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Winged Migration [Import]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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It is nothing less than humbling to contemplate and witness in some limited way the remarkable seasonal movement of birdlife alone around the globe. It is difficult to conceive how avian migration might otherwise have been done so engagingly and accessibly for all ages of viewer. The grim honesty with which the dangers of passage are shown are as necessary as the ordinary moments that, to us at least, are comical, tender or beautiful. The drama going on, otherwise unseen by us, is astonishing.
I own this film on DVD and have viewed it many times, beginning with cinematic release in NZ several years ago. I favour the British style of natural history documentary, a slant towards the presentation of fact rather than the creation of named characters in recognisable narratives. Winged Migration never attempts to be science, neither does it create characters in a story. It is so expertly filmed and organised that on each viewing I observe something new about the birds we travel with. When we begin to experience the possible and amazing journeys of individuals without overly anthropomorphising, I think we become more sensitive to our connection with wild things, the planet we all inhabit and our human impacts on it all. For my money, that's only to be encouraged. Share this gift of a film with your kids or your class - and answer the hard questions honestly.
Much has also been said that the directors 'cheated' by imprinting birds to the camera crew to make those memorable camera shots. While this is not a revolutionary concept (Bill Lishman performed a similar task leading a flock of geese from Ontario to Virginia a few years earlier; his exploits were the loose basis for the film Fly Away Home), it is I believe the first time it has been used at this magnitude. Research is also being done to determine if this technique can be used efficiently in guiding new migration routes to help protect endangered migratory species such as the whooping crane and trumpeter swan. While it is less than ideal and certainly not natural, the process may be necessary to ensure that these animals can survive extinction. And taken in the context of this film, I believe this procedure is permissible given the principle of the film (whether intended or not).Read more ›
As great as it was, I didn't care much for the intro speak at the beginning of the film. Why it is that the "Lords of Most Nature Films" seem hell-bent on stating that the beginnings of life started some 400-million years ago is beyond me. At most, it's theoretical conjecture stated as fact.
Second, to obtain the spectacular footage for the film, the birds shown in the film HAD to be IMPRINTED. Otherwise, it would have been impossible to film them up-close on their migration routes. Which wild birds do you know of that would let filmmakers fly close to them while they are flying their migration routes? Answer that, critics of the film!!!!
Third, the birds were taken to a wildlife sanctuary in Normandy, France, after the filming was over. They are taken care of by seven workers.
This film is GORGEOUS and all bird lovers should see it. Ignore the people who feel compelled to bash it.
After having read Errol Fuller's book "Extinct Birds", I felt lucky and honored to be able to see up close and personal today's birds in wonderful flight. Fuller's book contains illustrations and descriptions of so many EXTINCT birds that it saddened me. Watching "Winged Migration" has uplifted my spirits. Man has caused the extinction of at least 75 bird species since the year 1600. Be glad that a small percentage, but wide variety, of today's bird species are captured on film for your viewing pleasure and for posterity. If passenger pigeons, which once numbered in the BILLIONS, were still alive today, I have no doubt that footage of their SPECTACULAR mass migration flights would be included in this film. Such footage would make the starling flight footage in the film look puny in comparison.
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Good movie, only problem with this particular item, it's that it is not in french as described.
Bon film, le problème c'est qu'il n'est pas en français comme... Read more
This is an absolutely fascinating, enjoyable and educational CD. I can watch this many times over and still wonder at the many types of God's creation!!! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jessie Leboe
Thoroughly enjoyed this dvd. Bought extra for gifts. Filming is amazing. We watch it over and over.
Whole family will enjoy this. Educational and beautifully presented.
Breathtaking photography. Lyrical images presented with a minimum of narration. You actually fly with the birds as they cross continents in their migrations. Read morePublished on July 9 2011 by StarVoyager
This was indeed a great purchase. Who would have thought a DVD like this would capture my attention for 90 minutes. Read more
This is, in itself, a brilliant video in terms of content. But in terms of quality, there is a big difference between material shot in HD and older movies upconverted to HD, in... Read morePublished on May 22 2009 by Purchase Critic
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