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Winged Migration

2001, Nature  -   16 Comments
Ratings: 7.94/10 from 18 users.

Winged MigrationAn odyssey over three years in the making, Winged Migration certainly is an amazing experience to behold. Its most impressive and moving achievement is its ability to draw the viewer into an almost foreign world, traveling along with a myriad of bird species as they undertake their semiannual migrations over vast distances. Just as MicroCosmos placed the viewer into an ant-sized world where blades of grass loomed like skyscrapers, Winged Migration offers the world through birds' eyes.

We're on the ground with them as they interact, look for sustenance, and care for their young; and we're in the air with the birds as they dauntlessly fly high and low above the earth and sea. The film is also a tour of the globe that reveals gorgeous landscapes that most humans never get to see. One of the most unexpected delights of the film is listening to the many and varying voices of these creatures as they communicate with each other; it's almost like a music track all its own.

As far as the actual music and score of the film, it is a mixed bag. Some musical choices interact nicely with the visuals, while many are overwrought and distracting. Usually the most effective moments are either without music or accompanied with minimalist compositions. The thrill of flying with the birds is countered with the depiction of the disasters and impediments that they face on a daily basis.

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1 year ago

Saw his documentary first time and so beautiful but yet so sad for some. expecially as the red baron geese flew over Western Europe and got stuc and likely died in pollution area of drudge or oil when they stopped for a rest looking for water to drink. Filmed but not helping the poor bird who could not fly out because his wings were soaked with the drudge. Sad too hard o watch despite the beauty, Also when birds flew over somewhere in US and were shot down after flying for hundreds, thousand of miles.

David Hall
6 years ago

Wonderful close to perfection as any documentary I've seen , thank you !

Lovro Šari? Kora?evi?
10 years ago

ok, this is one of the most magnificent documentaries I have ever seen. They must have sold their souls to the devil, because there is no other way for me to explain myself some of those scenes.
And I find the comments down complaining about narration and species very disappointing, yet not so surprising. Why should we always see everything categorized and explained? I enjoyed the "child like" perspective, and the minimal approach of the narrator. If you want to see all details just go to the web page of the film.

11 years ago

Simply the best in-flight footage I have ever seen. One wonders how most of it was achieved. Sad that the filming was the only positive representation of mankind in this entire documentary.

11 years ago

Fantastic work!! Undoubtedly one of the most fantastic natural phenomena, migration.

11 years ago

When I watched the film on IFC [or National Geo?], it included location and species information. Not detailed but specific. One of the most beautifully shot films ever. Can't imagine the dedication and patience it took to create this amazing reel.

yasir zia
11 years ago

Awesome camera work, i would like to know how many duck cams were used.
Brilliant work fellas!

yasir zia
11 years ago

Any bird that flies to winter from summer has got to change its migration pattern,....

11 years ago

I like that the narration didn't over power this already beauty-rich production, however, when narration was present, it was very difficult to hear. I do wish that we were provided with the species of birds. But overall this was a great doc and thoroughly enjoyed it.

11 years ago

A good doc and I enjoyed that the narration did not overpower the already natural beauty of the film. However when there was narration, it was very difficult to hear and at times I wish the narrator had provided some information of the species of birds.

12 years ago

They dont tell you where they are or what speicies. Nice to look at though, a nice picture film.

12 years ago

Thanks to those who made this movie.

12 years ago

Great photography but would have been better with narration to help us identify the types of birds we are seeing.

13 years ago

Enjoyed it very much thanks.

13 years ago

So very beautiful and yet so very sad.
All of these birds will be gone someday thanks to humans.

14 years ago

the video for winged migration doesn't work. makes me sad.