There have been lots of underwater explorations available in theaters and on DVD/Blu-ray, and the technology and photography just keeps getting better and better.
‘Under the Sea,’ filmed in IMAX 3D, explores the sea life of the coral triangle in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Great Barrier Reef. I’ll just say right off the bat that the photography is stunning; seriously, with the 3D images, it’s like you’re swimming along with the divers.
The sea life ranges from sea dragons (yes!), great white sharks, sea snakes, and everything in between. Instead of the usual narrators like Morgan Freeman or James Earl Jones, we have Jim Carrey, who is actually a refreshing and inspired choice for a narrator. He’s not his usual crazy self – he’s sensitive and serious (mostly).
Along with the colorful photography, there’s an environmental message in the film. Carrey points out that human actions have increased the oceans’ carbon dioxide levels, which leads to ocean warming and acidification. This, in turn, could upset the balance of undersea life and result in dissolving the coral reefs and destroying multiple species of ocean life. But there’s also a message of hope, and it’s films like this one that help to change things.
At just 45 minutes, this is a great film for viewers of all ages.
Special Features include a making-of featurette on both the DVD and Blu-ray, and these featurettes only on the Blu-ray:
- Expedition 1: Papua New Guinea / New Britain
- Expedition 2: Papua New Guinea / Milne Bay
- Expedition 3: South Australia
- Expedition 4: The Great Barrier Reef
- Expedition 5: Indonesia