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Read the book, skip the DVD
on April 10, 2012
First I read the book, then I wanted to see the story told in a different format.
The format of the DVD, a re-enactment, was dull and surface compared to the book. The end of the DVD was confusing at best. In the book, Hutto and Turkey Boy resolved their differences and eventually Turkey Boy drifted off into the woods to be a turkey among turkeys. Hutto writes a beautiful epilouge that ends on a hopeful note. The DVD ends with Hutto hitting Turkey Boy in the head with a stick and last sees the bird running (I presume in freaked out fear) into the woods never to be seen again, then the story just drops. Boom. It's over. Just this final violent interaction between human and bird, with human winning (gee, what's new, don't we always when it comes to Nature?). It smacked of an unethical violation of trust. And ending on this note of violence was a bummer. A complete bummer.
If you really want to get a fully detailed, insightful and compassionate story about Hutto's life as a turkey, read the book, Illumination in the Flatwoods, and skip the DVD.