The Arctic is one of the only surviving wild places on Earth. Although the majestic land is harsh, it is home to many animals who find comfort in its ice caps and shimmering otherworldly aurora’s. I became very fascinated with the fact that Polar Bears were actually once Brown Bears that migrated north and to adapt to the unforgiving land of the Arctic, they evolved and became these incredible animals. Hearing their story on To The Arctic and the pains a Mother will go to for her children to survive hit close to home. To think that they spent thousands of years evolving to adapt to the harshest land on Earth, so much that they could not survive anywhere else now it is melting. By 2050 all of those in the Arctic may be lost.
I was watching To The Arctic with my tot. It opens up with this quote: “As mothers, the greatest gift we can pass on to our children is a healthy planet.” I thought about that quote many times as I was watching the film, looking at my son be mystified by the Polar Bears dancing in the water or seeing the Aurora for the very first time. I wondered what it would be like for him when he becomes my age and the possibility of this incredible vast land and all of its fantastical creatures are gone. Dr. Sylvia Earle is right, it is the greatest gift we can pass to our children.
The film is narrated by Academy Award Winning Meryl Streep. Her voice was perfect for this feature and complimented the remarkable videography very well. You find yourself entranced through most of it. The startling waterfalls, the ocean that seems to go on forever or the vision of ice caps like broken shards from a mirror resting on top of the bluest waters one could ever see. IMAX takes you there on their first journey to the Arctic and doesn’t let you go.
I also really enjoyed the soundtrack. The score was written by Steve Wood who has worked with Academy Award-nominated Director Greg MacGillivray on previous IMAX films. The musical tracks are done by Paul McCartney and include titles such as:
- I’m Carrying
- Calico Skies
- Mr. Bellamy
- Bip Bop
- Little Willow
- Maybe I’m Amazed
And my personal favorite, Because by The Beatles finishes the Soundtrack nicely. In fact, the moment Because comes on in absolute perfection with the choice of footage, it almost brought me to tears. It is that beautiful.
Special Features & Featurettes on IMAX: To The Arctic include:
- A Polar Bear Family
- To The Arctic with Meryl Streep
- The Challenge of Filming in the Arctic
- Life Under Water
- Welcome to the Arctic
The Blu-ray Combo Pack not only includes the Blu-ray, DVD and Ultraviolet but has a special bonus 3D Version included on the Blu-ray so that you can choose either 3D (If you have an applicable viewing device) or 2D. I unfortunately don’t have a 3D television, however, the film is so superbly filmed that it almost appeared 3D in and of itself.
This is certainly a must see. It is one of the most magnificent films I’ve been given the chance to review. It is currently playing in a few theaters, so you have the chance to actually bear witness to it in its 3D glory. You can find ticket locations for those areas and watch other trailers for the film by visiting IMAX. For those of you unable to see it in theaters, you can pick it up at the WB Shop for $34.95.
I received a copy for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.