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IMAX Coral Reef Adventure (Blu-ray)

A documentary by MacGillivray Freeman Films

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  • Apr 8, 2011

To see another world beyond ours, one needs some form of transportation and skill. I believe I need to take up snorkeling and diving immediately! Despite that I’ve had nightmares about being drowned in water the temptation of another world is so great that perhaps I’m willing to tempt death.

Colorful, living corals from a gigantic reef in the Pacific are under scrutiny. Partnership between the species are examined by scientists. The location? Great Barrier Reef. Yes, I’ve been there as well. Yet, I didn’t see as much as I ought to have! It’s regrettable, I know. In some ways, this film made up for all that.

From Australia to Fiji to French Polynesia, seascapes and landscapes so beautiful that made you want to pack up instantly and go! And I guarantee you won’t regret it either, I’ve been there, I can attest to that. If you’ve never been anywhere near these places, you’d get to see the beauty of the area on film, perhaps even better views than what I personally saw when I was there. Ah, take me back to Bora Bora again anytime, it’s a paradise!
Ocean warming is beginning to kill the reef in many parts of ocean around Fiji. Stresses like over fishing and siltation also contributed to the deaths of the coral reefs. The sea is part of our food chain and that’s a great concern for the scientists. Corals as beautiful as flowers in bloom are also beneficial to humans in medical terms. There’s more to coral reef than that which meets the eyes. Researchers and scientists go down to the bottom of the sea and explore the reef at some 350 ft below and took us viewers with them on this magical journey. Ever wonder what species of sea life forms live there? The intense water pressure down there poses life risks for divers. But they venture on... we need to know about the unknown!

In areas around Bora Bora, the divers also found a school of (around) 300 reef sharks! That was a scary as well as majestic sight and one that divers are all too excited to see! It’s like stumbling onto a miracle. What magnifique! Even seeing on film makes one real excited about the sea. Awesome!
For those of you with children, this is certainly the film to see at the IMAX. I thoroughly enjoyed the well choreographed music and movements of the corals and wish they had made this film when I was just a kid! I’d certainly have been more excited about learning to swim! 
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April 13, 2011
This sounds great. I'll add it to the Netflix queue for a movie night with the family!
April 10, 2011
this must look amazing in bluray!
April 09, 2011
Another excellent write up, love that last sentence, things did seem more magical as a kid.
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Quick Tip by . April 08, 2011
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Excellent footage of the sea and the colorful coral reefs. The film explores the reasons for the deaths of the corals by diving around 3 different areas, namely Australia, Fiji and French Polynesia. Stunning landscapes and seascapes. Highly educational and entertaining film. Highly recommended!
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Coral Reef Adventure is a 70mm American documentary film released in2003 to IMAX theaters. It is narrated by actor Liam Neeson, and directed byGreg MacGillivray.

Embarking on a 10-month expedition through the islands of the South Pacific, husband and wife underwater photography-duo Michele and Howard Hall explore the declining reefs and failing health of the world's oceans. From Australia's Great Barrier Reef, to a friend's coral reef-sustained village in Fiji, the diving expeditions show a range of coral reefs, from flourishing ones filled with unusual and exotic inhabitants, to vast stretches of bleached coral decline which prompted the Hall's activism. Along their journey, scientists working to understand and save the reefs meet with the Hall's.

Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, also makes an appearance, with do well-known dive guide and singer Rusi Vulakoro, brother of Vude singer Laisa Vulakoro, who guides the Halls in their dive adventure.

This documentary film is the third oceanic, ecologically-themed IMAX production from director MacGillivray, after The Living Sea and Dolphins.Crosby Stills & Nash contribute to the film's soundtrack. The Giant Screen Theater Association named it the best film achievement of 2003

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