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There are some filmmaking teams that invariably bring out the best in each other, and that's definitely the case with director Carroll Ballard and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel. They previously collaborated on The Black Stallion and Never Cry Wolf, and Fly Away Home is their third family film that deserves to be called a classic. Inspired by Bill Lishman's autobiography, the movie tells the story of a 13-year-old girl (Anna Paquin) who goes to live with her estranged, eccentric father (Jeff Daniels) following the death of her mother. At first she's withdrawn and reclusive, but finds renewed happiness when she adopts an orphaned flock of baby geese and, later, teaches them to migrate using an ultralight. Sensitively directed and stunningly photographed, the movie has flying sequences that are nothing short of astonishing, and Daniels and Paquin (Oscar winner for The Piano) make a delightful father-daughter duo. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It would be enough to recommend this special edition just for the widescreen treatment this family favorite finally receives. But for those who are interested in the real science behind the film--the prospect of humans leading migratory birds--this DVD delivers the goods. There is a new 16-minute feature outlining the experiments conducted by Bill Lishman that were the foundation of the film. Want more? The disc also has Lishman's own hour-long, folksy chronicle of his venture with the birds. Director Carroll Ballard invites his cinematographer Caleb Deschanel to participate on his commentary track, a smart move since the DP helps draw out the director. On another track, composer Mark Isham talks about his score, which can be heard on the isolated track. Unfortunately, Isham talks over some key music, including the effective song that opens and closes the picture. It's still a nice way to hear the music that was never offered on a CD soundtrack. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to the DVD edition.
Great movie. I have seen it twice, and am purchasing my own copy so that I can watch it again!Published 25 days ago by May Van De Wark
This is one of my favorite kid movies there ever was and it's not from Disney. Thank you.Published 2 months ago by willy
Best movie ever..anna paquin play a superb role in adopting an orphaned flocks of baby geese and teaches them to migrate with the help of her eccentric father jeff daniels . Read morePublished 3 months ago by marierose
I watched this movie on TV decades ago and I want to give this one to my grandson when he becomes old enough to enjoy it.Published 10 months ago by Nob
Anyone who likes to see the wildlife will really like this film.Published 14 months ago by Chris Locker
This movie came in German, and I am waiting for it to come in in the right language. Hope I get it soon.Published 15 months ago by Aline M Carley
I am very happy to finally be able to watch this movie on Blu-Ray! The actors, story, directing, and overall production are excellent! If you want a family movie, this one is it.Published 23 months ago by P. Popela