The Jacques Cousteau Movie Collection [DVD]
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Celebrate the natural world beneath the sea in the company of its greatest explorer.
The name Jacques Cousteau has become synonymous with underwater exploration – testament to a long career spent pushing the boundaries of human knowledge and technology, both as a marine biologist and as a filmmaker. Now, with this beautifully presented 3-DVD digipack, experience three of Captain Cousteau’s greatest feature-films in the comfort of your own home.
The recipients of numerous awards, including multiple Oscars and the Palme D’Or, these films reveal the beauty, majesty, thrill and danger to be found at sea and beneath the waves, from the tropical waters of the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean to the frozen world of Antarctica. Cousteau and his crew face adventures the likes of which few have seen, from the pressures of living in a purpose-built underwater base for weeks at a time, to the life-or-death struggle for survival at the South Pole.
Great value collector’s set includes:
• The Silent World (‘Le Monde Du Silence’), Cousteau’s first film, winner of the 1956 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, as well as a Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
• World Without Sun (‘Le Monde Sans Soleil’), the film of a 1964 experiment in which a team of divers lived and worked underwater for a month, winner of Cousteau’s second Academy Award (1964 Best Documentary Feature).
• Voyage To The Edge Of The World (‘Voyage Au Bout Du Monde’), the 1976 film that followed Cousteau’s beautiful, fateful and deadly trip to Antarctica.
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In the first film, the boat is following whales (a mother and a calf), in short it hits a baby whale, the baby whale is bleeding to death, when sharks start to eat it, well....., the crew start to shoot at the sharks and the whole thing ends up in a bit of a bloodbath. David Attenborough would not approve. ;-)
Regardless, it stands the test of time and is probably one of the best documentaries made, especially given its age.
The other movies are also pretty good, but I'd buy it for the 'original' Cousteau movie "The Silent World".
p.s. My discs were printed correctly, correct movies on the correct disks.
There is just one thing to watch out for, in the set I received the discs for "The Silent World" and "Voyage To The Edge Of The World" had each others labels on them! For this reason alone I only gave the set just 4 out of 5 stars.
It's beautiful, incredible and also sometimes depsressing to think that the wilderness that these men were discovering is being spoilt by continual exploitation and pollution.
Thank you, M. Costeau. I could watch these again and again. If you don't konw anything about Jacques Costeau, look up his life story on Wikipedia so that you can fully appreciate the achievements of the man and then watch these films. For the person of a certain age (myself included in that!) we shall never forget how he opened our eyes to the Undersea World on TV in the 60s and 70s. These films are all that and more.
Me and my mrs could literally only stand about half an hour of the first film... definitely not for the kids!!
In that first half hour we saw...
Costeau and his crew smash along the sea bed crushing the corals beneath their feet, chopping up marine life with their handheld propellers and axes. They see a sea turtle and wrestle/ride it, and report how it needs air to breath as it struggles to the surface, then as a joke, say "how tired the turtle is" afterwards.
Next they say how dynamite fishing is illegal, then proceed to pile up hundreds of fish they've killed or injured... with dynamite???
When they came across a large group of whales i was fearful of what they would do... the skipper "has never been so close to whales before" so decides to "have a go"... at harpooning it of course.
Next, a whale gets rammed. Next, the baby whale gets rammed, and failing to turn off the engines, badly lacerated. The ocean turns red, which attracts 100's of sharks, that feed on the corpse. In an attempt to, I quote; "avenge" the baby whale (that THEY killed?), they drag shark, after shark, after shark, onto the boat with spears through their faces...
This is the point me and the mrs had to turn it off... and i'm not any kind of marine activist, or even squeamish!
I love watching these beautiful sea creatures, and i know this was in the 60's but that doesn't justify the killing here.
unbelievable 5 star reviews. i have no intention of finding out what's on the other 4 hours of footage, but watch Cousteau and his boys at your own peril!
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