Judge Steve Power once swam with guppies for an entire Summer. He didn't take any video.
The road trip was a simple idea…dive the best spots in the world and live out their own endless summer.
Eli Martinez of Shark Diver magazine and British cum Canadian cohort Andy Murch have a deep-seated love of swimming with sharks. Eli, obviously a fan of Endless Summer, came up with the idea of a two month long journey wherein he and his partners-in-crime hit up several of the world's most infamous Shark-diving hotspots, and present we the people with some great underwater footage of several different species of Shark. The end result, Summer of the Sharks, winds up being a pretty endearing trek with some pretty affable hosts, as they take some truly breathtaking footage.
I've long had a love of the Shark. Mother nature's ocean-going cuisinart has always struck me as one of the coolest living creatures on Earth. While I can't say I'd go to the same lengths as Eli, Andy, and the rest of the crew in Summer of the Sharks, this documentary certainly made me ponder the idea. There's really nothing beyond what you might see on the Discovery Channel or National Geographic here, outside of the hosts and their infectious love of what they're doing. There's no internal strife, no drama, no shocking revelations or brutal attacks, just a bunch of guys in wetsuits taking video of sharks. They don't get into cages and swim with great whites, but the species of Shark on display are varied and suitably dangerous looking. When they aren't shooting sharks, they're on their way to shoot some sharks. The focus is welcome, and the runtime is just enough that the feature doesn't wear out its welcome. Truth be told, I probably could have watched another hour or so, these guys make it so enjoyable.
The disc is presented in stereo and, considering the relatively everyman means of filming, it's more than adequate. The Underwater footage, shot in non-anamorphic widescreen, looks surprisingly clear, given the fact that I had to take advantage of the zoom function on my TV. Extras wise, you get a few deleted scenes which aren't much; a family friendly version of the film with the profanity covered, which makes for a good watch with the kiddies; a photo gallery; and a decent commentary track featuring Eli, director Rusty Armstrong, and editor Steve Pavon. It's a decent package that's worth a look, if you get the same kick out of the aquatic razor-blades that I do, and can't afford an aquatic safari.
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