Winged Migration details
|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Michel Debats, Jaques Cluzzard, Guy Jarry, Jacques Perrin|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 38 minutes|
|Rental release:||22 Mar 2004|
|Subtitles:||English, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish|
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A real birds-eye viewBy Philip Concannon from London , 26 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Jacques Perrin's beautifully photographed documentary follows a number of species of birds as they make their annual migration. Perrin's camera seems to become a part of the flock and allows us to fly alongside these birds on their remarkable journey. It's an incredible achievement, and gives us a vantage point unlike any other.
Perrin and his crew spent four years filming and editing footage of countless species of birds and it pays off with a number of jaw-dropping shots. The birds travel across a variety of landscapes, facing numerous dangers along the way, and it's a privelige to witness it at such close quarters.
But to truly be called a documentary a film must be more than just aesthetically pleasing, it must also inform, and it's here that 'Winged Migration' fails. Philippe Labro's deep-throated narration occasionally pops up to tell us a few basic facts, but it's nothing we haven't heard before.
'Winged Migration' also suffers from a critical lack of organisation, sequences don't really cohere and the film winds up feeling a bit shapeless. There's also the question of a few sequences which were clearly staged to engineer a little conflict or suspense. These moments are interesting, but surely they go against the ethics of a 'nature documentary'
'Winged Migration' is a fascinating exercise and the filmmakers should be commended for their patience and skill. Don't watch this movie expecting to learn much from it, but if it's just shots of pretty birds you want, you won't find a better film than this.
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Zero commentaryBy Bazcat (8 reviews) , 20 Jun 2012Note, there is NO NARRATION in this film, making it not so much a documentary but a series of moving pictures of birds.
Very uninformative and you'll be lucky to last five minutes without turning it off.
Beautiful picture, not enough documentaryBy porsche_fellow (1 review) , 21 Jan 2012There's some really beautiful photography in this film, which is exactly what you'd expect. Regrettably, that's about the best you can say about film. There's no real theme, unlike most of the major BBC docu-dramas, just various pretty scenes through the year. Geographically, it's all over the place, and I would have liked a little map in the corner to show me where we were. Most of the birds weren't identified which, because most people are seeing many of these species for the first time, seems to defeat the object of the exercise. There was little narration, and the few subtitles were too small for most of us to read, even on a 32' TV. Finally, the incessant music became irritating - was I at a concert with pictures, or watching a music DVD, perhaps? Overall, given the praise heaped on this film, it was a disappointment.
Amazing filmBy a customer , 30 Nov 2011Great film. Beautifully shot although it does raise some ethical issues about how the birds were trained. Incredible scenery and music though.
Great but with reserveBy gianino (648 reviews) from London , 29 Jul 2011The photography was amazing
Amazing filmBy TayberryPie (42 reviews) from Aberdeenshire , 08 Jan 2011Visually stunning. This is no 'fake' although some birds were specially trained to fly alongside the small aircraft so that close-up filming was possible. The main fault is inadequate scientific commentary. They use music instead, mostly very appropriate.