DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D

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THE PLOT THUS FAR

A 3D documentary chronicling filmmaker James Cameron’s diving expeditions in his Deepsea Challenger submersible.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Deepsea Challenge 3D” is the latest underseas exploratory documentary that Cameron has worked on. While I prefer “Ghosts of the Abyss”, Cameron mines new fields with his work at National Geographic. This time, Cameron has become the Howard Hughes of the Ocean’s bottom. Piloting a submersible that he designed, Cameron wants to go to the bottom of the Marianas Trench. Over 91 minutes, you’ll feel the tension of diving seven miles below the water’s surface.

James Cameron continues to raise the bar for spectacle in the cinema. Most of the documentary is dedicated to the process of going under the water, but Cameron also wants to create a document that serves as a chance to inspire so many others. There are shades of the message he was trying to force into “Avatar”, but I don’t feel it would be unfair to say that Cameron cares about the environment. The man seems to care about it in the same way that he cares about history. The efforts to save objects of importance has almost been lost in Western Civilization. It’s promising to see such a prominent voice take such lofty goals back to where they belong. Humanity must keep pressing forward and daring to shatter any and all frontiers. James Cameron does that.

The Blu-Ray comes with featurettes as the special features. The 3D transfer pops in a way that I’d expect from an IMAX presentation, but on Home Video it kills. The 1080p transfer is an open matte affair with field of depth that is sick. No one uses 3D like Cameron, as the man makes you feel that you’re sitting in the submersible right behind him. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is also strong. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 11/11/2014

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