Search for the Great Sharks (Blu-ray)


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Rating: Not Rated

Narrated by Joseph Campanella
Eugenie Clark as Herself
Rodney Fox as Himself
Mandy Komlosy as Herself
Craig Lynn as Himself
Don Nelson as Himself

Directed by Mal Wolfe

Special Features:
IMAX Trailer Reel

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.77:1)
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Sound
Spanish and French Languages

Running Time: 46 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

“Dive into adventure with nature s most incredible creatures in ‘Search for the Great Sharks’! Now newly remastered in spectacular high-definition, this unsurpassed visual journey takes you around the globe to encounter the world’s largest sharks above and below the waves. From the wildest remote shores of Australia to the California coastline, this IMAX classic features blue sharks, whale sharks, and, the legendary Great White, all filmed so close you can almost touch them. Filled with incredible photography at some of the world’s most beautiful locations, this is the ultimate close encounter with the most powerful, awesome animals like you ve never seen them before.”

“Search for the Great Sharks” is not rated.

I’m a big shark nut, so when I heard this documentary was coming on Blu-ray, I was compelled to check it out. I popped it in the PlayStation and played it, but it didn’t take long to figure out that this wasn’t going to be a very good documentary. It has a lot of problems.

First of all, it is incredibly hokey. Many of the scenes were staged. We see Rodney Fox have some trouble with his equipment while diving and yelling, “Help! Help!” in a comically fake manner. When he gets back on the boat, he dramatically says, “I almost DIED!!!” He then wobbles around like he’s going to faint. Later in the film while waiting for Great White Sharks to show up, Fox and renowned shark researcher Eugenie Clark lean over the boat and a shark bursts out of the water. The camera then cuts to the two of them and they scream as water is splashed in their faces. It’s just really, really cheesy.

Second, the movie has nothing new or interesting to say about sharks. There are no unique shots of them underwater. There is no discussion about their behavior that a well read 5th grader doesn’t already know. I’d say pretty much every documentary shown during the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is more informative than this documentary.

“Search for the Great Sharks” was originally released on IMAX screens in 1995, but it feels a lot older. It feels like a documentary made in the 60’s or 70’s based on the hokey tone and the general lack of information. If you’re wanting to learn more about sharks, you’re better off to look elsewhere.

This Blu-ray has no bonus features on it.