terça-feira, 31 de agosto de 2010

IMAX - BBC - National Geographic

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IMAX - Adventures in Wild California

A virtual expedition that sends audiences careening down an icy, steep mountain face with snowboarders; twirling on thermals above the clouds with skysurfers; swimming through the oceans with otters and their surrogate human mother; excavating the very heart of a thirty-story tall Giant Sequoia with botanists and emerging from under the spray of one of California's biggest, surfable waves. The heart-pounding imagery recreates an experience of California's furthest edges few will ever know first-hand.

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IMAX – Africa The Serengeti

There is a place on earth where it is still the morning of life and the great herds still run free. Africa: The Serengeti takes you on an extraordinary journey to East Africa to view a spectacle few humans have ever witnessed: The great migration.Journey with more than two million wildebeests, zebras, and antelope as they travel over 500 miles across the Serengeti plains. Filmed in IMAX/Omnimax format, Africa: The Serengeti vividly details life and death in an unforgettable film experience.Filmed entirely on location in Kenya and Tanzania, Africa: The Serengeti brings you spectacular vistas and dynamic aerials. It also features Africa's greatest predators--lions, crocodiles, and cheetahs--in deadly pursuit of the migrating prey.

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IMAX – Alaska

"Whether or not we reach Alaska, we all want to know that such a place exists" - and it seems almost impossible that such a place does exist. Humpback whales, Wolves, Salmon, Buffalo, Musk Ox, Bears, Sea lions, Caribou, Bald Eagles, Polar Bears, Moose and Man - just a few of the stars of ALASKA. The variety of life in Alaska is overwhelming - enough to provide material for a score of Big Movies (in fact, it has.) In ALASKA, director George Casey shows real grace whether depicting Humpback whales on a herring hunt or Natives on a whale hunt. The film conveys a consistent spirit of awe and curiosity. Thankfully, ALASKA is not a laundry list of spectacular animals - but a tribute to one of nature's last purely wild landscapes.
Survival is the deceptively straightforward theme - strategies for braving Alaska's extremes and reaping its riches link and distinguish all forms of life here. ALASKA sets the standard for Large Format nature documentaries - too many of which are episodic, derivative and thematically cobbled together. ALASKA's science is broad, but its best lessons are not meant to be of the classroom variety - sheer exposure to raw and beautiful nature is the point.

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IMAX – Amazing Caves

Directed by Stephen Judson (Everest, the Oscar?-nominated short Dolphins) and narrated by Liam Neeson (the voice behind Everest and The Endurance), Journey into Amazing Caves centers around the work of "cavers" Nancy Aulenbach and Dr. Hazel Barton. Aulenbach is a teacher from Georgia, and Barton, a microbiologist from England. During the course of the 38-minute documentary, they travel from Arizona to Greenland to Mexico, exploring remote caves all the way. All are difficult to get to; some can only be reached by rock climbing (the cave in the Grand Canyon), others can only be reached by rappelling down slick sheets of ice (the one in Greenland). As a result, there's something for everyone in this popular IMAX feature, including a dramatic score from the Moody Blues (reworked versions of old hits, plus new songs "Water" and "We Can Fly").
Description
Journey into Amazing Caves is a visceral, suspenseful expedition with a new breed of scientists who boldly explore places once thought off-limits to human presence, let alone IMAX cameras. Join Dr. Hazel Barton and Nancy Aulenbach as they travel to unique and forbidding ice caves in Greenland, underwater caves in the Yucatan, terrestrial caves in the Grand Canyon and other spectacular locations. You will wriggle through tiny, twisting passages, swim through flooded underground vaults, drop into gleaming blue labyrinths of ice, and enter a world so extreme the microscopic creatures who live there are called extremophiles. For those compelled to push their limits in the world's most hostile environments, the risk of fatal danger and thrill of new discovery are the everyday factors that make cave exploration such an awe-inspiring experience. Narrated by Liam Neeson, with music by The Moody Blues.

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IMAX – Amazing Journeys

Amazing Journeys takes audiences on six extraordinary journeys of survival and migration. Depicting migration as an endless search for the best conditions in which to thrive and successfully adapt, the film explores the wonders and mysteries surrounding some of earth's most spectacular wildlife and native people.
Witness the mysterious migration of more than 120 million red crabs on tiny Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. In order to to mate and spawn, millions of crabs must scuttle through the island's only town to reach its shores. Female crabs are unable to swim, yet march bravely to the shore's edge to release their eggs. Watch as so many crabs skitter sideways that the land itself seems to pulsate and quiver.
Experience the longest and largest insect migration as monarch butterflies travel 2,500 miles through North America. Witness up close the birth of a butterfly and the various stages of the life of a monarch. Enter a golden blizzard as tens of millions of monarch butterflies fill the sky in the hidden highlands of Mexico. Feel the hushed, sublime wonder of being surrounded by a myriad of these air-dancing creatures.
Take flight alongside migratory birds who possess the most varied display of navigational abilities. Feel the exhilaration from an arm's-length-view of the race down the runway, then the takeoff and ascent of sleek and powerful Canadian geese as they begin their journey south. Navigating by sun, stars and instinct, these birds instinctively know when to begin migrating by sensing seasonal signals of changing temperatures and day lengths. They possess a genetically imprinted "flight manual" which allows them to respond to their surroundings and recognize their destinations.
Watch as hundreds of migrating zebras travel over 500 miles through the vast plains of East Africa. Experience the life and death dramas as we follow them through their encounters with ambushing packs of lions and hyenas. Join the sweeping spectacle as they lead the Great Migration of Africa's greatest predators through crocodile-filled rivers.

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IMAX – Amazon

Flowing out of towering mountains and descending into vast rain forests, South America's Amazon is one of the world's largest, longest rivers. But it's also a human community and complex ecosystem with consequences for the whole world.
This documentary follows Mamani, a tribal shaman, as he leaves his village in the Andes to seek new herbal cures and ingredients in a faraway market. Along the way he encounters and befriends strange tribes, beholds parts of the Amazon he'd never seen before, and ultimately trades his flute and some precious glacial water for the herbs and passage back home.
Mamani (actually a fictional character, played by an actor) is paralleled by the real-life Dr. Mark Plotkin, an ethnobotanist on a quest of his own. He hopes that the ecology of the dense jungle around the Amazon and its scattered, insular human tribes will lead to the discovery of natural cures for mankind's most pernicious diseases.
Amazon sets sail with a promise to debunk pulp-fiction myths about the legendary river, and there's a grainy clip of an old-timey Indiana Jones-type adventure, showing a white explorer fighting against hostile cannibals, killer crocodiles, and ferocious piranha. It's a great IMAX moment when the black-and-white stock footage gives way to the beautiful, hyper-real widescreen 70mm imagery of waterfalls, jaguars, Inca ruins, tramp steamers, and railroads winding through the mountains.

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IMAX – Antarctica

Antarctica takes you to a continent beyond imagination. Discover a new world and learn of Antarctica's wildlife in a way never before possible. ANTARCTICA creates a sensation of truly being there - a remarkable film experience where, through the heartfelt words of Antarctica explorer Robert Scott, you'll re-live the brutal hardships, wonders and isolation of the first men on this magnificent frontier. Join in the search for scientific clues locked in centuries-old ice...fly a helicopter over towering glacial peaks...dive through a submerged crystalline cavern in Chaos Glacier and join a company of penguins in an underwater ballet. Directed by John Weiley, narrated by Alex Scott. Music by Nigel Westlake.

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IMAX - Australia Land Beyond Time

The landscape and wildlife of the world's largest island and smallest continent is explored in this documentary that takes offers a closer look at the history and evolution of Australia. In addition to being one of the most extreme climates on the planet, Australia is also home to some of the strangest creatures ever to walk the earth. From the desert dunes of the Outback to the thriving rainforests that line the coast and the unusual creatures who have populated this beautiful but deadly paradise since before the time of man, no stone is left unturned as filmmakers travel back in time to explore a land rich in both geological history and biological diversity.

