To The Arctic Combo Pack Review

To the ArcticTitle: To the Arctic [Blu-ray]

Release Date: March 26, 2013

About the Movie:

An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, the documentary adventure “To The Arctic” reveals a compelling tale of survival. Narrated by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs, as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.

Captivating and intimate IMAX® footage brings audiences up-close and personal with this family’s struggle in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls and majestic snow-bound peaks.

“To The Arctic” is a co-presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, MacGillivray Freeman Films and IMAX Filmed Entertainment, presented by One World One Ocean.

Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack contains the following special features: 

  • Welcome to the Arctic
  • Pristine
  • A Polar Bear Family
  • To the Arctic with Meryl Streep
  • Life Under Water
  • The Challenge of Filming in the Arctic

DVD contains the following special features:

  • Welcome to the Arctic
  • Pristine
  • A Polar Bear Family

My Review: 

The Arctic is one of the harshest places on Earth to live. It’s cold and survival isn’t easy. It’s animal inhabitants have evolved to be able to adapt for survival. The movie opens with Meryl Streep introducing the Arctic’s most famous inhabitants, the Polar bears. She said that thousands of years ago, the brown bears moved north and after years of evolution, their coats turned white and their snouts grew longer. They developed a keen sense of smell which is needed for hunting seals.

We meet a mother Polar bear and  her two cubs as she journeys with them through the cold landscape in search of food. This mother is very protective of her cubs. When a male Polar bear catches their scent and comes after the family, the mother and her cubs run and swim to get away. The male is fast though and is catching up quickly. The mother decides to take a stand and turns to face the male and she lets out a loud roar. She was saying “you can have my cubs, but you will have to kill me first”. The male backed off at that point. The scene was both fascinating and terrifying to watch. I wanted the family to escape and was holding my breath watching to see what was going to happen.

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The scenery was absolutely breathtaking as well. I was amazed at how beautiful the Northern Lights were. I’ve seen them a few times when I lived in Alberta, but nothing like what one would experience in the Arctic. This movie was made for IMAX so I imagine to watch it in an IMAX theatre would be extraordinary! The combo pack I received had a 3D Blu-ray copy and I wish I had a player I could have watched it with! It’s still good though just on regular Blu-ray.

To The Arctic

There’s also an environmental side to the film that I wanted to mention. We learn that the polar ice has decreased 25% since 1980 and if it keeps disappearing at its current trend, it will be gone by 2050.  They blame global warming and offer a few ways you can help at the end of the movie.

To the Arctic also briefly touches on other animals like the Caribou and walrus. However, the main focus of the film seems to be on the Polar bears. I would have liked to see a little more about the other animals that live there.

I really enjoyed watching To the Arctic and learning more about this majestic wilderness and the animals who call it home.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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