Monday, January 09, 2006

Winged Migration

If you missed the US theatrical release of Winged Migration, watch the trailer on iTunes and then run out to rent it. I just saw it and I thought it was fabulous.

Winged Migration stars puffins, sandhill cranes, pelicans, ducks, Canadian geese, snow geese, barnacle geese, European white storks, bald eagles, albatrosses, penguins, turtledoves, black-necked swans, robins, Arctic terns, egrets, flamingos, macaws, black-headed ibises and too many more to type.

It was filmed over 3 years on all seven continents, and it enlists the Himalayas, Saharan dunes, Greenland glaciers, paddies in China, a gorgeous desert oasis, filthy industrial districts of Eastern Europe, Antarctica. the Statue of Liberty, Mont-St-Michel, the World Trade Center towers and the Great Wall of China as extras.

These reviews are correct, Winged Migration is majestic, intense and staggeringly beautiful. It was also quite a challenge to film, and the DVD contains a featurette about the techniques the 100 person team developed to make the film possible. Don't skip this but don't watch it first either.