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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.
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 ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
Not really very appealing to us but I can see how it might interest others so regard the rating as a very personal, subjective one and your reaction could be different..Published on August 21, 2013 by Mr. John A. Coulson
This movie is a visual feast that can be best appreciated in context of when it was filmed. In today's modern era of digital cameras and advanced diving equipment it becomes easy... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Freediving the World
One of the old Besson movies - an ocean documentary which any person who loves sea, should see. An underwater opera gala out of this world - the combination of great music and... Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by Akela
This Blu Ray was made in England, for region B only. No warning about this fact, in this site. Amazon omitted to do it. Read morePublished on October 7, 2010 by Ari
Unfortunately the wonderful images didn't survive the time (original in 1991). But there are splendid scenes. Manta ray dance with Maria Callas' voice is unforgettable.Published on May 14, 2007 by Renato Minamisava
If you like underwater scenes and music you will love this movie. Its so relaxing to watch and its full of spectacular underwater scenes of dolphins,manta rays,whales,and lots... Read morePublished on March 13, 2007 by LadyM
A beautifully filmed piece, I did expect much more though, only watched it once and that was enough.Published on January 11, 2007 by K. W. Pienaar
It's like a personal aquarium. I love to play it on repeat on my big-screen tv as I fall asleep gasing into the ocean. Sometimes I mute it because the music is kind of tacky. Read morePublished on January 10, 2007 by Jan. O.
Of course the cinematography is stunning, with some segments more moving than others. The rays are incredible, and there is something for everyone with the dolphins, sharks,... Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by Les is More