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The Whale (2011)

Ryan Reynolds , Docurama  |  G |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 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 (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008N2Z1QK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,817 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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32 of 33 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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12 of 13 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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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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12 of 14 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 A movie for all ages December 17, 2012
Format:DVD
Honestly one of the best movies I have seen.
It is an amazing story that you will remember long after you watch the movie
It is filled with emotion and so many life lessons ....a perfect movie to watch with your children/
Grandchildren or students. A perfect gift for the holidays.
I have seen it multiple times....Luna is an unforgettable "character"!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Amazon Instant Video
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 Five Stars
Excellent, a must watch!
Published 11 days ago by S. A. Cobb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the movie was wonderful and in the DVD was in good condition
Published 22 days ago by Janet Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Itll make u fall in love
It pulls at the heart strings and will make anyone into a whale lover. Nicholas Sparks couldn't have created a better love story. After all, it is a story about love.
Published 26 days ago by Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars BOYCOTT SEAWORLD
Videos like this one should prompt all who see them to refuse to visit ANY SEAWORLD any zoo or any hotel that enslaves animals for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ !
Published 28 days ago by Brenda Sue Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, sad documentary.
We humans call ourselves the most intelligent beings on this planet, however I think the world would be better if humanity didn't grow so much and destroy the world as we are with... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Joseph Farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Nunley
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking!
The Whale/Saving Luna is breathtaking in every way imaginable. The longing for friendship by a non-human entity is nothing short of amazing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christina
1.0 out of 5 stars Canadian DFO to blame for orca death
If the DFO hadn't been uselessly sitting around with their thumbs up their derrières, then maybe Luna would have been given a real chance to rejoin with his pod. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Luna: An angel in disguise
I watched this story about Luna with my husband. It's a bittersweet one. I cried a lot learning that he was murdered by a monster in a tug boat, for me was not an accident. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Margui
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
i SO ENJOYED THE FILM AND IT HAD SO MUCH LOVE AND COMPASSION AND SHOWED YOU THE REAL THREATS THESE ANIMALS FACE BY HUMANS THAT ARE NOT SO NICE
Published 3 months ago by Lady Scott
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