Oceans- Blu Ray + DVD Combo Edition

DVD Reviews | Oct 25th, 2010

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Directed By: Jacques Perrin/Jacques Cluzaud
Narrated By: Pierce Brosnan
Studio: Disney/Buena Vista

Disneynature is back with another great look at our beautiful world, with Oceans. Co-Directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, the filmmakers take you in for breathtaking imagery and also give a little education on the biggest mass on our Earth. Narrated by Pierce Brosnan who is no stranger to narrating Nature Films, provides a simple and sometimes cutesy narration. If you love gorgeous settings and jaw dropping nature shots, than Oceans is something you may want to watch!

Serving as a follow up to the re-introduction to Disney Nature Films, Oceans is a 84 minute, mostly fun affair while sometimes showing the viewer the harsh realities these creatures are faced with on a daily basis. Unnerving and sad to watch, you get to witness spectacular scenes in which baby sea turtles are born on the Galapagos Islands, and you are going “ohhhh” and “ahhhhh” and “oh they are so cute” and then, back to reality. If these turtles are born in the daytime, it spells danger as Birds are flying in and swoop them away to their short lives. It’s a vicious circle of life. Speaking of the birds, there is a scene that is definitely jaw dropping as the Birds amass on a massive school of fish and they are nose diving in the water as well as Whales, Sharks, Dolphins all emerging on this one location for feeding time. Simply fascinating for someone to witness such a spectacle. As usual with most nature films, they have to show the Whales gobbling up the cute little sea lions as well. I wish they would cut it out, I don’t want to sit there crying the entire time. It usually means I am fast forwarding a few minutes though.

What Disneynature brought you in their first film “Earth” disappoints in “Oceans.” The difference between the two DVD’s is the lack of extra content in “Oceans.” Filmed in beautiful locations out at sea and nearby Galapagos Islands, and Costa Rica to name a few. “Earth” was fantastic with how they went into great detail to show how the production went, meanwhile “Oceans” offers nothing as far as a making of documentary. OK, you could watch a video commentary with the filmmakers while watching but to me that’s not a rewarding viewing experience as it’s distracting. The only real extras was some Joe Jonas video and some Nature commercial. I think I would rather watch sea turtles and Lions get eaten before I sit through a Joe Jonas video.

Overall, Brosnan does a good job with the narrations but as far as adding anything really substantial, I’m not sure about that. A few tidbits along the way and basic information on the locales, animals and marine life is all you would really get. If you want to watch in glorious HD, you’ll find this awesome to view as all the colors pop and the imagery is stunning. The underwater cameras were impressive as well and again, would have loved to seen some making of featurettes on this production as they are usually more fascinating then the film itself.


Disc 1: Blu-ray
Living Menus — A Fully Interactive Experience
Filmmaker Annotations
“Make A Wave” — Disney’s Friends For Change Music Video Featuring Joe Jonas & Demi Lovato
Disney & Nature: Preserving The World We Share
Deeper In The Ocean — Select Bonus Video

Disc 2: DVD
“Make A Wave” — Disney’s Friends For Change Music Video Featuring Joe Jonas & Demi Lovato
Disney & Nature: Preserving The World We Share
Deeper In The Ocean — Select Bonus Video

Widescreen 2.40:1 Color

SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

English, Spanish, French

Bottom Line: A good documentary that lacks the much desired bonus content.
Rating: G
Runtime: 84 mins
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