance / The Birth

ATLANTIS is a pleasure-piece of a documentary, marveling at and frolicking with the undersea creatures. No soapbox or proselytizing, Besson and company had a good time making the film and pass that right along. Eric Serra's score runs from typical, if familiar with his work, to stunning. The score gladly steps aside for the chattering of dolphins, penguins, and sealions, however. Sound editing and foley crews are allowed to shine, in fact, with some of the best humor (school's out and the manatee snicker come to mind).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "spkslattery" on February 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 2003
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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dharmagyrl on August 23, 2004
Format: DVD
This movie is overwhelming in its effect on the viewer. I am a big besson fan and came across this older movie a few years ago (before the dvd release) when I found it at a tag sale in a box of Laser Discs. Being a diver and realizing what the movie was about (life underwater as if you ARE a creature of the sea, with the music to match the sea creatures "personalities", among other things) I actually shopped ebay to buy a Laser Disc just to watch this movie. It was worth it. I think this is much better than the Koyaanisqatsi series because of its simplicity and compactness. The essential Luc Besson if you will.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bonds VINE VOICE on February 11, 2007
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"Forget one by one the everyday sounds, all these noises, all these symbols of a life that has become modern, urban, the everyday sounds of glass and metal environment. Forget this asphalt that every day takes us faster, farther. Welcome to the world of Atlantis, the original world. A world that is magnificent, mysterious, harmonious. Man was born there. Man grew up and matured there, as a prince heir. He trained his senses in this world with no gravity--this world free of all chaos. The love, the tenderness, the rhythm, the grace, the spirit. Many gifts offered forever by that sea, beautiful and generous. Forget one by one the memories of our numerous generations. Forget everything you know. Dive. Dive a few million years earlier when life, the wonderful idea, was about to become a reality. . . ."

So says the narrator (in French, subtitled) at the beginning of this beautifully filmed undersea documentary. Fortunately, that is the total dialogue in the film. The rest consists of 12 chapters, each of which is an undersea ballet set to atmospheric music (some electronic, some orchestral and choral) by Eric Serra. The action unfolds at a leisurely pace in cool shades of blue and green. It's a film that can provide instant stress relief. Except for the very end, all the photography is below the surface.

Creatures featured include dolphins, a sea serpent from New Caledonia, otters, iguanas, and penguins from the Galapagos, manta rays, a giant octopus, manatees, and sharks (including a great white and a whale shark).

My personal favorite part is titled "The grace" and features a trio of manta rays doing an underwater ballet to a live recording of Maria Callas singing "Ah! non credea mirarti" from Bellini's "La Sonnanbula.
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