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Deepsea Challenge Blu-ray Review

Deepsea Challenge Blu-ray

Your tolerance of “Deepsea Challenge” will likely depend on your opinion of James Cameron.

I know what you’re thinking, there’s another undersea documentary film starring filmmaker/explorer James Cameron? How many of these need to be made? While the thought of watching another vain documentary with Cameron essentially telling audiences “Hey, look at me! Look what I can do!” may be nauseating to some viewers, “Deepsea Challenge” still has something to offer to some moviegoers.

Despite the cover art boldly stating the title “James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge,” Cameron did not actually direct this documentary feature film about his solo journey down the DEEP Mariana Trench in a submersible vehicle named the Deepsea Challenger. Instead, he lets filmmakers John Bruno, Ray Quint, and Andrew Wight take on the directorial duties. Like any documentary, the film chronicles the journey to the ultimate goal which, in this case, is wrought with trials, gut wrenching tragedies, tests, risks, setbacks, a few side quests, and lots of footage of Cameron babbling inside the Deepsea Challenger. Added into the mix are unbearably cheesy reenactments, film clips from James Cameron’s works, footage of past expeditions, and, of course, multiple mentions of “Titanic” (the voyages and the film).

While James Cameron is clearly a passionate man who desperately wants to explore, chart unknown territories, and achieve lifelong goals, the control freak in him is a bit much at times. You only need observe the reactions of fellow crew members to see how Cameron can rub people the wrong way. As a result of his behavior, it can be entirely grating to watch him on screen (especially since he is essentially the star of the movie). With all of that said, however, viewers will be hard pressed not to be a least a little intrigued to see Cameron’s ballsy undersea adventures that are filled with one of a kind footage.

Note: This set contains a Blu-ray disc, a Blu-ray 3D version of the film, and a DVD copy.


Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Whether above or below land, this transfer is crystal clear.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? The score, Cameron’s voice over, the dialogue, and so forth sounded fine to this reviewer.

* “The Deepest Point on Earth”- A brief 3 ½ minute behind-the-scenes featurette about the Mariana Trench explorations.
* “An Alien World”- 2 minutes of interviews with James Cameron mixed with undersea footage.
* Millennium Entertainment trailers.

November 30, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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