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Coral Sea Dreaming (1999)

David Hannan  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Directors: David Hannan
  • Format: AC-3, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: DVD International
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 1999
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JYX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,804 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Coral Sea Dreaming" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Subtitles identify over 350 species of fish and coral

Editorial Reviews

82 minutes of great original music, stunning images, 300 creatures in their natural habitat, and body surfing dolphins! Awesome!!

Customer Reviews

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179 of 185 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I was hoping for, but very good photography December 1, 2000
By Dave
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Coral Sea Dreaming consists of the main feature, "Coral Sea Dreaming" (54 minutes), and six short features Wetlands", "Surfin' Dolphins" (3 min), "Ocean Moods" (6 min), "Undersea Breeze" (4 mins), "Sea Lions" (7 min), and "Save the Reef" (1 min).
My personal favorite was the Surfin' Dolphins short feature which had nice shots of dolphins playing in the surf off an Australian beach set to lively music.
The cinematography in all the features is excellent and captions (when turned on) clear and easy to read.
But... What I was hoping for in the main feature was a more relaxing, less rushed, somewhat aquarium-like, view of underwater coral and fish of the reef -- what I got was more of a very well done streaming catalog of short clips of each fish or coral.
Rather than a more continuous flow of images, the main feature presented a view of one scene or fish species for 3 to 7 seconds before cutting to another fish or angle for another 3 to 7 seconds, over and over again.
This gave me the feeling that I was reviewing a substantial catalog of excellent views of coral and individual fish species rather than the more relaxing views that I had desired.
I was hoping for something that would bring back memorys of past snorkeling trips (Sea of Cortez) -- holding a view of a continuous and/or contiguous background longer or following a school of fish longer. But, too many scene changes too fast...
So, partly based on my expectations (perhaps unwarranted), I have to give this DVD 3 stars.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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This is a spectacular DVD! If you are looking for some "eye-candy" to impress your friends with your new DVD player, then look no further. The video on this DVD is fantastic, crystal-clear closing in on HDTV clarity. The undersea camera work is great, high caliber work all around. The soundtrack is appropriate to video, relaxing and "new age", done in Dolby Digital. Also, there is a screen saver for your PC on the disk.
There is an education feature of sorts too, if you turn on subtitles, they show up to name the underwater creature(s).
Excellent job all around. Great to view, great to relax too, great to learn from. Can't go wrong with this disk. BTW, I'm just a happy consumer, not associated with the maker/manufacturer.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular! January 29, 2000
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Spectacular! The video is fantastic. The undersea cinematography is great, high caliber work all around. The soundtrack is appropriate to video, relaxing "new age", done in Dolby Digital. Screen saver and Wallpaper for your PC. It will rank high in my collection of Reef and Ocean videos. I recomend it for a gift to a special friend. This work truely deserves recognition and support. In fact I'm going to look for more work by David Hannan.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I CAN'T WAIT TO DIVE THE GREAT BARRIER REEF! December 6, 1999
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I always thought it would be nice to dive the Barrier Reef, but had other locations higher on the list. After seeing this DVD (and buying a copy for a gift, too!) it has moved WAY up on my list! I have shown it to non-divers as well as divers and all are awed. Spectacular clarify, beautiful new age original music. Makes me want to get my gear and go!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite! December 4, 2003
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Coral Sea Dreaming shows a variety of ocean life and habitats, both under and around the water.   Compared to relaxation DVD's, this has the highest quality picture that I've seen. The picture on a widescreen rear projection TV needed no adjustments. Although the picture is very sharp and clear in many places, there is some variability in the picture quality. Some scenes were fairly fuzzy. It's filmed in full screen mode. I'd like to find this type of movie in widescreen filmed with high definition cameras. It probably sounds pretty goofy, but I enjoy watching fish swim around! I highly recommend Coral Sea Dreaming.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite DVD March 15, 2005
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This DVD is for people who want unbelievable nature footage with serene music and without narration of any kind. The footage is of top video quality and includes littoral birds and underwater footage of fish and coral. The music is very calming.

This can be played in the background or for regular viewing. My one year old will watch off and on and likes the music. It is relaxing, beautiful and educational at the same time.

I highly recommend. I wish there were more DVDs like this.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST October 4, 2000
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This film is the best of all 15 dvd's i have in nature series. It is really relaxing. No words only music. And the subtitles help you the name of the creatures. A "must have" item.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CORAL SEA DREAMING October 16, 2003
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My family once owned the video to this movie. It was so relaxing, peaceful, and beautiful. The first time I saw it, I fell asleep (that's not a bad thing). This a great video for the whole family; babies will be mesmarized by the color (then quickly put to sleep because of the music), kids with be awed, teens will find it very facinating, and parents can take a well needed break. This video/DVD can take the stress out of anyone's day and turn a bad day upside down. This movie wasn't made to have a plot, it was created just to be beautiful. Everyone should own this; I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item came as described. Well packed.
Published 19 days ago by Kardin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent video
Love the photography. Stunning and relaxing.
(I really wish these reviews didn't have a minimum word limit as what I have to say is short and to the point.)
Published 5 months ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Photography Is Fantastic - And The Coral Is Absolutely Stunning!!!!
If you love coral reefs and their story of survival and beauty than this is a must have DVD for your collection. The DVD's relaxing music and beautiful photography is astounding. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Vinjenzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service!!!
We bought this film in VHS back in 2001 when we were in Australia and it washed away with our beach house in Hurricane Katrina. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J Zirlott
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
I saw this dvd in the waiting room of my doctor's office and wanted it for my home
Although I have an HD Panasonic tv the picture is not nearly as clear and colorful as I had... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rio
5.0 out of 5 stars Coral sea dreaming
This is a great video with good, clear picture quality. It is very relaxing to watch, definitely suitable for all ages. My 2 year old loves this video! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jthegreat
5.0 out of 5 stars A new old world. It's a must see.
More than I expected. The photography was incredible. This CD is worth seeing over and over again. Very good investment.
Published 17 months ago by sam fern
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased
Received in time and was just as described. Would use this lister again. The packaging was excellent . My mother in law loved it.
Published 18 months ago by De de 5
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Incredible!!!!
I am an avid SCUBA diver, and I have never seen such a spectacular underwater video! The best to date!
Published 20 months ago by Rebekah Nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Coral Sea Dreaming
We made the mistake of buying "Coral Sea Dreaming" new because i could not find Coral Sea Dreaming to give as a gift. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Terri
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