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Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D (Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D) IMAX

Kelly Slater , Raimana Van Bastolear , Stephen Low    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kelly Slater, Raimana Van Bastolear, Michael Hanrahan (narration)
  • Directors: Stephen Low
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Cornerstone Media
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049AASSG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,546 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

THE ULTIMATE WAVE TAHITI plunges audiences into the stunning beauty of an island paradise on a quest to find the perfect wave-riding experience. Nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater and Tahitian surfer Raimana Van Bastolaer and a group of friends seek out the best waves breaking on the reef at Tahiti's famed surf site Teahupo'o. As their quest unfolds, the audience is plunged beneath the surface of things, to explore the hidden forces at work shaping ocean waves and the islands that lie in their path. Amidst playful surfing action, we navigate the cosmos and an ocean storm in a search for the source and nature of a wave's energy. Exploring mountainous Tahiti, we are thrust into the turbulent volcanic past of the island and its neighbors and discover the seagoing, wave-riding roots of the islanders themselves -- a culture still rich in the music, dance and lore of the sea. Beneath the ocean, swimming with our surfers, we explore the stunning, fragile beauty of the reef habitat -- a turbulent, wave-shaping interface that envelops the island and nurtures the ocean's multitudes in motion -- fish, dolphins, sharks and whales. When the truly big surf arrives at Teahupo'o, surfing play becomes surfing survival as the riders artfully tackle some of the heaviest surf on the planet -- spectacularly captured for the giant screen for the first time. Bonus features include board design, trailers and more.

Review

They say Tahiti is the last great unspoiled place on Earth, and 'The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti' does a great job illustrating that point. At face value, this film would appear to be a documentary about the world's greatest surfer, Kelly Slater, but below the surface, it's far greater than that. Kelly Slater is on a quest to surf the most infamous wave in Tahitian culture, known as "the demonic wave." This wave is caused by a combination of elements, including tide, air temperature, moon position, and distant storm formations. While we wait for this intense wave, we are treated to some stunning sequences showcasing the Tahitian culture, the natural beauty of the island, daily life there, and finally a little bit of science explaining how Tahiti was formed. The natural beauty displayed is simply stunning. The Tahitian travel agency should probably send a thank you card to Image Entertainment for the way they displayed their beautiful country, because after watching this, I feel like I need a vacation there. As beautiful as this film is, it's equally educational. Sometimes in documentaries, facts can feel a bit forced and get a little tiresome. Thankfully, that is not the case here at all. Director Stephen Low does a masterful job mixing facts with stunning visuals. For example, we learn how ocean waves are formed due to the position of the moon and air pressure on Earth. Low uses a 3D animation sequence showing the planet spinning around the sun and the earth around the moon to demonstrate the effects of gravity on Earth's surface conditions. I learned a great deal on tides because of this. This teaching is done just right, because it's introduced at relevant points in the film, just when the audience is probably wondering, 'how does that work?' Of course this is a surfing movie, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention the excellent surfing sequences. Going into this viewing, I knew very little about the sport. I had heard of Kelly Slater, but that was about it. After watching, I gained an appreciation for the difficulty. Watching Kelly Slater ride a massive wave is something special. His ability to make this look effortless is truly incredible. You will really see how surfing is a huge part of the Tahitian culture. Overall, I enjoyed 'The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti.' It tries to strike a balance between education, action, and culture and for the most part, it succeeds. Of course, this being an IMAX documentary, you would expect some incredible shots and saying this film excels there is an understatement. The 3D presentation is top notch and will practically transport you to the island. With a run time just over 40 minutes, this film is a great option for anyone looking for some good entertainment. --Steve Seebacher - highdefdigest.com

It's a little unsettling watching surfers chasing "the most dangerous wave on Earth" in The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti right now, as I'm reading news reports about tsunami damage. There are waves big enough to scare me in this 2009 travelogue, but fortunately nothing that could create the devastation seen in Japan. That said, The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti isn't a bad travelogue, and it fortunately isn't all about waves. True, it follows a group of surfers, including champ Kelly Slater, as they visit Tahiti resident Raimana van Bastolaer to catch a "big and gnarly" wave near the village of Teahupo'o. However, it's mostly a tour of Tahiti. It was done for IMAX, so it's a beautiful one. You'll see surfers out on the water, and the blue water is really blue. Moreover, the flora of Tahiti is really green, pink, yellow, and red. The colors are bright and gorgeous. There's also a diving scene to capture the underwater scenery. --Brandon DuHamel - Blu-RayDefinition.Com

