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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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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The quality of this DVD is disappointing. Many amateur video enthusiasts wouldn't have much trouble getting better shots. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2012 by Wreckdiver
I bought the blu-ray edition after watching a friend's copy and decided that this film was a must have. Read morePublished on 13 July 2012 by Mark E. Medwecki
One of the best nature films i've bought so far,
With Music as back ground instead of alot of talk about how man is causing the earth to change,
Well Done ( LUC BESSON... Read more