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Luc Besson (director of 'Leon', 'The Fifth Element' and 'Nikita') turns his lens to one of his biggest passions - the underwater world. His ocean-spanning 'Marine Opera' chronicles the diversity of the planet's marine life, and was filmed in the Seychelles, the North Pole, the Red Sea and the Great Barrier Reef.
Luc Besson's Atlantis is a fitting companion to his globally popular feature The Big Blue, and presents a mesmerising, non-verbal experience of undersea wonders. Described by one critic as "a thinking person's Fantasia", this 75-minute documentary glorifies ocean wildlife with a refreshing absence (apart from a pretentious spoken prologue) of narrative interference. It belongs on your shelf next to Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi. In fruitful collaboration with composer Eric Serra and cinematographer Christian Petron, Besson travelled the world to capture the grace and beauty of such amazing creatures as Floridian manatees, Bahamian dolphins, Australian great white sharks, sea snakes in the Seychelles, and many others. Divided into thematic "movements" like Disney's animated classic (including a stunning sequence of manta rays set to a Maria Callas performance of La Sonnambula), this glorious film has been visually overshadowed by the spectacular BBC series The Blue Planet, but it serves a different purpose: it's not so much a documentary as a meditative journey, perfect for all-ages viewing. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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To be honest the camerawork is not fabulous either as nearly everything comes in shades of Blue and Grey with very little colour range. From a visual perpective and to put the Blu Ray player through its paces and view in awe sharp vivid colours I would be better going for a Blu Ray of the Great Barrier Reef or similar. Most of the camera work on Atlantis is done viewing upwards towards the surface of the water which means much of the time the filming is dazzled by intruding sunshine and very often not well focused. With close Ups and when the camera is actually still long enough the pin sharp HD quality is all there but that is not often. At other times such as when the sunlight is dazzling the filming it is more like picture quality off a VHS Tape rather than an HD BluRay disc. The dominance of blue and grey is probably to be expected when filming fish in the sea but I wasn't impressed by Atlantis. The music backing track is quite nice and didn't annoy me but neither is the music anything special either in my opinion. The disc is also rather short by BluRay standards so the low price doesnt mean great value per minute. Personally I rate Atlantis 3 stars but I can fully understand that some other people who like this arty kind of thing will give it 5 stars so to balance things out I will go for 4 stars.
In some ways a bit of an oddity as it is just images of the wonders of the seas & the creatures who live there from around the world. At 77 minutes it does not out stay it's welcome & I find it quite relaxing to watch.
Not a documentary, just sound (music by Besson favorite Eric Sierra) & images together.
A wonderful experience.
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