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IMAX – Bears

"Bears" takes the viewer into the wilds of many areas of the world to get up-close views of these majestic animals. Like most IMAX films, there is a (fairly seamless) mix of both wild and captive animals; the captive animals are used to get shots that would simply be impossible or unsafe to obtain using wild animals in their habitats. The "making of" featurette very clearly explains this process, and it works well in most IMAX films. There were a few times when it was apparent that the black bears being used were "performing," but it was not a huge distraction from the film.
The movie is filmed in beautiful locations, really showcasing the bears' adaptation to their environments, and making crystal clear what an important part they are of the natural world. The viewer is educated on bear behavior, bear/human interaction, habitat conservation, bear awareness and safety precautions, and many other issues, all the while treating our eyes to spectacular views captured with the IMAX camera, which is unparalleled.

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IMAX – China

1936, China. Ruth Harkness has come to settle the affairs of her husband, Bill, who died while observing the rare and unstudied panda bear. His journal describes the panda as shy and docile, while great white hunter Dak Johnson describes them as ferocious beasts. This intrigues her, and she sets off to retrace Bill's steps and save the pandas from Johnson. She encounters many obstacles, both natural and created by Johnson, and sees many scenic vistas before encountering the pandas.

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IMAX – Chronos

Taking the familiar conventions of time-lapse cinematography to a transcendent level of artistic achievement, filmmaker Ron Fricke circled the globe to make Chronos, a stunning 70-millimeter time-lapse tour of natural and man-made wonders. The entire film has the enhanced, hyper-realistic quality of a laser-etched photograph, and by using special cameras and motion-control photographic techniques, Fricke and his technically expert crew were able to create mesmerizing images guaranteed to spark any viewer's sense of awe and wonder. Accompanied by the hypnotic music of Michael Stearns, this visual journey takes the viewer on a tour of over 50 locations on nearly every continent of the world, including explorations of Paris, the Vatican, the Egyptian pyramids, the African veldt, and many more stunning vistas. The cumulative effect is the feeling that the world--from the busiest metropolis to the most serenely remote wilderness landscape--is dictated by "chronos," the rhythm of time to which all living things must submit. Like Koyaanisquatsi and Baraka, this is one of those eye-candy films that was conceived according to its specific theme, so it's not only a soothing visual experience but a thought-provoking study of our fascinating planet.

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IMAX – Coral Reef Adventure

Coral Reef Adventure follows the real-life expedition of ocean explorers and underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall. The Halls guide us to the islands and sun-drenched waters of the South Pacific to document, in the biggest and best film format that exists, the health and beauty of coral reefs. On the giant screen, you?ll feel like you?re diving and exploring right alongside them.
Howard and Michele have been diving coral reefs for almost three decades, but in recent years, they have observed with concern the decline of their favorite reefs. Stirred to action, Howard and Michele set out for the South Pacific. They hope the images they bring back will raise awareness about the plight of coral reefs, and the health of the global oceans.
From the dazzling underwater seascapes of Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the mysterious deep ocean corals of Fiji, and from the azure skies above Tahiti to shark-filled canyons off isolated Rangiroa, the Halls visit many reefs that are flourishing and capture on film many interesting reef inhabitants. You?ll laugh at the little shrimp that wants to climb in your mouth to get its own bite to eat! You?ll see how reef animals rely on each other in surprising ways. You?ll dive down to the mysterious deep reefs of The Twilight Zone, a place no one else has ever been. You?ll swim with hundreds of grey reef sharks, then zoom through coral canyons, riding a fast current beneath the waves. But sadly, you?ll also swim through vast stretches of bleached coral boneyards, and learn with the Halls how our actions may cause these devastating results.
Along their journey the Halls meet scientists and conservationists working to understand and save the reefs. In Fiji, Rusi Vulakoro guides Howard and Michele to the beautifully pristine and mysteriously damaged reefs of his country. They also dive with world-renowned ocean advocate Jean-Michel Cousteau who feels at home in the world beneath the waves. Howard and his team then dive to a dangerous 350 feet in search of deep ocean corals. For this most risky part of the trip, Howard is joined by Richard Pyle, a deep-sea ichthyologist (a self-described ?fish nerd.?) Pyle knows that thousands of reef species are still unknown to science. Seeking them out is an urgent conservation priority, but it means diving to a realm seldom visited: The Twilight Zone, never before filmed in 15/70 large format .
In Tahiti, the Halls join a local chapter of Reef Check, an international organization of divers who help study local coral resources. Finally, in Rangiroa Howard searches for the huge schools of sharks known to live there. These sharks are one of the top predators, and if they still swim the waters of Rangiroa, that?s a good sign for the health of the whole ecosystem. They don?t find just a few, they find 300, all at once: a happy, but slightly unnerving end to their journey!

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IMAX – Cosmic Voyage - Viagem Cósmica

Este é um dos melhores documentários produzidos pela IMAX. Trata-se literalmente de uma viagem cósmica que nos proporciona uma real idéia de nossa macro e micro dimensão.
O filme consegue prender-nos evitando qualquer dificuldade de compreensão dos dados apresentados, com a apresentação de informações claras e objetivas, adequadas para o público jovem e inclusive como informações relevantes para educadores.
Não é preciso mencionar os efeitos visuais presentes na obra, pois IMAX, tem por tradição o uso de recursos multimídia de computação gráfica memoráveis e não seria diferente para esta produção.
Mas ao contrário de outras produções onde somente os recursos visuais se destacam, neste a narrativa e conteúdo foram os destaques, sob a voz de Morgan Freeman o desenrolar do linha cronológica do documentário toma uma forma.

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IMAX – Deep Sea

With cinematography designed specifically for the IMAX 3D format, a documentary featuring up-close encounters with some of the world's most exotic undersea creatures.

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IMAX – Dinosaurs Alive

Don't just walk away from this clunker - run! There is nothing new at all covered in this sub par documentary styled fiasco. Any child that's studied dinosaurs in grade school already knows what this one's all about.
The opening sequence was a great indication of what was yet to come - cartoonish dinosaurs do battle - and manage to walk across a sandy plain without leaving a single footprint.
Then the movie resorts to shots we've all seen hundreds of times - yep dinosaur skeletons. Again, nothing new.
But wait, next we are going to go on a real dig - in Mongolia. At first you think at least the scenery shots will be fantastic, but they are out of focus, totally taking that away from the experience.
More disappointment as we move to Mexico and more blurry scenery and lack of story.
Intersperse these shots with incredibly horrible CGI shots of water and sand floods - I'm talking incredibly bad effects. First year students would do at least 20x better.
Also be warned before you shell out your hard earned money - this is one short movie.
Definite skip.

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IMAX - Documentary Super Massive Blackhole

They’re one of the most intriguing and mysterious phenomena in the universe, places where time and space are warped to the extreme, and nothing—not even light— can escape the pull of their ferocious gravity. Black holes once defied the imagination. But now, the more scientists look for evidence of them, the more they find, and the more they learn about the role of black holes in the universe. Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity is a stunning presentation of the latest science about black holes visualized using supercomputing technology. The show whisks audiences to a place humans can never venture—to the center of a black hole.

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IMAX – Dolphins

Plunge into the realm of wild dolphins in this great adventure film by MacGillivray Freeman Films, producers of the large format films Beavers and The Living Sea. In Dolphins, you'll experience the warm, white sandbanks of the Bahamas where the inquisitive dolphins live and play. Find out how we are unraveling the mysteries of dolphin communication. Here, you'll also meet a bottlenose dolphin named JoJo who explores the colorful reefs with his human friend Dean. Then travel to the wind-swept waters of Argentina where duskies , the most acrobatic of all dolphins, work together in a beautifully choreographed hunt for food. You'll even discover why these dolphins leap! Brimming with details about the complex lives of these fascinating animals, this ocean adventure film takes you into the very heart of the world of Dolphins.

