Global Warming – Is it a threat to life on Earth, or something that is simply being blown way out of proportion. Canadian Jean Lemire and his crew venture aboard the SEDNA IV to the Antarctic for 430 days to confront what Global Warning is doing to the ecosystem.
This is a fairly interesting documentary; however, the science seems to take a back seat in an attempt to tug at heart strings by adding unnecessary back story of a lacklustre crew. If this is what you’re looking for, you’ll get exactly what you need from this home release.
For French speaking persons, this can be an enjoyable documentary to follow and learn from. However, English speaking viewers will most likely find the experience less than captivating and, for the most part, frustrating. Performers were brought in to dub the entire documentary in English, and failed to capture the crew’s tone and emotions. Instead, every line of dubbing is delivered with an obvious over-dramatized read that completely removes you from the otherwise riveting experience.
The film would have been greatly enhanced with the use of English subtitles instead of the “B” acting voice-overs.
The DVD release features the 13 episodes in both French and English languages with no extra features to speak of. To be fair, each episode seems to give you enough behind the scenes footage to negate the need for anything extra.
Bottom Line: A little less personal story and a lot more science would have made this documentary a winner.
Runtime: 308 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1