For the most amazing experience from Shout! Factory and Academy Award nominee director Greg MacGillivray is the 4K UHD and Bluray “Humpback Whales” presented by Pacific Life.

Originally screened in IMAX and Giant Screen theatres, “Humpback Whales” is narrated by Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor telling the story of these majestic creatures. Following the Humpback Whales in Alaska, Hawaii and the island of Tonga, this film gives all of us (and who doesn’t) who love whales a closer look at their watery lives.

These large gentle giants not only have beautiful songs but are quite graceful in the water and even playful jumping to heights that are just stunning to watch. If that isn’t amazing enough, these 55-foot 50-ton creatures migrate 10,000 miles a year. Nearly killed into extinction, the researches show how their comeback is slow but happening.

There isn’t a moment in this 40-minute piece that isn’t amazing to the eye and joyful to the heart. This presentation is so beautifully done that I was actually a little sad when it ended. I wanted to know more and especially see more of the humpbacks swimming, singing and jumping.

Shout! Factory is proud to be the only independent studio releasing films in the new 4K UHD format, and “Humpback Whales” is part of an exciting slate that includes the incredible critically acclaimed and award-winning odysseys “Journey to Space” (June 7), “Flight of the Butterflies” (July 12), “Rocky Mountain Express” (July 12), “Wonders Of The Arctic” (Sept. 13), and “The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea” (Sept. 13).

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Humpback Whales” five tubs of popcorn out of five.

I absolutely love this film and it’s mainly because a species of whale that could easily have gone extinct, has fought its way back. What a loss to the planet had this happened so the film allows us to rejoice in knowing they will continue to thrive and grow in numbers.

The film is so stunningly shot and I would expect nothing less with the story director MacGillivray wanted to convey. Most films have characters who speak their own story and even with McGregor’s narration, it is the whales that show us their lives through their graceful motions and playfulness.

The camera captures not only the stunning blue ocean that most never get to see, but the humpback whales with their families which again is something most of the human race will never get to see. Without films such as “Humpback Whales” it would be flat photos that most of us would see of the whales.

Pardon the pun but this is a whale of a tale that anyone who loves the wild and the creatures in it should experience with their entire family. I would actually love to see this film shown in schools that specialize in marine biology as a teachable forty minutes of delight.

In the end — beauty comes in a tremendous size!




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Jeri Jacquin

Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.