In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea

DVD - 2016
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In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. This story reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2016
Branch Call Number: 7.914 In
Description: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: PG-13; for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material

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Nikewingz
Sep 26, 2017

I read the book first and found it a little boring, slow moving, and somewhat technical (I knew nothing about ships) but the movie was much better. Like most books of course, there was a lot more detail -- about the suffering described after they were wrecked, but i found it otherwise similar to the main events in the book's plot. I thought some of the images in this film were beautiful and amazing and that made it better than the book in the way of visualization of these massive whales, the horrendous task of removing spermaceti from the whale brain, and the geographical whereabouts of the shipwrecked victims. Honestly I was expecting a lame movie, but it was great.

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ThomasJWhiting
Sep 12, 2017

VERY GOOD 2015 seafaring action/adventure film with excellent acting/filmography - everything; glad I gave it a watch.

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raymind
Aug 08, 2017

. Real good .
. Lots of action .
. ' Thinking ' whale , especially when the first mate does the " say " Uncle " " thing .
. Pre-quel to " Moby Dick " ,
though the whalers had a different moniker for the ' white ' whale .

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ba_library
Jul 08, 2017

I recently borrowed The Whale DVD and just finished In the Heart of the Sea DVD. Both films are about the Essex a whaling ship from Nantucket in the 1820s. They are searching for whales since whale oil is a primary source for light in that day and age. They encounter a huge whale that rams their ship. The ship sinks and the remaining crew drift in the ocean for 90 days in their small whaling boats. Some do eventually make back home to New England. Which DVD was better? The Whale is a British mini-series that goes into more detail about the event. In the Heart of the Sea, a film by Ron Howard, the story includes novelist Herman Melville as a character who speaks with a survivor and gets inspired to write his masterpiece Moby Dick. Both films do a good job portraying the whale hunting (they go out in a big row boats with their harpoons) makes you wonder how many people (and whales) died in the industry. The last scene In the Heart of the Sea has an Essex survivor marveling that someone found oil in the land.

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CdnErin
Mar 25, 2017

I thought I would love this, but I was sorely disappointed! I'm glad I didn't spend the big $$ to see it in theatres & instead waited to borrow it from the library!

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SyrusM
Feb 20, 2017

Despite all the visual effects, sudden camera edits trying to create action and phoney glorified music, there's nothing really catchy about this flick. Lots of gory scenes of slaughtering and chopping off whales and the usual Hollywood cliche and on top of that makes killing the whales look exiting and fun. Would be nice if a real Moby Dick existed to mess up with whale hunting fleets.

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amoby
Jan 30, 2017

If you like watching a movie about sweaty dudes who like to argue with their wives and try to kill animals this is your movie.

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Green_Dog_247
Dec 14, 2016

Okay story of Moby Dick. It wasn't like the book Moby Dick at all. It was more about surviving a ship wrecks than fighting wales.

d2013 Nov 07, 2016

Great stuff and visuals were awesome but with Ron Howard we expect no less.

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Adelheid
Oct 23, 2016

I loved the movie, the scenery, the sunset, the whales, would be watching it several times but too many people waiting,

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jimg2000
Mar 31, 2016

Melville's research on his new book, similar to The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power:
Since it was discovered that whale oil could light our cities in ways never achieved before, it created global demand. It has pushed man to venture further and further into the deep blue unknown. We know not its depths, nor the host of creatures that live there. Monsters. Are they real? Or do the stories exist only to make us respect the sea's dark secrets? The question both vexes and excites me and is the reason I've written you a second time to request a meeting. A conversation with you, sir, I believe will serve me well for the novel I intend to write, currently entitled Moby Dick.
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And the new black oil:
Herman: Incidentally ...I heard a man from Pennsylvania drilled a hole in the ground recently and found oil. That can't be true.
Tom: I heard it, too. Oil from the ground. Fancy that.

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