It's a little unsettling watching surfers chasing "the most dangerous wave on Earth" in The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti right now, as I'm reading news reports about tsunami damage. There are waves big enough to scare me in this 2009 travelogue, but fortunately nothing that could create the devastation seen in Japan. That said, The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti isn't a bad travelogue, and it fortunately isn't all about waves. True, it follows a group of surfers, including champ Kelly Slater, as they visit Tahiti resident Raimana van Bastolaer to catch a "big and gnarly" wave near the village of Teahupo'o. However, it's mostly a tour of Tahiti. It was done for IMAX, so it's a beautiful one. You'll see surfers out on the water, and the blue water is really blue. Moreover, the flora of Tahiti is really green, pink, yellow, and red. The colors are bright and gorgeous. There's also a diving scene to capture the underwater scenery. My favorite shot was one of surfers walking against the skyline, with a rainbow behind them. There's also a nice performance of a Tahitian dance around and with fire. It's accompanied by music that's a combination of lilting Polynesian sounds and surf rock. The Ultimate Wave isn't just about pretty pictures, though. You're supposed to be learning something. To make that point, it includes a narrator delivering a lot of facts about Tahiti in with the melodramatic lines about waves. It also includes supposedly educational animations of such topics as the formation of the island or why there are waves. I know these are meant to distinguish the tour from the kind of cheesy travelogue that Anthony Bourdain mocks on his show, but they backfire, especially when ghostly canoeists paddle to Tahiti. The DVD includes a short travelogue (actually, another shorter travelogue) and five vignettes as extras. There's a rundown on board design, but these are mostly about providing more pretty pictures. I'm not much for thrill seeking, but the way this travelogue showcases the beauty of Tahiti mesmerized me. If you're dreaming of distant shores, it'll feed those dreams. --James A. Stewart - DVDverdict.com

The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti looks beautiful whether you watch it in 2D or 3D. The 3D encodement is in full 1080p and looks marvelous, with vivid colors and sharp details. The 3D effect, like most of these IMAX films, is more natural than featuring lots of pop-out, even featuring some moments that seem simply flat and 2D. Still, there is little ghosting/crosstalk. In 2D, the image is just a bit more textured and natural looking, but colors look about the same, with beautiful cerulean blue seas and lemon yellows. The English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is big, ambient, and dynamic, like most IMAX soundtracks are. The surround channels are used rather aggressively, filled with the foley effects of rushing waves. Narration is full and clear in the center channel while low frequencies are nicely extended and tight. This is one of the most fun-filled IMAX titles I have seen to date. The surfing scenes of Kelly Slater and his friends are amazing to watch and the rest of the visuals are just spectacular. Recommended. --Brandon DuHamel - Blu-RayDefinition.Com

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing documentary! 22 Mar 2011
By Lola
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
What a wonderful documentary this is. I would recommend it to anybody, young or old, man or woman, boy or girl, not only because I am a huge fan of surfing, but because it's a lovely light documentary on the power of nature and how the waves form and how the moon cycle affects us and nature and ever-powerful water in the ocean creating the most amazing Teahupo'o waves.

I watched this film in cinema in Germany (sadly, it was not released in the cinemas across the UK) and even though the film was dubbed in German I still thoroughly enjoyed it. The scenery is amazingly beautiful and the whole 45-minutes affair with one of the world's greatest nature wonders (Tahiti and surrounding area of other Polynesian islands) leaves you elated and full of positivity.

Even if you don't have 3D-player, I am more than sure that you will enjoy this film on any given day.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning 3D 26 April 2011
By Benoit
Format:Blu-ray
Not that much to say about this 3D bluray except that it has one of the best 3D ever seen (I own many other 3D bluray movies to compare).

The 3D is mainly based on depth effects but is really excellent.

I strongly recommend this video to everyone who wants to fully enjoy his 3D display :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough actual surfing 2 Jun 2011
By Dean
Format:Blu-ray
One would assume that this title features more than 10 minutes of actual surfing action, right?

