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bigImage BLUE PLANET, a space film about Earth, gives us an experience of our home planet that, until now, has only been shared by astronauts. Spectacular scenes from space, filmed aboard several space shuttle missions, are intercut with scenes of the Earth's surface, clearly showing the powerful forces that affect our planet. Volcanoes, earthquakes and typhoons are depicted--but it is the signs of pollution, ozone depletion, deforestation and energy consumption as seen from space that reveal the more disturbing human impact. The Washington Post says, "If a picture is worth a thousand words, any one scene from BLUE PLANET is worth a zillion."

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Blue Planet: Astronauts Using IMAX Camera [Real 300 K]

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A presentation of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum and Lockheed Martin Corporation, in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Producer: Graeme Ferguson. Director: Ben Burtt. Distributed by Imax Corporation. Writer/Editor/Narrator: Toni Myers. Ground Cinematography by David Douglas; Additional Ground Cinematography by James Neihouse; Filmed in space by the crews of STS-61B, 29, 34, 32 and 31. Astronaut Trainer: James Neihouse. Music by: Micky Erbe and Maribeth Solomon.


BMZ Reviews:

An Astronaut's Window Seat View By Ross Anthony

Outside Reviews:

"Blue Planet" By Pamela Bruce, The Austin Chronicle

"Blue Planet" By Aaron Beierle,

"Blue Planet" By Brian Webster, Apollo Guide

"Blue Planet (IMAX) (DVD Review)" By Rick Babcock,

"Blue Planet" By Norman Short, DVD Verdict

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Rating: Excellent
Posted by: Guest
This is a lyric poem delivered in film media. It's them is simple: Earth is your mother, you should love your mother. It's departure point is the vantage of space, from which one can look back and see, you guessed it, a blue planet, Earth. Altho it includes the magical "Earth rise" picture taken aboard the Apollo trip at Christmas 1968 (?), it adds to that magical image a cascade of vistas all over the world. It is narrated by a woman whose voice, against the backdrop of a touching score, ultimately takes you over. You hear her describe the power of nature, the magic of renewal, and yes the tragedy of extinction, noting clearly that man -- not the snail darter -- is in reality the endangered species. The film is powerful, visually, intellectually, and most importantly, emotionally. It ends with a series of simple statements. Earth is home to the Arabs and the Jews. Earth is home to the Vietnamese. She is home to all of us. ... Read More >>

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