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Jeri Jacquin

Being released from SHOUT! Factory on 4K UHD, 3D Bluray, Bluray and Digital from the creators of WILD OCEAN is a glorious look beneath the surface at THE LAST REEF: Cities Beneath the Sea.

Shot on location in Palau, Vancouver Island, French Polynesia, Mexico and The Bahamas, the underwater technology made available today offers us all a look into a world like and unlike our own.

The idea behind THE LAST REEF is to show the connection between our cities above water and those that are just as important below the surface. From reefs to places offered up to the under water world, there is a cautionary tale to be told.

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That tale starts with each one of us as the water becomes a breeding ground for trash, fuels, toxins and other traces that disturb the balance of the sea life that live in the reefs for example. There is something to be said for seeing these beautiful and strange creatures that may begin the conversation of ‘what can we do?’ to stop destroying our neighbors homes.

From the Sea Slugs that look like little aliens but are full of color and life to the Flat Worms that glide effortlessly waving their out thinness with grace, the film shows how we change their way of life. Reefs are the largest livable structures that can be seen from space so our big cities aren’t as impressive.

There are jellyfish who live for the sun in mangroves as both of these species protect one another because the reef systems are each so uniquely different. It is the reefs that are in danger as bleaching occurs since the microbes that live on the coral stop giving them energy and color.

Although the original reefs are disappearing at an alarming rate, there is also some hope knowing that reefs do have the amazing ability to grow in the most unusual places. Starting over and creating beauty from sunken ships, creative statues that live under water and structures meant to help reefs find a new home that will bring reef life back.

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Through everything this film shares with the viewer one thing is extremely clear, we need to contribute to the recovery!

Shout! Factory is proud to be the only independent studio releasing films in the new 4K UHD format, and Humpback Whales is part of an exciting slate that includes the incredible critically acclaimed and award-winning odysseys Journey to Space (June 7), Flight of the Butterflies (July 12), Rocky Mountain Express (July 12), and Wonders Of The Arctic (Sept. 13).

SHOUT! Factory is devoted to bringing the best of pop culture to fans. From feature films, classic television series, animation and comedy specials are all available to add to your own home library. To see more of what they have to offer please visit www.shoutfactory.com.

The Special Features of this documentary include Trailers, A Photo Gallery, and Behind-the-Scenes videos along with French and Spanish language tracks.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE LAST REEF: Cities Beneath the Sea four tubs of popcorn out of five. I have to admit that I absolutely love watching documentaries that are done this well. THE LAST REEF: Cities Beneath the Sea is so stunning in color but equally beautiful in the way the story is captures.

There are so many sea creatures to know about and trust me, I had no idea Sea Slugs are so colorful and that Flat Worms are kind of cute. That’s the best part of having the opportunity to see this piece – learning something new about the planet we all share.

This is the perfect opportunity to be enlightened and entertained at the same time. Gather the family around for a life lesson with THE LAST REEF: Cities Beneath the Sea.

In the end – there are many cities and some lie beneath the sea!

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