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 "Planet Ocean" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Planet Ocean captures extraordinary images of our remarkable oceans - the source of all life on our planet. The film aims to explain some of the planet's greatest natural mysteries, while reinforcing how essential it is that mankind learns to live in harmony with our oceans. Planet Ocean serves as a reminder of the bond between humans and nature, and the duty that exists to protect and respect our planet. 

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2013, Color, Not Rated, 1 Hr 36 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master & a dozen other languages
  • Starring: The narrative voice of Josh Duhamel
  • Directed by: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Michael Pitiot
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Visually stunning and full of interesting information, this film is a fine documentary on how man and the sea are interdependent on one another. The producers certainly take sides as to who is to blame for global warming, but unlike other films of this ilk, the movie actually provides some concrete answers to some of the major issues facing our planet. That said, I still felt that the movie was preaching to the choir, as those that would watch this movie already understand what needs to be done. I could not help but feel a little depressed at the end because the damages we are inflicting on our environment are severe and getting mankind, as a whole, to do anything about it seems unlikely.

Technical

Picture quality can be stunning at times, with beautifully colored fish and coral reefs. Almost all scenes are sharply delineated, but banding shows up in any scene that shows changes in light. It’s not terrible, but the banding appears often enough to knock down the overall score a point. Sound was very good with a beautiful soundtrack to enhance the wonderful images on the screen. The narration is well centered in the CC and Josh Duhamel voice is quite soothing, with just the right amount of gravitas.

 

Extras

Only a featurette is provided. Hey, the film is already a documentary.