Reviewed bystarfrogVote: 8/10/10
My first inclination was to assume Atlantis was done with CGI. But thenI came across the year it was made and realized that the technologydidn't yet exist in 1991. We were still at the level of "The Mind'sEye" then, an experimental cartoonish attempt at computer animation ina video set to techno and released at Radio Shack if you remember. No,this is real footage, and it is perfect and amazing. It certainly isn'tsomething I could sit through at a theater, but is suitable formeditation and falling asleep. There is no dialog, putting the movie inthe same genre as "Samsara" and "Baraka", but a completely underwaterexperience. The symphonic and ambient music is very easy to listen to,but if it isn't your thing you can always just turn the volume off andplay your own music. It's an incredible accomplishment incinematography and something you can keep around to play at bed time.
Reviewed bymifunesamuraiVote: 7/10/10
In the mid-1980's I spent my youth at the Palace of dreams, Valhalla. Aclassic art deco independent cinema in the suburb of Glebe, SydneyAustralia. The doors close in late February 1999, so I decided to pay myrespects and dragged the children to see this underwater visual delight. Ahomage to the sea creatures of the universe with no occurring theme, onlystunning images and a few humorous moments from the cheeky Besson. Serra'smusic works a treat here. Maybe twenty minutes too long.
Reviewed byTrukdiver ([email protected])Vote: 10/10/10
I picked up this DVD, never having heard of it before. In my 34years of diving I don't remember a more beautiful underwater film.There is no bothersome narration to get in the way (some appearsjust in the opening). The manta ray scene set to Maria Callasopera is so powerful that applause appears at the end of it! TheAtlantic spotted dolphins are in a ballet that seems perfectlychoreographed. I will treasure this DVD and show it to all mydinner guests -- all of whom are divers!
Atmospheric soundtrack follows this compilation of nature footage that focuses on the Atlantic ocean and various life forms that live, mate and die in it.