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Living in the Age of Airplanes [DVD]
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LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES reminds us how the airplane has profoundly changed the world and our lives. Beautifully filmed in 18 countries, across all 7 continents, the film renews our appreciation for one of the most extraordinary and awe inspiring inventions in the modern world.Produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (One Six Right), LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES is narrated by Harrison Ford and features an original score by Academy Award® winning composer James Horner (Avatar, Titanic).SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:Alaska Flying: Montage of deleted footage: airplanes exploring the remote Alaskan wilderness.Stories in 4 Minutes: Three stories: One Camera, Underwater in the Maldives, Journey to the South Pole.Plane Spotting: A collection of the crew's best takeoff & landing shots captured on 5 continents.Flight Over Africa: The biplane sequence from the film Out of Africa re-created 30 years later.Impossible Shots: Visual Effects Go behind-the-scenes and learn how the impossible shots in the film came to life.Making of the Alaska House: Get an inside look at how the sequence in the Alaska House was created.Hawaii [Deleted Scene]: One of the most remote places on Earth is almost exclusively visited by air.Sequence Deconstructed: A unique, real-time look inside one of the film's most complex sequences.Alaska Flying II: Same visuals as "Alaska Flying" with the addition of radio communications.Seeing Aviation for the First Time: Witness aviation through the eyes of a group of kids in Kenya, Africa.In-Flight Premiere: Experience a first-of-its-kind premiere as the film debuts on board an Emirates A380.SPOKEN LANGUAGES (FEATURE ONLY):English DTS-HD Master Audio in 7.1French Dolby Digital 5.1Chinese (Simplified) Dolby Digital 5.1SUBTITLE LANGUAGES (FEATURE ONLY):Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, English, English SDH, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin (Simplified), Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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We were all born into the age of airplanes and as such have grown to accept and expect all that goes with the forgotten miracle of flight. The golden era when we hoisted the likes of Lindbergh onto our shoulders has passed and given way to a time when airplanes are seemingly more a source of frustration if queues are too long and delays impacting on our well-laid plans.
We have forgotten that man’s journey took 200,000 years to migrate across continents and nearly as long to increase our average speed to anything above walking pace. Straddling the globe within a day is now our expectation and the wonder has been lost for many. This latest film by Brian Terwilliger reminds us of that miracle.
Set to amazing cinematography, meaningful narration and an emotive soundtrack, “Living in the Age of Airplanes” was filmed in 18 countries and across all 7 continents. It cleverly highlights the role of aviation in our lives as both humankind and as individuals. It is a film that both educates and emotionally connects with the audience in a way that few films can.
For the devotees of Terwilliger’s first film, “One Six Right” - this film is different. The screen is still filled with breathtaking shots, but they do not solely feature aircraft as this film has a far broader message to convey. That being said, the film also comes with over 40 minutes of “Special Features” for those yearning for more airborne footage. Alaskan flying, canary yellow biplanes over Africa and airliners passing close by – they are all there.
Sometimes, we can lose focus when we stand too close. This movie eases us back and sits us down to view the modern-day miracle of flight in the most majestic of ways. This film possesses the power, the emotion and the romance that truly comes with “Living in the Age of Airplanes”.
Author: 'Without Precedent' and '50 Tales of Flight'.
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So, airplanes have evolved in a furious rush, in the grand scheme of things. From the humble beginnings at Kitty Hawk, NC, to present day, we've seen aircraft shed their second (and sometimes third or more) wings, develop alternative powerplants from internal combustion engines to powerful turbines, and competently carry from a single human being, to literally hundreds in a single flight!
This beautifully-written and produced documentary captures all the magic and wonder associated with aviation. This film was created by the same team that produced the lovely "One Six Right" that highlights not only the marvelous joy of general aviation, but also the controversy surrounding the attempted destruction of the Santa Monica Airport by greedy city fathers. "Living" plays more like an inspired travelogue. Avoiding much of the controversial uses of aircraft through the century (I can't even write "centuries!") you are taken on a trip to virtually every corner of the world and points in between. On its way to describing the utility of the airplane, it takes us on a whirlwind tour of some of the most beautiful places on the planet. One never loses sight of the fact that nearly every place is just an airplane trip away! Can you imagine what Columbus would have thought in 1492?!
Director/Producer Brian J. Terwilliger says it best:: “A mile of runway can take you anywhere.”