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  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BC9YWA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,817 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I buy my Blu Ray discs without very much thought beforehand. I love nature films and I'm always looking to add to my collection and the way I do things is if the price is low anyway then another Bluray disc is most welcome. Everyone likes different things and some people will love this and others wont for no other reason than personal preference. From my personal point of view it doesn't give me what I really like as this production has been filmed to be 'Arty' rather than 'Factual' or 'Educational' and I like factual and educational. You will learn nothing from this BluRay about Marine wildlife. It is all about fancy camera work and sea life to music.

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.
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Fans of Luc Besson's more action packed work (Nikita, Leon etc) may find this a little tame, but fans of The Big Blue will be delighted to be taken on an extended journey to the undersea world.
Imagine The Big Blue with all the dreary human characters taken out and you'll have an idea of what this is - one long undersea exploration. Divided into emotive themes such as light, love and hatred, each showcasing sea creatures that epitomise the theme. Hatred show sharks attacking in a feeding frenzy, and Great Whites come up to the camera and bare their teeth. Love shows two turtles engaged in courtship rituals.
There's no commentary at all, but the stunning cinematography is breathtaking and crystal clear on DVD. I found the music either really enhanced the visual experience, or in a few places really jarred (especially more pop song type music).
Overall, I found it to be a deeply soothing, frequently beautiful and occasionally funny experience. If you gasped with wonder at some of the footage in the Blue Planet series then you'll love this too - even if it doesn't actually say anything about the creatues on screen.
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By A Customer on 16 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
this dvd claims wondrous things, and on the whole i wasn't disappointed..though it was slighter and shorter than anticipated. The photography really was breathtaking at times, especially when the dawn was breaking from beneath the sea. It begins with dolphins, and ends with sharks..their opposite natures being defined by the shots thenselves. It was lovely to have a wordless view. The music was usually sensitively aligned, and at times humourous too. I just wish it had been longer and with more on the plants and underwater landscapes, though the ones there were good.
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This simply the best documentary/drama of underwater marine life ever made. The cinematography is incredible, the music score is mind-blowing, anad the director has made this film a masterpiece. I you ever wanted to bond with an animal, this film lets you do that. It is a highly touching and engrossing movie that will leave you in tears. You will feel your heart move in ways like never before. Buy it for yourself, your children, your family, and your friends.
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If you are an underwater world lover or not, does not matter. Once you have experianced the Beauty of "Atlantis", you will be mesmerized and you would want to go diving into that world. Luc Besson created a true Masterpiece that will live long in the memory of those that experiance it. The impeccable combination of underwater shots and the music, has never been reached before. Mantas, Whales, Sea snakes, and even SHARKS dance to the music of this unforgetable film.
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If you just enjoy watching pictures of sealife with no commentary then this is a good choice. The music and occasional categories e.g. movement are superfluous. This would do well as a background film on TV when entertaining even - and our cats enjoyed watching the fish too. If you want a story, suspense, the dulcet tones of David Attenborough, sorry but you wont find them here. All the better.
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By A Customer on 5 May 2000
Format: VHS Tape
If you're interested in life below sea-level and also liked "Big Blue" then this underwater epos is a must ! Luc Besson and Eric Serra did a magnificent job in combining underwater scenes and music. There are no human actors and no verbal dialogs. Just the music playing with images... When a manta ray raises from behind a ship wreck and female opera singer starts to sing... I can't help but I get shivers down my spine. I can't wait until this masterpiece comes out on DVD (hopefully in DTS) !
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