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Sadly we can't dive in Thailand these days and I miss it badly. But it's given me time to do something I've wanted to do for a long time, to rewatch and rank my favourite underwater documentaries. So I made a video about my top 10 favourites.

What's your favourite? Check out my video:

 

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Good video.

Perfect time to sit on the couch and see or favorite documentaries.

As I wrote on an old thread, I find US and EU storytelling completely different.

 

 

Anyway I agree on your chart except you missed the Laurent Ballesta work. 

i.e. 

 

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Thanks Davide

Yeah, I agree with you on US vs EU storytelling. Seems to me that US docus have to tiptoe more and be more appropriate for lower age groups, although there are plenty of exceptions to the rule. 

And thanks for the tip, I will check out Ballesta

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Well done! You exposed me to more than a couple films I have not heard of, much less seen.

Sharkwater and Blue Planet I & II are in my collection but the rest are now on my list to find and view. Some of them are available on Netflix, Youtube, Amazon and Amazon Prime. I can't find your favorite for us US viewers , unfortunately. It is on Youtube but was blocked for me for some copyright reason. It's also available for purchase on Amazon but it requires a zone 2 DVD player (Europe) and is on the pricey side. The Disney version is readily available.

Thanks for putting this together and posting it here. You did a fantastic and very professional job. I liked it so much I watched it twice in a row!

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Thank ylu, I'm very glad you enjoyed it! 

Sadly yes, finding the original version of Oceans is hard. I bought it on DVD when I was still living in Europe.

Also if you look in the description of the video there's all the links I could find to the various docus, like where to watch them or buy them

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Great idea -

I'll add a few others to the list:

Pelagic Life's Mexico Pelagicothat you can watch in full on Vimeo here:
 

and another one that's quite dear to me

Guardians of Raja Ampat, that you'll find in full here on YouTube:
 



This one's on the recent Tham Luang Thai cave rescue, seen through the eyes of rescuers Ben Reymanents and Maksym Polyjeka

13 LOST - here in full on YouTube:


And on a darker note, a documentary on Dave Shaw's final dive:

To Boldly Go, here in full on YouTube:
 



And on a similar note we also have

Diving into the Unknown (trailer only)


Otherwise yes, all that wild Laurent Ballesta stuff (Gombessa, sharks, groupers, saturation etc) is definitely missing from your list....

700 Sharks can be watched here in full on Viemo, in French with subtitles


Otherwise here's an interesting documentary on Han Hass

Han Hass - Man Who Discovered the Sea - here in full on Vimeo:
 


And a really nice memorial documentary on legendary dive guide Larry Smith:

Diving Adventures With Larry Smith, here in full on Vimeo:



Also Adrienne Gittus's documentary on shark fishing in Indonesia

A FISH FULL OF DOLLARS, in full here on Vimeo:

And more local, we have Nick Hope's epic

Reef Life of the Andaman, here in full on YouTube
 


Cheers!

Ben

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26 minutes ago, ben gazzal said:

Great idea -

I'll add a few others to the list:

Pelagic Life's Mexico Pelagicothat you can watch in full on Vimeo here:
 

and another one that's quite dear to me

Guardians of Raja Ampat, that you'll find in full here on YouTube:
 



This one's on the recent Tham Luang Thai cave rescue, seen through the eyes of rescuers Ben Reymanents and Maksym Polyjeka

13 LOST - here in full on YouTube:


And on a darker note, a documentary on Dave Shaw's final dive:

To Boldly Go, here in full on YouTube:
 



And on a similar note we also have

Diving into the Unknown (trailer only)


Otherwise yes, all that wild Laurent Ballesta stuff (Gombessa, sharks, groupers, saturation etc) is definitely missing from your list....

700 Sharks can be watched here in full on Viemo, but in French only I think:


Otherwise here's an interesting documentary on Han Hass

Han Hass - Man Who Discovered the Sea - here in full on Vimeo:
 


And a really nice memorial documentary on legendary dive guide Larry Smith:

Diving Adventures With Larry Smith, here in full on Vimeo:



Also Adrienne Gittus's documentary on shark fishing in Indonesia

A FISH FULL OF DOLLARS, in full here on Vimeo:

And more local, we have Nick Hope's epic

Reef Life of the Andaman, here in full on YouTube
 


Cheers!

Ben

Thanks Ben, I'll check these out 

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One of my favorites is: Life Cycle of Fish  by Ned DeLoach

If you're already a member of REEF, just log in and watch. If not, it's easy and free to become a member.

Ned gives a very fine overview of the reproductive strategies of many different species.

 

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8 hours ago, wydeangle said:

One of my favorites is: Life Cycle of Fish  by Ned DeLoach

If you're already a member of REEF, just log in and watch. If not, it's easy and free to become a member.

Ned gives a very fine overview of the reproductive strategies of many different species.

 

Nice, thanks for sharing - Ned & Anna DeLoach were interviewed on Underwater Tribe's liveshow last week
 

 

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I was lucky enough to spend 12 days @Cocos Island with Stan Waterman a  number of years ago..

He (with help from various folks) had just digitized all his documentaries and commercial videos. We spent every night watching his life's work with him providing behind the scenes commentary.

First - his work on American Sportsman (TV show here in the US) is legendary, as are a number of his stories from the series (a lot of "firsts" shooting video of fish never shot before). 

Stan Waterman's favorite shark story (along with the trailer to Blue Water, White Death):

 

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