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IMAX - Fascinating Nature

Delightful surprise for the senses! And a dvd transfer on measure. The disc has an interactive menu with the names of the places but they also appear during the film. Each chapter is a visual poem, a sensitive essay on the beauty of nature. I have several top documentary titles on dvd, this one is one of my favorites. Of course that doesn't tell you anything but maybe this will: I'm a docu director myself, love nature and am pretty critical about films. I only put it on the same pedestal with Baraka, Yosemite-the seasons and Coral Sea Dreaming (in terms of dvd titles). Wonderful music in stereo surround. I think it was badly marketed, I came upon this title just by chance. Available in Europe but I think it's zone free (can't tell, since my dvd player reads both 1 & 2). On the box no zone indication.

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IMAX – Fighter Pilot – Operation Red Flag

Red Flag is the international training exercise for air forces of allied countries where many of the world's best pilots meet for the most challenging flying of their careers. Red Flag is the final training for pilots and their aircrews before being sent into actual combat. Follow pilot, John Stratton, as he makes his way through this extraordinary event held in the desert of Nevada.
A state-of-the-art, edge of your seat experience! Get in the cockpit with the world's best pilots to witness the most challenging flying of their careers... Follow a young American pilot as he makes his way through Red Flag - the world's most intense, simulated air war, training event - where U.S. and international pilots, ground crews, mechanics and rescue personnel are taken to the limits of their endurance. Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag delivers speeds of up to 800 miles per hour with thundering, roaring, screaming sound and stunning aerobatics that will blow you away! Filmed over the Nevada desert with unprecedented access to military procedures, the film features an enormous armada of aircraft including four American squadrons of F-15C Eagles and F-15E Strike Eagles, F-16 Aggressors, Stealth F-117s, B-1B Lancers, B-2 Stealth bomber, C-17 Globemaster III, a U-2R and more...

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IMAX – Galápagos

Presented by the Smithsonian Institution and Imax Ltd., and using IMAX 3D technology, Galapagos vividly documents an eight-week expedition to the islands and surrounding waters.Part adventure, part scientific expedition, part personal quest, and part fantastic voyage, this unprecedented non-fiction film takes audiences on a journey with marine biologist Dr. Carole Baldwin, from the Smithsonian Institutions's Museum of Natural History, on her first trips to the famed Gallpagos Islands.An amazingly immersive cinematic experience, Galapagos delves deep into the largely unknown waters surrounding the volcanic archipelago to explore the natural wonders of a realm that is truly a living natural science laboratory.Using Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution's research vessel, the SEWARD JOHNSON as the mother ship-and their high-tech submersible JOHNSON-SEA-LINK-the highly distinguished research and filmmaking team deployed technology light years ahead of the crude instruments Charles Darwin had at his disposal during his famous 1835 visit to the region.
Film made in 1999

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IMAX - Genesis

The Great Rift Valley in Africa - a 4,000 mile crack in the Earth's crust. It is the result of continental fracturing that began some 20 million years ago.
Volcanic eruptions, such as the spectacular eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano featured in GENESIS, are the results of powerful tectonic processes which are continually reshaping the Earth's surface.
"From that early moment when a suprnova explodes in a blast of light and sound, the GENESIS audience doesn't just have a front row seat at the creation of the world. The audience is inside the creation itself andmade aware in the most forceful ways that creation is still conitnuing." - Richmond News-Leader

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IMAX - Grand Canyon – The Hidden Secrets

Through the startling reality captured by IMAX film technology, this spectacular video takes you on a journey spanning 4,000 years of human history, including the dramatic re-creation of the 1869 Powell Expedition. Experience the exhilaration of clinging to a fragile raft as it is swept through what are said to be the most treacherous rapids in the Northern Hemisphere...the thunderous whitewaters of the mighty Colorado River. Savor the quiet solitude of soaring silently through the majestic monoliths towering nearly a mile over the Canyon's floor in a tiny ultra light aircraft. You will experience Grand Canyon as never before in this captivating MAXSCREEN presentation.

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IMAX – Great North

This award-winning film was originally presented in theaters in the IMAX format. The rich culture of the Inuit natives of the Arctic North is depicted through the eyes of the grandson of Nanook. He leads the viewer on a journey through the beautiful landscapes as well as the traditions of the Inuit lifestyle.

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IMAX – Hail Columbia

There's loads and loads of 35mm footage in this documentary. The problem with that is mainly how small it appears on the overall print. Which is especially unlikable if you see it on DVD. Compared to later space exploration IMAX films, this doesn't quite live up to expectations. There was an effect to partially soften this by showing space-to-earth still photography. But there's a serious flaw in an IMAX film about space in which the most stunning footage is of down here on earth! Ignore the IMAX angle, and it does have some interesting aspects. You get some nice background about the space shuttle, somewhat of a cool time capsule of 1981. There's much to enjoy about this film, seen purely from a documentary standpoint. Recommended.

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Imax - Hidden Hawaii

Directed by: David Douglas (Wolves). Fiery volcanic eruptions and rivers of molten lava bring the formation of the islands to life. Descend 4,000 feet beneath the surface to witness the birth of Hawaii's newest island and journey to the very edge of Maui's 10,000-foot-high Haleakala Crater. 5 language tracks including English, Danish, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish.
The IMAX camera surveys the verdant beauty and diverse terrain of the Hawaiian islands.
Imax - Hidden Hawaii Reviews:
"...HIDDEN HAWAII showcases some magnificent, lesser-known Hawaiian islands....The result is some of the most spectacular nature footage ever shot..." -- Bob Kurson, Chicago Sun-Times.

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IMAX – India Kingdom of the Tiger

Journey across India, a breathtaking land shaped by a myriad of cultures, customs and traditions. Come face to face with the Bengal Tiger and explore the spectacular world of this majestic creature with stunning clarity, captured only a IMAX? technology can. Inspired by the writings of Jim Corbett, who pioneered wildlife conservation, India-Kingdom of the Tiger is a glorious tribute to this magnificent land.
Soar over blue-hazed Himalayan peaks and sweep down towards the thundering Indian Ocean as we celebrate the power and beauty of India's greatest ambassador - the mighty Bengal Tiger.

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IMAX – Indian Ocean Islands

The Indian Ocean Islands, off the East coast of Africa, are an indisputable paradise on earth with their luxurious resorts, sun-kissed beaches and sparkling turquoise seas. Africans, Indians, Europeans and even pirates have all settled here in this timeless tropical paradise.
Traveler Ian Wright visits just a handful of the hundreds of Indian Ocean islands. Beginning in the most luxurious hotel in the Republic of Mauritius, he then flies to the island of Reunion before ending his journey in the Republic of Seychelles on the islands of Mahe and La Digue.
Next, traveler Megan McCormick begins her journey in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka. She travels to the east coast to surfing paradise, Arugam Bay, visits Ratnapura and Sigiriya, before driving to Kandy. Flying to the Maldives, she ends her trip with a diving safari around the maze of idyllic uninhabited islands.
Along the way:
- Journey into an active volcano at Piton de la Fournaise.
- Place a bet at Champ de Mars - the second oldest racecourse in the world.
- Do a little 'big game' fishing in the Republic of Seychelles.
- Climb the impressive fortress of Sigiriya, built by King Kasyapa 1,500 years ago.
- Visit Ratnapura, the city of gems, where mines give up pink and blue sapphires.

