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The Greatest Places -- Seven of the world's most incredible locations come to life in your living room in THE GREATEST PLACES, a dazzling IMAX adventure now newly remastered in breathtaking high-definition for an unparalleled experience. Featuring Greenland's massive icebergs, Madagascar's unique inhabitants, the Namib Desert's dunes, the Okavango Delta, Tibet's plateaus, the Iguazu Falls, and the mighty Amazon river.
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Seven amazing locations in the world - Amazon, Greenland, Iguazu, Madagascar, Namib, Okavango and Tibet - depicted by the Science Museum of Minnesota. | Add synopsis »
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Avery Brooks ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Mal Wolfe 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pamela Stacey  writer

Produced by
Michael Boeckmann .... associate producer
Michael Cook .... producer
Mike Day .... executive producer
Original Music by
Chris Thomas 
Cinematography by
Chuck Davis 
Film Editing by
Eric Christiansen 
Production Management
Eric Christiansen .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Brian Eimer .... supervising sound editor
Vince Purcell .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Isa Alsup .... computer graphics supervisor
Stevan Del George .... visual effects supervisor: minature shoot
Bryan Greenberg .... visual effects director of photography
Bryan Greenberg .... visual effects producer
Mark A. Shelton .... visual effects producer
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Braniger .... key grip
Mike Braniger .... rigger
Robin Tams .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Jeff Chaves .... colorist (digital color correction)
James Sheridan .... negative cutter

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Australia:40 min
Australia:G | Canada:G (Québec)


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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Hardly a Great IMAX Movie ... Disappointing, 22 December 1999
Author: thailand from cincinnati, ohio

Greatest Places has a syrupy sweet, cloying narrative. (On several occasions I covered my ears in order to endure it.) I give this movie a 2. If Avery Brooks only could have had laryngitis that day, this movie could have earned a 5 instead (without *any* narrative at all). The low grade of the movie isn't Brooks' fault per se, although he does a superlative job of drawing out each sappy line, with his skilled melodic baritone. Afterwards, watching the credits, I cursed the writer.

Moving on to the cinematography: Some of the images were, as your would expect, breathtaking. I was especially enamored of Madagascar and Namib. But the enormous power of IMAX imagery was blown to bits with choppy editing and constant (dozens) of abrupt cuts (every 15 to 20 seconds) from panoramic landscapes to adorably cute animals or close-up flora & fauna.

Uggghh! Very frustrating! Every time the imagery sweeps over you with power and grandeur, it's crudely jerked away and replaced with something to make a 3rd grader go "awww ... isn't that cute". The frequent changes in visual scale -- from viewing 15,000 feet of landscape to face-shots of cute animals -- are enough to give you vertigo, or at least a headache.

The movie had a valid concept. But together with a horrible writer, an outstanding saccharine execution of a juvenile narrative, and "gotta get a little of every shot in here" editing, the entire movie was lost. I wouldn't watch it again if you paid me. (But I would gladly order some 16 x 20 color prints from the movie's imagery.) What a shame.

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