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Fly Away Home [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jeff Daniels, Terry Kinney, Jeremy Ratchford, Dana Delany, Holter Graham
  • Directors: Carroll Ballard
  • Producers: John Veitch, Carol Baum
  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: April 7 2009
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QB5SSQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,971 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

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 At first she's withdrawn and reclusive, but finds renewed happiness when she adopts an orphaned flock of baby geese and, later, teaches them to migrate using an ultralight.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.

Special Features

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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAME on Jan. 21 2004
Format: DVD
The story of "Fly Away Home" is fairly predictable, in that we know full well that young Amy Alden (Anna Paquin) is going to persuade her father, Thomas (Jeff Daniels), to come up with a way of teaching a flock of adopted goslings how to fly and get them to a winter refuge in North Carolina. But predictability is not always a deterrent to a film being enjoyable or even inspirational, and you have to pity someone who cannot enjoy watching a bunch of baby geese running after Anna Paquin, convinced that she is there mother and therefore responsible for imprinting on them what they need to learn to survive. Besides, for what is ostensibly a children's film this one opens with a rather shocking scene, where we see a fatal car accident during the open credits while listening to a gentle melody. If there is anything that indicates this is more than your usual predictable children's film, this would be it.
If there is a flaw in "Fly Away Home" it is that the relationship between daughter and father takes a back seat to the story of the geese, so that the pathos that exists there is almost lost in the flapping of wings (but there is a nice moment and a good line when the father tells his daughter why he know what she can do it). They two have been estranged by distance (he returned to Canada while his wife and daughter lived in New Zealand), and living together is not improving things. He is an eccentric artist and inventor who cannot figure out how to connect with a living human being until the geese that come between them bring them together.
Fortunately, dad is spared the role of being the villain, because there are land developers at both ends of the flight and a wild life officer who knows what the rulebook says about domesticated geese.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megan on July 15 2004
Format: DVD
And it's not just him. This movie came up amongst my friends in college and every female in the room said that their father KEPT watching this movie and they ALWAYS cried. Sort of brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "empty nest."
This movie is about Anna, who, after her mother's death in a car crash (Anna was also in the car), is sent to live with her slightly eccentric inventor father in Canada. He means well, but he just makes absolutely no sense to Anna. It is an exagerated case of "my dad is so weird" that any teenager can identify with. Meanwhile, the idea of a teenage girl is so foreign to her dad that the more he tries to bond, the more she stomps away.
Into the story comes a band of orphaned Canadian geese that Anna nurtures. They imprint her as their mother, so she more or less trains them. The only problem is that they must fly south for the winter, and Anna is their only role model. Luckily, she has a dad who builds space shuttles for fun. Suddenly, he has a way to connect with her and she has a reason to trust him.
Though it sounds sort of hokey, this movie that never delves into complete pathos. Instead, it is frequently quite funny and always touching. If you are looking for a father's day present, this is ideal. Just make sure to keep some tissues handy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Edwards on Nov. 20 2013
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This movie was nice because it developed around a caring little girl and her inventive father whom helped these canada geese grow and learn to fly to a southern climate and return in the spring. A Feel good movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29 2003
Format: DVD
Everyone deals with loss in their own way. 13 year old Amy Alden (Anna Paquin) deals with her loss by becoming what she has lost.
After losing her mother in a car crash, she goes to live with her father (Jeff Daniels) in Ontario, Canada. When developers orphan a nest of goose eggs, she takes them in and hatches them.
All geese will identify the first living thing they see as their mother, in this case, Amy. They follow her everywhere she goes, and imitate her. When a wildlife protection ranger tells her that she must clip their wings because they cannot fly south without their parents to guide them, she decides to take on the monumental task of raising them and teaching them to migrate south.
But that's only half the story. It is also about Amy's growth as a person after overcoming huge loss, and how the bonds of love can heal all things.
So few films these days are memorable for anything other than their FX, but this heartwarming film is memorable for its story and its powerful delivery.
Anna Paquin plays Amy Alden with such force and emotion that it is sometimes hard to believe that one is watching a movie, and Jeff Daniels compliments her performance perfectly.
Beautifully orchestrated and filmed, it is sure to appeal to anyone who sees it, from the very young to the very old, from the emotional and sensitive to the most cold-hearted and insensitive.
I saw this film when it first came out, and have seen it at least 20 times since, and it still gives me shivers up and down my spine every time I see it. It is truly worth the price of the DVD-- this is one movie you'll want in your collection for years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger J. Buffington on July 28 2003
Format: DVD
This is very possibly the best "family film" in decades, by which I mean this is a film that parents and kids will enjoy watching together. It has an appeal that adults can relate to, and kids simply love it. My family has watched this movie together many times.
The story is about a young girl (Amy, played excellently by Anna Panquin) whose parents have split up; her father (Jeff Daniels) lives in Canada and her mother with whom she lives is in New Zealand. When mom is killed in an auto accident, Amy goes to Canada to live with her downright eccentric dad. She is unhappy and out of place until she adopts a flock of baby geese, and this is where the story really starts. The geese have lost their parents, and do not know how to migrate. Amy and her dad and their friends decide to teach them how. What a great story, and the cinematography of the flight scenes is breathtaking and astounding! This is a funny, touching, and entertaining movie that deserves every one of the five stars that most reviewers have awarded it. The story is out there on the outer edge of plausibility and this gives it a magical quality that sends the message that all things are possible with perserverence, intelligence, and luck. I cannot imagine any family not enjoying this superb film.
Fine performances by Miss Panquin, Jeff Daniels and the supporting cast. This is one of those films where everything came together very well, to make what has become a true classic. The storyline moves along smartly, the acting is consistently good, and the ending is truly touching. By the way, the scene where the baby geese are born in my opinion is one of the finest and most touching scenes ever to grace either DVD or the silver screen. Don't miss it.
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