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To the Arctic [Blu-ray] (2013)

Meryl Streep , Greg MacGillivray  |  G |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Meryl Streep
  • Directors: Greg MacGillivray
  • Writers: Stephen Judson
  • Producers: Shaun MacGillivray
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, 3D, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: March 26, 2015 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B65QKFW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,073 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the Arctic, 25 percent less land is covered by ice in a typical summer today than it was in 1980. If current trends continue, the summer ice will be completely gone by the year 2050. To the Arctic is a strikingly gorgeous 40-minute film by director Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea), producer Shaun MacGillivray (Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk), and writer-editor Stephen Judson (Everest) shot on location in the Arctic Circle in the IMAX 3-D format. The film focuses in on the special relationship between a mother polar bear and her two young cubs and offers a first-hand look at how climate change and the shrinking ice is threatening the polar bears' continued survival. The cinematography is absolutely breathtaking, allowing viewers not only a unique look at the icy glaciers and waterfalls of the Arctic, but a rare close-up look at a family of polar bears as they grow, swim, hunt seals, protect one another from predators and aggressive males, and struggle to survive in a world of melting ice. The underwater scenes of the polar bears swimming are especially stunning, and there's also some great footage of walruses, migrating caribou, and Arctic birds. Meryl Streep sets just the right tone with her compelling narration, inviting viewers to experience the love between the polar bears and the desperation of their struggle to survive. The Inuit people comment on how weather patterns have changed over the years, and a fellow filmmaker and biologist offer a few words about tracking caribou migration. The film also reminds viewers that the entire world depends on the cooling currents from the Arctic and that the ocean's increasing acidity carries dire global consequences. Composer Steve Wood makes an unusual choice in utilizing songs by Paul McCartney, but his uniquely scored arrangements of melodic snippets are quite effective. The film ends with the stirring suggestion that while a mother polar bear will gladly sacrifice everything for her offspring, she is powerless to fix the changing climate, which threatens her entire species. (Ages 5 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

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To The Arctic takes you on a never before seen journey through the power of the IMAX lens into the lives of a mother polar bear and her two seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. Captivating, adventurous, and intimate footage brings you up close and personal with this family's struggle to survive in a frigid and dynamic environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and majestic snow-bound peaks. Three-time Academy Awardr winner Meryl Streep narrates To The Arctic.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, but one or two reservations... May 26, 2013
Format:DVD
Note: I saw this in the theater on the big IMAX screen, so I didn't get the chance to see the extras on the DVD.

This is a wonderful movie with a message, but I'll warn anyone coming into this: this film is very focused on global warming. It's an important message, but I felt that at times this film didn't entirely know what to focus on: the polar bears or the threat to their environment. As a result we don't really have a good look at either. To the Artic is only 40 minutes in length, so this leaves it with a bit of a handicap.

The movie is gorgeous to watch, so even with the film feeling a bit muddled in its focus you still have tons of gorgeous scenery to watch. The film work is really amazing here, with tons of close ups of adorable polar bear behavior and breathtaking shots of the glistening ice. There are also some shots of how the scenes are shot, both human and remote cameras. I think this was one of the more interesting aspects of the movie because at times it shows how dangerous it can be for the equipment and the persons going underwater.

I think that this was toned down a lot for younger audiences and the short length, but at times I kind of feel that they could have done more with this. I remember watching far more intense films when I was younger on PBS and not getting too scared, so I really wish that they'd gone a bit more in depth either way. I do like that this film mentioned how we impact the environment, but I wish that they'd elaborated just a little. Maybe giving some suggestions on how to help or something along those lines?

