Posted: 04/09/2010

 

IMAX Under the Sea

(2010)

by Laura Tucker




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I feel like I’ve just watched a screensaver for awhile. I’ve just gotten done watching IMAX Under the Sea on Blu-Ray, and it’s so completely gorgeous and breathtaking, with the added bonus over a screensaver being the narration by Jim Carrey.

Watching this Blu-Ray of the beautiful deep sea, it’s hard to even formulate a review, as I’m just so relaxed. I just spent three quarters of an hour watching sea life flash across my TV screen. The colors are very vibrant, especially on Blu-Ray. The music is relaxing, yet also fun as it reminds me at times of the soundtrack to The Little Mermaid. It’s the real world behind Nemo, as the camera crews travel to the Papua New Guinea – New Britan, Papaua New Guinea - Milne Bay, South Australia, The Great Barrier Reef, and Indonesia.

But what makes this movie work so well is that narration like only Jim Carrey can do. As the stonefish sits quiet and still for perhaps days at a time, waiting to catch its prey, Carrey declares he’s waiting to catch the tiny fish in his big ugly moth, and after waitng for so long, and just missing, the fish as it swims by, he says, “That must be frustrating.” When the stingray hides himself underneath the muck on the bottom of the sea, Carrey tells him, “Dude, I can totally see your tail.”

Of course like most documentaries, it’s also great on knowledge, as we find out about the catfish school that cascades over the bottom of the sea looking like an ocean wave, as the fish in the back pass by the fish in the front. We also learn about a cuddlesfish love triangle which includes two small males following the larger female. Carrey points out they’d never tell the female that she was the larger one of the three. All they do to mate is pass her tiny little packets, which doesn’t seem all that satisfying for anyone.

There isn’t much to not like about Under the Sea. It’s beautiful, relaxing, educational, and fun like only Jim Carey can make it. And after you get done with the movie itself, there are also the bonus features which include a behind the scenes story and the expeditions to all five locaitons. The special features are only missing one thing that the main feature has, and that is of course Carrey.

IMAX Under the Sea is available on Blu-Ray combo Pack, DVD, and for download as well. Check out the official site for more information.

Laura Tucker is the webmaster of Reality Shack and its accompanying Reality Shack Blog, provides reviews at Viewpoints, and provides entertainment news pieces at Gather. She is also an Instructor and 2nd dan black belt in tae kwon do with South Elgin Martial Arts. Laura can be reached at LauraBelle@realityshack.com.



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