Ron Howard helms this adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick's historical novel about the harrowing high-seas encounter that inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick. In the winter of 1820, the crew of the New England whaling ship the Essex struggle to survive after an attack by a rogue sperm whale leaves them stranded at sea for 90 days. Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson co-star.~Jason Buchanan
Chris HemsworthOwen Chase
Benjamin WalkerCaptain George Pollard
Cillian MurphySecond Mate Matthew Joy
Ben WhishawNovelist Herman Melville
Tom HollandTom Nickerson
Brendan GleesonTom Nickerson (Age 30 Years)
Michelle FairleyMrs. Nickerson
Paul AndersonCaleb Chappel
Frank DillaneHenry Coffin
Joseph MawleBenjamin Lawrence
Edward AshleyBarzillai Ray
Osy IkhileRichard Peterson
Gary BeadleWilliam Bond
Charlotte RileyPeggy Chase
Nicholas JonesPollard Senior
Donald SumpterPaul Mason
Richard BremmerBenjamin Fuller
Victor Esteban SoleHarpooner
Cristhian EsquivelQuichua Indian Trader
Jamie MichieRescue Ship Captain
Andy WarehamJohn Sanborn
Stephanie JacobTally Woman
Martin WildeBenjamin Gardner
Michael CroninQuaker Prayer Leader
Amanda SilverScreen Story
Charles LeavittScreen Story
Rick JaffaScreen Story
Anthony Dod MantleCinematographer
Roque BanosComposer (Music Score)
Mark TildesleyProduction Designer
Arwel EvansArt Director
Christian HubandSupervising Art Director
Dean CleggArt Director
Neal CallowArt Director
Niall MoroneySupervising Art Director
Nick GottschalkArt Director
William M. ConnorCo-producer
Bruce BermanExecutive Producer
David BergsteinExecutive Producer
Erica HugginsExecutive Producer
Palak PatelExecutive Producer
Sarah BradshawExecutive Producer
Julian DayCostume Designer
Markus StemlerSound/Sound Designer
Michael LermanFirst Assistant Director
William M. ConnorFirst Assistant Director
Barry O'SullivanProduction Sound Mixer
Chris BurdonRe-Recording Mixer
Chris MunroProduction Sound Mixer
Donald SabourinProduction Supervisor
Fae HammondHair Designer
Fae HammondMakeup Designer
Frank KruseSupervising Sound Editor
Gilbert LakeRe-Recording Mixer
Laura LilleyHair Designer
Mark HoltSpecial Effects Supervisor
Paul MunroProduction Sound Mixer
Sarah BradshawUnit Production Manager
Stefan BuschSound Effects Editor
Action and Adventure,Drama
Historical Epic,Sea Adventure
In the Heart of the Sea
Year of Release
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray
Warner Home Video
In the Heart of the Sea [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray] 
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Rated 2 out of 5 stars
One of those you’ll just watch once & never again.
3D was ok.
Not the best AV system, but pretty good, I think. Having had the same 46" Sharp Aquos TV, Old Blu-ray player, and 36 year old Kenwood receiver driving Mission 700 speakers, we decided to get modern. The new system has a Pioneer Elite receiver, Samsung 70" UHD TV, Sony UHD 4K player, Polk subwoofer and center channel speakers, Mission surround speakers, and Magnepan .7 front speakers.
So, this is the disk we decided to try out as a test of the 4K experience. We REALLY like it. :o)
Some tech stuff: There are many scenes with dark, moderate contrast, expanses of screen real estate. Having the lower end model UHD TV probably accounts for banding between the darker and lighter areas of any particular shot. I look forward to making a comparison with a higher model to see what another thousand bucks or so would have gotten us. But the overall impression in terms of video quality was fabulous. I had done some adjusting over the weeks and the picture looks pretty darned good on broadcast and streamed media. Regular Blu-ray DVDs look wonderful, and this disk looks really great. So, have I done an A/B comparison between the 4K and regular Blu-ray disks? Nope. But we have watched the UHD movie twice, and loved it each time.
Experimenting with audio settings could take up most of your day... This disk has great ambiance and channel steering. Foley mix was very good to great, some sounds being too forward for my taste, but the voice and environmental tracks sound as good as you will find for the most part. The music is good, to the point I don't remember it much. That's an indicator that there were not any of those, "What the heck is that about?" moments when the music just broke the scene and it stuck in your mind. So, music fits. Good.
Yeah... The Bass. Not the fish. The Bottom End. Plenty.
The history of the USA is peppered with high - seas drama and adventure. The foundation of one of the greatest and most famous tales of the sea, Moby Dick, is laid out right before your eyes. The characters seem familiar, development of each person done right, and the monster... he's impressive. Not a feel good movie, but an exhibit of human nature at its best and worse. Mr. Howard proves once more that he is a master of his craft.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Posted . Owned for 3 months when reviewed.
I really liked this movie about the essex seems like an essential movie for any moby dick fan, as it was basically a prequel to moby dick, i wonder how much of a true account this actually was.
The tale of the Essex is a remarkable story. It offers the high adventure of a shipwreck and prolonged effort at rescue. It provides a window into the life of whalers at sea and an overview of a colorful, bygone industry that, as several of the characters note, provided light and fuel to the world in the era before gas and oil. There's even the possibility of a Captain Bligh/Mr. Christian conflict in the characters of Pollard and Chase (an option with which ItHotS flirts but doesn't develop). Above all, the story provides an opportunity to explore both the hubris of human illusions that nature can be mastered and the intimate drama of conflict and cooperation among individuals pushed to the edge—the same explosive mixture that James Cameron exploited so effectively in Titanic. Howard's film touches on all of these elements, then shortchanges them in an effort to invest the story with Melville's profundity. He would have been better off remaking Moby-Dick. A decent Blu-ray, especially for the audio, but not recommended as a film.
The packaging was tight, the disc snapping in crisply and not flopping about. This is a movie about a book. The movie is around the eyewitness of the White Whale reluctantly telling the tragic story to an aspiring author (Meville). It was a well done spin on the classic story. If you like movies about "old school" seamanship / man vs nature, then this is for you. This was a great movie IMHO. My wife often falls asleep during movies when she's cuddled up on the couch and comfortable. She was riveted through this whole movie. Hemsworth did a great job. So did his supporting cast. The 4K UHD experience really brings the crew's perils to life. The CGI could have been a little better but as a package, I didn't dock the rating.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
I wanted to see this movie in theaters but i let the horrible opening weekend and even worse critic reviews keep me away. Now, i said critic reviews because of the people i talked to that saw it, all of the said it was great. So, now that it's available to buy on bluray i can decide for my self. Wow. What an incredible journey. You get to expierience the journey, the ups and diwns. Rigjt along with the cast. This movie was a fantastic adventure and i reccommend ignoring the critics this time....heck, ignore them going forwatd so you wont miss anymore great hilms.
This shipped quickly and arrived in a timely manner. The case was undamaged and the disc does not skip or have any issues. This was a well-made movie. The storytelling was good and the graphics and imagery were great.
Be aware that this is not the most pleasant film to watch, but it was very well done, and will give you insight into a time gone buy.
Here we have a drama that takes advantage of being in 3D. For the most part, I think that the 3D was done well. The image was clear, crisp, and clean. I'm glad that I purchased it from Best Buy for $10. It's something that I wouldn't have normally purchased. But I couldn't pass up this movie in 3D for this price. I think if you get it, you won't be disappointed, and you might learn something.