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Genre: Documentary
Narrated by: Jim Carrey
Director: Howard Hall
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2010



- Filming IMAX Under The Sea


Languages: English/Portuguese/Thai
Subtitles: English/Chinese/Espanol
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 41 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Alliance Entertainment




Imagine a world of incredible color and beauty. Of crabs wearing jellyfish for hats. Of fish disguised as frogs, stones and shag carpets. Of a kaleidoscope of life dancing and weaving, floating and darting in an underwater wonderland. Now, go explore it! Howard Hall and his filmmaking team, who brought you Deep Sea and Into the Deep, take you into tropical waters alive with adventure: the Great Barrier Reef and other South Pacific realms. Narrated by Jim Carrey and featuring astonishing camerawork, this amazing film brings you face to fin with Nature's marvels, from the terrible grandeur (and terrible teeth) of a Great White to the comic antics of a lovestruck cuttlefish. Excitement and fun run deep Under the Sea!


Imagination is a powerful thing – at least that’s what we thought before reviewing this documentary which was originally released on the big screen in 2009. And when we say big screen, we mean the IMAX screen. Yes, before Shaw’s Lido cinemas give consumers to experience the immersive experience that lets you feel like you really there in the film, there is only the Omnimax theatre in the local Science Centre which can leave you spellbound by the force and beauty of the IMAX experience. While many blockbusters like The Dark Knight and Iron Man 2 have been given the IMAX treatment, we in Singapore only have had documentaries to enjoy on the large screen format.

The above gives you a better understanding how much more you’d enjoy this Howard Hall directed documentary if you watched it on an IMAX screen. Here, with the DVD, we were only able to watch it on our humble TV screen at home. It doesn’t really matter that it is a 42 inch LCD television set, because with the content, one can only imagine the magnificence and splendour if you were viewing crystal clear images with wraparound digital surround sound.

Like all other nature documentaries, this one brings us to worlds we can only imagine. This is an underwater look at the diverse coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo Pacific areas. Of course, like all other nature documentaries, this one has an environmental message to tell, about how global warming could bring harm to the oceans. Jim Carrey provides an engaging narration for this insightful 41 minute documentary with his sometimes somber, sometimes animated, sometimes deadpan, but always entertaining voice – it may take some time for viewers before they take the comedian seriously.

The amount of knowledge we have about Mother Earth continues to be minutely insignificant as we learn more about the eco system under the sea – from the coral reefs and the sea lions to the sharks and the sea turtles. You’ll also be enthralled by jellyfish, cuttlefish, stonefish and a whole list of other fascinatingly mysterious sea creatures. The cinematography is undoubtedly breathtaking and awe inspiring, while the accompanying music score is lively and enjoyable. This is no doubt an educational journey of visual spectacle which will leave you captivated and mesmerized.

Now imagine watching it in IMAX. Oh, and did we tell you that it was released in 3D format too? Imagine, if you were watching it on the IMAX screen, you would be reaching your hands out to feel the eye popping visuals. Ah, such is the power of imagination.


This Code 3 DVD contains the seven minute Filming IMAX: Under the Sea where the filmmakers explain why the IMAX format was chosen to shoot this documentary. They also talk about how the equipment was brought to the most exotic and isolated underwater locations around the world.


The movie's visual transfer is fine, but nothing will beat the stunning resolution in its original IMAX format. There are English, Portuguese and Thai audio tracks available.  



Review by John Li

Posted on 5 December 2010


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This review is made possible with the kind support from
Alliance Entertainment


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