Humpback whales are among the most beautiful, stunning creatures on the face of the Earth. One would be hard pressed to find someone who would disagree with that sentiment. One need only look at the number of documentaries and movies made about humpback whales to see just the level of reverence that people have for them. Earlier this month, yet another entry was added to the field in the form of the new IMAX offering, simply titled Humpback Whales. This latest entry in Shout! Factory’s ongoing series of IMAX documentaries doesn’t necessarily teach anything new about the whales in question. That has to be noted right up front. Rather, it is more of an activist film than documentary. That is beside the point. The program’s most important feature is its cinematography. It is a stunning visual treat for the eyes. The bonus material that is included in the program is just as important to note in examining the program’s presentation as its cinematography. The program’s central story rounds out the most important of its elements. Each element is important in its own way to the program. When they are combined into one presentation, they make Humpback Whales another enjoyable offering in Shout! Factory’s IMAX series.
Shout! Factory’s latest IMAX offering Humpback Whales is another enjoyable offering from the company’s IMAX series. Most notable of the program’s presentation is its cinematography. Recorded entirely in IMAX and in 3D audiences are taken on an incredible visual trip throughout the course of the program’s 40-minut run time thanks to the work of its cinematographers. The footage of the whales surfacing so as to feed is incredible to experience even in standard 2D hi-def. Even in standard 2D such a moment still pulls audiences into the program. The footage presenting the whales breaching is just as powerful in its own right. The aerial views of this action and the closer, sea level views are just as incredible to experience as is the footage of the mother whale with her young calf. Of course there is also some more stirring footage, too that some might be unsuitable for younger viewers as the program addresses how certain nations still skirt international whaling laws and get away with killing the whales. That should be mentioned right now. That aside, the program’s overall cinematography stands out as its key element in examining its overall presentation. If for no other reason, audiences should see this program—whether in 3D or 2D—for its cinematography. The cinematography is in itself just one reason that the program is worth the watch. Its bonus material actually compliments its cinematography.
The cinematography that is presented throughout the course of Humpback Whales is in itself an important part of the program’s presentation. It is not the program’s only important element, though. The bonus material that is included in the program’ home release is just as important as the program’s cinematography. That is because the bonus material takes audiences behind the lens. It presents to audiences just how much time and effort went in to bringing the cinematography in question to life. The filming crew had to weather storms in order to catch all of the right shots. It had to figure out where the whales would be feeding to get just the right shots of them in action for other footage. And in another case, they had to work with members of a whale rescue group as it tailed a whale in distress to capture the group trying to save the whale from a bunch of netting. These are just some of the examples of what audiences get to see in terms of the program’s creative process thanks to the program’s bonus material. There is much more presented in the program’s bonus material that will keep audiences just as engaged as that which is noted here. All in all, the bonus material included in Humpback Whales’ home release proves just as important to the program as its stunning cinematography. That is because it creates an appreciation for the amount of time and work that went into capturing the footage for the program and assembling it for its presentation. It still is not the last remaining element to consider in examining the program’s presentation. The story that is presented at the heart of the program rounds out its presentation.
The cinematography that is presented throughout Humpback Whales and the bonus material that is included in the program are both key to the program’s presentation. That is because of how closely the two elements work together. While both elements are undeniably important to the program’s presentation they are not its only important elements. The story at the heart of the program is just as important to note as those elements. It doesn’t try to pass itself off as a documentary a la those presented by PBS or even like its predecessors—Rocky Mountain Express, Journey To Space, Flight of the Butterflies. Rather it makes clear that it is an activist story aimed at raising awareness about the dangers that still face humpback whales today. Most of those dangers are, as it points out, man-made. Some are intentional while others are not. In whole, though those dangers are there and people should be aware of said dangers. It doesn’t allow itself to become as preachy as some other activist presentations either. That makes the story stand on its own merits, too. It makes the program in whole that much more worth at least one watch. When this element is set against the program’s cinematography and its bonus material all three elements present Humpback Whales as a program that animal rights activists and filmmakers alike will appreciate.
Humpback Whales, the latest of Shout! Factory’s new IMAX releases, is a presentation that animal rights activists and filmmakers alike will appreciate. That is due in part to the program’s cinematography. The footage that is presented throughout the forty-minute program is stunning in its angles, its lighting and so many other aspects. The bonus material included in the program’s home release is just as important to the program because it shows how much time and effort went in to bringing the footage to the screen. It will create a whole new appreciation for even those that are not deeply involved in the world of filmmaking. The story at the heart of the program is an activist story. There is no getting around that. That aside, it is nowhere near as preachy as some other activist programs out there. Keeping that in mind it makes the program even more worth at least one watch. When it is set alongside the program’s cinematography and its bonus material, all three elements combine to make this program ultimately, another successful entry in Shout! Factory’s IMAX series. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/documentary/humpback-whales. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:
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