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IMAX: Journey into Amazing Caves [Blu-ray] (2001)

Liam Neeson , Gordon Brown , Steve Judson  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Gordon Brown
  • Directors: Steve Judson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,510 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Journey into Amazing Caves is a visceral, suspenseful expedition with a new breed of scientists who boldly explore places once thought off-limits to human presence, let alone IMAX cameras. Join Dr. Hazel Barton and Nancy Aulenbach as they travel to unique and forbidding ice caves in Greenland, underwater caves in the Yucatan, terrestrial caves in the Grand Canyon and other spectacular locations. You will wriggle through tiny, twisting passages, swim through flooded underground vaults, drop into gleaming blue labyrinths of ice, and enter a world so extreme the microscopic creatures who live there are called extremophiles. For those compelled to push their limits in the world's most hostile environments, the risk of fatal danger and thrill of new discovery are the everyday factors that make cave exploration such an awe-inspiring experience. Narrated by Liam Neeson, with music by The Moody Blues.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great imagery with typical IMAX juvenile story August 10, 2003
This is a well-produced DVD and the imagery is very high resolution. Contrast and color are very good. Liam Neeson is an outstanding narrator. Most of the imagery of the movie is great. Very dramatic panoramas, especially the helicopter fly-throughs. You will enjoy watching the movie once.
Unfortunately, the reason I don't rate it more than 3 stars is Amazing Caves suffers the common IMAX shortcoming that it has been produced as an all ages, all audiences film ... with a juvenile story, written at the 4th grade level. Too much of this brief 40 minute movie is wasted tending to the silly plot.
One can sit through it once and enjoy it, certainly if you have kids with you, and at a real IMAX theater. Your kids might enjoy watching it more than once, especially younger daughters since the two main characters are women scientists/adventurers. But with kids being so smart and worldly these days, even 6th graders would tire of the simplistic story and narration.
Why can't there be IMAX movies with appeal at a more intelligent level? Everest is a good example of an IMAX movie which does succeed in appealing to all audiences, but isn't written at a juvenile level.
The great caving and nature imagery in Amazing Caves is very frequently interrupted so they can keep tending to their story line of two women on their caving exploration and adventure, always "getting in contact" via a hoaky-looking simulated web video multimedia laptop screen with a small class of kids somewhere. Of course it is simulated and plain silly. There is no live contact with anyone. Probably filmed months apart. Yet they keep returning to this .... story, at least 10 times during the movie. Very annoying. Maybe it will appeal to young kids ...
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Caves, what caves? June 14, 2005
By Bigos
This is the most misleadlingly (is that a word?)titled movie I have ever seen. Amazing caves? What caves? The first 15 minutes of this reletively short 40 minute film don't take place in any cave. All they do is talk about them. Then when they finally enter a cave they are there for a few seconds. The few and far between cave scenes are interspersed with lots kayaking scenes, laboratory scenes, and classroom scenes. Was this film funded by the pharmasutical industry? The lead scientist in the film is always saying how she does this cave dwelling stuff to find exrtremophiles that will create new cures for diseases. Blechh! I wanted a movie about caves that showed beautiful caves. Granted, the latter half of the film provided more cave time but it was too little too late with too much of an environmental-disease-curing propaganda feel to it than I could stomach. It should have been titled "How To Search for New Cures in a Few Caves while Being Environmentally Conscious." Somehow I don't think that title would have sold many IMAX tickets or DVD's.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Caves and Neeson are not featured, but by-products June 15, 2009
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This is first and foremost a journey about two scientists looking for extremophiles. It just happens that where they are searching is in caves. The caves are spectacular, but since the focus is on the scientist you are left wanting more.

I was also disappointed in that it really wasn't narrated by Liam Neeson. He introduced the movie, but the majority was the scientist explaining what they were doing. When I read that the movie was "narrated" I was expecting something more along the lines of how David Attinborough narrates Planet Earth.

If you are looking for something more along the Planet Earth or the Scenic National Park Series, you may want to think twice about buying this DVD. This video was okay, but I don't know how many times I will re-watch this so I don't think I received full value for my money.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey Into Amazing Caves March 31, 2003
First of all, I am a caver. Before watching this IMAX movie in DC in an IMAX Theater I was afraid I would be disappointed because I realized this movie was to be made for the general public, was I wrong. All thru this movie I kept thinking to myself, I can't wait until this movie is out on DVD, well it is and I highly recommend it. True, it is written to address the general public, but as a caver of over 40 yrs I throughly enjoyed it and I have also bought the CD of the Soundtrack, it is a 5 star in my mind also and I am not a Moody Blues fan.
The photography is super, I like the behind the scenes part as much as the movie, so you are getting two shows for the price of one. If something happened to my DVD of "Journey Into Amazing Caves", I would have to go out and buy another for my DVD library, I like it that much.
I have seen a few IMAX movies in my time and this is one of my favorites, if not my favorite, but I am a caver and I like caves.
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much music, not enough caves August 18, 2004
By Huldren
Two stars, because:

- The music by The Moody Blues is intrusive. It's everywhere, all the time, telling you how to feel and what to think. It's like watching the movie with someone who won't shut up. I tried finding an additional soundtrack without the music, or maybe with the music toned down a bit, but no such luck. If I'm ever going to see this film again, it'll have to be with the volume off.

- One of the climbers is incessantly repeating that they're doing this because it might lead to the cure for some disease. Just in case we thought they were crazy adventurers and not scientists. You even get the obligatory shot of a scientist doing scientific things inside a laboratory. I want CAVES! I don't care why they do it, I won't judge...

- There aren't nearly enough caves.
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2.0 out of 5 stars it was ok but not enough footage filmed in caves ...
it was ok but not enough footage filmed in caves. could have showed more cave exploration, it might have been more interesting.
Published 10 days ago by jws732
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good for a viewing, next best thing to actually visiting
Published 1 month ago by Book Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a great video, just not quite the right age range ...
I purchased this video to supplement a class I am teaching about caves. It's a great video, just not quite the right age range for me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Blair Blycker
1.0 out of 5 stars It's okay. The second disk does not work, ...
It's okay. The second disk does not work, it keeps showing error.
Published 1 month ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Raymond Moses Chupp
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Well done. Artistic filming, informative . Would have liked to see more inside caves. Gives a thought and view of caving I did not know before
Published 6 months ago by Susan Fairbanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Caves it is AMAZING
great action in the safety of my home; never want personally go splunking but this is an adventure.
whole family loved it from 74 to 4
Published 8 months ago by Theresa Vann Holloway
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazing propaganda
Photograpy excellent. Propaganda not so much. The concept that they are making world changing discovery's- come on. Don't people just do things without making AMAZING discoveries?
Published 9 months ago by Leemere
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, this is so cool and informative.
Wow, this is so cool and informative. It takes you all over the world and with awesome picture quality you feel like you are there.
Published 11 months ago by J. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Being a caver myself I found this video very inspiring. I recommend it to everyone. There are many movies around about caves and Hollywood doesn't do justice to any cave. Read more
Published 22 months ago by David H. Schmitt
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