Beautiful but Unflinching
Veggiegrrl | 03/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a beautifully filmed documentary about life in the oceans. It covers a wide variety of species in breathtaking vignettes about their lives and, sometimes, their deaths.
A lot of what goes on in the oceans is based on finding food to survive, so it's not surprising that many of the segments include footage of various animals and fish hunting and feeding on their prey. It's not too disturbing when the prey are small schooling fish, but some of the sequences with larger mammals made me wonder why the film has a G rating. Small children are almost certain to be confused and upset.
Nonetheless, the film is wonderful for slightly older audiences. It's a beautifully filmed, honest, and fascinating look at the myriad life forms that inhabit our oceans."
Amazing Photography, Showing the Nature As It Is
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 11/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It looks as if documentaries about Earth's life forms have become sub-genre for moviemaking. We have already seen fantastic documentaries like `Microcosmos' and `Winged Migration.' And as far as cinematography is concerned, `Deep Blue' is as beautiful as those films. The difference is that you might be less likely to be surprised by its content in spite of its wonderful images of dolphins, sea birds, whales, sea lions, penguins, and jelly-like creatures flashing blue in the deep ocean.
Don't get me wrong here because the marine images of the film are stunning. For those who love watching this kind of documentary film, however, some part of the film is no longer new and refreshing. Sea birds diving deep into the sea to catch fish would be an amazing image if you have not seen `Winged Migration.' Emperor penguins marching up the beach from the sea and standing in a group to survive a blizzard would be an astonishing scene if you have not seen `March of the Penguins.' And `March of the Penguins' would tell you more about the life of the penguins with its narration.
The film's strength lies in its editing, I think. Sometimes each vignette has a sort of short story (mainly about hunting) with George Fenton's gorgeous but slightly bombastic soundtrack. Still the breathtaking beauty of the images cannot be denied, and some creatures, those in Mariana Trench in particular, have totally different kind of beauty, very surreal and other-worldly one.
Finally I have to say some sections of the film may scare kids. What orca whales can do on the beach might be shocking to them (and adults too). Of course they kill to survive, but the point is how they kill. Just see it for yourself.
Though not informative as you might think, `Deep Blue' still offers a series of astonishing images about the animals and creatures living in the sea. The only thing I find disagreeable is its DVD cover. Why penguins? Unlike `March of the Penguins' you don't see many penguins here."
Good, but there is better.
S. Ulrich | Lancaster, PA | 05/24/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As I watched this film, I realized I had seen much of it before, on my 4-disc collection Blue Planet, Seas of Life. That being said, Blue Planet is light years better than this feature-length dvd. The most memorable identical scenes include the grey whale/killer whale incident, as well as the footage in deep water of bioluminescent fish, plus the amazing critters surviving without any sunlight in the Marianas trench. I believe there are some other identical sections, though they escape me at the moment. If you don't want to spend the money for the Blue Planet collection, then this dvd will be ok. However, if you do buy Blue Planet, you will be treated to even more amazing ocean footage: a whole disc for coral reefs, a whole disc for coastal waters, a whole disc for deep ocean life, and a whole disc on arctic oceans life. Go for Blue Planet!!"
J. Davis | Dayton, Ohio USA | 04/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a nature film lover I give this film 5 stars! From the soundtrack to the deeply beautiful cinematography everything about "Deep Blue" is amazing. Stunning images of natural beauty are presented as a feast for the eyes. The many facets of life that live in and around the oceans of the world are the main characters of this film. Many animal species are depicted- from penguins to wales to polar bears. Many creatures of the deep sea have never been captured on film before!
Thanks to the efforts of the creators of "Deep Blue" these invisible wonders can now be enjoyed in your own living room! One of our favorite movies!
As a movie fan I have to give this film 2 thumbs up, way up!"