The highest grossing giant screen documentary film of 2001.

A scientific exploration into some of the world’s most remote, unexplored caves, Journey into Amazing Caves follows the story of two cavers, Dr. Hazel Barton and Nancy Aulenbach, as they search for extreme living organisms in the ice caves of Greenland, the underwater caves of the Yucatan Peninsula, and the earth caves of the Little Grand Canyon.

Produced and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films in association with the Cincinnati Museum Center

Major funding provided by the National Science Foundation and The Endeavors Group

Narrated by Liam Neeson

Release date: 2001

Runtime: 39 minutes

Format: filmed in 15 perforation/70 mm, 8/70, Dome-customized 15/70

For Educators

Download the Educator Guide.

Where to Watch

Buy the Journey into Amazing Caves Blu-ray or DVD from Amazon

Journey into Amazing Caves Soundtrack
Featuring new original music from The Moody Blues, on Ark 21 Records

Learn More About The Making of the Film

Two veteran cavers, accompanied by an IMAX film crew, guide children through subterranean adventures in three different kinds of caves: the ice caves of Greenland, underwater caves on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and terrestrial caves in the United States in Exploring Caves: Journeys into the Earth By Nancy Aulenbach and Dr. Hazel Barton

Caves: Exploring Hidden Realms by Michael Ray Taylor is a companion volume to the IMAX film that offers a sumptuously illustrated, close-up look at the world’s great cave environments, capturing the wonders and perils of caving and describing the unique characteristics of these underground habitats. 25,000 first printing.

Honors and Reviews

Amazing Caves scales new heights of IMAX excitement… It is a breathtaking sight, captured with awesome skill by the cinematographers of MacGillivray Freeman Films, the kings of IMAX high adventure photography…[an] engrossing look into the earth’s secret places.”
– Cincinnati Enquirer

“The film seamlessly integrates adventurous storytelling with a solid education component… [Journey into Amazing Caves] visits some of the most beautifully exotic locations on the planet.”
– Los Angeles Times

“…some of the most arresting, hauntingly beautiful images ever put on screen.”
– San Diego Union Tribune

“…more than delivers on its title’s promise. The challenges of [the caves] are formidable, and their beauty on the big screen is breathtaking.”
– Hollywood Reporter

“One of the best IMAX films…an always engrossing, often enthralling trip into the beauties, and all-too-frequent dangers, of cavern exploration.”
– Santa Monica Daily Breeze

  • Best Sound of the Year – 2002 Giant Screen Theater Association Achievement Awards (Presented to The Moody Blues and Steve Wood)
  • Best Marketing Campaign of the Year by a Distributor – 2001 Giant Screen Theater Association Achievement Awards
  • Merit Award for Excellent Cinematography – International Wildlife Film Festival
  • Gold WorldMedal – New York Festivals, 2001
  • Silver Screen Award – U.S. International Film & Video Awards, 2002
  • Silver Statuette – Telly Awards, 2002
  • Gold Special Jury Award – Worldfest-Houston International Independent Film & Video Festival, 2002
  • Intermedia-Globe Gold – World Media Festival, 2002
  • Bronze Plaque (Nature & Wildlife category) and Certificate of Excellence in Media Print (Press Kit and Teacher’s Guide) – The Columbus International Film & Video Festival
  • Silver Hugo – International Communications Film & Video Competition
  • Golden Eagle Award (Documentary Feature) – CINE 2002
  • Official Selection – 2008 Environmental Film Festival, Washington D.C.
  • The highest grossing giant screen documentary film of 2001

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