RELEASE: TV

Mystery of the Maya
1995
38

Told through a modern-day archaeologist and a young Mayan descendant who explore ruins and legends to unlock the secrets of the past, the film takes the audience through a breathtaking trip on Mayan culture and history.

Mysteries of the Great Lakes
2008
45

Mysteries of the Great Lakes is a timely film.  All across the Great Lakes basin, there is a renewed interest in the health of the Lakes, and an increased awareness of the importance of this fresh water resource to the social and economic vitality of North America.  Dubbed ‘inland seas’ by early European explorers, the Great Lakes have some of the most spectacular wilderness scenery on earth, and a fifth of all the planet’s fresh water.  Today, 25% of all Canadians and 10% of Americans live on the Great Lakes.  In addition, one in every three Canadians and one in every seven Americans rely on the Great Lakes for their fresh water.

Through several interlocking stories including the story of maritime commerce and the ships that move cargo through the inland waterway, Mysteries of the Great Lakes will take you on a journey through the greatest lake system in the world, and showcase the amazing geography, ecology, science, and history of the region through the most powerful film medium in the world — IMAX.

Mysteries of China
2016
38, 24

Mysteries of China captures one of the great archaeological events in modern times telling the story of ancient China, the First Emperor, and the literal foundation of the China we know today.  Starting with modern China and springing back as we seek the birth of this mighty nation, we talk of an ancient time when a fierce warrior brought together a warring nation, and how an accidental discovery changed everything we know about China’s past.

It happened in 1974 when farmers digging a well in Xi’an stumbled upon one of the greatest archaeological finds the world had ever discovered – the Terracotta Warriors and the Tomb of the First Emperor.  The Terracotta Warriors offer a unique time capsule into the past revealing many things about the very founding of this great country which we use to tell a larger story of the growth of China into a true superpower.

From modern China to ancient China and back again, the film is a visual adventure using beautiful aerial photography and cutting-edge time-lapse techniques to reveal great majesty, tragedy, splendor, and growth in a nation that continues to excel quickly into the future.

Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs
2007
39, 24

(AKA Egypt: Secrets of the Mummies)

Journey to the royal tombs of Egypt and explore the history of ancient Egyptian society as told through the mummies of the past.  The film follows explorers and scientists as they piece together the archeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies, and provides audiences with a window into the fascinating and mysterious world of the pharaohs.  To unwrap the secrets of the pharaohs is to perhaps glimpse the future of our own civilization.

MTB Insights
2015
20 x 26 min

The MTB Insights Series offers a unique, Ultra HD view into mountain biking today.  Looking at each aspect of the sport, this series is for enthusiasts and experts alike.  Each episode takes an in-depth look at the culture, evolution, and champions of one of the fastest growing extreme sports in the world.  Season 1 broadcast internationally in over 20 countries and received outstanding feedback from VOD audiences.

After the success of Season 1, MTB Insights is back with a new 10 x 26mins season, fresh faces, and new places.  Filmed in brilliant 4K with legendary riders such as Cedric Gracia and Cam Zink.  Discover unique spots like Bear Mountain Resort and the legendary Coastal Gravity park, Canada, and many other international destinations.  This documentary driven series offers a true insight into mountain biking around the world.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
2016
1 x 73 min, 3 x 58 min

Million-selling fantasy novel series Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit comes alive in a full 4K drama series, starring leading Japanese actress Haruka Ayase.

The story is set in an imaginary land resembling ancient Asia, where the two worlds of spirits and humans intertwine in mysterious ways.

The heroine Balsa is a skilled bodyguard and a masterful spear-wielder.  One day she rescues Prince Chagum who has fallen into a river.  The prince is carrying a mysterious spirit egg in his body, and is in danger of being assassinated by his father, the Mikado (king), who fears this will damage his imperial prestige.  Balsa embarks upon a perilous journey when she accepts the queen’s plead to protect her son from her husband …

The narrative, including the VFX and action sequences, will propel viewers into a world of dense forests, spectacular palaces, and spirits and demons.

A world of adventure never seen by anyone is now being unveiled.

More Than Just Enemies
2014
1 x 90 min, 2 x 52 min

The 17th century: The super powers are the Habsburg Empire and the Ottoman Empire, being more than just enemies.  On September 11, 1697, the Ottoman army is annihilated in the battle of Zenta by the imperial army led by Prince Eugene of Savoy, thus ending the steady rise of the Ottoman Empire over the previous centuries.  The dominance of the Habsburgs is well documented, but the Ottoman Empire was a civilization that was no less developed and whose culture we know only little about.  Yet the Sultans ruled over Asia Minor, the Near East, the Balkans, North Africa, the Crimea and current-day Hungary for several centuries.  We follow Emetullah Rabia Gülnuş Sultan, first concubine in the harem and later, as a mother of two Sultans, Valide Sultan.  For more than 30 years the Greek woman, abducted from Crete at the age of four, had enormous influence over the political and cultural fortunes of the Ottoman Empire.  Our protagonist on the Habsburg side is Prince Eugene of Savoy, who, from an emotionally neglected childhood, rose to huge success as a feared army leader and the wealthiest man of his time.  Elaborate computer simulations and skillful re-enactments immerse viewers in the elegant, yet also brutal and merciless world of the Habsburg and the Ottoman Empire, showing not only their military encounters but also the mutual influences in the fields of culture, science and even food.

