Aliens of the Deep parents guide

Aliens of the Deep Parent Guide

Overall A

What do deep space and the deep ocean have in common? Both are alien worlds waiting to be explored! In this documentary, James Cameron and a team of leading scientists go on an underwater expedition, while comparing the similarities between investigating these two frontiers.

Release date January 27, 2005

Violence A-
Sexual Content A
Profanity A-
Substance Use A

Why is Aliens of the Deep rated G? The MPAA rated Aliens of the Deep G

Run Time: 100 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Director James Cameron seems to have caught some sort of ocean bug during his work on the epic movie The Titanic, because since that time most of his filmmaking endeavors have involved underwater excursions. I suspect his brother Mike’s invention of a robotic submarine have also added to the obsessive ailment, which has resulted in some spectacular documentaries, like this one.

Aliens of the Deep looks at the amazing animals forms living in an environment devoid of light and air, then asks: If life can thrive here, where else might we find it in the Universe?

It’s a thought-provoking question worthy of exploration. And now, thanks to the many miracles of modern technology, anyone with a DVD player can join Cameron and a crew of accomplished scientists in searching for the answers (or at least some fascinating theories).

Coordinating a dive of four submarines dropping thousands of feet below the surface of the Atlantic and Pacific requires great skill and creative problem solving. As the team descends, much of the varied creatures and landscapes they observe are completely new to them, despite their respective expertise in a broad range of scientific disciplines. Perhaps the same may be said for some of the marine dwellers they disturb, because a few of the more inquisitive types come over to investigate the humans’ bright lights and fancy machinery.

Comparing the mostly unexplored depths of the sea with the alien enormity of the solar system, the researchers explain how they can apply what they are learning here to future space missions. The production mixes underwater footage, space photos and computer graphics to enhance that message.

For viewers, the voyage is one of discovery as well as an increased desire to “seek out new worlds and boldly go where no man has gone before.” Watching a documentary like this may be the perfect way to whet your child’s appetite for the exciting search for life and knowledge—both here on earth and in the vast expanses above.

Running time: 100 minutes. Theatrical release January 27, 2005. Updated

Aliens of the Deep
Rating & Content Info

Why is Aliens of the Deep rated G? Aliens of the Deep is rated G by the MPAA

With the exception of a few terms of deity uttered as expletives, this documentary should be suitable for anyone curious about the diversity of life and the vast possibilities of things to explore in our amazing universe. (Some sensitive souls may feel sorry for some of the specimens they remove for experimental study.)

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Home Video

The most recent home video release of Aliens of the Deep movie is October 31, 2005. Here are some details…

DVD Release Date: 1 November 2005

Anyone who saw Aliens of the Deep in a theater saw only the 47-minute version. The DVD release now offers both the original, as well as a 99-minute extended version of the movie, which provides some never-before-seen footage. The production is presented in wide-screen (enhanced for 16x9 TV), with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks in English and French. Subtitles are available in French and Spanish.

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James Cameron helmed another underwater exploration when he took a submarine expedition to explore the wreck of the Titanic in the film Ghosts of the Abyss. The fictional crew of Star Trek boldly sets out to make First Contact with extra-terrestrial life in the final frontiers of space.