Under The Sea (Nova/WGBH)
C+ (C for Dolphins) Sound: C+ Extras: C-
In a new
ocean-themed DVD box set from WGBH Boston Video, Under The Sea (2006) combines two previously released titles with
two new ones. We covered the previous
releases as follows:
Kingdom Of The Seahorse
titles are Private Lives Of Dolphins
and Treasures Of The Great Barrier Reef,
both 1.33 X 1 productions. The former is
shot on film and is the poorest-looking in the series, while the latter has
detail issues, but the color is still impressive though those limits.
Dolphins takes place off of Australia’s
West Coast and is an interesting examination that goes out of its way to show
the creatures at their best and back up the fact that they are exceptionally
intelligent. Barrier Reef may be aged, but its beautiful subject matter will
sadly be the only time many may see some of the most amazing and
least-discussed underwater life around.
Add these four discs up and you can see why they make a good treasury on
the subject, especially at a time when water pollution is again a necessarily
picture covered for all four already, each show lasting about an hour, the
Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is simple stereo at best and none have surrounds of any
kind. Except for Shark Attack!, none even have DVD-ROM educational material, though
all have the weblink to the NOVA site.
If they all seem interesting enough to you, get the whole set. Fortunately, all are sold separately.
- Nicholas Sheffo