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The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti (IMAX) (2009)

Kelly Slater , Raimana Van Bastolaer , Stephen Low  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kelly Slater, Raimana Van Bastolaer, Michael Hanrahan
  • Directors: Stephen Low
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FGA2LM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,802 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti (IMAX)" on IMDb

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  • Vignettes: 'Board Design, Kelly Slater, Raimana, Tahiti Wave Science'

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    THE ULTIMATE WAVE: TAHITI plunges you into the stunning beauty of an island paradise on a quest to find the perfect wave-riding experience. Nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater and Tahitian surfer Raimana Van Bastolaer and a group of friends seek out the best waves breaking on the reef at Tahiti's famed surf site Teahupo'o. As their quest unfolds, you are plunged beneath the surface of things, to explore the hidden forces at work shaping ocean waves and the islands that lie in their path.Amidst surfing action, you navigate the cosmos and an ocean storm in a search for the source and nature of a wave's energy. Exploring mountainous Tahiti, you are thrust into the turbulent volcanic past of the island and its neighbors and discover the seagoing, wave-riding roots of the islanders themselves -- a culture still rich in the music, dance and lore of the sea. Beneath the ocean, swimming with surfers, you explore the stunning, fragile beauty of the reef habitat -- a turbulent, wave-shaping interface that envelops the island and nurtures the ocean's multitudes in motion -- fish, dolphins, sharks and whales.When the truly big surf arrives at Teahupo'o, surfing play becomes surfing survival as the riders artfully tackle some of the heaviest surf on the planet!

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    99 of 102 people found the following review helpful
    I recently picked up a couple of the newer IMAX 3D releases, but I was a bit wary going into "The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti." Why? Well I watched the other one (Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia) first. And while the 3D on that picture was perfectly serviceable, it lacked a unique or interesting narrative. That's right, folks--I want it all. I want a film that is attractive to look at, that utilizes 3D to good affect, and has an entertainment value. Well, I needn't have worried. "The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti" has all three expertly interwoven into its 45 minute presentation.

    Narrative: The film introduces surfer Kelly Slater and a local legend named Raimana. They are our hosts as well as the subject of this feature. I had assumed that I was going to be watching non-stop surfing action, but that isn't the case at all. The documentary covers scenic landscapes, underwater life, local customs and legends, wave science and a myriad of water sports before kicking into a surfing frenzy within the last third. It is an extremely well balanced narrative which delivered far more variety than I expected. But most important, it was thoroughly entertaining.

    Features: There are quite a few snippets to look at, interesting but not essential. There's a 5 minute travelogue highlighting Tahiti. In fact, I'm pretty much cooking up my next vacation now! There are a handful of vignettes providing more depth on the surfing stars, board designs, and waves principles. All are fine--brief but informative, but not necessarily a huge extra value.

    3D: Well, of course, a film shot in Tahiti is absolutely gorgeous. The film has real texture in its panoramic landscape shots and its underwater vistas.
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    54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great 3D, great filming, great science March 1, 2011
    OK, this Blu-Ray shows great 3D. Surfing photography has excellent traditions and techniques, and this movie uses them all. 3D cameras are placed underwater, at the surface of the waves, on the surfboards themselves, in helicopters, and in the faces of some beautiful women. The camerawork is top rate and the 3D production is as well. The material lends itself to 3D, as we are looking through the tubes of waves, down their crests, and through their glistening faces. The Blu-Ray also gives nice 3D graphic rendering of the science of volcanic island formation, and also of wave development, transmission, and breaking. Some of the most easily understood science, and made so by the advantage of 3D graphics.

    This Blu-Ray will look better on a bigger screen, so a 3D projector would be best.
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    57 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars 3D Review by a 3D Connoisseur April 20, 2011
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    My ratings are based mainly on the QUALITY OF THE 3D, not the video content.

    There are about 15 out of screen effects that extend about 10% of the way, from the screen to the viewer and another 12 around 25% and 1 graphic makes it to 35% BUT, nothing special in the 3D department. Only 5 minutes of underwater fish scenes deserve a 3D applause.

    *** Nice scenery and under water footage ***

    MY 3D RATING = 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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    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars IN YOUR FACE March 7, 2011
    This is a good example of nice and slow in your face 3d. Wife loved it most 3d are too fast to enjoy the content but this is enjoyable.Minimal ghosting and verry colorful.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!!! March 12, 2011
    By Anya
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    We just bought a new 3d tv and making our 3d movie collection. Tahiti is a perfect example of this outstanding new technology! Well worth to add to collection.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I like March 6, 2011
    By Pachico
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    I liked this 3D movie crystal clear better than expected will watch again. Can't beat the price. They shipped the movies fast like they said. Very happy
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Good 3D, but a little boring. September 11, 2011
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    This blu ray has some decent 3D, but I found myself falling asleep while watching it. I purchased it after reading that many people used it as a 3D showcase to their friends. I however, can't imagine watching it again. Not even for the 3D aspect. So unless your really into surfing, then this probably isn't for you.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great 3D effects March 16, 2011
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    I'm not too much into surfing, but this dvd has some very good 3D effects, very powerful waves, pretty scenic also. I bought this not only for the decent price, but because it's one of the newer releases from IMax theaters. There are great surfers in this movie, kids & adults... this is a unique & different movie in my library, somewhat educational... I recommend.
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