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Stunning visuals for a story of survival
on April 7, 2013
I do not regularly watch shows about nature, but this documentary on bird migration is fantastic. The moviemakers flew in ultralights alongside various birds of the world, oftentimes over exotic locations. The result is images so stunning that it is hard to believe they are not enhanced by CGI. While there is no storyline per se, I found myself laughing throughout the movie at the antics of the birds. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary (sadly, it lost to a vastly inferior film--Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine).
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."