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“Following in the tracks of March of the Penguins… Perfect for nature fans and families who love live-action adventure, Deep Blue is an epic underwater exploration into the secret lives of sea creatures! You’ll be led on a fascinating voyage through awesome aquatic realms where humans have rarely dared to go. You’ll waddle with playful penguins, dart with lightning speed through schools of sharks, ride over stormy waves with massive whales, encounter families of polar bears and seals, and even see alien-like creatures so rare they have never been seen before on film! With a stirring musical score, this acclaimed movie comes from the creators of the landmark BBC series “The Blue Planet.””
Deep Blue is rated G.
About the only thing I wish they had done in the film was identify more of the animals and the locations they are filmed in. They do this to some extent, but other times you’re left guessing what the critter is or where it was shot. However, the “making of” video in the bonus features fills in a lot of the gaps. While it’s the only extra in the bonus features, it is incredibly comprehensive. And at 45 minutes in running time, it’s about half the length of the movie itself. They talk about how they searched for months to get the shots they found. They talk about some of the dumb luck they had filming some of the animals. You learn how long it took to win the trust of the mother polar bear as well as the technical challenges of filming penguins. In short, the “making of” documentary is as fascinating as the film itself.
If you love documentaries or marine biology, Deep Blue is required viewing for you. It features some of the best footage you’ll ever see of marine animals.