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IMAX: Search for the Great Sharks [Blu-ray] (1995)

Joseph Campanella (Narrator) , Mal Wolfe & George V. Casey  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joseph Campanella (Narrator)
  • Directors: Mal Wolfe & George V. Casey
  • Format: Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Inception Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004PHE9BK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay documentary, nothing spectacular though! April 26, 2000
I consider myself a documentary, "Discovery Channel" freak, and of the many topics and themes which interest me the most, sharks in general rank among the top 10.
So my review of this DVD may be viewed as biased from the start, hence a high 4 or 5-star rating may be expected. Unfortunately, I've seen the disc and am somewhat disappointed. For one, how can you call a disc "Search For The Great Sharks" when you essentially featured just two species (the whale shark and the ever crowd-pleasing great white)? Nothing about hammerheads? Makos? Tiger sharks?
Nevertheless, I give it 3 stars if only for the overall audio and video quality (expect nothing less from IMAX - I own a couple others myself). Also interesting trivia which would probably please an audience of all ages. The film, unfortunately, is only 46 mins long (how come all IMAXes are this short? grrr!), with nine chapters as follows: 1. Domain of the Shark; 2. Behavior; 3. Steel Cage; 4. Western Australia; 5. Spotted Whale Shark; 6. Great White Shark; 7. Ancient Survivors; 8. Credits; 9. "Making Of".
I intend to order the Operation: Shark Attack 5-disc set soon, hopefully there'll me something more there. For shark freaks out there I'd also recommend getting a copy of the Discovery Channel Great White video (on VHS or VCD) or even the DVD of "Deep Blue Sea" with its interesting featurette(s).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special. Imax deserves something better. July 13, 2000
This documentary needs badly a better direction and focus. There's nothing here we have not seen in the Discovery Channel. Furthermore the pace is slow, the story bland and repetitive (how many times must we show wonder for a senior cientist?)and the resources such as Imax film are wasted. If you want to watch something spectacular, try Ray Macgillivray's The Living Seas, Imax-Alaska or Africa-The Serengeti. Buy this only if you want to complete your Imax Dvd Library.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much above water filming February 6, 2006
By S. Lex
Although the shark footage is great. I was hoping that there would be more actual footage of sharks. Much of the movie seamed to focus upon the researchers looking for the sharks, instead of the sharks themselves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Visuals but you shouldn't ask non-actors to act. January 31, 2000
This DVD, (the Slingshot edition 9836), comes with 7 language tracks, english subtitles, Dolby 5.1 sound and a music and ambiance track option, plus a short 7 minute making of featurette that discusses some of the problems of making an Imax film at sea. The film was made in 1993. This is a GOOD documentary, but sadly not a GREAT documentary. Some of the underwater sequences are very good, one or two shots are muddie and appear to have a lucky we got it quality to them. Personally I would have preferred a straight documentary about the Great Sharks. This particular film trys to be a bit action adventure a bit serious documentary and it just doesn't work. While Rodney Fox and Eugenie Clark try their best, they are not actors and shouldn't have been asked to act. Some of the sequences don't work simply because you can see whats coming a mile away. The looking over the side of the boat for sharks sequence comes very much to mind. Suddenly a shark appears. Surprise! And everyone reels back in fake horror. Some sequences have obviously been staged after the event to get close ups. The seal sequence where the Imax camera twists and turns through a seaweed forest is obviously designed to make you feel sick when watching in an Imax cinema. It goes on a little too long and is one use of the Imax format I wish some film makers would get away from. Dispite these criticisms it is a quiet enjoyable film. Worth getting? I bought a copy and have enjoyed watching it a number of times, corny acting and all. Try using the music and ambience track option if the narration gets a bit much. Theres no real point to the Search except to show some rather good underwater footage. Considering the extreme difficulty of making this kind documentary I think its a fine job. With a bit of luck it might have been as good as the exceptionally excellent Whales: An Unforgetable Journey.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get this cheaper at Target July 23, 2002
By A Customer
It is a decent shark presentation, but I've seen some of this stuff before on a National Geographic video. That guy Rodney Fox has been filmed so much that he ends up doing the same thing on several different videos. Anyway, buy this at Target for 9.99 like I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This Could Have Been Better December 11, 1999
By Critic
I really expect a lot more effort from IMAX when it comes to documentaries, and I feel somewhat confused with Search for the Great Sharks. Too much emphasis is placed on acting and scenes that are supposed to startle the viewer. I do like the footage of the whale shark, but everything else is out of place. For a film that advertises a grand search for sharks, it gives the viewer something similar to a silly journey.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable January 16, 2014
This may have been the worst "documentary" I've seen before. As a diver, I was appalled by the lack of training and safety precautions taken by the team. Rodney quickly panics when he loses a fin and claims that he was not able to reach his BC inflator, yet, it was exactly where is should have been. His first move was to make an emergency buoyant ascent simply because of this. Unless he was out of air, he should have (and could have) taken the time to reach for the inflator hose instead of the fin, and make a safe ascent with a safety stop. Instead, he rushed to drop his weights, ascend without a safety stop, and the crew claimed he'd be just fine - yet no mention of his unsafe ascent and risk of decompression sickness was made.

The second time Rodney almost dies is at the end of the film, when a Great White tears through his oxygen line. Why on earth would the crew think that it was at all acceptable to attach a long line to a diver while they're chumming the water in hopes of inciting aggression in nearby sharks? It is beyond me. The sheer lack of precautions and common sense on the part of the crew ruined any possibility of validity in what was being said.

How is one supposed to take comfort in knowing what they've watched is accurate when, on multiple occasions, behaviors like this occur, even so much as showing a scientist who has worked with sharks for years, screaming at the sight of a Great White surfacing to attack bait?
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