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IMAX: Under the Sea (2010)

Howard Hall  |  G |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Howard Hall
  • Writers: Howard Hall, Toni Myers, Graeme Ferguson
  • Producers: Toni Myers, Michele Hall, Graeme Ferguson
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Imax
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00379AHDQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,144 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "IMAX: Under the Sea" on IMDb

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Filming: IMAX: Under the Sea

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Imagine a world of incredible color and beauty. Of crabs wearing jellyfish for hats. Of fish disguised as frogs, stones and shag carpets. Of a kaleidoscope of life dancing and weaving, floating and darting in an underwater wonderland. Now, go explore it! Howard Hall and his filmmaking team, who brought you Deep Sea and Into the Deep, take you into tropical waters alive with adventure: the Great Barrier Reef and other South Pacific realms. Narrated by Jim Carrey and featuring astonishing camerawork, this amazing film brings you face to fin with Nature's marvels, from the terrible grandeur (and terrible teeth) of a Great White to the comic antics of a lovestruck cuttlefish. Excitement and fun run deep Under the Sea!

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305 of 314 people found the following review helpful
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This disc represents the best example of 3D photography available for Blu-Ray 3D at this time (17-Nov-2010). And, where one might fear that it would be undermined by insipid commentary from Jim Carrey, that fear turns out to be misplaced, with only a few brief exceptions.

Having done 3D (it should really be called "stereo") photography in the past, I can say that there are ways to do it well, and ways to do it poorly. Poor technique, and/or difficult subject matter, lead to artifacts (like distracting cases of the left image bleeding through into the right image, and vice versa - imperfect presentation technology is a factor in such cases, but stereo photographers know they face such problems, and failure to allow for them shows a lack of care) and, in extreme cases, even to difficulty in mentally assembling the 3D scene.

The stereo photography on this disc is not perfect in every case, but, overall, it is the best I've seen yet from any Blu-Ray 3D title (and I've bought all of the IMAX conversions available to date, and several of the few available films). Sit directly in front of your TV, and you can reach out and touch many of the creatures they've captured. It is a thing of beauty. (You will, for instance, probably never see a potato cod captured more perfectly.) In the rare cases where quality problems emerge it is in situations where stereo photography is just plain problematic - scenes with significant, but unpredictable, depth of field, high contrast elements, and subjects whose proximities to the camera(s) vary uncontrollably, leading to excessive parallax at times.
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful scenery with funny commentary. October 5, 2010
I rented this movie at Blockbuster to watch on a Samsung UN55C8000 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV.
IMAX offers many different movies that cover a wide range of topics that are great for children and adults.
Needless to say, the quality of the movie is simply breathtaking.
The movie shows various animals and species in their natural underwater habitat that most of us simply will never get to see in our lifetimes.

Jim Carrey's narration is an added bonus to the overall entertainment value. He narrates with a relaxed yet charming voice with small jokes you and your family will be sure to enjoy.
With stunning images and vivid colors and scenery, this movie must not be missed.

The only drawback to this movie is the length at under an hour which will leave you either wanting more or simply watching it again.
I am placing an order on Amazon for my own copy after I finish writing this review.
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121 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most accurate color I've seen June 12, 2010
I am a scuba diver and I have dove all over the world including the South Pacific.

Many friends ask me what it looks like when we scuba dive. White balance is extremely difficult when shooting pictures under water, and changes constantly. You need to take a white card and rebalance the camera every few minutes. This movie, shot in the South Pacific, New Guinea, New Zealand, The Great Barrier Reef etc, is the most accurate ocean movie I've ever seen. They have somehow accurately captured the rainbow of colors we see when we dive. You will never see anything as bright and colorful as tropical fish and coral. The film crew must have a huge array of lights to shoot this.

Fish "school", move together, so nearsighted larger predator fish, sharks and such, will think they are one big fish instead of a thousand small fish and not attack them. This movie shows thousands of small fish schooling together, which is a fascinating and hypnotic process to watch.

Movie also contains a scene of the fabulous reclusive Leafy Sea Dragon one of the strangest creatures in the sea, which I have only seen here and in the Monterey Aquarium.

Yes, it's a little short. The film crew doubtless shot hundreds of hours of movie and has provided the viewer with the choicest and most interesting parts. (it's damn hard to get those fish to pose!)

It's the closest you can come to diving without getting wet.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3D Review by a 3D Connoisseur November 8, 2011
My ratings are based mainly on the QUALITY OF THE 3D, not the video content.