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IMAX – Island of the Sharks

From the director of Into the Deep, comes a magnificent expedition that takes you 300 miles off the west coast of Costa Rica to the remote animal sanctuary of Cocos Island. This amazing underwater world shelters some of the ocean’s most feared and misunderstood predators.
Island of the Sharks allows you to dive with manta rays, barracudas, giant sea turtles, porpoises and witness hundreds of sharks as they swim past you on the giant IMAX® screen. Produced by NOVA/WGBH Boston and Howard Hall Productions in association with The New England Aquarium.

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IMAX – Jane Goodall’s - Wild Chipanzees

One of the world's best known animal researchers surveys the results of more than three decades of painstaking study in JANE GOODALL'S WILD CHIMPANZEES. When legendary scientist Jane Goodall first came to Tanzania more than 35 years ago to study the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, the vast, flourishing forest teemed with apes. Today, the park is ravaged by logging, and home to only about 40 chimps, who live confined to a few protected square miles. But the chimp population in Gombe remains abuzz with drama and intrigue. Of the many chimps Ms. Goodall got to know when she began her studies in 1960, just one -- Fifi -- is alive today. And Fifi's two eldest sons, Freud and Frodo, are now locked in a power struggle over the title of top-ranking male, a conflict that is dominating life in the community.

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IMAX – Kilimanjaro – To the Roof of Africa

The movie, Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa, was excellent. Not only was the content of the movie intriguing and interesting, but seeing it on the giant screen transported you out of your seat and onto the mountain. I would recommend this to anyone looking to explore the terrain of a beautiful country, while sitting in the comfort of a movie theater.

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IMAX – Lost World – Life in the Balance

Originally presented in IMAX theaters, LOST WORLDS looks at untouched aspects
of nature in parts of the world where humans rarely tread.
From plants, to animals, to geology,
this artfully photographed documentary presents facets of the biological world that you are not likely to see anywhere else.
What happened here? What keeps all civilizations alive? To find out, join narrator Harrison Ford on a scientific adventure from the arctic to the equator. Tunnel into a metropolis of micro-organisms beneath New York, swim through the underwater forests of the Pacific, and climb to the top of the mysterious mountains in Venezuela that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's novel The Lost World. Discover the wonders of biological diversity—and its importance to all of us.

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IMAX – MicroCosmos

Using revolutionary cameras, the directors of this French film (with minimal English-language narration) have made an amazing chronicle of the insect world. There are at least a dozen fascinating, memorable images, and the carnage is held to a minimum. Some favorites include a caterpillar traffic jam, a frog's bout with a rain storm, and a bird that turns into Godzilla for a bunch of ants. Then there's the snail mating scene that must be seen to be believed.
MICROCOSMOS captures the fun and adventure of a spectacular hidden universe revealed in a breathtaking, close-up view unlike anything you've ever seen! Your family will marvel at a pair of stag beetles dueling like titans. The kids will stare bug-eyed as a magnificent army of worker ants race to stock their larder ... while tyring to avoid becoming a feisty pheasant's dinner. And you'll have a front-row seat to witness an amazing transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, the remarkable birth of a mosquito, and several other minute miracles of life. With its tiny cast of thousands, MICROCOSMOS leaves no doubt that "Mother Nature remains the greatest special effects wizard of all"

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IMAX – Mistery of the Maya

Witness the splendor of the Mayan civilization through the discovery of their pyramids, palaces and temples.
Deep within the jungles of Mexico and Guatemala, and extending into the Yucatan Peninsula lie the fabled pyramids, temples and palaces of the Maya. While Europe still slumbered in the midst of the dark ages, these innovative people had charted the heavens, evolved the only true writing system native to the Americas and had made tremendous strides in the areas of mathematics and calendars.
Without the advantage of metal tools, beasts of burden or even the wheel, they were able to construct vast cities with an amazing degree of architectural perfection and variety.
Filmed on location at numerous sacred sites throughout Central America including the ruins at Palenque, Tikal, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Copan and Uxmal, Mystery of the Maya explores the culture, science and history of this people.

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IMAX – Mistery of the Nile

On Christmas day of 2003, Pasquale Scaturro and a team of explorers set out on an epic quest to become the first to complete a full descent of the world's greatest river, the Blue Nile and the Nile, from source to sea. Four months later, on April 28 at 7:01am, Pasquale and his expedition partner Gordon Brown, reached the mouth of the Nile at the Mediterranean Sea, becoming the first in history to complete this 3,250-mile journey. Their amazing journey is the basis for the IMAX film, MYSTERY OF THE NILE.
The epic 3,250 mile descent down the world's greatest and deadliest river has eluded humankind for centuries - until now! Ride shotgun on the team's 16-foot rafts as they crash through the rapids in Ethiopia's desert canyons. Battle through some of the world's most extreme whitewater rapids with renowned kayaker, Gordon Brown. Over the arduous, four month journey, the team faces nearly in-surmountable challenges - from crocodile attacks to armed bandits and arrests. Through breathtaking cinematography, Mystery of the Nile reveals a wondrous region and abundant treasures, from Tissisat Falls and the wonders of Egypt to the forgotten black pyramids of Meroe and 12th century churches that were carved into sheer rock.
MYSTERY OF THE NILE tells the story of this emotional and historic expedition while also exploring the cultural and environmental links between the Ethiopian, Sudanese and Egyptian civilizations. Both a captivating human adventure and a serious in-depth look at this most fascinating yet little-known region, MYSTERY OF THE NILE promises another exciting and educational giant screen experience.

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Imax - Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Gorilla takes us to a remote range of volcanic mountains in Africa, described by those who have been there as "one of the most beautiful places in the world", and home to the few hundred remaining mountain gorillas.
In spending a day with a gorilla family in the mountain forest, audiences will be captivated by these intelligent and curious animals, as they eat, sleep, play and interact with each other. Although gorillas have been much-maligned in our popular culture, viewers will finally "meet the legend" face to face, and learn about their uncertain future.

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IMAX – Mummies – Secrets of the Pharaohs

Mummies: Secret of the Pharaohs is an exceptional Imax film. The cinematography is beautiful (Egypt in Imax, need I write more?!), the recreations convincing, and most importantly, the film is engrossing. Intertwining three separate but related stories, Mummies: SotP, explores the far and near past in a fresh fashion all the while keeping an eye on their payoff - these separate pasts' unexpected role in advancing our future (no revelations will be made here. It's worth it to see the film!)
Films should be entertaining, that is a given. When they are educational as well...well you just can't help but leave the theater thinking that your dollar went far further than you've come to expect, and that, in my book, is always a reason to recommend a film!

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IMAX – Mysteries of Egypt

Mysteries Of Egypt transports audiences to a distant time and place where the Nile river valley cuts an Emerald swath through the Desert sands. With its dedicated team of Scientists, Mysteries Of Egypt explores the magnificient architectural feats, awe-inspiring legends and amazing history of the Ancient Egyptian civilization
Float down the lush Nile and soar over the Valley Of The Kings as stars Omar Sharif and Kate Maberly explore the latest discoveries and uncover many of the mysteries that surround these Ancient peoples

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IMAX – Nas Profundezas do Pacífico

Nas Profundezas do Pacífico é um convite para entrar na água e nadar ao lado de animais deslumbrantes como uma faminta estrela-do-mar, um enxame de lulas e outros nunca antes vistos, inclusive os graciosos leões-marinhos. Nas Profundezas do Pacífico é narrado pela atriz Kate Nelligan. O conceituado diretor Howard Hall capta, com maestria, as cores do oceano, além de uma floresta de algas marinhas localizadas nas ilhas da Califórnia. Luzes, máquina fotográfica, água e um elenco de milhares de protagonistas marinhos dão um show neste filme que encanta pela aproximação do homem com a explosão de vida que há debaixo d´água

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IMAX – Nascar

As a die hard NASCAR fan, this movie was unbelievable! The images look so crystal clear, you could almost feel the the texture of the asphalt as you ride along. Great 3D effect, though towards the end I had a slight headache due to eye strain. The sound was the most authentic reproduction of a NASCAR race I've ever heard. The engines roar as loud and beefy as being at the track. Certainly a must see. Even the non-NASCAR fans will enjoy it and perhaps become interested in the greatest sport in the world. Only one thing that bothered me about the film was the fact that there are certain things that you wanted to see in focus... that weren't (hence the eye strain headache). If you can get a seat in the back of the theater...perhaps the eye strain would be less. Other than that... it's the best IMAX movie out there now. A must see, and I'm buying a copy when it hits the shelves on DVD. Not just 2 thumbs up... all ten digits up!

