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In the Heart of the Sea [Blu-ray/DVD] [2 Discs] [2015]

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (928 out of 989)

    Special Features


    • Chris Hemsworth and Benjamin Walker Dive into Their Characters' Combative Rivalry
    • Deleted and Extended Scenes
    • Ron Howard Captain's Log - Follow the Director's Filmmaking Voyage Via Executive Production Photos and His Personal Twitter Feed
    • Uncover the True Stories of Courage and Obession that Inspired the Classic Novel Moby Dick

    Synopsis


    In the Heart of the Sea
    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, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Chris Hemsworth
      Chris Hemsworth - Owen Chase
    • Benjamin Walker
      Benjamin Walker - Captain George Pollard
    • Cillian Murphy
      Cillian Murphy - Second Mate Matthew Joy
    • Ben Whishaw
      Ben Whishaw - Novelist Herman Melville
    • Tom Holland
      Tom Holland - Tom Nickerson



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 989 reviews

    94%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fine movie and drama ... and it's 4K. Cool!

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      Steve
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      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

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      On the surface...

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      Bluraycompulsive
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      This production is both visually and aurally stunning. On the surface it feels truly epic with sweeping cinematography and jaw dropping state of the art CGI effects taking you along on a wave of a sonic orchestral film score. Unfortunately its all surface and little substance. Opposing characters are no more than broad strokes of an extremely honorable and moral good guy up against a by the book regardless of human life authoritarian bad guy; the voice of common reason confronts corporate control, and then it drops that cliche premise of a facade entirely because we now need to join our forces if we are are to be every-men fighting nature -- Yo-Ho, maties! This epic wanna be may take place on the ocean, but it is ultimately pretty shallow, if you ask me. However, If you buy it, do it for how it impressively shows off your home theater system investment because that is how your bluray will serve you best. That is the only reason I checked YES for recommending this bluray to a fiend. If this survey had a MAYBE option, I would have checked that.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

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      JOHNNYANGEL2010
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      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.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Historical account of the true whale tale!

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      Speedy
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      This was an interesting film from the standpoint that it sought to give the "true story" of the white whale that was featured in Melville's Moby Dick!. It demonstrates that leadership was often given to the sons of the privileged, who were not often qualified for that role. Hence, Chris Helmsworth must play "Second Mate" to a young captain less qualified & experienced then he. As a result their ship travels to the other side of the world in search of whales including a legendary white whale known for destroying whaling ships. Although the action sequences with the whale attacking the ship are often shown in the movie "trailers" they actually only compose a small amount of the film. The remainder of the film is probably best characterized as the grim and dangerous lives of the sailors of these whaling vessels. It's worth watching for that reason, but if you are looking for one action sequence after another, I would not recommend it.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Shouldn't miss this

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      1234
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      This was a terrific adaptation of Melville's Moby Dick. It was a twist on the story and not so much focused on the captain's search for the whale but more about the character of the captain. Chris Hemsworth was very good as the experienced captain of the ship. We could see his humor under the surface of a ship that had another captain who was placed on the same ship but very much out of his element. The whale played a more secondary figure in this movie although his presence was used to bring out the story of the two captains on the same ship. Although we are not necessarily looking for a happy ending but that was what happened in this case-more like a satisfactory ending with the whale going off into the sunset and the two captains reaching a common moral ground.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great action flick

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      Jack
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      Wonderful Ron Howard movie about a Whale (think Moby Dick) and the sailor who's very, very mad at him! Seriously, this movie is loosely based on the true incident that inspired the novel Moby Dick. But it is so much more. A fresh out of school captain, an experienced crew and a first mate who knows his job in the form of Chris H. The special effects are stunning and the whales look like whales. This movie also gives you an inside look at how and why we almost killed off the great White Wales in the 18th century as well as what these men had to endure to get the oil out of the whales to sell back on shore. Some gross parts, some bloody parts and some sad parts. A story of survival and friendship. This movie has it all and I highly recommend it.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Beautiful 4K only surpassed by gripping story

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      Chris
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      Do yourself a favor; before starting this movie, turn off the lights, eliminate all distractions, and prepare to be fully engrossed in the experience. The beautiful 4k images, highlighted by magnificent camera work, are only surpassed by the gripping narrative. The storytelling masterfully encourages you to be invested in each character, giving each scene weight and each choice consequence without veering into being heavy-handed or moralistic. In short, this is a "must buy" for anyone with even a passing interest in maritime tales and a "strongly recommend" for all others.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Cinematagraphy

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      Hightech1
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      I purchased the regular Blu-Ray version because the store I shop at was out of the 3D version. The story draws you in and you feel like you are a part of the voyage. I think they built up Chris Hemsworth a little to much through out the movie. I did like watching the movie over reading the book. Ron Howard and Warner Bros nailed it. I am happy that the sound offers Dolby Atmos. The sound is amazing! I just wish I could have bought the 3D version. I guess I should have went around the corner and purchased it from another retailer. The Blu-Ray was not on sale and cost me $22.99 to add to my collection. I will probably watch it 7 or 8 times. Just loved it!!!

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