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Deep Blue -- An epic underwater exploration into the secret lives of sea creatures!
Deep Blue -- The natural history of the oceans


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  (in credits order)

Michael Gambon ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Attenborough

Pierce Brosnan ... Narrator (voice: English version)
Frank Glaubrecht ... Narrator (voice: German version)

Jacques Perrin ... Récitant (voice: French version)
Dalik Volonitz ... Narrator (voice: Hebrew version)

Directed by
Andy Byatt 
Alastair Fothergill 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Attenborough  writer

Produced by
Stefan Beiten .... executive producer
Andre Sikojev .... executive producer
Sophokles Tasioulis .... producer
Alix Tidmarsh .... producer
Nikolaus Weil .... executive producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Michael deGruy 
Rick Rosenthal 
Film Editing by
Martin Elsbury 
Production Management
Lynn Barry .... production manager
Amanda Hutcheson .... production supervisor
Sound Department
Martin Czembor .... sound re-recording mixer: US release
Kate Hopkins .... sound editor
Brian Moseley .... foley artist
Lucy Rutherford .... sound editor
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Cristinel Sirli .... sound mixer (as Christinel Sirli)
Mirek Stiles .... ProTools operator
Daniel Ward .... assistant sound editor: US release
Andrew Wilson .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan Edelstein .... supervising sound editor: US release (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Sally Clayton .... digital film producer
Safiya Gili .... digital effects artist (as Safiya Ravat)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Reichert .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Mike Fraser .... digital intermediate producer
Jon Thompson .... post-production consultant
Laurent Treherne .... digital intermediate supervisor
Music Department
Jonathan Allen .... score mixer
Jonathan Allen .... score recordist
Berliner Philharmoniker .... orchestra
Jane Carter .... executive music producer
Julian Kershaw .... orchestrator
Simon Rattle .... conductor
Other crew
Jason Roberts .... location manager
Yves Chevalier .... special thanks

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83 min | Germany:91 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:S | Germany:6 | Netherlands:MG6 | Singapore:G | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:8 (canton of Zurich) | Switzerland:6 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:PG | USA:G
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Images you've never seen before, 3 February 2004
Author: Jens (lukey78) from Egringen, Germany

It's a very nice feeling watching a documentary like this on the big screen. You can feel the overwhelming power of waves bursting against rocky coastlines and experience the vastness of the ocean.

"Deep Blue" takes you on a journey from the coast to the coral reefs, then to the icy lands of the (ant-)arctic, and finally down to the most fascinating part of this movie: the deepest depths of the ocean, where not a single beam of light shatters through.

Most scenes are greatly composed of very clear, sharp and absolutely stunning images harmonized with the orchestral music of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

In one very nice and humorous scene where you see hundreds of fat penguins shambling over a sheet of ice, I nearly got the impression, also induced through the music, watching the marching scene of Edoras citizens in "Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers". Might sound odd, but I guess I have a faible for "large" scenes with many actors moving on the big screen, supported by a big orchestra. There is another scene like this with little crawfish on the coast choreographed like a sports event.

But in "Deep Blue" you have no special effects. There are literally thousands of "actors" in some scenes. You watch birds falling from the sky, shooting into the waters, grabbing one fish out of a vast swarm. You watch penguins gaining speed under water, jumping out and finally (more or less) safely landing with their round bellies on the sheets of ice. And you're worried about little fish hiding under rocks when carnivore fishes arrive searching for food.

You might have seen most of the animals before, but when they take you some kilometers down you enter a completely different and very fascinating world, which I have never seen before in another documentary - at least not in this clarity.

Down there in this seemingly live threatening environment very, very odd and sometimes scary looking creatures are lingering around. Sometimes you wonder yourself if they just dropped you out of the documentary throwing you right into a science fiction movie.

There are tiny creatures, partly transparent, with moving light bars on their bodies pulsating in rainbow colors. There are little ones generating bright flashes to baffle their enemies. And, well, if you've seen "Finding Nemo" you might recognize the scary looking carnivore with a "light bulb" on his head attracting innocent little fishies.....

So... I rated this documentary 8/10. It's not perfect in my opinion. There is a narrator sometimes throwing in some sentences which are more or less describing the current scene. I think he speaks about 10-15 times in the whole movie. This goes well with the pace and the atmosphere (would be disturbed by too much speaking), but gives you nearly no information about the animals you see on screen. A tiny subtitle in one of the lower edges might have been great showing you the names of the creatures you're currently looking at.

Also I would have done the cutting in a slightly different way. Some scenes are perfect, just beautiful and overwhelming, where other scenes are very much like in the usual TV documentaries.

Overall, this movie is worth watching in the cinema if you have the opportunity to do so. Also, the more people learn to admire the wonders of the ocean, the more chances mankind may have to protect it in the future.

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