(DVD / G / 2017 / PBS)
Overview: Naturalist and 19th century painter, John James Audubon was one of the most remarkable men of early America. The program brings to life his timeless paintings with dazzling footage of the living birds he immortalized - and celebrates visually the natural world he described in his writings.
DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, John James Audubon (born Jean Rabin; April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851) was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter.
He was notable for his extensive studies documenting all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats.
His major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America (1827–1839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon identified 25 new species.
A contemporary of Lewis & Clark and Davey Crockett, he explored the American frontier in search of "the feathered tribes" he loved and studied. A self-taught artist and ornithologist, he left a legacy of art and science that made him famous in his lifetime and endures to this day.
His portrait hangs in the White House, his statue stands over the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History, and his name was adopted by the nation's first conservation organization.
This delightful, and for the uninitiated (much like myself) truly fascinating new PBS documentary, filmed in locations where Audubon painted, brings to life his timeless paintings with dazzling footage of the living birds he immortalized - and celebrates visually the natural world he described in his writings. With actor Sam Elliott as the voice of John James Audubon, PBS have yet again worked some historical visual and audio magic here.
Interviews reveal the man, explore his art, and put his groundbreaking work in modern perspective. Don't miss out on this new PBS documentary as it is beyond brilliant and historical, and yet lite entertainment at its finest. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and features the Theatrical Release alongside The Broadcast Version.