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DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 47 minutes/ 99 minutes

STUDIO: Disney/ Walden Media

RELEASE DATE: 11-1-2005

ALIENS OF THE DEEP is a fascinating look at the world deep under the ocean. Director James Cameron (who has been spending lots of time exploring beneath the sea since TITANIC), a few marine biologists, Russians, astrobiologists, and also a group of people from NASA and JPL undertake a mission to explore the geology and marine life in the depths of the oceans. They may also give clues on how life may be like on other worlds and perhaps Europa. Vince Pace (Director of Photography) captures some beautiful scenes). ALIENS IN DEEP will amaze you. It is the kind of film that should be shown in schools because it isn't just entertaining. It is educational. Y ou get a look at the what these people do out in the oceans from work to their free time.  James Cameron comes up with a few good solutions to a few problems (including how to get the subs and sea rovers into the water) and provides fascinating questions.  The opeople whod o this work in the ocean love what they're doing and know what sacrifices they're making (look sat the scene when James Cameron asks who would go to Mars when they know it would take up to five years of their lives). 

The theatrical cut was only 47 minutes, but I ask why they didn't they show the 99 minute extended version instead. ALIENS OF THE DEEP is that incredible. Maybe we have to look at our oceans while we prepare to make more trips out into the solar system and beyond.

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Surround

Subtitles: French, Spanish, English captions

The transfer is OK, but I am distracted by the amazing imagery. The quality of the video does depend on what camera they were shooting with (whether it was their regular cameras or the remote robot camera.

The dialogue is never hard to hear, but the music does make the most use of the 5.1 track.

EXTRAS: Well you get an extended version of the film. It is the better version of ALIENS OF THE DEEP.

FINAL ANALYSIS: ALIENS OF THE DEEP will entertain and even educate. It is worth watching.

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