IMAX: To the Arctic (2012) 2012 G CC

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This documentary adventure reveals a compelling tale of survival. Narrated by Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences into the lives of a polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs.

Starring:
Leanne Allison, Karsten Heuer
Runtime:
41 minutes

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IMAX: To the Arctic (2012)

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Greg MacGillivray
Starring Leanne Allison, Karsten Heuer
Supporting actors Bjorne Kvernmo, Simon Qamanirq, Adam Ravetch, Sara Robertson, Meryl Streep
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Do yourself a favor and watch it, or buy it.
Carlos
While I am fascinated by Polar Bears, I wish this film had provided a more in-depth study of other animals of the arctic.
William R. Strouse
This is a politically motivated "Global Warming" propaganda film.
Aardvark

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko VINE VOICE on May 26, 2013
Format: DVD
Note: I saw this in the theater on the big IMAX screen, so I didn't get the chance to see the extras on the DVD.

This is a wonderful movie with a message, but I'll warn anyone coming into this: this film is very focused on global warming. It's an important message, but I felt that at times this film didn't entirely know what to focus on: the polar bears or the threat to their environment. As a result we don't really have a good look at either. To the Artic is only 40 minutes in length, so this leaves it with a bit of a handicap.

The movie is gorgeous to watch, so even with the film feeling a bit muddled in its focus you still have tons of gorgeous scenery to watch. The film work is really amazing here, with tons of close ups of adorable polar bear behavior and breathtaking shots of the glistening ice. There are also some shots of how the scenes are shot, both human and remote cameras. I think this was one of the more interesting aspects of the movie because at times it shows how dangerous it can be for the equipment and the persons going underwater.

I think that this was toned down a lot for younger audiences and the short length, but at times I kind of feel that they could have done more with this. I remember watching far more intense films when I was younger on PBS and not getting too scared, so I really wish that they'd gone a bit more in depth either way. I do like that this film mentioned how we impact the environment, but I wish that they'd elaborated just a little. Maybe giving some suggestions on how to help or something along those lines?

Overall though this is still very much worth the price of admission to your local theater and worth renting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. DaSilva on December 27, 2013
Format: DVD
There is nothing wrong about creating a documentary pro global warming or denying it really exist. For the most part we live in a free society where anyone can defend any position he/she chooses. The problem I see is when people uses trickery to achieve a goal. This movie has an obvious agenda. Not to show the beauty of the arctic or the majestic polar bears, as I thought it was when I bought it. The purpose of this movie is to enlist viewers to join the global warming front. Fine, but be truthful about it in the title, cover, description, wherever, just be honest so those who decide to PAY for it know what they're paying for. That said, the scenes are of top quality and so is the music so I don't think it was a total waste of money and time, hence the 3 stars. I would give it a 5 star rating but I just don't like being misled.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By alissazim on March 29, 2013
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one of the best documentary IMAX movies out there to date! weve been wanting to see this when it came out but because of another imax animal movie with more money it did'nt get the press or the exposure it deserved and so rightly needed to help protect the arctic. it is so stunning and some of the shots they were able to get were amazing! they were able to follow a momma polar bear and her 2 cubs for 7 days which is unheard of and get info and shots nobody had Ever gotten before! it's backed by [...] and it's amazing.rent it,buy it do whatever you can but do see it, it;s really worth it. for all you polar bear lovers out there this is the movie for you,
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carlos on February 22, 2013
Format: DVD
I watched this documentary in the New England Aquarium, it is beautiful. I cried as well as my girlfriend, it's just touchy. I've been looking for it ever since, and I found it, and of course purchased it.

Life is rough for the animals in the arctic, but nature is just to gorgeous.

Do yourself a favor and watch it, or buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marco A. Delgadillo on May 14, 2013
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I always have a big expectations on every IMAX production for the astonishment 3d quality but this time it wasn't similar at all, from other movies. It contain some nice 3D moments but don't worth the price of the Blu-ray.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moviebuffer101 on May 1, 2013
Format: DVD
Despite the price, the facts are more like theories here. The only reason to see this is for the beautiful scenery and maybe Meryl Streep's lovely narration. That being said the price just isn't right! Too expensive, $7 should be the max you pay for this!
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 14, 2013
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I had missed the opportunity to see this movie & was looking forward to viewing it on my 3D TV. Some of the photography was beautiful, but the narration/"story" left a lot to be desired. I enjoy nature documentaries that showcase the animals, offering little known facts and interesting views of their behavior. The film states "Polar bears are brown bears that moved up to the Arctic & became white". How about telling the viewers that a polar bear's hair is transparent? That's a real fact!
Unfortunately, this film is politically motivated propaganda focused on "global warming", not on polar bears.
As for the previous reviewer crying during this movie? I felt like crying after wasting the money to purchase this DVD.
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By Shawn Powers on June 16, 2014
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I really enjoyed watching this presentation. The producers did a great job filming in the great challenges of the climate, and seeing an inside look at the lives of these great animals was quite fantastic :D
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