Academy Award Nominee - Best Documentary Feature 2002.
"...these beautiful creatures in flight may be just about the most beautiful things you've ever seen. Jeffrey Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
|Rolling Stone raved that Winged Migration, the critically acclaimed, awe-inspiring documentary, is "A movie miracle! It soars! You feel privileged!"|
Witness as five film crews follow a rich variety of bird migrations through 40 countries and each of the seven continents. With teams totaling more than 450 people, 17 pilots, and 14 cinematographers, they used planes, gliders, helicopters and balloons to fly alongside, above, below, and in front of their subjects. The result is a film of staggering beauty that Entertainment Weekly hailed as "Mesmerizing!" and the Los Angeles Times applauded as "Breathtaking! As lofty as it is exhilarating!"
Open your eyes to the wonders of the natural world as you fly along with the world's most gorgeous birds through areas as remote as the Arctic and the Amazon and as populated as Paris and New York City. See why USA Today found it to be "one of the most beautiful films to come out this year!"
"...awesome... Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...mind-bogglingly beautiful... Xan Brooks, The Guardian
"As humbling as it is remarkable. Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"Showcases the beauty and natural talents of a cast of thousands... John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal
"...a film of staggering beauty that will open your eyes to one of the wonders of the natural world...a must see. Jules Brenner, FilmCritic.com
"A work of visual poetry. Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
"As magnificent as it is perplexing. Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
Jacques Perrin (MICROCOSMOS) presents this dramatically beautiful documentary about bird migratory patterns, featuring breathtaking photography and hypnotic music. The film covers seven continents during four seasons, highlighting species both unique and common. From puffins in Iceland, whooper swans in Japan, bald eagles in Arizona, flamingos in Kenya, albatross in New Zealand, macaw in Peru, geese in Nepal, and plenty of cranes and storks in the director's native France, WINGED MIGRATION is literally a tour of the world from a bird's eye view. Filmed over the course of three year's time, the production for the movie was extensive to say the least. Using a crew of over 450 people broken up into five teams, new photographic techniques were invented specifically for the purpose of filming flocks of birds in flight. Balloon, helicopter, helicopter model, remote controlled glider, traditional glider, delta plane, and ultra-light motorized aircraft are the flying devices used to achieve the film's incredible camera angles. In fact, because birds were trained to be unafraid of the delta plane, photographers were able to fly alongside flocks, sometimes filming birds as they gazed into the camera's lens while also keeping in focus the dramatic landscape unfolding below. WINGED MIGRATION takes viewers on a unique journey soaring over the Earth as few films have ever done before.
Winged Migration - DVD Review
By: Jules Brenner
filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/27/2009 5:36 PM
Rarely has there been a movie with such a literal title, but then it's science, not fiction. In that context there's no room for a title implying mystery or hidden meaning. Instead, it puts it squarely in contention for programming on the Discovery channel. It is biology, diversity, and adventure… and one of the five nominations for the Best Documentary Oscar for 2002. It is also the stuff the most exquisite dreams are made of. Jacques Perrin, producer of such hugely successful French films as the exciting Z and the compelling Cinema Paradiso, has turned to films about nature, such as Microcosmos (insects) and Himalaya for his more recent successes....read the full review
Cast & Crew
||Jacques Perrin, Nominee, Best Documentary
||Jacques Perrin, Nominee, Best Documentary, Features
New York Times
"The breathtaking cinematography of migrating birds in Jacques Perrin's mystical documentary WINGED MIGRATION transports you to an exalted realm where nature operates under its own inviolable laws..."
"...One of the most beautiful films to come out this year or any other....It is an exquisite plea for ecological rationality. Audiences are left with awe for the filmmaking crew and for the wonders of nature..."
"...Perrin gets so close to the intimate beauty of flight, you feel privileged....A movie miracle; it soars..."
"...Awesome to regard....It wants us to look, simply look, at birds -- and that goal it achieves magnificently..."
Los Angeles Times
"...MIGRATION is best understood as a kind of travelogue, taking us into worlds we have not seen and places we can't get to on our own..."
Sight and Sound
"...Remarkable....WINGED MIGRATION's strengths come from its acute and unsentimental observation of these most symbolic of creatures..."
"...Perrin creates images so crisp they seem almost too perfect to be real..."
"It's a trip full of adventure and breathtaking beauty..."
"[A] beautifully photographed film about the astonishing journey birds make each year from one habitat to another." -- Grade: B
James Berardinelli's ReelViews 7 of 10
Winged Migration is a fascinating motion picture. It certainly isn't the ultimate documentary about birds and their migratory habits (any more than Microcosmos was the ultimate documentary about insects), but it's an excellent surface-level introduction that delivers some of the most amazing images of any movie in recent history. At its opening, Winged Migration informs us that no special effects were used in composing the film. It's good to know that, because some of the visuals offered by Winged Migration are more impressive than the most complex digital shot in The Matrix Reloaded.
- James Berardinelli
L.A. Times 7 of 10
...this breathtaking documentary uses new technology and old-fashioned daring and grit to allow us to share their space. Not just to hover over them in airplanes but to feel the exhilaration of side-by-side companionship. At its best, Winged Migration is a marvel, and if that seems like a gee-whiz word, that's because this film has a lot to be gee-whiz about.
- Kenneth Turan
ReelViews 8 of 10
Generally speaking, documentary viewers are divided into two categories: those who can't stand "nature" programs and those who love them. Considering the popularity of the Discovery Channel on television, the latter group is well populated. And, while Winged Migration is a significant cut above the average National Geographic Special (in terms of scope and cinematography), its appeal lies with the same core viewing audience. If you're fascinated (or just mildly curious) about birds and their habits, this is a must-see. If you don't care or bored by the subject matter, even the majesty of a film like Winged Migration may be unable to pique your interest...Winged Migration is a fascinating motion picture. It certainly isn't the ultimate documentary about birds and their migratory habits (any more than Microcosmos was the ultimate documentary about insects), but it's an excellent surface-level introduction that delivers some of the most amazing images of any movie in recent history. At its opening, Winged Migration informs us that no special effects were used in composing the film. It's good to know that, because some of the visuals offered by Winged Migration are more impressive than the most complex digital shot in The Matrix Reloaded.
- James Berardinelli
Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
Jacques Perrin's Oscar-nominated "Winged Migration" does for birds what the 1996 documentary "Microcosmos" did for insects: It looks at them intimately, very close up, in shots that seem impossible to explain. That the two plots intersect (birds eat insects) is just one of those things...The movie, which is awesome to regard, is not particularly informative; it tells us that birds fly south in the winter (unless they live in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case they fly north)...But facts are not the purpose of "Winged Migration." It wants to allow us to look, simply look, at birds--and that goal it achieves magnificently. There are sights here I will not easily forget...I am pleased, actually, that the film has such a tilt toward the visual and away from information. I wouldn't have wanted the narrator to drone away in my ear, reading me encyclopedia articles and making sentimental comments about the beauty of it all. Life is a hard business, and birds work full time at it. I was shocked by a sequence showing ducks in magnificent flight against the sky, and then dropping one by one as hunters kill them. The birds have flown exhaustingly for days to arrive at this end. It's not so much that I blame the hunters as that I wish the ducks could shoot back.
- Roger Ebert