- Directors: Jill Heinerth
- Format: NTSC, Color
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Heinerth Productions, Inc.
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 0979878985
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The positive reviews you will read are most likely from Fans of Jill Heinerth and I guess it is like someone is a huge fan of an actor. No matter what they do it will always be "awesome". When I looked at it, I looked at it as someone who has worked in both TV and Movie industry and my review is not good. This production is 90 minutes filled with strange interviews, badly filmed footage above water, some really good under water shots but they keep repeating and repeating and repeating and at one point even those good shots get really boring. The interviews are mostly unrelated and basically just randomly filmed and glued together. They person who filmed the interviews had no idea of rule of thirds, angles or movements, lenses, depth of field, how to film free hand or where to find a tripod and clearly this whole project was totally unscripted. I've seen unscripted projects before that went well. This one didn't. They should have never released it that way. The quality of the production is not subjective. It is below any quality standard in regards to authorizing, editing, filming and planning and it gives you no revelation whatsoever.
Jill Heinerth is an awesome diver and an acceptable underwater cinematographer but from a professional point of view, this production is so full of flaws that it hurts my eyes. The DVD is one of the cheapest productions I've ever seen. The picture quality is so far below standard that it looks like a youtube video. Cleary the wrong codec during the editing was chosen. There is not one line or curve that doesn't pixel. The sound clips and hisses most of the time. Color correction seems to be a foreign word and artifacts from really bad encoding pop up all over the screen all the time. What I don't understand here is, if she has a good idea for such a documentary, why doesn't she get professionals to do the "above water shots" and editing. My wife and I both worked in the industry and are still producing Music Videos and we would never dare to release something with a quality like this. I would accept a production value like this from a free youtube video but not from a $17 DVD. The documentary is filled with some facts and a lot of weird and really badly filmed B-Roll shots. Clearly the person who filmed those B-Rolls had no idea what to do, at least above water.
Bottom line is that I am massively disappointed and I never regretted so much wasting $17.
As for the reviewer who claims that only fans of Jill Heinerth would give positive reviews, I'd have to counter that he must be a friend of Ben's family in order to feel the need to belittle anyone who enjoyed the film. I am not a cave diver nor a fan of Heinerth; and I didn't come to the story with any preconceived ideas. There were absolutely no problems with poor quality production or sound problems either.
This was a great film that tried its best to give an accurate, unbiased and interesting account. I consider it well worth the money spent.