Deep Blue (2003)

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Released 21-Apr-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette-Making Of
Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Travelling Birds
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 87:04
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (65:16) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Andy Byatt
Alastair Fothergill
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Michael Gambon
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music George Fenton

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (320Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

††† Deep Blue is a montage of some of the most startling and amazing footage taken from the BAFTA-winning BBC series Blue Planet. Deep Blue is a moving film documentary, one that will not easily be forgotten.

††† Deep Blue's visuals are taken from the aforementioned Blue Planet. Designed for the big screen, David Attenboroughís narration has been replaced by Michael Gambon. Purposely (but unfortunately), Gambon's narration is minimal, and there is no in-depth discussion or explanation of what we are seeing.

††† What we do get are a series of wonderful images of diving birds, surfing dolphins, scurrying crabs, leaping penguins, hungry polar bears, and a collection of truly bizarre critters that live at ultra-low ocean depths.

††† Deep Blue reminds us that we live on a blue planet, where 70% of our globe is covered by water, and 80% of all life lives in the ocean.

††† There is no plot per se for Deep Blue, and like Baraka or Travelling Birds, one is simply left to marvel as the images wash over you.

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Transfer Quality


††† Overall, the transfer is excellent, and this DVD is best enjoyed with a projector.

††† The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.

††† The sharpness of the image is excellent, as is the shadow detail and black level. A variety of source material is used, and some of the filming was obviously done in very challenging conditions. As a result, there are a few grainy shots.

††† The colour is excellent throughout.

††† There are no problems with MPEG, film-to-video, or film artefacts.

††† English for the Hearing Impaired subtitles are provided, and they are accurate.

††† This is a Dual Layer disc, with the layer change placed at 65:16.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


††† For a documentary, I was pleasantly surprised with the audio options: English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s), and English Dolby Digital 2.0 (320Kb/s). While there are many films that benefit from dts' greater capability, especially in range, this is not one of them. The dts and Dolby Digital tracks are virtually indistinguishable, except for dts having a slightly greater presence in the rears, for example the waves at 16:50.

††† The dialogue quality of the narration is clear on both the English Dolby Digital and dts audio tracks.

††† The film has been scored by Oscar nominee George Fenton. The score has opted to underline the drama and comedy of the visuals, which adds to the emotional impact of the film.

††† The surround presence and activity is impressive, with the rear speakers being used extensively for the score, and for ambience, such as the bubbles at 11:03. Occasionally LFE activity was noticeable, such as during the waves crashing on the rocks at 16.38.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


††† Lovers of this film, like me, will be thrilled with the extras.


††† Animation & audio.

Featurette-Making Of

††† Running for about 52 minutes, this featurette is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio. It includes interviews with the producers and directors, and some of the cameramen. There is plenty of behind-the-scenes footage, as they present some of the difficulties of filming underwater.


R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

††† I cannot find any information about this title being released on DVD in Region 1.


††† Deep Blue is a soothing and enjoyable experience.

††† The video quality is excellent.

††† The audio quality is also very good.

††† The extras are genuine.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayGrundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony STR DE-545
SpeakersSony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer

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Blue Planet is far better, this was a money making thing! - Pendergast (Why not take a look at my bio, you might think it stinks.)