Overall though this is still very much worth the price of admission to your local theater and worth renting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best IMAX family movie March 29, 2013
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one of the best documentary IMAX movies out there to date! weve been wanting to see this when it came out but because of another imax animal movie with more money it did'nt get the press or the exposure it deserved and so rightly needed to help protect the arctic. it is so stunning and some of the shots they were able to get were amazing! they were able to follow a momma polar bear and her 2 cubs for 7 days which is unheard of and get info and shots nobody had Ever gotten before! it's backed by [...] and it's amazing.rent it,buy it do whatever you can but do see it, it;s really worth it. for all you polar bear lovers out there this is the movie for you,
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just beautiful movie February 22, 2013
By Carlos
Format:DVD
I watched this documentary in the New England Aquarium, it is beautiful. I cried as well as my girlfriend, it's just touchy. I've been looking for it ever since, and I found it, and of course purchased it.

Life is rough for the animals in the arctic, but nature is just to gorgeous.

Do yourself a favor and watch it, or buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The 3D wasn't what I expected May 14, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I always have a big expectations on every IMAX production for the astonishment 3d quality but this time it wasn't similar at all, from other movies. It contain some nice 3D moments but don't worth the price of the Blu-ray.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too expensive for just 40 minutes! May 1, 2013
Format:DVD
Despite the price, the facts are more like theories here. The only reason to see this is for the beautiful scenery and maybe Meryl Streep's lovely narration. That being said the price just isn't right! Too expensive, $7 should be the max you pay for this!
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting April 14, 2013
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I had missed the opportunity to see this movie & was looking forward to viewing it on my 3D TV. Some of the photography was beautiful, but the narration/"story" left a lot to be desired. I enjoy nature documentaries that showcase the animals, offering little known facts and interesting views of their behavior. The film states "Polar bears are brown bears that moved up to the Arctic & became white". How about telling the viewers that a polar bear's hair is transparent? That's a real fact!
Unfortunately, this film is politically motivated propaganda focused on "global warming", not on polar bears.
As for the previous reviewer crying during this movie? I felt like crying after wasting the money to purchase this DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the bears! June 16, 2014
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I really enjoyed watching this presentation. The producers did a great job filming in the great challenges of the climate, and seeing an inside look at the lives of these great animals was quite fantastic :D
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4.0 out of 5 stars Save the bears June 7, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Great for use in a classroom. Great culmination to an environmental unit. The kids loved seeing the cubs playing! Great movie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars makes me want to visit the artic.
Good documentary the pictures are amazing unbelievable shots taken The story is a beautiful one. A reminder of our impact on our entire planet let's slow down the warming let's be... Read more
Published 4 months ago by yralinoska perez
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what you are thinking
The trailer makes this movie seem like a story about a polar bear family. Only a portion included the focus on a bear family. The majority was a documentary on global warming. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Christy
3.0 out of 5 stars Superb Photography, Great Music, Misleading Title
There is nothing wrong about creating a documentary pro global warming or denying it really exist. For the most part we live in a free society where anyone can defend any position... Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. DaSilva
1.0 out of 5 stars Global Warming infomercial
BEWARE!! This is a politically motivated "Global Warming" propaganda film. I gave it 1 star only for some of the photography. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Aardvark
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Film
This is a beautifully shot film in full blu-ray 3-D, although some parts seem 2-D because white on white doesn't make for a strong enough contrast --just as would be the case if we... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Elder Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Family Movie
To the Arctic was magnificently filmed--the scenes are gorgeous and heartwarming.

It tells the story of the joy and plight of polar bears by following one special mother... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have!
My three year old loves watching it... Meryl Streep is amazing with the narration and it's a dramatic documentary about what we are doing of this world. Read more
Published 14 months ago by LinLin
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful. Just awful.
First, this movie is really short. Should I pay full feature length movie prices for it? I don't think so. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kelly R. Short
2.0 out of 5 stars 3D documentary
it lacks what a 3D movie has. It seems to be a 2D only. I was expecting a movies that would take you to the 3rd dimension but unfortunately I feel like something is missing.
Published 14 months ago by Dr Abdelmalek Boularas
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
a truly awful movie with icky music by paul mcartney, propagandistic narration by streep, and basically no useful information. absolutely hated this stupid movie. Read more
Published 15 months ago by zenga
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