IMAX: Journey into Amazing Caves [Blu-ray]
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Journey into Amazing Caves is a visceral, suspenseful expedition with a new breed of scientists who boldly explore places once thought off-limits to human presence, let alone IMAX cameras. Join Dr. Hazel Barton and Nancy Aulenbach as they travel to unique and forbidding ice caves in Greenland, underwater caves in the Yucatan, terrestrial caves in the Grand Canyon and other spectacular locations. You will wriggle through tiny, twisting passages, swim through flooded underground vaults, drop into gleaming blue labyrinths of ice, and enter a world so extreme the microscopic creatures who live there are called extremophiles. For those compelled to push their limits in the world's most hostile environments, the risk of fatal danger and thrill of new discovery are the everyday factors that make cave exploration such an awe-inspiring experience. Narrated by Liam Neeson, with music by The Moody Blues.
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But hats off to whoever wrote the music for this it is just as brilliant as the video itself and blu ray shows so much more definition.
If i had seen this as a kid maybe i would have done something like this .. but it was college or vocational school and even though i was smart enough to go to college i went to voc. School. But now i can show my boys they can do and be anything they want to be.
I was also disappointed in that it really wasn't narrated by Liam Neeson. He introduced the movie, but the majority was the scientist explaining what they were doing. When I read that the movie was "narrated" I was expecting something more along the lines of how David Attinborough narrates Planet Earth.
If you are looking for something more along the Planet Earth or the Scenic National Park Series, you may want to think twice about buying this DVD. This video was okay, but I don't know how many times I will re-watch this so I don't think I received full value for my money.
The great soundtrack by the Moody Blues is not readily apparent and is played down except at the end and beginning. The narration is sometimes annoying and juvenile, providing information that teenagers might find interesting. I expected more cave shots and not science lessons.
However, this is a great film and includes a "behind the scenes" story that is every bit as interesting as the main movie. The soundtrack in itself if better as a separate CD.
The soundtrack is fantastic... we've already purchased that!
2008 ** I just had to add that we DID finally get to buy the DVD a few years ago and literally EVERYONE we know has watched it... we actually had company come for the sole purpose of watching the Cave movie... the music is just fantastic and we have continued to watch it from time to time over the past several years; my children have brought it to school for their science classes to view (from 3rd to 7th grades so far.) It is still one of my all-time favorites. As you would expect, the videography is amazing, especially since we got the big-screen tv, and it is stunning to think that there are people doing this "somewhere out there" while we just live our everyday lives.
Unfortunately, the reason I don't rate it more than 3 stars is Amazing Caves suffers the common IMAX shortcoming that it has been produced as an all ages, all audiences film ... with a juvenile story, written at the 4th grade level. Too much of this brief 40 minute movie is wasted tending to the silly plot.
One can sit through it once and enjoy it, certainly if you have kids with you, and at a real IMAX theater. Your kids might enjoy watching it more than once, especially younger daughters since the two main characters are women scientists/adventurers. But with kids being so smart and worldly these days, even 6th graders would tire of the simplistic story and narration.
Why can't there be IMAX movies with appeal at a more intelligent level? Everest is a good example of an IMAX movie which does succeed in appealing to all audiences, but isn't written at a juvenile level.
The great caving and nature imagery in Amazing Caves is very frequently interrupted so they can keep tending to their story line of two women on their caving exploration and adventure, always "getting in contact" via a hoaky-looking simulated web video multimedia laptop screen with a small class of kids somewhere. Of course it is simulated and plain silly. There is no live contact with anyone. Probably filmed months apart. Yet they keep returning to this .... story, at least 10 times during the movie. Very annoying. Maybe it will appeal to young kids ...
Since IMAX movies are so short anyway, why don't they produce an alternate-cut of IMAX movies so that when 6 months later they release it on DVD, they can include the theatrical, all-ages juvenile story film, and a more intelligent, less pandering version with more interesting and meaningful narration, and cutting out the 30% of the film wasted on hoaky story devices and replacing it with more excellent, dramatic imagery. I know this means extra work, but it would likely result in more DVD sales. Maybe they could even show both versions (Kids, Grown-Ups) at the theaters.
I have a large-screen projection system (162") with 10-channel surround. I have a large collection of IMAX movies. I am always looking for good, high-resolution nature, space and science movies. I just wish that more IMAX movies were actually worth watching multiple times, without having to suffer through juvenile stories, plot devices and elementary-school writing.
If you want to see the movie for its good imagery, just rent somewhere or it or buy it on Amazon. You can always sell it again in the Amazon Marketplace, just like I did.
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Some good footage inside various caves.
Cons: The film mentions over and over the reason why these two women are exploring caves....Read more