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'Owl Power'
(DVD / NR / 2015 / PBS)

Overview: For centuries, the mysterious nighttime lives and uncanny hunting skills of owls have made them fascinating hallmarks of children's stories and folk tales the world over. But what actually makes owls so special?

DVD Verdict: In 'Owl Power,' a fascinating new up close and personal documentary from PBS, bird trainers Lloyd and Rose Buck and their very special family of owls, eagles, falcons, geese, pigeons, and two newly-hatched barn owls Luna and Lily - provide a rare opportunity to learn more about these unique birds.

Using the latest in camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and super-sensitive microphones, we can take a brand new look at owls in more detail than ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and hearing works, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st century technology and design.

What we see is that after a few years of growing up, specialists and scientists are brought in to create certain conditions where they can do certain tests to find out the amazing powers of these owls. Many of the findings were unknown to humans since none of the experiments were ever possible without the cooperation of the owls. But now we can truly be amazed with the majestic powers of the owl and watch as we see things they can do quite unlike we may well have ever seen them do before.

Other than the capability of turning their heads 170 degrees where any human would cut their arteries and veins, and the amazing design of owls head re: a wide, round, big, flat one angled to the center to a certain degree capability arc - and which allows the slightest sound to travel to their covered ears, enabling owls to catch pray just a few feet under packed snow - we also learn things like owls have the biggest wing to body ratio of any others of the bird species on this planet! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.