Jacques Cousteau Collection

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Science Documentary hosted by Louis Malle, published by A&E in 1956 - English narration

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Jacques Cousteau Collection Available on DVD for the first time, and digitally enhanced from the original master tapes, comes the opportunity to own what The Boston Globe has called ‘the most spectacular and colourful series on the air.’ The legendary Jacques Cousteau, along with the loyal crew of his famous ship, Calypso, spent a decade travelling the world’s seas, documenting the many wonders that they encountered. A pioneer in many senses, Cousteau’s technical wizardry allowed for the filming of new species and behaviour in the animal kingdom, all presented with a profound respect for the natural world.

[edit] The Silent World

Witness the birth of a new kind of documentary, as legendary diver, conservationist and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau takes you deep beneath the waves to explore a wealth of life that was previously hidden from view. As much of the technology for shooting film underwater was developed by Cousteau’s team, this was the first time such amazing sights could be captured on film. The result, a Technicolor 1950s masterpiece, succeeds both in revealing an untouched world of beauty, life and drama, as well as evoking a sense of adventure, freedom and boundless possibility. Set on board and below the good ship Calypso during an exploratory expedition, this feature-length documentary was co-directed by Cousteau and Louis Malle, whose first film this was (Cousteau selected Malle for this assignment immediately upon the latter's graduation from film school). Highlights include a shark attack on the carcass of a whale, and the discovery of a wrecked, sunken vessel. A window into the world beneath the sea as well as the colourful and nostalgic world of the 1950s, The Silent World was the start of an entire movement, and is now available on DVD as a vital part of any collection. This classic film is one of few to have won both the Academy Award (Best Documentary Feature) as well as the Palme D’Or in 1956.

[edit] World Without Sun

Jacques Cousteau--naturalist, biologist, diver and the pioneer of underwater filmmaking--won the Best Documentary Feature Academy Award for this, his second film, in 1964. The film is a document of a brave experiment in which a team of divers, scientists and engineers attempted to live for a month in a purpose-built base rooted to the sea floor. As the crew of ‘Oceanauts’ explore the Red Sea in their metallic silver wetsuits, with Cousteau investigating the deepest depths in his custommade yellow submarine, the result is a staggering mix of nature documentary and far-out 1960s science fiction. Only this time the fiction is real.

[edit] Voyage to the Edge of the World

Jacques Cousteau, the legendary diver, ecologist and filmmaking pioneer, faces his most difficult expedition yet as he and the crew of his famous ship the Calypso set sail for the treacherous waters of the Antarctic. Facing dangers from freezing seas, collapsing glaciers, volcanic eruptions and brutal weather conditions, the crew’s mission to explore uncharted territory and document the natural wildlife of Antarctica pushes them to the very edge, with tragic and moving consequences.

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  • Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
  • Video Bitrate: 1708 kbps
  • Video Resolution: 720 x 480
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1 (4.3)
  • Frames Per Second: 25
  • Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3)
  • Audio Bitrate: 192 kb/s AC3 48000 Hz
  • Audio Streams: 2ch
  • Audio Languages: English
  • RunTime per Part 83.mins
  • Number Of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: 1.09 GB(1,120 MB)
  • Source: DVD
  • Encoded by: Harry65

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