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On Location With Galapagos

bigImage The Galápagos Archipelago

An archipelago of 19 islands and 42 islets draping the equator, the Galápagos is over 600 miles [965 kilometers] west of the coast of Ecuador, and features stark landscapes that show clear evidence of the violent physical forces that originally created the islands fewer than three million years ago. First made famous by Charles Darwin following his 1835 expedition, these same forces continue to change the islands even today, and the relatively few animal species which have come to inhabit this dramatically evolving island are remarkable for their tenacity and for the ways in which they have adapted and continue to fight for survival.

The undersea world in the Galápagos is really unparalleled," says co-director / producer / cinematographer Al Giddings.  "The ocean currents carry cold water as well as warm, tropical water to the area to create a very provocative and exotic undersea arena. . . .  It's a place full of surprises and, for the underwater camera, it offers images the likes of which no one has seen before."

"By choosing the Galápagos as a film location, we were able to focus, in a more intense way, on the subjects of evolution and biodiversity," explains executive producer Laurence P. O'Reilly.

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A Co-Production of the Smithsonian Institution and Imax Limited. Producers: Al Giddings and David Clark. Directors: Al Giddings and David Clark. Executive Producers: Laurence P. O'Reilly, Andrew Gellis, Peter Guber. Writers: Barry Clark and David Clark. Top-side Directors of Photography: Andrew Kitzanuk, Reed Smoot. Narrator: Kenneth Branagh. Featuring Songs and Music by: Mark Isham. Original Score Composed by: Mark Isham.


BMZ Reviews:

BMZ Review of Galapagos By Herb Lash

Scubavision By Ross Anthony

Outside Reviews:

"IMAX screen shows off beauty of Galapagos" By Lisa Willton, Calgary Sun

"Imax's 'Galapagos' Brings New Dimension to Nature" By Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

"Galapagos" By Elias Savada, Nitrate Online

"Evolution is ongoing" By George O. Singleton, Reel Movie

"Galapagos" By Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine

BMZ User Reviews

Rating: Good
Posted by: rxbolt
This movie showed less of Galapagos than others I have seen. It frequently, and clumsily, reminded the viewer that a female scientist ("Dr. Baldwin") was doing all these great things on the island. Gave no credit to her male colleagues, esp. the one who piloted their submersible to the bottom of the ocean. There are better documentaries about Galapagos. Sadly, it seems a now all-too-familiar agenda made this movie less than it could have been. ... Read More >>