Almost all avid Scuba Divers love a good underwater documentary that takes us to the place that we long to be especially when we are not diving. Scuba Divers tend to appreciate these scuba dvds and underwater documentaries more so than others, simply because they understand the effort and the pains that must have gone into filming these underwater masterpieces. Here is a list of 4 such documentaries, all brilliantly captured, that we say, will make you want to go diving.
Coral Reef Adventure
Coral Reef Adventure released in 2003 in IMAX format, was directed by Greg MacGillivray and narrated by Liam Neeson. The story of this documentary film is about a husband and wife team who investigate the death of a village’s reef in Fiji, and bring out the message of how fragile our coral reef ecosystems truly are. When watched in IMAX theatres the footage and scenes were simply remarkable, and transports the viewer to this tropical reef and in the ‘fins’ of the diver. The DVD release in 2004 also manages to capture the same intensity of the IMAX experience, especially if you watch the full HD or Blue Ray versions of this film. Once again a must see for any Scuba diver, especially during the offseason, as this documentary is sure to make you long for your next Dive holiday. Despite some criticism from those claiming that the film is too ‘preachy’ about the environmental cause and Global Warming, this is still a must watch. During the filming of Coral Reef Adventure, it was reported that 5 new species of fish were discovered.
The Blue Planet
Originally out in 2001, produced by Alastair Fothergill and the BBC, narrated by Richard Attenborough, “The Blue Planet” an 8 episode documentary series is simply an extraordinary journey into exploration of the world’s oceans, with plenty of cinematographically groundbreaking never-before-seen footage of our oceans inhabitants. The Blue Planet is also the winner of two Emmy Awards and is simply a must see for anyone and not just Scuba divers.
As a SCUBA diver, one can appreciate the incredible strain the cameramen must have endured to capture the underwater footage and some of the most beautiful sequences ever captured on film. And it has been said that the Blue Planet team discovered 10 new species of marine creatures in the process of shooting this film, which alone speaks volumes of the documentary.
The Living Seas
The Living Seas released in 1995 is another spectacular Greg MacGillivray (See Coral Reef Adventure) directed documentary which is a 40 minute survey of the world’s oceans traveling to Palau, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Alaska, Nova Scotia and the Red Sea showing the interdependence of all life in the ocean. Also originally released in IMAX format, the Living seas, which is narrated by Meryl Streep and with an audio soundtrack by Sting, is a visual fiesta bound to captivate any audience and leave them “oohing” and “Aahing” at every scene. Viewers of the DVD version should definitely enjoy ‘the making of’ footage that gives an excellent view of what goes into the filming of such a production.
Into the Deep
Released in 1994, Into the Deep is a fascinating documentary which unlike others of its kinds, focuses on just one area of the ocean, the Channel Islands off the coast of California. This region is renowned for its giant kelp forests and all its inhabitants, Garibaldi, Sea Urchins, Sea Lions lobsters and the unique sunfish. The documentary directed by Howard Hall uses sophisticated time-lapse photography and is a visual treat. Into the deep was originally released to the large screen in 3D and was so lifelike that it had the moviegoers reaching out to touch the kelp as it swayed on screen. For any diver that has never been diving in the Monterrey Bay area, this movie will make you want to go there, and for those of you that have, will want to go back.