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  • Actors: Joseph Campanella, Eugenie Clark, Rodney Fox, Mandy Komlosy, Craig Lynn
  • Directors: Mal Wolfe
  • Writers: Tim Huntley, Mose Richards
  • Producers: Rodney Fox, Mal Wolfe, Ammiel G. Najar, Dave Duszynski, George Casey
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Dubbed: German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sling Shot
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec. 2001
  • Run Time: 38 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 6305462992
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,133 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A science Museum of Minesota Presentation of searching for sharks world wide

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Having been cage diving in South Africa I realised how beautiful but deadly some species of shark could be. It was for this reason that I decided that a great birthday present that my family could get me would be a DVD on sharks.
However, I have to say that like an unacute seal next to a great white this DVD didn't last long. There are some amazing shots of divers on coral reefs and wonderful footage of an encounter with a whale shark but it is there that the list stops as I began to become more and more disappointed as I carried on watching. The DVD is not that long, only around 40 minutes, but I understand that is common with IMAX films, but the actual encounters with Great whites are not that impressive. There is a wonderful moment when 6 whites circle an aging australian diver but then it is bluntly interupted by painfully post-event filming which has obviously been spliced in. The viewer feels like they are involved, in that you feel like a bucket of cold water is thrown over you whenever you have to put up with (if you would excuse the meat analogy) "ham acting" by a girl wearing make up and a microphone. The one shot of a shark attacking of any note, is when a great white takes the bait which has been spoon fed to it on a rope, and then with the wonders of slow motion viewing and clashing symbols and whatever music is played over, we see it's savage mouth and rows of teeth put to good use. A bit artificial but it gets the job done.
However, what concerns me is that the IMAX team would have felt satisfied with their finished product when they have not done anything particularly ground breaking.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 58 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay documentary, nothing spectacular though! 26 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I consider myself a documentary, "Discovery Channel" freak, and of the many topics and themes which interest me the most, sharks in general rank among the top 10.
So my review of this DVD may be viewed as biased from the start, hence a high 4 or 5-star rating may be expected. Unfortunately, I've seen the disc and am somewhat disappointed. For one, how can you call a disc "Search For The Great Sharks" when you essentially featured just two species (the whale shark and the ever crowd-pleasing great white)? Nothing about hammerheads? Makos? Tiger sharks?
Nevertheless, I give it 3 stars if only for the overall audio and video quality (expect nothing less from IMAX - I own a couple others myself). Also interesting trivia which would probably please an audience of all ages. The film, unfortunately, is only 46 mins long (how come all IMAXes are this short? grrr!), with nine chapters as follows: 1. Domain of the Shark; 2. Behavior; 3. Steel Cage; 4. Western Australia; 5. Spotted Whale Shark; 6. Great White Shark; 7. Ancient Survivors; 8. Credits; 9. "Making Of".
I intend to order the Operation: Shark Attack 5-disc set soon, hopefully there'll me something more there. For shark freaks out there I'd also recommend getting a copy of the Discovery Channel Great White video (on VHS or VCD) or even the DVD of "Deep Blue Sea" with its interesting featurette(s).
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special. Imax deserves something better. 13 July 2000
By Eduardo Middleton K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This documentary needs badly a better direction and focus. There's nothing here we have not seen in the Discovery Channel. Furthermore the pace is slow, the story bland and repetitive (how many times must we show wonder for a senior cientist?)and the resources such as Imax film are wasted. If you want to watch something spectacular, try Ray Macgillivray's The Living Seas, Imax-Alaska or Africa-The Serengeti. Buy this only if you want to complete your Imax Dvd Library.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Visuals but you shouldn't ask non-actors to act. 31 Jan. 2000
By Robert Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This DVD, (the Slingshot edition 9836), comes with 7 language tracks, english subtitles, Dolby 5.1 sound and a music and ambiance track option, plus a short 7 minute making of featurette that discusses some of the problems of making an Imax film at sea. The film was made in 1993. This is a GOOD documentary, but sadly not a GREAT documentary. Some of the underwater sequences are very good, one or two shots are muddie and appear to have a lucky we got it quality to them. Personally I would have preferred a straight documentary about the Great Sharks. This particular film trys to be a bit action adventure a bit serious documentary and it just doesn't work. While Rodney Fox and Eugenie Clark try their best, they are not actors and shouldn't have been asked to act. Some of the sequences don't work simply because you can see whats coming a mile away. The looking over the side of the boat for sharks sequence comes very much to mind. Suddenly a shark appears. Surprise! And everyone reels back in fake horror. Some sequences have obviously been staged after the event to get close ups. The seal sequence where the Imax camera twists and turns through a seaweed forest is obviously designed to make you feel sick when watching in an Imax cinema. It goes on a little too long and is one use of the Imax format I wish some film makers would get away from. Dispite these criticisms it is a quiet enjoyable film. Worth getting? I bought a copy and have enjoyed watching it a number of times, corny acting and all. Try using the music and ambience track option if the narration gets a bit much. Theres no real point to the Search except to show some rather good underwater footage. Considering the extreme difficulty of making this kind documentary I think its a fine job. With a bit of luck it might have been as good as the exceptionally excellent Whales: An Unforgetable Journey.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously dissapointing 4 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is quite positively the worst shark doc i've ever seen. It failed to achieve anything, there were no new scientific discoveries, too much talk and not enough footage of the sharks themselves. It wasn't even very educational. The two presenters (including the much respected Rodney Fox) are almost comical and are more like pensioners on a day at the sea side than shark experts. Coming from IMAX i would also have expected the sound to be more impressive but my rear speakers hardly made a sound. This may have seemed more spectacular on the IMAX cinema but on your regular set up it isn't worth a look in.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much above water filming 6 Feb. 2006
By S. Lex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Although the shark footage is great. I was hoping that there would be more actual footage of sharks. Much of the movie seamed to focus upon the researchers looking for the sharks, instead of the sharks themselves.
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