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Wondrous Secrets of the Ocean Realm
Wondrous Secrets of the Ocean Realm
Genres: Documentary
NR     2008     6hr 0min

Explore the ocean's mysteries with seven-time Emmy-winners Michele and Howard Hall, the world's foremost underwater filmmakers (the IMAX feature, Deep Sea). Academy Award-winner Linda Hunts narrates this mesmerizing, breat...  more »


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Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Questar
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/24/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 6hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 6
SwapaDVD Credits: 6
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Academy AwardŽ-winner Linda Hunt narrates this mesmerizing,
Dusty Roads | Seattle | 03/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Explore The Ocean's Mysteries

Academy Award®-winner Linda Hunt narrates this mesmerizing, breathtakingly photographed series that explores the mysteries of the ocean depths. Seven-time Emmy®-winning underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall are your guides to an incredible world of fascinating and fearsome creatures. Gaze in wonder at spectacular scenes, compelling sights and exotic behaviors never before filmed.

Disc #1: Cathedral of the Sea visits the submarine forests of giant kelp in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean, one of the most spectacular marine ecosystems on Earth. Survival in the Sea reveals ocean creatures' reproduction habits and how they defend themselves from predators.

Disc #2: Venom Deadly venom is just one of the survival strategies employed by anemones, scorpion fish, lion fish and other creatures that pack a deadly sting. Creatures of the Darkness profiles the sea's nocturnal dwellers, including harbor seals and the squid.

Disc #3: The Great Whales - Enter the world of the great whales and observe the magnificent humpback whales, the rare blue whale and the California grey whale. Sharks reveals never-before-seen predation behaviors of the hammerhead, blue whales, basking and great white sharks.

Disc #4: City in the Sea reveals the staggering diversity of animal life in the Caribbean coral reef. Star Gardens takes an unprecedented look at the reef community beneath the cold waters of the North Pacific. Time-lapse photography captures amazing footage of starfish behavior.

Disc #5: Mountain in the Sea travels to the tiny island of Cocos off the west coast of Costa Rica, a refuge for large migratory marine animals. Filming Secrets plunges viewers into the world of underwater filmmaking with Michele and Howard Hall and their dedicated crew.

Disc #6: Bonus Program: Life in the Sea - This bonus feature further explores the vast underwater world as you have never seen it before, with extraordinary footage of the sea's great mammals and predators.
Explore The Ocean's Mysteries

Ocean Realm a phenomenal accomplishment!
Brenda Pink | Lethbridge, AB, CAN | 11/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is by far the best filming I have seen of ocean life ever. Howard and Michelle Hall do some amazing work and their results are top notch. Film quality is supreme, colours are amazing. You cannot miss with this set.

Nov 2009 update - I have since seen many other underwater films, but Ocean Realm still continues to be my favourite. I've loaned my disks out several times, always with a glowing review when they're returned. These are the sort of shots that I can only dream about as a snorkeller."
This Used to Be PBS' "Secrets of the Ocean Realm."
Chris Thomas Adams | Carlsbad, CA | 11/23/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is the identical series that PBS released on VHS about 10 years ago. (And boy was I glad to find it on DVD!)
This series is not only interesting and entertaining, it's worth owning because after you've watched it a dozen times, it becomes the perfect cure for insomnia. The score is an absolute lullaby; Linda Hunt's voice is that of a kindly great-aunt; the backgrounds are always a soft, impressionist blue-green... even the marine life seems pretty casual about avoiding devourment by languid predators. It's not boring by any means, but you might want to set the timer on your TV if watching it in bed.

The film makers clearly spent a lot of time analyzing animal behavior and caught some spectacular sequences. (My personal favorite was the hapless octopus who accidentally bumbles into a sexually-unsuccessful male garibaldi's nest, gets chased away from there into the den of a moray eel who bites off one of his tentacles, then finally the poor octopus is staggering around when a harbor seal happens by and casually snaps him up. Tragic, but also a little bit of inky-black humor.) And some bizarre inter-species relationships, which were pretty surprising.

However, the Bonus-Disk that was tacked-on by Reader's Digest is bad enough to cost the rating one star. The narration is cheesy to the point of sounding like a parody of the corny marine life documentaries in the post-Coustea 70's, (with an accidental nod to Team Zissou.)

There are more thorough and more academic marine life films available, but this combination of pleasing imagery, music, and Linda Hunt's bedtime-story narration make this a masterpiece worth owning."
Another good swim
Delehy Nine | Toronto, Ontario Canada | 07/31/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is another good DVD about oceans, fish, divers etc.. Not as good as Planet Earth, but quite informative none the less. The colors are not as vibrant, nor as consistent as other DVD'S of this type. There are, however, some great Whale shots. Also the narrators voice is lovely, it allows this documentary to flow. Better for older kids or adults, too repetitive for the younger set"