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IMAX: Wild Ocean [Blu-ray] (2008)

Luke Cresswell , Steve McNicholas  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas
  • Writers: Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas
  • Producers: David Marks, Don Kempf, Steve Kempf
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TZS4T8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,669 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "IMAX: Wild Ocean [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Interview with the directors
Kwazulu during the run
"Shooting Wild Ocean" - behind the scenes
"Recording Wild Ocean" - recording orchestral strings in UK
"Shooting Wild Ocean" - slideshow with soundtrack (Ken Burns style)
Wild Ocean quiz
About the filmmakers
About the sardine run
About the region - Kwazulu Natal and Transkei
Wildlife on the Run

Editorial Reviews

Wild Ocean is an uplifting cinematic experience capturing one of natures greatest migration spectacles through the magic of IMAX. Plunge into an underwater feeding frenzy amidst the dolphins, sharks, whales, gannets, seals and billions of fish. Filmed off the Wild Coast of South Africa, Wild Ocean is a timely documentary that celebrates the animals that now depend on us to survive and the efforts by local people to protect this invaluable ecological resource. Hope is alive on the Wild Coast where Africa meets the sea.

Stills from Wild Ocean (Click for larger image)





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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great score, great message January 15, 2010
Format:DVD
I saw the movie Wild Ocean 3D at the Imax theater in the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., over Christmas Break. It is an amazing experience. It was of course in 3D.

The filmmakers take you to one of the few remaining stretches of wild coastline, the KwaZulu-Natal Wild Coast in South Africa, where you observe the migration of millions of fish and the various biosystems that these fish support - sharks, dolphins, whales, gannets, people. It is Africa by the sea, and it is stunning.

I especially loved the musical score. Composed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, the people who created STOMP Live, it is a pulsing, engaging, and outsize score for an outsize film about an outsize landscape. I loved it!

The underlying message is, of course, the disappearance of wild ecosystems and what must be done to prevent more loss. Great movie, great message.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor 3D experience November 2, 2010
By TT Lu
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The title of this BD 3D DVD is a little misleading. It mainly talked about the migration of sardine in South Africa and its upstream food chains. It is an interesting story. The movie has a lot of mediocre footages that are not good for 3D experience.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not great either November 8, 2010
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This feature isn't bad and kind of interesting at times. The 3D was pretty good but I did notice some ghosting in a few spots that I bet were errors in the mastering process. Nothing bad though. It was also nice not to be preached at about conservation through the entire film (see Grand Canyon: River at Risk for that sort of thing).

On the down side, it was boring in a few spots and it seems like they used the same shots over and over again (especially the dolphins swimming at the camera).

Not worth $20 but still interesting.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Would Rate this with No Stars if it were Possible! November 12, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Grab a puke bucket as you'll be sick from buying this.

Here is what you get: Sardines swimming in circles for half, yes - half!, the movie. I understand that the little stinky things were the "highlight" but they are the entire movie!

Sardines swimming here. Sardines there. Oh look, other birds, fish and stuff are hungry. Cue the Sardines! They must know the producer or something.

Really? Nothing wild about their featured Ocean.

3D: Horrible for the underwater shots. Great for above water shots. But, don't we want to see great underwater shots - AFTER ALL the movie is WILD OCEAN.

I really wish there were more sardines swimming in circles. Couldn't get enough.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding January 30, 2010
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This Wild Ocean 3D bluray movie is absolutely superb and stunning!!! I am so glad I purchased it. I watched it twice at an IMAX theatre and now I have already watched it twice on my computer-and I just received it yesterday!! The music conveys a feeling of teamwork-individual efforts toward a common greater good. I also want to buy the Soundtrack for it. This movie scores a 15 on a chart of 10!!! Again, absolutely superb and stunning!!!!!!!!! One of the best purchases I ever made!!!!!
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "African Sardines"? November 7, 2010
By Fish
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They should have called this movie "African Sardines". What a stupid movie and a waste of money. If you pay more than $10.00 for this you got ripped off.(I did) The 3-D is good and had allot of depth throughout the movie but unfortunately it had several spots where there is moderate "ghosting" which ruined it. Like the previous review, I couldn't understand most of what was said due to the heavy accent of the narrator. The movie was about the plight of the sardine population in Africa or something like that.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it 'ok ' but .... November 4, 2010
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Its a nice story but like the other reviewer I was hoping for a better 3D experience , what annoyed me the most is the narrator - he has a thick south African accent and can be hard to clearly hear - its distracting - he sounds a little like Morgan Freeman but its not him.... I was hoping to see more species - there are a lot of dolphins and sardines but I wanted to see more .... btw the channel n3d on directv airs this program for free in 3d as well....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Originally created for exhibition in IMAX theaters, Wild Ocean is a spectacular, award-winning DVD documentary that reveals the ocean life flourishing under the waves of South Africa's coast. From beautiful shoals to seals and dolphins to breaching whale and bloodthirsty sharks, Wild Ocean is an unforgettable tour of the daily struggle for survival among ocean wildlife, and a reminder of the ecological wonders beneath the waves that are perilously endangered by the encroaches of mankind. Special features include a behind the scenes featurette, an interview with the directors, and a quiz. Available in both DVD and Blu-ray formats, Wild Ocean is an excellent pick especially recommended for public library collections. 40 minutes, widescreen, English/Spanish/French language tracks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great price fast shipping. For the price liked it.
Published 1 month ago by Pachico
1.0 out of 5 stars I cant even tell Im watching a 3D movie
I own quite a few 3D Blu-ray movies. I have to say this one is the worst I have seen. When I am watching the movie I find myself wondering if it is even in 3D. Read more
Published 10 months ago by B. O. Baltzell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 3D Blu-Ray.
Great 3D Blu-Ray.
Nice eye candy for the price. Shortly before I took delivery of my new LG 3D TV from Amazon, I bought a bunch of these short themed DVDs. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Harry
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love watching this movie on my 3d blue ray tv. I will be looking for more movies like this
Published 16 months ago by Maria Spann
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational
I truly enjoyed this movie and would definitely recommend it everyone who love the sea and all it has to offer.
Published 21 months ago by B. Croz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Imax!
This was a great IMAX! Visually stunning! The 3D is really cool and the music is awesome! The cinematography is amazing! I loved it!
Published 21 months ago by Go Green
3.0 out of 5 stars Wild Oceans
I would rate this as just okay,I think it might be more appropriate for younger children as they might see the wow factor that eludes most adults. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Romiesteve
5.0 out of 5 stars imax wild ocean blue-ray
this movie is great, everything looks so natural and real. love this movie. it takes nature to a all new level
Published on August 23, 2012 by shelley16
2.0 out of 5 stars Rent maybe; don't buy
Dull dull dull. Half the time showing nothing but sardines and most of the rest is on land in south Africa. The tone is a sledgehammer political Eco lecture. Winner of this. Read more
Published on May 13, 2012 by LetsGo
5.0 out of 5 stars imax wild ocean - blue ray 3d
Amazing video! Love the 3D effects! Bubbles and dolphin are playing in my livingroom!!! And the herring are dancing too! Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by Jonelle E. Kop
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