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Rolling Stone raved that Winged Migration, the critically acclaimed, awe-inspiring documentary, is A movie miracle! It soars! You feel privileged! Witness as five film crews follow a rich variety ofbird migrations through 40 countries and each of the seven continents. With teams totalling more than 450 people, 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers used planes, gliders, helicopters and balloons to fly alongside, above, below and in front of their subjects. The result is a film of staggering beautythat Entertainment Weekly hailed as Mesmerizing! and the Los Angeles Times applauded as Breathtaking! As lofty as it is exhilarating! Open your eyes to the wonders of the natural world as you flyalong with the world's most gorgeous birds through areas.
For earthbound humans, Winged Migration is as close as any of us will get to sharing the sky with our fine feathered friends. It's as if French director Jacques Perrin and his international crew of dedicated filmmakers had been given a full-access pass by Mother Nature herself, with the complete "cooperation" of countless species of migrating birds, all answering to eons of migratory instinct. The film is utterly simple in purpose, with minimal narration and on-screen titles to identify the wondrous varieties of flying wildlife, but its visceral effect is humbling, awesome and magnificently profound. Technically, Perrin surpasses the achievement of his earlier film Microcosmos (which did for insects what this film does for birds), and apart from a few digital skyscapes for poetic effect, this astonishing film uses no special effects whatsoever, with soaring, seemingly miraculous camera work that blesses the viewer with, quite literally, a bird's-eye view. A brief but important hunting scene may upset sensitive viewers and children, but doesn't stop Winged Migration from being essential all-ages viewing. --Jeff Shannon
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This is the kind of film where you want the best possible resolution, and this blu-ray transfer does not disappoint. The level of detail is stunning in most scenes, particularly those shot in direct sunlight. Color saturation is strong. At times it felt like you were right there with the birds. Some scenes shot in lowlight or overcast conditions have film grain, but it is soft, not gritty. I can live with that. The sound was fine, I suppose, although my eyes were so absorbed in the visuals that I did not pay too much attention to the audio.
Parental Advisory: This movie is rated G. It is suitable for even young children. There are a few scenes that show birds being killed by predators, but they are mostly bloodless.
I highly recommend this movie. You do not need to be ornithologist to appreciate it. It is a "must see."
The producers of this video start off with a flock of geese taking off to Migrate over thousands of miles over different countries.....and you see the progress of their flight here and there amoungst footage of other migrating birds and some native birds in different countries......it is put together and narrated very well.
I watched the movie before the extra material, and I was mystified.
The extra material is another wonderful movie in its self.
The music is another pluss.
If you have a large HD TV and a good sound system, this is the movie that will make you glad that you spent all that money on fancy home entertainment equipment.