Like many of the IMAX films the 3D is over done, meaning you may see objects out of screen that your brain knows should be farther back. These defects will vary from person to person by the way your brain interprets the 3D and by exactly where on the screen your eyes are focused at that time. With that being said, the following amounts and distances are the minimums you should see in this film.

In Addition to the opening credits floating out to 40%; there are about 21 out of screen effects that extend 10% of the way, from the screen to the viewer. There are another 23 OOS effects between 15 & 25%. 1 to 4 effects will reach out to 50%. My favorite effect is at 21:00 minutes, a large head shot of a Potato Cod is at least half way between you and the screen. Finally, stick around for the closing credits. Some of the bubbles go out to 50% and the very last bubble almost reaches 75% before the effect is lost.

If the 3D in other IMAX films were OK for you, this one should be too.

*** Visually stunning sea floor & creature footage in crisp 3D ***

MY 3D RATING = VERY GOOD (poor, fair, good, very good, excellent)

Note: As far as the percentages go, everyone's eyes are different. What I see at 25% you may see at 15% or 35%. To fully realize how far something is out of the screen for you, pause on an effect and direct a partner with an extended finger to the tip of what you are seeing. You may be surprised.

Click on `See all my reviews' for the lowdown on other 3Ds
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just No Words To Say, How Awesome This DVD Is!!!!
If Your A Under Water Searcher, Oh Yes, This is just for you!!!
If Your Kids Love Beautiful things, then this is it again, oh yes!! Read more
Published 5 days ago by larry barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold Standard for 3d
This is THE movie to show off 3d! The potato fish around the 21 minute mark is the most remarkable 3d effect out there. Read more
Published 5 days ago by jana
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
Thought I was getting a full 3-D movie and not a documentary type disc. Anyway it was ok, My son liked it. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Matthewzmom
5.0 out of 5 stars My nephew was grabbing at the screen
I've just purchased a 3D Samsung TV and ordered this due to the 3D reviews here on Amazon. The other day my 6 y/o nephew came by and had never before experienced 3D. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Michael J. Bosarge
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
It was fun to see in 3D. Maybe a little overpriced for the running time. Still, being short keeps it interesting.
Published 22 days ago by Zach Kozak
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 3D
So glad I chose this as one of the first 3D movies to add to our dvd collection! Gives the best bang for the buck because there are many, many shots of creatures "floating... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Ann Semega
4.0 out of 5 stars My English Golden Retriever loves this Movie in 3d
Yes once again , When I say this is a Movie for the whole family I have to include My Golden Retriever. I put the active 3d Glasses on him and he sees the movie in 3D ! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ted T
5.0 out of 5 stars Imax Under the Sea
I love any movie that are about under the sea. The colors are so vivid. I would recommend this movie to anyone, especially
Published 1 month ago by amelia gray
5.0 out of 5 stars You Should Buy Just For the Giant Grouper Scene Alone!
I think its a grouper but could be something else. Honestly, I am so fascinated by the way this creature comes off the screen and into my family room that I find I'm not paying any... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hoop
4.0 out of 5 stars Jim Carrey is great but maybe not the best narrator for this
While not as silly as I feared it does take away a little having Carrey narrating this special. Also it seems like there wasn't a whole lot of thought put into the organization,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jammin
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Does it show animals dying?
There are some scenes when an unsuspecting fish meets its demise in a surprise attack. One family member jumped each time a fish was surprised and eaten. I just remembered a scene where a jellyfish is being eaten by a turtle.

The rating on this DVD is G
Dec 18, 2011 by Lynn |  See all 2 posts
is it 3d bluray
This Bluray is really NEW 3d format? Why isn't in the specs? Or in the cover
Aug 21, 2010 by Danubio B. Borba |  See all 8 posts
promotional disc - not for individual sale
Yes. Do not like it at all. Should be discounted and disclosed. I buy from Amazon and read reviews because I don't like surprises with purchases.
Feb 17, 2014 by AMZ DAD |  See all 2 posts
How long is the movie IMAX under the sea
41 minutes
Jul 31, 2013 by Russell |  See all 3 posts
3d with a DVD player?
Well, if you want it to be played in 3d then unless you make a custom DVD with the side by side or anaglyph(Red-blue, etc) movie format and use a 3d television that can manually change the 3d format , it is not possible. Bluray players are dirt cheap this days, I recommend use the original... Read more
Mar 22, 2013 by Roksana Afroz |  See all 3 posts
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