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The Whale (2011)

Ryan Reynolds , Docurama  |  G |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryan Reynolds
  • Directors: Docurama
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008N2Z1QK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,685 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Whale" on IMDb

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THE WHALE is the true story of a young killer whale, an orca nicknamed Luna, who makes friends with people after he gets separated from his family on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. As rambunctious and surprising as a visitor from another planet, Luna endears himself to humans with his determination to make contact, which leads to laughter, conflict and unexpected consequences.


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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
We're told from the beginning of the documentary "The Whale" that the filmmakers never intended to produce a movie about the subject. In many ways, though, this incredible true life tale was begging to be shared with the world. The life of Luna, a baby orca who became an international media sensation, is just so incredible, so unusual, so heartfelt, and even occasionally disturbing that the film will linger with you long after the credits roll. I watch a ton of movies (and documentaries) but the day after I viewed "The Whale," I mentioned it to three friends as a must-see. That's a testament mostly to Luna (and the movie secondarily), but I almost NEVER go out of my way to make such a bold recommendation. This is not your polished nature documentary, this is a piece with real intimacy and emotion. Much of the movie was joyous and much of it aroused feelings of anger and disappointment but, trust me, you can't watch this and be unaffected. While the movie is rated G, though, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to all ages. It's not always a nice story, but it gives you a lot to think about.

Luna, as a two year old, showed up one day in a small bay on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Separated from its pod, the whale seemed to be thriving with plenty to eat. But whales are essentially a social animal and Luna really lacked for company. I'm not one to humanize animal traits, but there is little doubt that our baby wanted to play and socialize with the only species available to him. Luna started popping up and the locals were enchanted with their new aquatic friend. Over the course of the next few years, though, Luna's presence would become a source of much concern and debate.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By D.C.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was very fortunate to have seen the original version of this film on its big screen premiere in Seattle under the title, "Saving Luna". The filmmakers were present for the showing and provided a remarkably insightful Q&A session afterwards.

If you are not moved by this film, there is likely no hope. The Southern Resident Killer Whales were already an endangered species at the time of Luna's unfortunate demise and their population continues to decline.

The L-Pod (and the rest of us) lost a beautiful, innocent, non-human person named Luna and his long-lost cousin, Tokitae, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery as a child to perform under the show name "Lolita" for more than four decades, alone in the same run-down, excruciatingly-tiny concrete pool. She is wise and sentient, like all killer whales, and still could be re-united with her family. Luna unfortunately did not have that chance. Check out the Orca Network's website.

If you enjoyed this film, another documentary from the same filmmakers can be found easily by navigating to your favorite search engine and entering: "BBC Natural World A Killer Whale Called Luna".
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So sad December 13, 2012
By JYK
Format:DVD
Just a really sad story of the tragic consequences for animals who unwittingly try to befriend humans. After reading up further about the whale and the bureaucratic entanglements that might have prevented a sad and not-so-inevitable conclusion, I am just sad for what could have been.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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We're told from the beginning of the documentary "The Whale" that the filmmakers never intended to produce a movie about the subject. In many ways, though, this incredible true life tale was begging to be shared with the world. The life of Luna, a baby orca who became an international media sensation, is just so incredible, so unusual, so heartfelt, and even occasionally disturbing that the film will linger with you long after the credits roll. I watch a ton of movies (and documentaries) but the day after I viewed "The Whale," I mentioned it to three friends as a must-see. That's a testament mostly to Luna (and the movie secondarily), but I almost NEVER go out of my way to make such a bold recommendation. This is not your polished nature documentary, this is a piece with real intimacy and emotion. Much of the movie was joyous and much of it aroused feelings of anger and disappointment but, trust me, you can't watch this and be unaffected. While the movie is rated G, though, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to all ages. It's not always a nice story, but it gives you a lot to think about.

Luna, as a two year old, showed up one day in a small bay on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Separated from its pod, the whale seemed to be thriving with plenty to eat. But whales are essentially a social animal and Luna really lacked for company. I'm not one to humanize animal traits, but there is little doubt that our baby wanted to play and socialize with the only species available to him. Luna started popping up and the locals were enchanted with their new aquatic friend. Over the course of the next few years, though, Luna's presence would become a source of much concern and debate.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful whale April 6, 2013
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what a beautiful whale. sad that the humans didn't know how to respond. it was a heart breaking story for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Watched this on tv.
Forgot I'd put it in my shopping cart and did a rush order for other things. But it wasn't expensive so all is well, and I've been lending it out to everyone. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Nocturnal
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done, Ryan
Very well done. Ryan did a great job of narrating this sweet & sad true story of the baby Orca lost from her family pod
Published 17 days ago by JMarie
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie from beginning to end
While watching this entire movie,I did not move,it is absolutely riveting,very well done,makes me wish I had the smarts to become a marine biologist,I put nature above... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Abe Freshley
4.0 out of 5 stars documentary
It is a wonderful story and I enjoyed it very much but it was a little dry for my kids. They are young and there wasn't a character dramatization to it so they lost interest too... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Valerie, Ohio
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this.
Seeing this made me appreciate so much more about the documentary Black Fish and added fuel to why that needed to be done.
Published 25 days ago by Jeff Huber
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful show of Life and Human Nature.
Love it and shared with family. A love for nature is a gift from God. Those who think they know better or better
than anyone else should re-think their life, and profession . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Farm Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real-Life "Willy" for the whole Family!
Initially I discovered this documentary film from catching a glimpse of its trailer on YouTube and after watching it for the first time, I was very impressed by what the filmmakers... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Our family loves Luna
I wish I had found this movie sooner. My family and I are fans of animal documentaries and this
was an excellent film.
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Krug
5.0 out of 5 stars My eyes have widened.
It was a very eye opening video. It has raised my conscious, and I do not believe that a whale should be held in captivity. I believe they belong in nature.
Published 1 month ago by Suzann McKay
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and sweet
the scenery made me feel like i was on a vacation, so relaxing.
luna is a gift, to everyone he made contact with, but also now to everyone who gets to see this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Lisa
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