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IMAX – Ocean Oasis

Ocean Oasis, a new giant-screen film, is a fascinating journey into the bountiful seas and pristine deserts of two remarkably different, but inextricably linked worlds ? Mexico's Sea of Cort?s and the Baja California desert.
What powerful geologic forces collided to carve out this unique region? What drives the strong currents that make this ocean so unusually rich in nutrients? How does life thrive in a seemingly barren landscape? Ocean Oasis mesmerizes us with revealing and memorable scenes that explore these mysteries.
Glide side-by-side with a graceful giant manta ray as it arches and swoops through water sparkling under the hot Baja California sun. Witness the pageant of migrating whales, the elaborate tango of courting terns, the battles of lumbering elephant seals. Fly over sweeping vistas of snow-capped mountains, vast deserts, palm oases, and mangrove swamps ? then plunge into astonishing underwater sequences of rarely seen marine life.
In the making of this extraordinary film, a team of gifted and dedicated scientists explored unknown territories, sometimes at great personal risk. They trekked, flew, and dove to unveil intriguing secrets of isolated areas on land, in the air, and beneath the sea. Now audiences who would never otherwise see these remote wildernesses can experience their captivating beauty and elusive wildlife.
"A few very special places in the world are havens for life. Resources and shelter draw living creatures from far and near. These places are rare. We call them oases."

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IMAX – Planeta Azul

Sob o ponto de vista da órbita terrestre, o documentário mostra o Himalaia, o deserto da Namíbia e as ilhas do Caribe. Explora a ação de vulcões, terremotos, furacões e exemplifica como a devastação de florestas está mudando a superfície do planeta.

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IMAX – Ring of Fire

A breathtaking look at the great circle of volcanoes and seismic activity that rings the Pacific Ocean. Witness the birth of a new volcano in Chile and take a look back in history at the infamous 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. March with the inhabitants of Sakurajima, Japan, as they participate in their annual evacuation drill, and witness one of the frequent ash eruptions of this very active volcano. Computer animation sequences take you on a wild through the center of the earth to see the process of the geological forces that cause a volcanic eruption or earthquake. Finally, observe the devastating results of these forces through the scenes of the 1989 earthquake that rocked the city of San Francisco.
Note: This documentary has additional info on stuff we've seen in Baraka, like : the Kekak dance, the Bromo Mountain, Gunung Agung, Nagano snow monkeys, and others.

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IMAX – Roving Mars 2006

Almost 200 key legislative and administrative staff members join CSA for a sneak screening of Disney's IMAX production of Roving Mars on May 23, 2006. The evening was huge success with NASA JPL, Boeing, DIRECTV and Aerojet sponsoring. In addition to the movie itself, Dr. Mark Adler, a scientist associated with the Mars Rover Program, was on had to say a few words and to entertain the children with a set of automated Rover Wheels. Many of the kids where wide-eyed after the experience!

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IMAX – SOLARMAX

Well, I've seen this film a long time ago in a museum, but I still watch it every once in a while on DVD. It's the first and only documentary film I have ever bought, cause I'm not really into buying this kind of films. It's a documentary film about the sun and the solarmax, a phenomenon that happens every 11 years. Just the music makes this movie worth watching. It's really good. Perhaps if you're not interested in scientific topics, you won't like this film so much, although I find it a very "watchable" documentary, even if you're not very interested in the topic. Locations are amazing. Also, they really do explain very good many things about the sun and they make you be interested on it. Some images are astounding, specially the ones with the Aurora and the ones with the sun not setting in the poles. Although some times the movie can be a little bit pretentious, and perhaps a little bit too dramatic, but maybe that's the point, to amaze people.

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IMAX – Speed – The Ultimate Big Screen Experience

From the dawn of man to the distant future, see how the need to go faster has shaped our lives and motivated our progress in this dynamic visual and emotional IMAX experience. Fueled by imagination, mankind has forged on to break through new frontiers and expand human potential beyond what anyone ever thought possible. Daredevils, test pilots, racers, astronauts - all of these people have launched towards the infinite and brought us ever closer to realizing our dreams. Disc 2 includes the complete feature in Microsoft Windows Media High Definition, playable on your PC.

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IMAX – Stormchasers

The power of tornadoes, hurricanes, hailstorms, and other severe weather serve as a reminder that, despite technological advances, there are elements of nature that still have us at their mercy. Stormchasers follows the meteorologists who put their lives in danger to chart and research severe storms.
A group of scientists drive hundreds of miles per day to chase down tornadoes in the Midwest, lingering until the last possible second when they actually encounter a twister. Weather Service personnel send an airplane through the middle of Hurricane Emily, with everything that can be shaken loose inside the plane tethered down for the rough ride. The "making of" segment of Stormchasers documents the crew's hair-raising experiences as they placed themselves directly in the path of danger and doubted their own sanity for doing so. Interestingly, the filmmakers were forced to manufacture a monsoon when shooting in India; the results were convincing indeed.
Originally shot in large format for IMAX theaters, Stormchasers gives the formation of menacing storms a beautifully lyrical quality and goes a long way toward explaining the weather phenomena that shape our lives.

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IMAX – Straight Up – Helicopters in Action

I don't know if I have ever found a "bad" IMAX movie after many viewings. Straight Up is consistantly SUPER. Viewed with a 5-and10-year old, it was a great experience for them as well as the adults. Advice is: see it!

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IMAX – Super Speedway

Sure, for it's super imagery and awesome sound, it's a great home theater "show off" disk, but this is also a touching drama as well as an informative documentary. The parallel stories that are intertwined throughout this film will keep all viewers interested. Young, old, boys and girls alike will find that deep down, we are all fans of the automobile, especially the high performance indy machines that are the result of generations blood, sweat, tears, ingenuity and perseverance. The Mark Knopfler and Ry Cooder sound track is perfectly matched to the visuals and the content. I don't want to give away the ending, but the final driving sequence to Quincy Jones' "Days Like These" just might bring a tear to your eye. Enjoy it!

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IMAX – The Alps

I enjoyed the first 15 minutes of "The Alps". Breathtaking views as an introduction, promise of a story, even some drawings and animations to provide real information about the Alps.
Then it got downhill as far as I am concerned.
The whole story is a bit of "I love and support him", "I must succeed", "rocks are dangerous, ice is dangerous, snow is dangerous", with many scenes arranged specifically to create emotions. This would have been fine as a background, but the whole "I must surmount my father's fall" story got in the first plane and obscured other content, once past the 15 minutes I mentioned.
There was not enough information about the mountain - no visualisation of the path taken, no details about rocks, just very brief mentions of "ya know, snow might go down in avalanche" and such. Nothing about how they use axe and other tools for climbing. Not much about the mountains. I have learned almost nothing about the Alps or climbing - only generic things that even kids know (at least in Europe). "Educational" scenes filmed on the train were too long and too basic for my liking.
Views? There was a bunch of great scenery showing the Alps, but overall not enough - and the remainder was the three people climbing, in closeups. Potential wasted, at least for me. Maybe the budget influenced that? Overall this film is for me an example of "an American documentary". Much fluff stretched over time, minimum interesting content that gets rehashed over and over. How many times do we need to hear about father of the hero? Come on, it's not US TV channel, there was no break for commercials and you don't need to remind people what they are watching...
I gave the movie a "5" as it has some great visuals and is pleasant to watch (but not as many of these as I expected) though it fails on other counts. Not too bad for an IMAX movie, not too good either.
Note: I am not saying this is a bad movie - just that I did not like it.