Miracle Body: Russia’s Golden Mermaids
2016
49

Sports Science reveals how top athletes use their bodies and skills.

The world’s top synchronized swimmers Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina have an impossible stunt called The Russian Roulette where the two move their legs at breakneck speed during a routine when oxygen levels drop dangerously.

A first-ever research by NHK has revealed that when underwater, they display abilities only aquatic mammals are known to have!  Be amazed at the supreme performances of the duo metamorphosing into real mermaids in beautiful 4K images.

MicroWorlds
2010
19

With each new day, we engage in rituals that we’ve developed through instinct and years of routine.  Because we have repeated the patterns so many times, we can succumb to a dulled awareness of our surroundings.  It is easy to become unaware that these daily patterns and routines are repeated on every scale in nature and in the lives of all creatures.  All around us there is drama that is constantly unfolding, unseen — paralleling our own rituals, struggles and triumphs.  Every organism plays a role and adds a unique contribution.  There is a certain uniformity in nature’s complexity and our existence is truly a series of interconnected events.

Mexico
1997
43

Using text from Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes and ancient Aztec and Mayan poetry, Mexico leads viewers on a visual journey through this country’s rich and varied past and present.  Stunning images and a dramatic musical score by Daniel Valdez create a vivid, insightful portrait of the Mexican people and their culture.

Masters of Time: Independent Watchmakers
2015
3 x 15 min

The world’s elite independent watchmakers are incredibly passionate about watch making from design to assembly, delicately bringing together hundreds of minuscule parts all by hand.  The price for one such truly artistic timepiece can fetch up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Their phenomenal techniques stretching the limits of human capability are almost divine.  Example of their mastery include a watch that uses only wooden parts except for the springs, a watch without hands or a face, and a watch that shows celestial movement.  This documentary series goes deep into the workshops of the world’s expert independent watchmakers.

Majestic White Horses
2001
38

Using as its centerpiece both the world’s most famous horses, the Lippizans of Austria, and their home, the internationally famous Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Majestic White Horses will capture the heart and mystique of this great animal from the time of its youth to the crowning achievement of its entrance into the School.  Music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Magic Journey to Africa
2010
56, 49

Inspired by her encounter with a young bushman boy that she meets on the streets of Barcelona, Jana, a lively and curious ten-year-old girl, embarks on an imaginary journey to the Namib desert, accompanied by her magical winged horse.

Lost Worlds: Life in the Balance
2001
40

Lost Worlds takes viewers on a global exploration of the fascinating interconnectedness of all living things.  Leap off the top of Angels Falls, the highest waterfall in the world, dive into active volcanoes, and climb to the top of tropical rainforest to participate in the epic story of biodiversity and its profound importance to human life.

Life on Fire
6 x 52 min

Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons, the four wildlife episodes of Life on Fire paint survival stories around different volcanoes.  From the dark abyss to pristine snow-capped peaks, spectacular scenery provides the backdrop for the extraordinary animals and plants that have learned to juggle with fire.  Fragile and engaging, these creatures teach us lessons in survival in a world as fascinating as it is dangerous.  Two Scientific episodes show how we live and react to volcanoes.  “Volcano Doctors” portrays the current technological revolution driven by the extensive use of telemetry to monitor volcanoes.  It reveals the conflict between the scientists risking their lives to understand and predict the next eruption set against the pragmatism of people who live and work in the shadow of moody volcanoes.  “Icelandic Volcanoes: Who’s Next?” reveals that Eyjafjallajökull – though it caused havoc – was in geological history a relatively minor eruption and that several other volcanoes with the potential to create far greater catastrophe are simply biding their time …

Lichtmond
2012
113, 18

Award-winning Lichtmond animation “Universe of Light” in real 4K and overwhelming 5.1. and 7.1 surround sound enlarges the intense impressions and confirms Lichtmond as a multimedia artistic synthesis.  Breathtaking images and beautiful songs permit a unique trip into a stunning and wonderful journey into the realm of the senses.  The audience immerses into virtual landscapes consisting of sounds, images, and voices.  Enthralled by beauty, poetry, and purity.

Legend of Loch Lomond
2000
38

Set on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond in breathtaking Scotland, Legend of Loch Lomond is the dramatic ghost story of 18th century lovers cruelly separated by war but reunited in the present day by a beautiful young singer who inadvertently becomes entangled in their tale.

Kyoto Imperial Palace: Beauty Hidden for a Thousand Years
2015
52

Kyoto Imperial Palace contains several residences of the Imperial family as well as a number of vast gardens.  To promote the Imperial Palace both nationally and internationally as a symbol of Japan and an estate worthy of an imperial household, the residences feature the most luxurious furniture and the finest craftsmanship.  The Imperial Palace is part of a valuable cultural heritage that reveals an aristocratic culture dating back more than a thousand years.

Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa
2002
40

Join a band of trekkers as they journey through rugged terrain and extreme conditions to look out from Africa’s highest point in David Breashears’ mountain adventure, Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa.

Khumbu Valley
2014
51

Spectacular journey through the Khumbu Valley, home to the highest mountain in the world, the Everest or as the locals call it, Sagarmatha – Holy Mother.  Shot in breathtaking 4K.

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