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The Blue Planet - Seas of Life (Part 2) - Open Ocean/The Deep
The Blue Planet - Seas of Life - Open Ocean/The Deep
Part 2
Actor: David Attenborough
Director: Alastair Fothergill
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Educational, Documentary
NR     2002     1hr 38min

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Actor: David Attenborough
Director: Alastair Fothergill
Creator: Andrew Byatt
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Television, Educational, Documentary
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 02/05/2002
Original Release Date: 01/27/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/27/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 38min
Screens: Color,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The finest of the four Blue Planet disks
Martin Chung | Carson, CA United States | 06/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This disk is easily the finest of the Blue Planet offerings. Maybe this explains why this disk alone has a green cover. Tackling two very difficult and hard to film subjects, you will be awed by the grace and motion of the storytelling and cinematography. "Open Ocean", the first chapter on this disk, will amaze you with a sense of the grandness of the oceans like no other documentary before it. Imagine a 10000 strong school of fish being attacked from the bottom by dolphin and tuna; and from the top by seafaring birds. Not an easy thing to commit to film. The "Making of" trailer states: "We looked at what has been filmed so far, and tried to film what hasn't been done." They succeeded in spades. After sitting through many oceanographic documentaries, I naturally expected to see a cage-bound cameraman awaiting the appearance of a Great White or Blue Shark... or some shots of a group of placid reef fish. Well, after viewing the first 10 minutes (and picking up my lower jaw off of the ground), I realized that the beauty of this film lies in the professionality of the production. The cameramen have a knack for angles and natural presentation. Never once do you see a diver's air bubbles or feel that a "Person" is filming. For a brief moment, you feel like a fish and you are introduced into a world where you cannot naturally go. The second part, "The Deep", is even more engrossing. Close your eyes for a moment and envision the oddest creature that you can imagine. Surprise! There are stranger things living in the depths. Captured on film are an amazing array of critters that can only make you shudder in horror or gape in wonder at the elegance of their existance. One unfortunate, yet understandable bit is that computer graphics are used to a noticeable extent in this chapter. Considering that some of the fish have never been filmed before, and the scarcity of ambiant light, a few man-made liberties can be easily forgiven. The highlights include the footage of luminous creatures and a wonderous underwater lake (if this sounds like an oxymoron, simply buy the DVD and you will see that our imagination is comparatively bland in scope and vision to what is constantly being discovered.)"
J. Connor | Palm Desert, CA United States | 07/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Blue Planet's two episodes on this tape are the very best I have ever seen on the ocean's bowels and surfaces. The best episode here is "The Deep", which alone completely trashes Steve M's film "The Living Sea!" The Deep is ten times more amazing than anything shown in "The Living Sea". This episode takes you
in a submersible down into the dark depths of the planet. The creatures shown are amazing, including: Gulper Eels, rodlike fish, Anglerfish, Sixgill Sharks, and many more! The submersible even passes over a trench 4000 meters down in the deep ocean. It is amazing and sometimes frightening. Very much worth the expense of the entire video!
"Open Ocean", is also very exciting. The real highlights of this episode are the battles between different fish. There is ocean footage almost every second of the 45 minutes.
You will have to view this for yourself and find out how excilirating it really is!"
Wonder-full Viewing
Nemo | Chicago, IL United States | 05/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"...Truth be told, the second set has no episode as stunning as the Deep Seas in the first set, or as beautiful as the Polar Seas. However, the four episodes match the first four in the depth of information offered, beauty of their photography (how often did I oscillate between "How beautiful!" and "How...did they shoot that?"), and the marvelous narration and production values.As with the first set, each disk has a ten-minute "making of" short, and an in-depth interview with a member of the production staff. Disk 4 also has an hour-long bonus program, "Deep Trouble", which describes how fishing is ravaging the seas. That alone is worth the price of the disk.I cannot recommend the four Blue Planet DVDs too highly. Buy them. Enjoy. Share with your family. Marvel at the beauty they show - and the superb craftsmanship with which they were made."
Lionel Monod | New York, NY, USA | 01/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Really incredible images of the weirdest sea life ever seen. The footage of the faunal comunities of the thermal vent is particularly striking. A must see for anyone interested in sea life."