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The Whale (2011)

Ryan Reynolds , Docurama  |  G |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryan Reynolds
  • Directors: Docurama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008N2Z1QK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,561 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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35 of 36 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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16 of 17 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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14 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting! December 12, 2012
By Kino
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Not a word I use often, but, enchanting from the first scene (after too much narration, or maybe I was just impatient) of Luna the Orca, and star of this documentary. Whatever the movie's faults, this animal's incredible and mysterious energy comes across on the screen. I've never seen anything quite like it.
It is also a tragedy: Luna was never reunited with his pod due to human incompetence. But that's part of the story. Loved the human characters too, especially the native tribe.
Sour grapes: I paid almost $20 (from Amazon seller) first week of release and second week price starts @ $10. Bit of a rip-off; and dvd is skimpy on extras.
Lessson: don't buy the first week of release.
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7 of 8 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie in great condition!
Thank you!! Movie in great condition!
Published 5 days ago by Paula A. Romanos
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film. Recommend others such as Blackfish
Wonderful film. Recommend others such as Blackfish, etc . that shows the negative reasons to have whales in captivity and made
to preform as they do at various places. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Wallie Starnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a sign of a good documentary.
I cried so much and have been miserable ever since watching it. Definitely a sign of a good documentary.
Published 10 days ago by Tera C. Brackin
5.0 out of 5 stars satisfying
Fast shipment, item as described and expected, packing material sufficient and not wasteful
Published 1 month ago by Anja Reckendorf
5.0 out of 5 stars I am not talking about the humans that loved and adopted Luna into...
I watched this Movie again today with a friend. It took me an hour to get her to stop crying. This movie is indeed testament to the stupidity of humans when interacting with... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Risky
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie is for all the family - Amazing!
Based on true story, this movie is for all the family - Amazing!
Published 1 month ago by Donna Lovins Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars great quality book - a must-read!
great read and fast shipping!
Published 1 month ago by Mars
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Crazy movie I am really glad I had a chance to watch the movie.
Published 1 month ago by T. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I LOVE THIS MOVIE SOOOOO MUCH UNBELIEVABLE
Published 1 month ago by ROBIN W
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great product
Published 2 months ago by Carolyn Heatley
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