Mysterious and only superficially explored by generations of the native Aborigines, Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's most extraordinary natural life systems. Twelve hundred miles long and made up of co... more »ral, it is the Earth's largest structure built by living things, in some places extending 120 miles into the sea. So many varieties of life call the reef home that more than a dozen species can be found within any square meter of its surface. This IMAX film brilliantly captures the visual splendor of this environment with splendid underwater photography typical of the format. Sharks, sea turtles, anemones, and the coral itself are the living subjects of the camera's probing eye. Overall, this documentary is a comprehensive look at this long-studied web of life that leaves a lasting impression of its depth and beauty. --Ed Noble« less
"Forget about all those special effects movies. If you really want to impress with your video-equipment, buy this DVD. You have to see it to believe it. I only had one gripe with this DVD, there is no option to turn off the commentary. I think it would be a great idea if they had an option to just listen to the music and watch the pictures. So I just turn off the sound, and put on a nice CD."
Great Barrier Reef DVD
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this DVD because of our love of sea life and vast experience diving and snorkeling. I was sure that since it had been an IMAX movie that it would be a superior view. I was wrong. This DVD was mediocre at best. There was not enough ocean life in this film, and the commentary was less than scintillating. Better off ordering the Dolphin's IMAX which lived up to its IMAX reputation."
IMAX The Reef
email@example.com | 07/14/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Not enough wildlife footage,boring commentator."
Great showcase of poor diving, reef destruction by "experts"
Bradley G. Isley | 08/09/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The absolute worst reef documentary I've ever seen. As short as it is, a lot of time is wasted on silly pretentious landside footage. The main feature of the program is poorly lit underwater footage showcasing Ron and Valerie destroying coral and harassing marine life while exhibiting sloppy, careless diving skills. The university of Minnesota should be embarrassed to put their name on this. Unbelievable! To top it off, we're expected to sit through not one, but TWO obligatory "shark shock" scenes. During the stupid "shark shock," be sure to have the remote handy to turn the thundering noise down or brace yourself for a headache."
By Rasmus Hebsgaard. Denmark. Hebsbebs@hotmail.com
firstname.lastname@example.org | Denmark | 07/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is the most spetacular imaxmovie ever made. It`s like you are almost there, except that you aren`t wet. It`s unbelievable how they can do it. If you haven`t bought it yet - do it NOW. Take a trip to Great Barrier Reef with you girlfriend on a quiet wedensday night!"