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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
AN OUTSTANDING RECORD OF FLIGHT & A MOVIE YOU COULD VIEW MORE THAN ONCE, OR EVEN TWICE - SUPERB FOOTAGE NEVER BEFORE WITNESSED
WINGS 3D is one of the best of all the Nature Lover's movies I added to my vast/comprehensive library. The super slow motion takes place following the real time footage allowing you to see the dynamic forces produced when an Osprey plunges in to capture prey. In real-time the Osprey diving in at 50 mph, like a missile penetrating the water, with wings spread would be too fast to see in detail, but when slowed down you watch the Osprey pop up, shakes the water off, starts to flap the wings and takes off with fish in tow.
The camera flies along side the birds and in some sequences the camera is mounted on the actual bird itself capturing flight from the birds perspective. Ultra-lite air powered flying aircraft fly next to the birds which makes you feel as though you are actually there.
I can't say more as to the superb camera work invested to create a magnificent movie and to top everything off the movie is in 3D. This type of movie could be viewed several times without getting bored and without the feelings of, "I have already seen it." I have already watched the movie 2 times and tonight will be the 3rd. The first two viewings looked as though I was watching two movies and I expect to see more of what I missed the prior two times. What you miss the first time around you will see the 2nd time and even if you don't the raw splendor is worth repeated viewing.
Wings 3D is an absolute "KEEPER" and will add an excellent, if not the best, movie to your collection. If this is your first purchase, I warn you; you might become spoiled. This movie will be difficult to top.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent Atmos 3D showcase
I've been a huge fan of BBC Earth since the phenomenal Planet Earth series and the excellent follow-up Life. Enchanted Kingdom maintains the standard of excellence. If you have an Atmos 3D setup, this bluray is an easy choice as a showcase disc. My setup is 7.1.4 using the Yamaha RX-A3050.
-Abundant use of slow-motion and time-lapse photography are the highlights. Slow-mo just makes everything look cool. Time-lapse makes plants' behavior look animal-like.
-Picture quality is fantastic. Close-up shots of animals get you closer than if they were actually in your living room. You can see every hair on the monkey and every ripple of the lizard's skin.
-Aerial wide-angle scenes are remarkable. If you ever wanted to peer over the edge of a massive waterfall, this is your chance.
-If you've seen a lot of nature shows, there isn't anything new or ground-breaking from a content standpoint.
-Since this is a single film, you are getting a general overview of Africa. Don't expect in-depth introspection like you would with a multi-part series like Planet Earth.
-The movie will relax you with beautiful scenes much more than it will thrill you with action.
-Most everything is PG in content. This is generally a happy film with minimal graphic kills.
-Minimal phony drama or staged scenes. Unlike most nature shows on TV these days, BBC Earth generally avoids this contrivance.
-Excellent use of 3D in a natural way. It adds a lot of depth to the vast mountain shots. The underwater coral reef scenes allow you to see fish at multiple different depth levels. Monkey faces look amazingly life-like with the added depth.
-The 3D is not in-your-face, gimmicky, or artificial-looking.
-The sonic bubble is certainly present and adds to the feeling of "being there". Insect sounds are all around you. Sounds will pan from side-to-side or back-to-front frequently.
-There are a few moments of distinct overhead noise (like thunder). Don't expect a constant barrage though.
-The mostly African-themed music (think Lion King) is fantastic and adds much grandeur and spectacle to all the scenes. It's one of the special aspects of this film that set it apart from most nature movies.
-The narration complements the movie very well without being overbearing.
-None included. Thank you BBC for not making me or my audience feel guilty to be a human like so many nature shows tend to do these days.
-The only message at the end is to appreciate all the spectacular nature around you wherever you are. Very nice.
BBC Earth produces another spectacular nature film while avoiding the annoyances present in many other nature shows. While there is nothing groundbreaking in the content, the extensive use of time-lapse and slow-mo coupled with an excellent soundtrack elevates each scene. What makes this film uniquely special is that it is fabulously presented in Atmos and 3D.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful. See all 101 customer reviews...
Great cinematography. Best Atmos sound track I have heard.
I admit I would not have purchased this had it not been for the Atmos sound track. This documentary itself has very beautiful cinematography. I watched it in 3D on a 140" screen and it was breathtaking. The Atmos sound track was the best I have heard. The overhead speakers are being used very effectively. Effects like rain, raging rivers, are done so effectively that they make you you feel you are right there.
The content itself is pretty impressive as well. You get to see the lives of animals in the African continent fairly closely as if you are right there with them without leaving the comfort of your home.
I normally don't get excited about documentaries but this one is highly recommended.
Note: I watched this right after the minions 3d so that may be why :)