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manipulated, but spectacular and educational,
This review is from: Winged Migration [DVD]  [NTSC] (DVD)Four years of film footage were edited to make this incredible film on the yearly migrations of birds, mostly the large water fowl, from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, with North America, the Amazon and Africa in between.
Facts about the flight patterns are briefly put on the screen, the longest journey followed is that of the Arctic tern, flying 12,500 miles.
The panoramic scenery is spectacular, with a scene of an Arctic avalanche being very memorable. Yes, much of the film is manipulated, but the beauty of it is undeniable, and it's educational in the sense of seeing these birds in action, in their living and mating, and the miracle of their migrations.
Not all of them make it, and it shows how some journeys are cut short by predators, whether shot down, or eaten by a larger creature, or in the case of a tern with a broken wing, getting attacked and devoured by a hoard of crabs.
The brilliantly colored parrots in the Amazon region, and the penguins in Antarctica are unforgettable. The greater sage grouse, with spiked tail in all his glory strutting his stuff in Idaho, and the Northern gannet diving into the Arctic sea, looking more like a missile than a bird are also images that stay in one's mind.