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Jacques Cousteau - The Silent World [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

Jacques Cousteau , Louis Malle    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Jacques Cousteau, Louis Malle
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JIXS30
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,389 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Witness the birth of a new kind of documentary, as legendary diver, conservationist and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau takes you deep beneath the waves to explore a wealth of life that was previously hidden from view. As much of the technology for shooting film underwater was developed by Cousteau’s team, this was the first time such amazing sights could be captured on film. The result, a Technicolor 1950s masterpiece, succeeds both in revealing an untouched world of beauty, life and drama, as well as evoking a sense of adventure, freedom and boundless possibility. Set on board and below the good ship Calypso during an exploratory expedition, this feature-length documentary was co-directed by Cousteau and Louis Malle, whose first film this was (Cousteau selected Malle for this assignment immediately upon the latter's graduation from film school). Highlights include a shark attack on the carcass of a whale, and the discovery of a wrecked, sunken vessel. A window into the world beneath the sea as well as the colourful and nostalgic world of the 1950s, The Silent World was the start of an entire movement, and is now available on DVD as a vital part of any collection. This classic film is one of few to have won both the Academy Award (Best Documentary Feature) as well as the Palme D’Or in 1956.

Stills from The Silent World (Click for larger images)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An insight into another world... 27 Oct 2011
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I sought out this DVD after seeing it on a diving holiday in the Red Sea in 2009. The version of the film I received from Amazon is English language, no need for subtitles.

Filmed in the late 1950's this film introduces the viewer to a new world - the undersea world of the scuba diver. Looking at the equipment that these guys (they are all men, I don't recall seeing a single female in the whole film) are entrusting their lives to, I can only admire their bravery. The pressure gauge that I use to monitor the contents of my air cylinder is nowhere to be seen. You know when your air is running out by the change in tone when you draw your next breath from the tank on your back! Each air tank has one air supply only - if you need to share this with another diver, there is a good chance one or both of you might panic and drown. Wetsuits look primitive. Nitrogen exposure is calculated with a set of printed tables and a wrist watch. Dive computers as we know them (hey, I dive with TWO on my wrist) are half a century into the future.

I would recommend it to any recreational diver, as an historical record, with one major caveat: at this point in his career, from the point of view of someone in the 21st century, Cousteau and his crew and the film-makers showed jaw-dropping contempt for some of the sea life around them.

The film includes footage of a reef being dynamited so that they can count the species of fish hiding there, including an unfortunate giant puffer hauled out onto the beach fully inflated and then speared for the benefit of the camera.

A diver showing off early underwater scooters switches to riding a handy turtle, hanging on until it is exhausted.

Sighting a sperm whale pod, one of the crew at first pretends to try harpooning them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No respect for animals 31 May 2011
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Used to David Attenborough, who loves and cares for all animals, this comes in as a bit of a shock. I felt ill when they killed all the sharks as brutally as possible, and did not like that they made fun of animals - even dying ones. It's a piece of history, but I had a hard time appreciating the poetic parts as it so often changed into bad treatment of one or more animals.

For those who don't mind things like that, I can say that the edition is nice. The picture is probably as good as it can get. But there is no subtitles, so if you don't know french you can't watch it with the original french audio.
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So good to own the film that inspired me to learn to dive and even better to see a pristine Thistlegorm before being ravaged by those who must steal or break historical memorabilia. A film from a different era with different values too those respected now, but, considering the risks those explorers took, that could be why we are more considerate today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silent World 22 Jun 2014
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Square old fashion picture size but it's very clear. Dubbing is English.
Good blueray disc, thanks to Amazon. Must have watch...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic but shows its age 3 Oct 2013
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This is the epsiode where the juvenile sperm whale gets rammed by Calypso (thanks to the guy who responded to my question) and I have been wanting to see this episode since I missed most of it when first broadcast back in the late 60s?.

It really contrasts the difference between attitudes to marine life 35 years ago and you are left admiring Cousteau for the great pioneer he was. Photography still good even when compared to modern filming.

Brialliant for its time, still good now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great material 17 Aug 2013
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Now I can share this with my children and like every child they loving it.

Thank you guys for making this blue ray
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