Into the Deep

Into the Deep

America, Whaling & the World

DVD - 2010 | Widescreen version.
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The history of the American whaling industry, from its 17th-century origins in drift and shore whaling off the coast of New England and Cape Cod, through the golden age of deep ocean whaling, and on to its demise in the decades following the American Civil War.
Publisher: Arlington, Va. : PBS Distribution, c2010.
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9781608832521
Branch Call Number: 639.28092973 INTO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sd., col. w/ b&w seq. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 13, 2013

I'm a huge history geek and I typically enjoy the American Experience documentaries but this one was awful. The subject matter was too broad and unfocused. The most unbearable aspect of the show was the ponderous, pretentious public television-cliche voice overs. I actually had to fast-forward at points. I'm reading Moby-Dick and thought it would be interesting to watch this doc. Ugh. Read the book, skip this deathly dull documentary.

Jul 08, 2013

I usually don't rate these kind of documentaries this high. I have to say this was outstanding. I would add a spoiler warning to this if you haven't read Nathaniel Philbreck's book about the true story that inspired Moby-Dick to read that first or suffer the consequences. It might spoil Moby-Dick, but I have a hard time believing anyone in the States does't know the basic plot even if they haven't read the novel.

Oct 09, 2011

Disappointing, boring, fell asleep several times watching this. Either subject wasn't interesting or Ric Burns doesn't have his brother Ken's touch.

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