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"Latest IMAX film is a visual feast"
"At last, the IMAX film has found a subject worthy of its expansive format... Viewed on the panoramic IMAX screen, the footage taken among the rolling waves can actually induce a moment's unsteadiness, while the shots captured far below the surface are genuinely breathtaking."
- Allen Howie, Louisville Scene (1/18/1997)  

"Magnificent sights, sound in movie of gentle giants"
"'Whales' is the movie equivalent of a Ken Griffey grand slam... There's just the right mix and match of music to words and of unusual sights"
- Sharon Wootton, Seattle Herald  

New IMAX tale is a whale of a film
"'Whales' moves gracefully from one spectacular shot to the next: whales surfacing in open water, feeding their offspring, gliding 'eye to eye' with human swimmers, and trapping fish by creating an elaborate 'barrier of bubbles.'"
- John Hartl, Seattle Times (  Read Review >>

Gentle Giants: Movie Brings Whales to Life in a Big Way
"absolutely stunning new film... Filled with beautifully photographed, never before seen scenes of blue whales, humpback whales, right whales and orca (killer) whales"
- John Black, The Cape Codder (11/15/1996)  

'Whales' Immerses Viewers in Creatures' Majesty
"The new film 'Whales'... is powerful and majestic. . . . To anyone who has gone whale watching on charter boats (and, to the dismay of some, no whale sightings), this film guarantees you won't be disappointed."
- Lisa Leigh Parney, The Christian Science Monitor (11/20/1996)  

"'Whales' is a colossal film that brought tears to my eyes, and delighted my senses. . . . This film makes science personal. It's a whale of a tale, don't miss it. "
- Barbara Brilliant, The Senior Times  

"It was the best opening weekend we ever had."
- Homer Foster, Louisville Science Center  

"We have sold out the theater two and a half to three hours in advance for every show since we opened last weekend. . . . This is the most successful premier we've had yet"
- Tracy Ingalls, New Mexico Museum of Natural History  

"Whales had the largest opening reception attendance of any film or exhibit to date at Pacific Science Center. We stopped taking reservations when we reached 1,400 guests. The two opening weekends, including Martin Luther King Day, averaged 91% occupancy for eight shows per day."
- Diane Carlson, Pacific Science Center  

"We have never had a film in this theater with such a high satisfaction level."
- Mary Wicklund, Hawaii IMAX Theater  

Watery wonders glide onto Omnimax screen
"'Whales' celebrates these extraordinary sea animals with fantastic footage and fascinating facts."
- Stan Urankar, Sun News (11/19/1998)  Read Review >>

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Produced by National Wildlife Federation, Destination Cinema and Zephyr Productions. Major funding provided by the National Wildlife Federation Endowment and by the National Science Foundation. Producers: Christopher Palmer, David Clark. Directors: David Clark, Al Giddings, and Dr. Roger Payne. Distributed by National Geographic Giant Screen Films. Japanese Distributor: Cinema Japan Co., Ltd. Executive Produced by Richard James. Editor: James Lahti. Writers: Dr. Roger Payne, Mose Taylor, and Dr. Leighton Taylor. Narrated by Patrick Stewart. Composer: Sam Cardin, with feature song by Yanni.


BMZ Reviews:

Giants of the Ocean By Ross Anthony

Outside Reviews:

"Whales have big hearts in more ways than one" By George O. Singleton, Reel Movie

"Whales" By Kevin L. Campbell, Newcity Net

"Swimming with 'Whales'" By Stan Urankar, Sun Newspapers

"'Whales' has own identity" By Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle

"Latest IMAX film is a visual feast" By Allen Howie, Louisville Scene

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