Wrong.

The movie itself is nothing more than a 40 minute tribute to Tahiti, with a little bit of geography mixed into the gorgeous photography. This in itself is no bad thing, and the whole experience is quite an enjoyable one, but this is not a surf movie, not even close. The shots that you do get of Slater and Co. taking to the water are fairly mundane, albeit with some 3D technology put forward.

As a showcase for 3D technology, Ultimate Way is quite a good way to show it off. Lush countryside, gorgeous water, and impeccable aerial shots. But don't go in expecting a movie brimming with 3D surf shots, laden with manoeuvres, barrels, etc - there's a few, but they're right at the end, and last about eight minutes in total.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 3D 2 Aug 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If you are buying this because you want a surfing documentary, personally, I would look elsewhere as you may be disappointed. I, on the other hand, wanted something to watch in 3D and was definitely not disappointed!

There are moments when the content pops out of the screen which are incredible, and I often found myself wanting to wipe the lenses of my 3D glasses, thinking the water had splashed on them. Depth and clarity are where this documentary really shines though. At a few different points in the film, two men are speaking in front of the camera whilst others are behind them (vague description as do not want to ruin anything) and it looks as though they are quite literally sat right there, as if your tv is nothing more than a picture frame and they are sat the other side. (Not sure if that description is very good, but the scene is mind blowing, me and a friend were just laughing and reaching out to the screen!)

As I said at the start, this film is not an amazingly informative documentary, there are bits and pieces of information throughout, but they may be lacking if you already know your stuff. If, however, you are just looking for an incredible 3D experience, I can safely say this is the best piece of 3D film i have seen to date! I loved this, even though I am not into surfing at all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 24 Jan 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
very good quality and good way to show case your 3d tv. I prefer to buy something like this than a movie. I could watch this over and over and not have to finish. with movies, once or twice seen, I don't think I will ever want to watch again.
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By HENRY
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Too much bland and dull speech in Too many interviews.
Average waves, not impressed by them at all.
Doesn't show much of "paradise" (the islands and blue seas where it was shot).
Not quite good indeed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much surfing 29 Jun 2013
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A lot of in fill shots and sequences.
I was a bit disappointed.
Definitely think a surfing blu ray, which was not that cheap, should have more surfing and less talking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3D Waves 19 April 2013
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I purchased this based on the reviews and wasn't disappointed.

It certainly shows the best aspects of 3D TV/film and would recommend it to others
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A really well filmed 3d DVD
One of best 3d effects I have seen. The characters certainly seem to come out of the tv. Very colourful story of life on Tahiti. Read more
Published 12 months ago by TomC
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Bore
A bit boring to be honest. Lots of nice scenery but after a while same old same old. Some 3D DVD's are excellent, this one didn't quite come up to scratch.
Published 12 months ago by Penny
4.0 out of 5 stars 3D DVD
if you like to surf then this 3D DVD is for you.
the quality was good.
it arrived in the post within days.
Published 14 months ago by Trish
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Quality
This disc is of spectacular quality, when watching it from your armchair you feel as if you are going to get very wet, also a good multi channel sound track gives it extra... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. J. A. Bentley
4.0 out of 5 stars a good experience
a very good subject matter to enjoy the benefits of 3D and well photograph.
marine subjects seem to be an ideal medium for 3D
Published 21 months ago by keff
5.0 out of 5 stars 3D at it's Best !!!
This is one of the Best live action 3D experience in currently available titles. In this 40 min documentary, there is a lot of Depth, and many POP-OUT scenes, and in most of the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by lokeshbade
4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D
Great video to watch in 3D, just watch you dont get wet!!.well it seems you feel you might in some surfing actions.
Published on 1 Feb 2012 by John D
5.0 out of 5 stars Demo material 3D title
I've got a lot of discs, and this is one of the better ones, terrific 3D and filmed with the usual high IMAX production standards. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2012 by Athos
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most AMAZING 3D documentaries to test/show off your 3D...
I have been buying _all_ the best 3D Blu-ray discs available on the market, since I bought the _amazing_ LG passive 3D monitor D2342p LG D2342P-PN 23 inch Widescreen 3D LED... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2012 by V'ger
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