Welcome to the "world of ice"
Stephen Pletko | London, Ontario, Canada | 11/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is summer [in Antarctica]. It is midnight [even though there is full sunlight]. We are headed south. As they travel in this ship [an icebreaker], the men and women in this ship will be bitterly cold. Sun will burn their faces. Wind will sear them but they will feel fortunate to have become part of a great adventure."
The above is spoken by narrator Alex Scott at the beginning of this revealing documentary of Antarctica. This film was first shown in IMAX theatres.
This documentary has it all:
(1) spectacular cinematography
(2) good, informative narration
(3) interesting background music
What I especially liked was that the narrator did not attempt to overwhelm me with too many details. I got the impression that only the most important and interesting information was carefully selected and presented.
Support for the making of this film was provided by the Antarctic divisions of Austraila, U.S., Italy, New Zealand, U.S.S.R, and China. Data and science support was provided by fourteen organizations including NASA.
Finally, the DVD itself (the one released on Blu-ray in 2007) is perfect in picture and sound quality. It has no extras.
In conclusion, this is a fascinating documentary of Antarctica. Watch it to find out why the narrator said the following:
"Antarctica reminds us again. We have scarcely begun to understand our planet."
(1991; 37 min, 30 sec; wide screen; 7 scenes)