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FLIGHT: The Genius of Birds is the first film in Illustra Media's new series THE DESIGN OF LIFE. Each episode explores a different realm of the animal kingdom and the remarkable biological systems that make life on Earth possible. Photographed in North America, England, Peru, Greenland, and Antarctica, FLIGHT probes mysteries and mechanisms of a bird's anatomy, instinct, navigation, and embryology to reveal stunning provisions essential for life in the skies. You'll marvel at a hummingbird s unique skeletal, muscular, and metabolic systems all vital to its spectacular aerial acrobatics; the endurance and navigational abilities of an Arctic tern as it travels from pole to pole during the longest migration on the planet; the instinctive strategies that enable a flock of 300,000 European starlings to evade predators at break-neck speeds; the elaborate network of a million component parts that make a single feather an aerodynamic masterpiece, and much more. The poet William Blake wrote that to see an eagle in the air is to observe a portion of genius. In FLIGHT the ingenuity of a bird's behavior and biology showcase unmistakable evidence for design, purpose, and plan. It is evidence best explained by an intelligence that transcends the natural world.


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  • Actors: Alvin Chea, Paul Nelson, Tim Standish
  • Directors: Lad Allen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Illustra Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CBLP2SG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,785 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By The Professor on May 20, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This very colorful, informative, well-documented film is all about birds, focusing on a few select examples including hummingbirds, starlets, and arctic terns. It also covers the design of the wing, feathers, and the muscle and bone structure, showing in excellent animation how birds are designed to fly. The film also covers birds development from eggs to adult. At the end it covers some evolution theories as well as design arguments. Highly recommended for all ages.
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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Paul Halupa on May 21, 2013
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In the best sense of the word, FLIGHT is not so much an argument for intelligent design, as it is a picturesque, graceful tribute to the genius of birds, to honest sense and level-headedness. Let me name anything heavier-than-air that flies, and I'd expect you to show me an instrument designed and engineered--and here's the key--by someone capable of design and engineering.

Helicopters are made of materials found on earth. How long, one might suppose, would those elements need be blown about by wind and sea and time and chance before a helicopter emerged?

FLIGHT says little more than that. But in making the obvious more obvious, it reaches beyond blueprint to visual beauty, beyond execution to emotional ecstasy. Who among us hasn't wanted to fly? Flight's investigation of birds will both amaze and uplift. One cannot ask for more. The film puts our heads on alert and our hearts on the wing.

In February of 1969, a stunning, larger-than-life Boeing 747 rose on its maiden voyage into the sky above Seattle. No one watching its magnificent ascent or its poetic descent on its first glide path believed they were witnessing a mutation of assemblage. Find the current 747 online Wikipedia entry and note the key words of the outline: proposal, design, production, and development. These are not the monikers of accident and chance, whether for the 747 or the starling.

I am grateful to FLIGHT and its makers. It answers questions and dispels nonsense of all kinds. More, it inspires. Beauty and truth always do.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Daniel N. Lionsden on June 11, 2013
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The photography is outstanding, making the video mesmerizing. We couldn't take our eyes off it. The film focused on only a few bird species in detail, which included the hummingbird, the arctic tern, and the starling. Each species has amazing features to ponder. We found the starling flocks containing many thousands of birds especially fascinating.

The details about the hummingbirds were super. How those little hearts could beat so fast, somewhere around 1200 beats per minute (going to have to watch it again soon) boggled me. The speaker said many birds' heart rates are over 500 beats per minute. I know how uncomfortable it feels when my heart approaches 150/min during a bout of atrial fibrillation, but the little guys and gals at the hummer feeder seem perfectly calm and content as they lap the extra concentrated nectar I make for them.

The evidence for intelligent design was clear and compelling. Birds are not glorified, flying lizards. The metabolism, musculature and skeletal systems of birds are perfectly adapted for flight. How all the required features for flight could develop by a long series of fortuitous accidents guided by natural selection requires blind faith, for there is no empirical evidence that birds evolved from some unidentified ancestor.

The presenters compared some human engineering accomplishments of well-designed flying machines, including a tiny, hummingbird like drone to the amazing designs found in birds. The design features in birds are far more elegant and effective that those designed by men. They talked about how evolutionary biologists insist students regard all the design features seen in organisms as development by mutation and natural selection over a nearly infinite span of time.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Scott A. Smith on May 25, 2013
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Awesome film! You've got to see I! Very impressive and great photography. Recommend it highly. This is something you need to see?
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. G. Frank on July 16, 2013
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Illustra media has done it again! After thrilling my family and friends with Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies (I bought several copies as gifts), I was anxious to see this film--but wondering how it could measure up to its predecessor.

No worries. My children (ages 15, 13, 11) sat mesmerized for the entire film. And so did their parents...

I am a scientist and also a teacher of science, and I have come to appreciate and value materials which not only teach profound scientific ideas, but also capture the imagination of youngsters and inspire their interest in science. "Flight" delivers.

And nothing inspires wonder and awe like Nature itself. Illustra obviously understands this, and once again has prepared a fabulous, truly remarkable, presentation.

In "Metamorphosis," they broke the film into two distinct sections: first the science, then the ID argument. In "Flight," they sprinkled the argument throughout. OK...it was a bit too obvious at times (my 13 yrs son noted it several times). I think I prefer the earlier approach; in the long run I think it is more persuasive. Let Nature itself do its work first without tainting it with the argument, then review the science when you make your case afterward.

As Thomas Jefferson put it, "when we take a view of the Universe, in its parts general or particular, it is impossible for the human mind not to perceive and feel a conviction of design, consummate skill, and indefinite power in every atom of its composition.
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