A movie directed by Nathan Frankowski
CORAL REEF ADVENTURE (originally an IMAX presentation) offers a breathtaking look at the picturesque scenery of the South Pacific. With a combination of awesome underwater cinematographers and oceanographic experts, this is an intriguing look at some … see full wiki
This DVD contains the Coral Reef film originally made for IMAX theaters. It may not be quite as amazing as seeing on the large IMAX screen, but it is still a good movie for watching on your home television. The main reason this is a decent IMAX on even the small screen is that it is more than just about the scenery it shows. The movie also does a good job of presenting narration that teaches about the movies topic, which is something not all IMAX movies do very well.
This IMAX movie is about coral reef ecosystems. It talks about how the fish help the reef survive and the reef gives back to the fish, such as providing shelter. The main focus of the film, though, is how the coral reefs are being damaged and are rather quickly being lost throughout the world. The film starts by focusing on reef in Fiji that is dying and investigating the reasons for this. It shows that the reefs can often survive if only one factor threatens it, but with multiple factors it becomes hard to impossible for the reefs to survive. In the case of Fiji it talks about the reef being affected by overfishing, ocean warming, and silt accumulation due to deforestation inland causing the river that runs into the ocean where the coral reef is to be more muddy.
The IMAX movie also teaches about conservation and through showing the need for conservation with the reefs in danger. It also shows how in French Polynesia the reefs are in comparably good health because the businesses realize the importance of preserving the reefs or the tourists will not come. The movie, however, does not really talk much about the exact steps of conservation besides briefly mentioning marine preserves and teaching children in Fiji about their coral ecosystem.
The movie goes beyond just coral reefs, but also focusing on diving on the coral reefs. Part of this includes showing about how one diver got decompression sickness and the serious risks that they take doing deep sea dives. During the time he was recovering they went hang gliding with the IMAX cameras that presents a short scene at the beginning of the movie during the narration. This seems out of place because the context of him being unable to dive at the time is only explained in the Making Of special feature.
The Making Of special feature gives a good in depth look at the making of the film. This includes talking about the special technology they used to make the IMAX camera work underwater, in particular when they did the deep sea dives. It is also gives an in depth overview of the decompression sickness that developed in one of the divers that became very serious. As he recovered waiting to be allowed to dive again one of the things he did was hang gliding and it is talked about a lot in the Making Of feature, which I think is fine mentioning because it was part of what they did during the course of making the film, but it gets a little too much focus.
Other special features on this DVD include about Greg MacGillvroy text on screen, movie about MFF (the film company that made the movie), Video Montage, and Movie Trivia Quiz. There is also a second disc that has this movie in a format for playing on Windows Media version of the movie in High Definition. I assume it is better graphic quality, although I would not know as I do not even have a PC. The graphic quality of the regular version is more than adequate, though.
Overall this is a spectacular visual movie that provides great coral reef scenery for those who cannot visit it for themselves. It also presents good narration that not only teaches about what coral reef ecosystems are, but also talks about the threats to them and hints at conservation. My only gripe is that I wish it spent a little more time on telling what exact conservation efforts are taking place.
Viewing Format: DVD
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