‘The Last Reef’ Is Worth “Diving Into” At Least Once

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

This past September, Shout! Factory continued its series of IMAX recordings when it released the activist documentary The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea to the masses.  The project, presented by Giant Screen Films, Yes/No Productions and Liquid Pictures, was released to Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on September 13th by Shout! Factory.  While the presentation is clearly an activist work, audiences will be pleased to know that it activist element is kept to a minimum in its overall presentation.  That is among the program’s most important elements.  By direct connection, the information that is shared through the course of the program is just as important to note as the program’s control of its activist elements.  The program’s cinematography rounds out its most important elements.  Much as with every offering in Shout! Factory’s IMAX series the cinematography presented in this program is outstanding.  Each element is unquestionably important to the program’s overall presentation.  All things considered every viewer will want to *ahem* dive into The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea at least once.

The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea is a work into which every viewer will want to dive at least once.  That is due at least in part to the fact that those behind the program made a valid effort to balance its educational side with its activist side.  It is thanks to their work that despite the work clearly being an activist work, it is never allowed to become too much of an activist work.  In other words, despite having those elements, it never becomes too overly preachy.  Being that this is the case, audiences are more apt to remain engaged in the program than they would be had those behind the program allow it to become any more preachy.  It might seem like a minor detail on the surface.  But considering everything noted here, this detail is extremely important to the program’s overall presentation if not the program’s most important element.  Most important or not it is not the only important element that should be noted in examining the program’s overall presentation.  The information that is presented over the course of the program’s roughly 44-minute run time is just as important to its presentation as its balance of educational and not so educational content.

The balance of educational and non-educational material presented in The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea is in itself a hugely important piece of the program’s presentation.  That is because it prevents the program, which is clearly an activist work, from becoming too preachy.  That, in turn, ensures viewers’ engagement throughout the course of the program’s 44-minute run time.  It is just one of the program’s elements that should be noted here, though.  The educational content that is presented within the program is just as important to note here as the balance of that material with the program’s more socially minded material.  The educational content provided within the program’s presentation includes discussions on the various species of fish and other life that calls coral reefs home.  That life includes not just fish but plants and other organisms, too.  There is also a discussion on the symbiotic relationship that many of those creatures maintain as well as an intriguing discussion on the ability of a coral reef to recover from human intervention when humans are in fact taken out of the equation.  This is one of the program’s preachy moments, obviously.  But it isn’t so preachy that the educational content is overpowered.  That reiterates the importance of the program’s balance of educational and non-educational content to its overall presentation.  There is so much more that could be cited here to explain the importance of the program’s educational content.  The material that is cited here is just a drop in the bucket in explaining the importance of the program’s educational content.  Keeping this in mind, the overall educational content presented throughout The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea proves to be just as important to its overall presentation as the program’s ability to balance that material with its activist-aimed material.  It is not the last element to note in examining the program’s overall presentation, either.  The program’s cinematography is just as important to note in its overall presentation as the previously discussed elements.

The content that is presented throughout The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea and its balance are both key elements to note in examining the program’s overall presentation.  Both elements work hand in hand with one another.  While each element is important in its own right to the program’s overall presentation, they are not its only important elements.  The program’s cinematography is just as important to note in examining the program’s presentation as its content and balance thereof.  Audiences will be awed at the beautiful footage captured of the undersea world of the coral reef from beginning to end.  The colors are rich and the angles capture the vastness of the reef.  There are also stunning close-up shots of the organisms that call the coral reef home throughout the course of the program that will impress audiences just as much as the other noted footage.  When those shots and so many are joined together, they are just as certain to keep audiences engaged as the educational material that is presented within this program.  When those two elements are joined together with the ability of the program to balance its educational and activist material, the overall program proves to be another enjoyable addition to Shout! Factory’s IMAX films series.  It proves to be a program into which audiences will want to dive at least once.

The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea is another enjoyable addition to Shout! Factory’s IMAX films series.  That is even with the program clearly being something of an activist work along the lines of Humpback Whales.  That is because unlike that program, this program balances its activist content with its educational content in such fashion as to keep audiences engaged.  Speaking of the program’s educational content, it is just as certain to keep audiences engaged over the course of the program’s 44-minute run time.  That is because of the enlightenment that it offers.  The program’s cinematography rounds out its most important elements.  That is because of its power.  From the rich, deep colors to the various wide shots and close-ups, to so many other shots, the cinematography presented in this program stands out just as much as that of the other films presented in Shout! Factory’s IMAX series.  As can hopefully be seen by now, each element is important in its own right to the program’s overall presentation.  All things considered, it proves to be a work into which every viewer will want to dive at least once.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/documentary/the-last-reef-cities-beneath-the-sea.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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