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IMAX – The Discoverers

From the earliest voyages that mapped the Earth to today's launches into space, "The Discoverers" reverberates with the passion to explore our universe. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Dr. Daniel J. Boorstin, "The Discoverers" examines our desire to expand the boundaries of knowledge. The stories presented in this film span space and time, taking us around the world to participate in the act of discovery. Stand alongside Sir Isaac Newton in his British lab; then travel to the present to observe Dr. Louis Herman working with his very cerebral dolphins in Hawaii. Ever wonder "how did they do that?"

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IMAX - The Dream Is Alive 1985

Journey into space alongside the astronauts on the space shuttle as they orbit around the Earth, floating as never before over the towering Andes, the boot of Italy, Egypt and the Nile. Witness firsthand a tension-filled satellite capture and repair and the historic first spacewalk by an American woman.

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IMAX – The Eruption of Mount St. Helens

This documentary on the May 1980 eruption of Washington's Mount St. Helens volcano does a fine job of explaining why the mountain exploded, but what distinguishes this production is its spectacular cinematography. Originally shown in IMAX theaters, this film presents highly detailed and lavish views of the gorgeous scenery of the Pacific Northwest, both as they appeared before the top 1,300 feet of Mount St. Helens was blown into the sky and during the disaster's dramatic aftermath. When the first eruption occurred on the morning of May 18, 1980, the entire region was showered with gray ash, and the footage of towns that took on a wintry appearance in the springtime is truly eerie. For weeks after the mountain blew, it created its own unstable weather system, but when the clouds finally cleared and camera crews could fly near the volcano, the footage they brought back was stunning. Shots of what had been wooded mountainsides made utterly desolate are terrifying, and they dramatize how powerful and deadly a volcano can be. More recent footage showing the landscape after it recovered is inspiring and reassuring, and this film, which was nominated for an Academy Award, will leave viewers in awe of both the beauty and violent fury of Mount St. Helens.

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IMAX – The First Emperor of China

The First Emperor of China chronicles the period of Qin Shihuang's rule. Much of the story has never been told before, and few Westerners are aware of his incredible achievements. From the grandiose inner sanctum of Emperor Qin's royal palace, to fierce battles with feudal kings, this historical drama re-creates the glory and the terror of the Qin Dynasty. The film includes the first documentary footage of Qin's life-sized terra cotta army, constructed almost 2,200 years ago for his tomb. The First Emperor offers viewers a unique opportunity to increase their understanding of the nature of ancient Chinese civilization and its extraordinary achievements

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IMAX – The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef unveils the most colorful and diverse undersea world known. Viewers will experience not only the enchanting beauty of the reef, but will learn of its complex ecosystem, symbiotic relationships and the extreme fragility of its environment.
Mysterious and only superficially explored by generations of the native Aborigines, Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's most extraordinary natural life systems. Twelve hundred miles long and made up of coral, it is the Earth's largest structure built by living things, in some places extending 120 miles into the sea. So many varieties of life call the reef home that more than a dozen species can be found within any square meter of its surface. This IMAX film brilliantly captures the visual splendor of this environment with splendid underwater photography typical of the format. Sharks, sea turtles, anemones, and the coral itself are the living subjects of the camera's probing eye. Overall, this documentary is a comprehensive look at this long-studied web of life that leaves a lasting impression of its depth and beauty.

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IMAX – The Greatest Places

The Greatest Places begins by noting that Earth is "the most diverse planet in the solar system," and impressive computer-generated graphics depict the very early history of the planet, showing vividly how geological events formed the continents. Particular sites around the world (the "greatest places" of the title) are then visited, and some dazzling cinematography displays the exotic locations spectacularly. A trip into the jungles of Madagascar demonstrates how the island, isolated as it was for 40 million years, developed unique wildlife, including many species of lemurs. High atop the Tibetan plateau, nomads are seen herding yaks and Buddhist pilgrims are filmed against the stunning peaks of the Himalayas. A "holy lake" in Tibet dissolves into a shot of the mighty Amazon River, and the ecosystem of the South American jungle is explored. And the world's largest island, Greenland, is scanned by cameras that linger on the sheer enormity of glaciers as well as on the native peoples who manage to live at extreme low temperatures. Near the end of the film the narrator notes that "life is a reflection of the landscape." And the breathtaking film shot in these remote but magnificent locales does demonstrate beautifully the awesome diversity of both landscape and life on Earth.
Witness the greatest collection of diversity ever produced. The Greatest Places is a large-format film that takes you on a journey to seven of the most geographically dynamic locations on Earth.
AMAZON - This mightiest of rivers forms a network of water channels that permeates nearly half of South America.
GREENLAND - Harsh, foreboding and almost completely buried beneath a cap of permanent ice and snow. Greenland is the world's largest island. It is estimated that some 10,000 to 15,000 icebergs are calved by Greenland's glaciers each year.
IGUAZU FALLS - Strung out along the rim of a crescent-shaped cliff about 2.5 miles long, some 275 individual cascades and waterfalls plummet up to 269 feet into the gorge below. The thunderous roaring can be heard from miles away.
NAMIB DESERT - Stretching 1,200 miles in length, but averaging a width of only 70 miles, the Namib Desert is home to the highest sand dunes in the world.
OKAVANGO DELTA - A 6,000 square-mile maze of lagoons, channels and islands helps Okavango earn the description "the river that never finds the sea." Think hippos are nice and slow? Think again! Ever try making your own paper? The first paper was made out of papyrus, still found in Okavango.
MADAGASCAR - The world's fourth largest island is currently home to a rich diversity of wildlife, including lemurs, chameleons, spiny globefish, and up to 10,000 species of flora, 80 percent of which are found nowhere else on Earth!
TIBET - The Chang Tang plateau, at an average height of 15,000 feet, gives birth to many of Asias's mightiest rivers.

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IMAX – The Living Sea

The films from IMAX have come to be known for their cutting-edge cinematography. They don't disappoint with The Living Sea, an Academy Award-nominated documentary exploring exotic marine locales. Using dizzying aerial and time-lapse footage, they provide underwater imagery usually accessible only while wearing fins and a mask. From heavy-surf Coast Guard drills off the coast of Oregon to jellyfish in Palau to North Atlantic humpback whales, veteran IMAX cameraman and director Greg MacGillivray takes viewers on a vivid journey into some of the world's most breathtaking environments and shows us some of the rarest and strangest marine life. Ten years from conception to finished product, this documentary's intended message is the importance of protecting the "world ocean" by displaying its wild beauty and diversity.
The Living Sea does an excellent job showcasing the more visually satisfying aspects of the sea (standout footage includes schools of jellyfish performing a graceful migratory dance and a giant cuttlefish changing brilliant colors for the purpose of camouflage), although ultimately it fails to shed much light on the hows, whys, and urgency of marine conservation. However, despite the short running time (unfortunately characteristic of IMAX productions) and a soundtrack that only true Sting fans will fully appreciate, this film proves to be a remarkable treat for the eyes and is sure to elicit heartfelt oohs and aahs from anyone who loves the sea.
The Living Sea takes you to the world's oceans, traveling to Palau, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Alaska, Nova Scotia and the Red Sea. Explore the mysterious depths and come face to face with life-sized humpback whales when you dive into "The Living Sea." Swim with thousands of golden jellyfish and witness the bizarre spawning behavior of giant clams. Surf in Hawaii, deep-sea dive in Palau and test your courage with the Coast Guard in some of the world's roughest seas! Follow a remotely operated vehicle 3,000 feet down through the ocean depths to view strange creatures (one as long as a football field!) which live where sunlight never penetrates. "The Living Sea" celebrates the "world ocean"-- its beauty, diversity and importance to all life on earth.

