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5.0 out of 5 stars
Visual feast, 20 Feb. 2004
I wondered whether I would be able to sit through a whole film of just birds, but I along with everyone in the cinema was hooked. The fact that there is so little commentary is a real plus, leaving us to watch the birds undistracted by a patronising Attenborough-style factual deluge. Another plus is the incidental yet stunning visual journey - oh there's the Great Wall of China, then on to the Statue of Liberty, now the Antarctic ...
Yes some of the shots are manipulated, but that doesn't detract from the amazing visual feast. It's not overly sentimental, scenes such as the injured bird and the crabs, the goose hunters and penguins apparently standing by why their young are predated are shocking, but the beautiful scenes stick in the mind too. And so few people on shot is another plus - though the scene of the Bulgarian woman feeding returning cranes like old friends is a highlight.