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One of this movie's strengths is that it doesn't gloss over these unpleasant details, nor does it spare the audience of unfortunate realities - where there are sea lions, there are also hungry sharks and orcas, and where there are newborn sea turtles, there are also dive-bombing birds. At the same time, it doesn't bombard you with them; if anything, it's a celebration of sea life, a reminder that, in spite of humanity's interference, life does indeed go on.
It's above all a magnificently written and beautifully photographed expose of ocean life. This is the second Disneynature documentary, the first being last year's "Earth," the reedited and redubbed version of the BBC and Discovery Channel miniseries "Planet Earth." Despite its breathtaking imagery and entertaining narration, it felt terribly condensed, and the plight of the various animal families seemed manufactured, almost like ...Read more ›
Seriously, Planet Earth is that much more amazing, and for a few dollars more, you get more discs and a 100 times the visuals and experience.
I especially loved the disclaimer presented at the conclusion: “no animals were harmed in the making of this film.” Tell that to the baby turtles gobbled up by a flock of birds or the sea lions that sharks swallowed whole. Define “harmed.”
An interesting glimpse at the water that encompasses most of this planet. Unfortunately, after it was over I was still left with no greater understanding of the oceans than I had when I started watching this film. But it did point out, quite graphically, what it’s like being the food part of the food chain.
There were also some controversies. Some animal specialists and other critics were not pleased with how these films created an "anthropomorphosis" for the animals, attributing to them thoughts and motivations created through the editing and narration rather than real life events. You know, like reality TV (so does that make Snooki the new Perri?)
However, that was part of the entertainment value of the films, and what made them so memorable. It's to the credit of those who create films either produced or released by Disneynature to acheive a similar quality with a keener eye for nonfiction.
They also have an advantage early nature documentarists never dreamed of -- high-definition photography and fascinating gadgets like remote helicopter-like cameras and deep-sea devices.
These developments and more are put to extremely effective use in Oceans, which offers spectacular footage never before put on film.
In place of the paternal Winston Hibler or the folksy Rex Allen, who did so much of the early Disney nature film narrations, Oceans is told with a combination of awe and matter-of-fact assertion by Pierce Brosnan. Listening to him narrate, I couldn't help wondering how many other commercials and films I had heard with his voice, but not realizing it.Read more ›
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Overall, I was not impressed with this video. I felt it did not flow well and moved very slow. I'm not sure if it just that I had very high expectations for this video... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Olga Martinez
Only had dvd version... despite being sold on a blu ray version... Owner was condescending... they can keep the moneyPublished 12 days ago by Drew
This is an awesome documentary. My 3 month old loves watching all the colors!Published 1 month ago by Stefany
This DVD is awesome, really makes you think about our oceans. The photography, like any other Disney production is beautiful and informative.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by becky welker
Purchased this as a gift for a friend who has a fascination with marine life and she loved it!Published 4 months ago by Khart