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IMAX – The Magic of Flight

Fly with the U.S. Navy's elite Blue Angels demonstration squadron in the breathtaking video The Magic of Flight, which explains the basic principles of what enables airplanes (and birds) to fly, what creates lift, how planes maneuver, how planes land again. Going back to the Wright Brothers' experiments at Kitty Hawk, the documentary explores how the intrepid bicycle makers ruminated on the elements of flight for many an hour before even attempting to assemble their first aircraft. The Blue Angels put into action the discoveries made by the Wright Brothers, as they make their selections, train, and perform.
Pilots push their high-performance fighter planes through difficult but graceful maneuvers for amazed air-show audiences, demonstrating where the state of the art really lies for 21st-century flying. For all the skills of the pilots, however, the most astonishing part of the video would have to be the camera work, with cameras mounted on the planes' bellies, noses, and cockpits to give an up-close view of what the machines are really capable of. Planes fly arm's length apart during maneuvers where the slightest misstep would mean certain catastrophe. The Magic of Flight does indeed go a long way toward capturing the wonder of flying, with spectacular camera work, editing, and production.

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IMAX – The Secret of Life on Earth - O Segredo da Vida na Terra

THE SECRET OF LIFE ON EARTH begins where life apparently began three-and-a-half billion years ago. We witness some of the key developments in plants that made possible the web of life - since evolved and now endangered. Brilliant use of micro, macro and time-lapse photography delivers stunning close-ups of special relationships between plants and animals: barnacles feeding, microscopic plankton, tiny grasses flowering, and pollinators at work. The interdependence between plants and animals is portrayed as an unwritten "green" contract. Five continents are covered as the jungle ecosystem is studied from insect-eating plants to the camouflage of insects themselves. The attempts to restore the balance of these ecosystems is also examined.
Climb into the prickly jaws of insect-eating plants. Watch a flying fox gorge itself on a midnight snack of figs. Witness a mantis disguised as a flower petal lure its prey to doom. You'll see the alarming destruction humankind has caused to our ecosystems and find hope in recent efforts to restore the natural balance we have disturbed. Narrated by Patrick Stewart.

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IMAX – To The Limit

Three athletes demonstrate the marvelous workings of the human body in this revolutionary film for IMAX and other large-format theaters, the first of its kind to use inner body (endoscopic) photography. Renowned actor Richard Kiley narrates. Famed American rock climber Tony Yaniro, Olympic champion ski racer Maria Walliser, and Bolshoi Ballet prima ballerina Nina Ananiashvili reveal the glorious potential of the body as they strive for perfection, pushing the amazing universe within to constantly move forward and take the body and spirit To The Limit.

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IMAX - Trinity and Beyond – The Atomic Bomb Movie

Trinity and Beyond is an unsettling yet visually fascinating documentary presenting the history of nuclear weapons development and testing between 1945 until 1963. Narrated by William Shatner and featuring an original score performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the film reveals unreleased and classified government footage depicting in graphic detail these powerful and awesome weapons. Many scenes were restored with a process created to make the footage usable.
Director/producer Peter Kuran, traveled throughout the U.S. to locate footage that includes bombs being suspended by balloon, exploding under the ocean, being shot from a cannon and detonated in outer space.
Atomic Operations depicted: Trinity, Crossroads, Sandstone, Ranger, Greenhouse, Upshot-Knothole, Castle, Teapot, Redwing, Plumbob, Hardtack, Argus, Dominic

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IMAX – Tropical Rainforest

Tropical Rainforest takes you on a 400 million year journey to illustrate the diversity and beauty of life in the forests. This film has been seen by millions of people at IMAX and OMNIMAX theaters worldwide and features incredible sound and film images. Featuring the birds and primates of the forest canopy and insects of the forest floor, Tropical Rainforest also shows the adventure of researchers challenged to understand the forests even as they disappear. From extreme close-ups to tree-top panoramas, the film lets you experience the forest on its own terms, to better understand and appreciate the treasures of this environment.

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IMAX – Volcanoes of the Deep Sea

VOLCANOES OF THE DEEP SEA is an adventure that plunges 12,000 feet into the ocean for an unprecedented experience of this vast and little-explored dimension of our planet. The film follows a team of scientists as they dive to research mysterious hydrothermal vents on the mid-ocean ridge. As the dive unfolds, the film and the scientists reveal for us the fantastic diversity of the deep: its strange communities of organisms, bioluminescent creatures and awesome giant predators. An astounding 97% of the Earth's biosphere is located here, in the dark regions of the ocean that we have truly just begun to penetrate and explore.
VOLCANOES OF THE DEEP SEA reveals the planet's marine depths as never before, putting audiences into the most alien and hostile environments on Earth and into contact with the planet's strangest creatures and phenomena. The film will also explore the implications that deep ocean discoveries may have for our understanding of the emergence of life and our search for its traces elsewhere in the Cosmos. Using the deep-sea diving vehicle known as Alvin, the filmmakers capture footage of some of these underwater ecosystems along with some helpful CGI reconstructions. Ed Harris delivers the narration.

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IMAX – Whales - An Unforgettable Journey

This beautifully shot documentary gives Imax viewers an idea of the how big these giants of the deep really are. There is rare footage of blue whales, along with few shots of killer whales and the smallest "toothed whales," aka dolphins and porpoises. The main part of the documentary follows the science ship Odyssey as she tracks two right whales, mother Misty and calf Echo, as they take the dangerous annual trek from Hawaii to their feeding grounds in Alaskan waters. The photography is breathtaking, with fascinating underwater shots and fantastic aerial footage. The scenes of whales feeding was really neat, and has to be seen to be appreciated. I went to see this film with about 300 elementary children, kindergarten through sixth grade. At times, you could hear a pin drop in the theater as all of the kids sat in rapt attention. "Whales" is a must see for anyone who loves whales, water or oceanography. Take the kids. Any movie that can keep that many school children quiet and well-behaved (without any threats or bribes) is well worth the price of admission!

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IMAX – Wild Australia – The Edge

Filmed on the doorstep of Australia's largest city, Wild Australia is about an ancient wilderness: a labyrinth of lost worlds and magical places, beautiful and treacherous waterfalls, canyons and underground rivers carved by streams that lead back to a world as it was 90 million years ago. In a remote ravine, 40 ancient trees survive unchanged from the age of the dinosaurs. Rappel into this world of exotic creatures and unique plant life with our modern bushwhackers!

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Imax – Wild Ocean

Wild Ocean is an uplifting cinematic experience capturing one of natures greatest migration spectacles through the magic of IMAX. Plunge into an underwater feeding frenzy amidst the dolphins, sharks, whales, gannets, seals and billions of fish. Filmed off the Wild Coast of South Africa, Wild Ocean is a timely documentary that celebrates the animals that now depend on us to survive and the efforts by local people to protect this invaluable ecological resource. Hope is alive on the Wild Coast where Africa meets the sea.

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IMAX – Wolves

Discover the world of Wolves by plane, helicopter, on foot and through time. Meet the pack and find out what really goes on in the wolf world where family members play, hunt, travel, howl and struggle to survive. Find out why wolf reintroductions is making news in the American West and setting a precedent around the world. Discover the ancient link between buffalo herds and wolves and why Native Americans have referred to the wolf as their spiritual brother since early days. Meet a traveling wolf who goes to school!

