Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
Jean-Michel Cousteauís 3D Ocean Trilogy 3D Blu-Ray Review!
Directed by filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau, legendary film make and
environmentalist, this amazing 3D Blu-ray collection showcases the
wonders of the ocean such as the majestic whales of the sea to the
predatorial sharks. Joining Cousteau is director Francois Mantello, 3D
photographer Gavin McKinney and composer Christophe Jacquelin who create
one of the most visual and surreal documentaries of all time. With the
blessing United Nations Environment Program, this epic collection was
filmed between 2001 and 2007 that really comes alive, thanks to the 3D
cinematography which looks spectacular on Blu-ray. If this collection
sounds a little familiar, that's because it was originally released on
IMAX under the names of Dolphins & Whales: Tribes of the Ocean,
Ocean Wonderland and Sharks 3D (CHECK). Having already seen two of the
three documentaries on IMAX, I was very eager to see them again on
Blu-ray, more specifically Blu-ray 3D as these discs truly utilitise the
3D technology of modern flatscreens. From watching these documentaries,
you will be forgiven in thinking that you are actually swimming with
these creatures because the high quality images and 3D images that
almost jump out of your TV, making this an unforgetable experience.
The first documentary, Ocean Wonderland 3D was filmed in 2003 and takes
the viewer on a truly magical underwater journey as it delves into the
lives of those oceanic creatures from the colours reefs of Australia's
Great Barrier Reef to the warm waters of the Bahamas.
Sharks 3D (2005) is the second documentary on this release that focuses
on these misunderstood and feared creatures, sharks. From the powerful
great white to the enormous whale shark, these may be the oldest
creatures in the world but unfortunately due to mankind's stranglehold
on the world, sharks have become endangered animals.
Finally we have Dolphins and Whales 3D (2008), my favourite documentary
of three due to the playful nature of the dolphins and the kinship of
the majest whales. This documentary goes into some detail about these
"tribes" of the ocean that include other strange creatures such as the
Belugas and Orcas. More importantly, this documentary focuses on a very
memorable scene about a humpback whale and her calf as they make their
journey to warmer waters.
Apart from the wondrous images presented in these documentaries, there
is a more poignant message laced in all three films. Unfortunately the
populations of many of the mammals presented here are in decline,
especially due to the interference of man to the oceans such as over
fishing or the heinous acts of collecting shark fins for Asian markets.
Cousteau's message is clear however that only mankind can prevent these
sea animals from being endangered and hopefully by creating such as a
spectacular documentary trilogy, it will highlight the plea from the