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From the earliest voyages that mapped the Earth to today's launches into space, "The Discoverers" (38 min.) reverberates with the passion to explore our universe. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Dr. Daniel J. Boorstin, "The Discoverers" examines our desire to expand the boundaries of knowledge. The stories presented in this film span space and time, taking us around the world to participate in the act of discovery. Stand alongside Sir Isaac Newton in his British lab; then travel to the present to observe Dr. Louis Herman working with his very cerebral dolphins in Hawaii. Ever wonder "how did they do that?" "The Making of 'The Discoverers'" (34 min.) puts you behind the camera and provides further insights into the world of science and discovery. Learn more about the research and effort that went into recreating the inspiring historical events presented in "The Discoverers." Shot using high definition television cameras, "The Making of 'The Discoverers'" is a fascinating retrospective on a movie that made history. Disc 2 includes the complete feature in Microsoft Windows Media High Definition, playable on your PC.

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Original Full-frame (4x3) video version
  • “Making of” Documentary Shot in High-Definition Video
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Soundtrack in English, French and Spanish
  • Bonus DTS English Audio Version
  • DIY home Science experiments
  • Trailers
  • Moving Menus and Parallel Access Chapter Menus
  • Disc 2:
  • The Discoverers: High-Definition 720p/1080p - The complete feature in Microsoft Windows Media High-Definition Video playable on Windows XP PCs

Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Eather, Louis Herman, Ellen Stofan, James Lancaster, Melissa Negre
  • Directors: Greg MacGillivray, Jon Boorstin, Stephen Judson
  • Writers: Jon Boorstin, Daniel J. Boorstin
  • Producers: Greg MacGillivray, Adam Moos, Alec Lorimore
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00022PZ06
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Discoverers (IMAX)" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

It displays none of the intelligence nor logic of Boorstein's book.
Richard W. Slatta
All IMAX films distributed on BD format will be the closest thing in your home theater to the REAL IMAX experiance in the IMAX theater.
Alexis S. Rios
I was blown away by the simulated flight segment, even though I had seen it many times before in our labs.
Mountain Dewd

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Starr on December 14, 2004
Format: DVD
I have pretty much all of the WMVHD disks (including the more obscure ones like Muffin Man and Step Into Liquid). The film transfer of this title isn't as crisp as the other IMAX titles, and in general, the cinematography is not as stunning. Still nice, but it just doesn't compare to the others. The story line is a little campy, but they do a good job of covering a lot of ground, from 1600's to the future, showing how explorers risk everything to break new ground.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 10, 2000
Format: DVD
I purchased the discoverers for myself and subsequently had it shown for the whole family. It is VERY high quality production and if you have full Dolby 5.1 you will be rewarded with rich and wonderful sound effects.
This DVD has 8 'topics' all professionally mastered. The whole family was stimulated by this educational tool. I wish it was a year long series that went deeper into each topic.
Only negative - Although it is listed as 72 minutes, that includes all the behind the scenes pieces. The real event lasts only about 40 minutes.
Have fun learning!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Not up to the normal standards of IMAX movies. The flow is a very disjointed and unconnected of random events. The audio is poor enough that even following what is there can be difficult. I normally love IMAX movies, but this one leaves a lto to be desired.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SleeplessInPortland on January 16, 2005
Format: DVD
I didn't know there's such thing as a bad IMAX movie until I came across this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 6, 2012
Format: DVD
Last night's bargain-rack movie was "The Discoverers," an IMAX film adapted to DVD. I've watched a number of these adaptations and I would put this as the weakest of the lot. It's not that it's bad, not at all. I think the problem is that it's spread too thin over too many topics. In a very short film, it discovers (touches upon) eight different topics. The photography is spectacular, of course. What did you expect? But just when you're getting overwhelmed by something like the filming of the Aurora Borealis (absolutely astonishing), you're abruptly whisked off to the next subject. It just doesn't work well. Actually, this film might work much better if it was the introduction to IMAX films to gradually introduce a viewer, and then it would be on to the real subjects.

Well, if you watch "The Discoverers," be sure to watch "The Making of The Discoverers" which follows. It covers much of the same territory, but from the point of view of how it was done. Both are very interesting. I just think that of the IMAX films I've watched, this is the lesser.

Gary Peterson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven E. Romer on April 4, 2008
Format: DVD
I was suprised at the negative reviews... more like I was SHOCKED! I don't get it, why are people saying it was "disjointed?" It flowed together like visual, symbolic, intellectual poetry! It was simply beautiful. If you are not that erudite, it might not make sense to you. This was high art. the imagery of the cave paintings found by a curious child meshed like the painting of a great master with the dolphins learning and perceiving symbolic imagery on a television screen under water. The sheer genius of that alone had me on the verge of tears... A beautiful message of the soul is how I would describe this film in one sentence. The part about Isaac Newton shows his unique eclectic reason and insatiable logic and curiousity better than 1000 words ever could! They did not call him "the Lion" for nothing!

An amazing film. Absolutely loved it. The connections between the stories are supposed to be made in YOU. which, again is a reflection of the basic thesis of the film. A beautiful echo. Very poetic.
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