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Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World

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Overview

Actor Willem Dafoe (The Last Temptation of Christ) narrates this feature-length documentary examination of America's 400+-year infatuation with the science and industry of whaling, which originally aired as an episode of PBS's American Experience series. As written and directed by Ric Burns, the film posits the idea that whaling is as traditionally integrated into "Classic Americana" as virtually anything else. The program approaches its subject chronologically, beginning with a look at whaling's role in the ...
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Overview

Actor Willem Dafoe (The Last Temptation of Christ) narrates this feature-length documentary examination of America's 400+-year infatuation with the science and industry of whaling, which originally aired as an episode of PBS's American Experience series. As written and directed by Ric Burns, the film posits the idea that whaling is as traditionally integrated into "Classic Americana" as virtually anything else. The program approaches its subject chronologically, beginning with a look at whaling's role in the early 17th century, and tracing the pursuit through mid-19th Century, Civil War-era America, when close to 80% of the whaling ships in the world originated in American ports. The film also touches on issues economic and environmental. Special features include a panoply of deleted scenes that take a closer look at whales, the whaling industry and the history of Nantucket Island, and a wealth of bonus reenactment footage that features sea shanties sung aboard a whaling ship christened The Charles W. Morgan.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/2010
  • UPC: 841887012553
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 49,561

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Willem Dafoe Voice Only
Robert Sean Leonard Voice Only
Josh Hamilton Voice Only
Vincent Kartheiser Voice Only
Callie Thorne Voice Only
Philip Bosco Voice Only
Technical Credits
Ric Burns Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Justin Bodelio Associate Producer
Robin Espinola Producer
Paul H. Goldsmith Cinematographer
Brian Keane Score Composer
Bonnie Lafave Producer
Mary Recine Producer
Mark Samels Executive Producer
Buddy Squires Cinematographer
Kristen Vaurio Associate Producer
Li Shin Yu Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Experience: Into the Deep - America, Whaling and the World
1. Prologue: Setting Sail (Essex Part I) [6:39]
2. Introduction - Into the Deep [5:36]
3. Loomings [4:02]
4. Nantucket [10:35]
5. Around the Horn [4:49]
6. The Offshore Grounds (Essex Part II) [4:11]
7. The Hunt [11:35]
8. Nov 20, 1820 (Essex Part III) [8:03]
9. The Golden Age [9:55]
10. Melville at Sea [5:21]
11. 93 Days (Essex Part IV) [2:04]
12. Moby-Dick [2:39]
13. Zenith and Decline [8:05]
14. Epilogue: "The Grand Armada" [13:57]
15. Credits [5:23]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- American Experience: Into the Deep - America, Whaling and the World
   Play Film
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Play All
      The Forecastle
      Sperm Whales & Scrimshaw
      Pollard's Return
      Nantucket
      Whales
      Wings of a Gull
      Bonnie Ship the Diamond
      The Coast of Peru
      A Very Long Take (US Brig Niagara at the Essex)
   Setup
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
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