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Atlantis Discovered

Could a super race in the atlantic can have infulenced the Egytians and the Aztecs? Did such a race ever exist?

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BBC - Massive Nature

I happened upon this series being run on Animal Planet (AP) while I was working out at my gym (Turns or to be a six-part, 3 hr total, BBC series from 2004; I only saw 3 and 1/2 episodes). This represents a bit of a caveat as my expectations were probably pretty low. Nonetheless, I was impressed enough to extend my workout because I found it more interesting than most of the stuff one runs across on AP/Discovery/NeoGeo, etc.
Each episode focuses upon one natural phenomenon of massive animal populations. In all cases, these are vertebrates (2 each of fish, birds, and mammals) and their related predators. Interestingly though, the sense of numerosity that is presented rivals that for swarms of insects that often stand in as the "unstoppable force." The narration is decent if, at times, overly dramatic. And there is, of course, the tendency toward anthropomorphism (e.g., sharks and dolphins consciously working together against prey) but that is to be expected to some degree; as viewers we generally expect a narrative that jibes with humanistic behavioral themes anyway. Regardless, what makes this series more interesting is the use of CGI and animation to emphasize the animal behavior. Okay, so it owes quite a lot to "The Matrix" but it is still quite effective. I doubt I would have found the CGI so relevant if it hadn't been paired with some great, at times amazing, live action shots. I was especially impressed with the above aerial shots of bat migration, the hawk/bat and snake/bat predation shots ("The Exodus") and especially the underwater dolphin, shark, seal and gannet feeding frenzy against the sardines ("The Deep"). I should point out though that when I Googled this series, I did find production notes that indicate that some of the sequences of what one might assume are actual animals are perhaps CGI replications of flocking behavior.
Overall, the narrative managed to overcome the incessant, excessively long and common commercial breaks on AP. I would expect the series to be more effective without such breaks. It would probably be enough of an attention-grabber to keep a high school biology class quiet - no mean task.
Parents should note the PG rating is to be acknowledged. Several sequences directly feature the reality of predator/prey relationships and other animal deaths. For example, the wildebeest episode ("The Crossing") shows the tragic aftermath of a river crossing which leaves numerous animals dead or dying having been trampled by their panicked brethren.

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Grizzly Man

Anyone who has followed the trajectory of Werner Herzog from the time of "Even Dwarfs Started Small" will understand the immediate appeal that the Treadwell story must have had for this intensely brilliant German director. Treadwell must have seemed to Herzog like a Laguna Beach version of his Fitzcarraldo and his Aguirre and even of Herzog himself in his more unhinged moments. This film appears at first to be a fair minded documentary about Tim Treadwell, the 'protector' of all things natural and wild in the remote regions of Alaska. What Herzog shows us, however, is that what Treadwell really needed protection from was reality itself and that his escape into the wilds was just a deadly game of denial.
The film is also a meditation on the brute force of nature, on art and on human hubris. My wife found the 'character' of Tim Treadwell so ludicrous and offensive that she had to leave the theater. For my part, I was in awe of both Treadwell's incredible physical courage coupled with his absolute lack of judgment and his insane narcissism. He struck me as a cross between Pee-Wee Herman and Marlon Perkins, the guy who narrated the Mutual of Omaha nature documentaries that showed up on Sunday afternoons in the 60's and 70's.
The word is that Hollywood, in the person of Leonardo DiCaprio, was a financial supporter of Treadwell's 'mission'in Alaska and that a Hollywood version of the story is due out sometime soon with Di Caprio playing the lead. I know I won't be going to see that version because it will just continue the lie and the myth that Treadwell tried so hard to create and sustain. Even at his most intense moments of profoundity Treadwell had nothing to 'say' to anyone about either bears or himself. It was all self-serving and self-congratulatory and it is only in his grotesque death at the hands of a rogue grizzly that any meaningful message finally comes across. (Herzog thankfully spares us from the actual experience which was caught on audio but not on video because the lens cap had been left on.)
Its hard not to feel sorry for Tim Treadwell and the young woman who died with him, but the 'native' scientist in the film put it quite nicely "My people have been living nicely with bears for thousands of years and we know enough to stay out of each other's way."
Tim Treadwell wanted desperately to cross the boundary into the 'way' of the bear because the 'way of the human' was too much for him. Despite his goofy, childish demeanor he revealed himself to be a man of deep anger and resentment. However, if the bears had let him live he would probably be considered something of a folk-hero in 'reality' obsessed America.
Herzog shows us that there was nothing real about Treadwell at all and that the bears knew a lot more about him than he ever would of them.

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Hubble’s View Of The Universe

Could anything like a super massive black hole ever exist? What can you see from the Hubbles eye?

The Hubble Space Telescope was fraught with problems following its placement in Earth orbit after its 1990 launch. Once the problems were resolved, the telescope began receiving some of the most striking space photographs ever captured. Located outside of the distorting lens of Earth's atmosphere, the Hubble can see deeper into space and record more clearly than any existing telescope. This video will take you on a tour of "outer space's greatest hits", thanks to this marvel of modern technology.

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National Geographic - El Increible Cuerpo Humano

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Piranha: Wolf in the Water (1999)

Explores the myth and mystique surrounding these exotic creatures while documenting the habits and behavior of the various species that comprise its widespread and vastly different family.

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Ski to the Max & Ski into the Sun

If you like skiing or snowboarding, chances are you'll really love this movie. I happen to like snow sports, so I really enjoyed the visually rich treat and excellent audio track.
Basically, this movie is a collection of visually stunning skiing and snowboarding scenes. The scenes (or segments) are unrelated to each other and are separated by shots from a busy metropolis. If there is one weak aspect to the film, it is this strange arbitrariness. It is very awkward. However, it is somewhat overshadowed by the great visuals and audio.
All of these segments are beautifully done and with highly vibrant colors. See it in high-definition or IMAX to get the most out of it. There are skiing / snowboarding scenes that I have never seen done anywhere - like where they all do a 360 degree lateral loop - or are skiing at night with only hand-held sparklers. Absolutely stunning.
The audio is outstanding as well. The music is a wonderful selection of styles and will likely appeal to a broad range of tastes. Furthermore, I have never heard the 'sounds' of people going over rails; these are great effects.
My recommendation is to see this movie if you enjoy snow sports. It's only 40 minutes and you'll likely be entertained.

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Super Massive Blackholes

Can they ever exist? Are they in our own galaxy? . Is our galaxy going to clash with Andromeda, our neighbour? What about them? DO they have a black hole?

The supermassive black hole (SMBH) at the center of the most massive local galaxy, M87, is not where it was expected, a team of astronomy researchers have found.

The research by scientists at Rochester Institute of Technology, Florida Institute of Technology and University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, was conducted using the Hubble Space Telescope.

And they concluded that the supermassive black hole in M87 is displaced from the galaxy centre.

The most likely cause for this supermassive black hole to be off center is a previous merger between two older, less massive, black holes.

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The elegant Universe

Eleven dimensions, parallel universes, and a world made out of strings? It's not science fiction, it's string theory. Bestselling author and physicist Brian Greene offers a tour of this seemingly strange world in “The Elegant Universe,” a three-hour Peabody Award-winning miniseries.

Part 1, "Einstein's Dream," introduces string theory and shows how modern physics—composed of two theories that are ferociously incompatible—reached its schizophrenic impasse: One theory, general relativity, successfully describes big things like stars and galaxies, while another, quantum mechanics, is equally successful at explaining small things like atoms and subatomic particles. Albert Einstein, the inventor of general relativity, dreamed of finding a single theory that would embrace all of nature's laws. But in this quest for the so-called unified theory, Einstein came up empty-handed, and the conflict between general relativity and quantum mechanics has stymied all who've followed. That is, until the discovery of string theory.