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IMAX Presents - Straight Up: Helicopters in Action

4.4 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

The thrill and excitement of the IMAX experience come to your home theater with this stunning DVD, digitally mastered from the original 70 mm IMAX film print. Straight Up! Helicopters In Action features more than a dozen helicopters in a series of pulse-pounding adventures that demonstrate the many roles these powerful aircraft play in our lives. Fly along with skilled helicopter crews as they carry out mountain and sea rescues, apprehend drug smugglers, repair high voltage electrical lines, save endangered animals, deliver humanitarian aid and undertake a reconnaissance mission. You'll even learn a bit of how helicopters are flown. Narrated by Martin Sheen.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Martin Sheen
  • Directors: David Douglas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Vista Point Ent
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQ5U8M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,987 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "IMAX Presents - Straight Up: Helicopters in Action" on IMDb

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This DVD is a great sampling if you're interested in helicopters and/or the type of career opportunities they offer. There's a great sequence servicing high-power lines, some logging action from the Pacific Northwest, and a basic flying lesson! This was originally an IMAX film, so the quality is very good. No, it's not screaming helicopter action, because it shows you the real world of what helicopters are mostly used for. I also recommend checking out the bonus features, there's even better stuff in there.
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This is an excellent video that I would recommend to anyone interested in helicopters. The videography is amazing, and while the narration is written to be understood by children, it is interesting for adults too (unless maybe they are heli-pilots who already know everything). I particularly liked the segments on the high-power line inspections and the rhino relocation.

My wife is enamoured with the idea of helicopters, and I was happy to encourage her fascination. Hopefully I'll be able to get a license some day.

Ray Debs
Airplane Pilot
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I bought this for my two year old. He is three now. He has watched this repeatedly during the past year. It is his "go to" video. And the great thing about it is that my husband, older children, and myself enjoyed watching it the first several times too!!! This definitely not a kids video in that it was created for adults, but kids seem to love it. I have bought it for gifts for little boys knowing that parents will thank me.
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Some outstanding flying - especially the power line repairs, great photography. Pity it was so short. There are a lot more opportunities to capture helicopters in action
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I have a "chopper" loving adult son, he and his 2 year old sat down and were both totally absorbed by this, it was designed for IMAX theatres so I knew it would be good, wanted to see it myself but had to rush to ship it. The reviews by my son and little grandson were it was the best and most realistic representation of being in and around helicopters that they ever saw
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By V. L. Grant on December 27, 2012
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This movie was above my expectations. It is an IMAX movie so right off the bat it is crystal clear scenery. It has a wonderful story, nice narration, and my 4 year old and husband loved it both. For the record I did too! I would recommend it to anyone into helicopters, or just looking for a educational movie.
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I've loved helicopters for as long as I can remember. I've worked two summers in Alaska at the premier Helicopter Tour Guide company in the southeast, and spent a lot of time around them (mostly A-stars, B2's, some conversions, also a 214 and few 500's). This documentary makes me miss them all. The information is accurate, pertinent, interesting and engaging. The aircraft featured are from a wide variety of manufacturers, regions and purposes. The narration isn't spectacular, but I don't watch it because of the writing. I watch it because of the filming. The locations, style and subject all vary for each portion.

I recommend this film to any parent with kids like me, and any helicopter enthusiast, whether your burgeoning or full-blown.
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By kMarieb on January 2, 2013
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My 2yo is a Helicopter fanatic and this is finally a video that is educational for both of us. A few sections not really appropriate (starving children in Africa etc) for very young children but over all great video.
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