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Smithsonian Channel: Aerial America - Pacific Rim Collection


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  • Actors: Na
  • Directors: Eric Cochran
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, 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: Smithsonian Channel
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 204 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007AFS0Q4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,568 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Aerial America: Pacific Rim Collection - Join us on a non-stop journey by air over four of our nation's beautiful states, the exotic and breathtaking Hawaii and the spectacular coasts of California, Oregon and Washington. California - The Pacific Coast Highway of California offers drivers spectacular views while traveling along the edge of American culture. Buckle up for a non-stop flight over the mansion William Randolph Hearst built, the town Clint Eastwood governed and the farmland where Marilyn Monroe once held the title of Miss Artichoke. We soar over beaches and wine country, across Big Sur redwoods, under the Golden Gate Bridge and into the heart and soul of this magnificent state. Washington - Washington is home to some of America's wildest spaces and also its most modern cities. Often these disparate spaces are just a few miles apart. The Evergreen State is a story of mirror opposites: a wet, mountainous, tree-covered west and a dry, flat, open east. It is home to high-tech industries and America's oldest Native American tribes. Experience all sides of Washington State, from thousands of feet in the air, and witness its conflicting worlds merging to form a land of remarkable beauty. Oregon - Individualistic, eccentric and freethinking: a unique mix that's intrinsically Made in Oregon. These traits belong not just to the people of this diverse and dynamic state, but also to the landscape itself. From volcanic Crater Lake to the majestic High Cascades to the perilous Pacific coastline, Oregon is a state of staggering natural beauty. From Lewis and Clark's search for land's end to the thousands of emigrants who arrived via the Oregon Trail, the state has always attracted adventurers and tenacious travelers, who keep Oregon's spirit of adventure alive today. Hawaii - From lush green cliffs to black-sand beaches, from ancient ruins to modern city life, discover the stunning landscapes and astonishing stories of Hawaii's eight major islands without ever touching the ground.

Customer Reviews

The photography is great.
Y. Xu
More than enjoyable, I discovered how beautiful the aerial photography is and how informative the narration of the particular state being shown is.
Joan Perko
They colors are very vibrant.
Merna S. Weber

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Y. Xu on July 2, 2012
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The photography is great. I watched California and I am disappointed. The film spends a lot of time on Hearst Castle, and farm land and even recreational reservoir. It does not cover southern California at all. I know California is big and it's hard to cover in one hour. But I don't understand how LA and southern California is missed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald L Arbino on May 7, 2013
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Better than I expected!
I had purchased the entire "Visions Of" collection...... Visions of Europe - 10 DVD set.
I loved them all, and thought there was nothing in the USA that would touch me like they did.
This fooled me, I was really taken with the entire DVD.
No, it cannot compete with the Scenic Beauty of Greece, or Italy.
But for being here in the USA, I was very impressed.
It Includes Hawaii on the DVD as well.
Considering I have purchased both "Visions of Hawaii" and "Over Hawaii" and was pissed with both DVD's.
"Visions of" had their Giant Logo in the right corner DURING THE ENTIRE DVD - DISTRACTING DURING THE ENTIRE DVD.
"Over Hawaii" would put a "Giant Splash" of lettering across the entire screen, displaying the name of the location, the only thing was, they would display that location for almost a minute in Giant Lettering, Middle of the screen, so you could not enjoy the View!!! I can read the "Giant Lettering" within seconds, do you have to hold it there for a full minute?
STUPID!!!
This Hawaii DVD, IS THE ONLY AERIAL VIEW OF HAWAII WITHOUT ANY VISUAL DISTRACTION IN YOUR FACE.
It is worth the cost of the DVD just for Hawaii alone.
That being said....Sometimes Beautiful vineyards of grapes, Aerial views of Hearst Castle, and the entire "Pacific Coast" ocean can be just as breathtaking as any scenic DVD of Europe.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joan Perko on August 28, 2012
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I'm always on the hunt for new and interesting travel shows on TV. When I first discovered Aerial America on the Smithsonian channel I knew I found something that would be enjoyable to watch. More than enjoyable, I discovered how beautiful the aerial photography is and how informative the narration of the particular state being shown is. At that point I knew I wanted to have Aerial America on dvd to watch anytime I wanted and to share with others. Until I have the chance to get out there and see more of America for myself I'll enjoy dvds of Aerial America.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Merna S. Weber on July 8, 2013
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This is a very good show. I would recommend this. They only thing is that it only shows Northern California. Also on Hawaii, this they to not show the west side of Maui and some important tourest destinations. On Oahu, the to not show any of the east coast. Not much of the north shore and nothing on the southern show. Oregon is good, and Washington state, but I have never been to those states, so am not sure what they missed, but over all, the quaility of very good. They colors are very vibrant. It is good to watch and see some of the west coast and Hawaii, if you have not been there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Bassman on December 19, 2012
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Words cannot describe the awesome journey this video will take you on. The photography is superb almost to the point that there are places your tummy will get a little quesy from the altitude and speed of the vehicle you are traveling in.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By O Shepard on January 5, 2013
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The 'Visions of...' series has always been one of my favorite travel series. I never discovered anything else quite like it ... until I watched this set, 'Aerial America: Pacific Rim', from the Smithsonian Channel. The beautiful aerial photography is accompanied by a wonderfully informative narration. Each state's uniqueness is highlighted by the narrator with appropriate and un-intrusive musical scores. California is somewhat shorted but that is understandable considering how big the state is. A 'California, part II' is definitely called for. Hawaii was covered more completely than any other video travel video I have ever seen, and I learned facts about Washington and Oregon that I never knew.

The photography does not rush the viewer through the scenery. It allows the viewer to savor each view. No quick cuts and fast edits here which is often a major fault of some other video travelogues. I hoe that the Smithsonian will publish the complete set soon. I will certainly be a thankful buyer.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Eggleston on September 12, 2014
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I don't know about this specific video but in every aerial America I have seen the music is too damn loud! Is it possible to just narrate without the constant background interference? I think it is a cartoon mentality that thinks constant noise is necessary when you're trying to listen to something that drives the makers of this beautiful scenery to supply it. Can we please grow up and at least TURN THE BACKGROUND NOISE WAY DOWN?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeannette I. on May 9, 2013
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This is a beautiful aerial video of the Pacific Rim States, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii. Even if you have been to many of these very special States, you will see them from a very different perspective. You feel like you are in the airplane flying as the video is being filmed.
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