'Wings 3D' [Blu-ray]
(Blu ray 3D / NR / 2015 / BBC Home Entertainment)
Overview: Emmy® Award-nominated director John Downer takes a groundbreaking journey into the world of some of the Earth’s most majestic creatures with Wings 3D!
Blu ray Verdict: 'Wings 3D' is a BBC Earth Production, narrated by 'Doctor Who's very own David Tennant (also 'Broadchurch,' of course), and directed and written by John Downer. Funnily enough, it's actually been said that the true beginnings of the filming of 'Wings' didn't even start in HD. In fact, in truth, the technology that launched the journey was 35mm. Ergo, the completed work - now in 3D HD, is absolutely stunning, but for all those with vertigo, well, you might want to keep your hands free!
Narrated by David Tennant, this feature-length 3D experience takes viewers across the world’s most iconic landscapes to the heart of the greatest animal spectacles on Earth: snow geese dash through Monument Valley and New York City, vultures ascend miles above the earth then dive down to huge wildebeest herds below, scarlet macaws race at breakneck speed through the rainforest.
Bringing unique, state-of-the-art 3D cameras to barely accessible and highly dangerous places, the filmmakers used revolutionary aerial devices and techniques to fly right alongside birds, creating a new perspective on the beauty and drama of nature.
Some of my personal favorite moments are the remarkable 3D footage capturing the majestic bald eagles gliding over the Grand Canyon. Lovely, absolutely beautiful. Also, the colorful macaws on the rivers of Peru, manta rays soaring skyward from the sea, barn swallows dive-bombing for a drink, cranes high over Venice, and so much more.
I can actually recall a very recent addition to this genre, featuring another great David, this one David Attenborough. Especially a scene where DA was riding in a speed boat alongside some low flying swans and by golly, that was some incredible photography. And that's exactly the kind of stuff you get here with DT - although nobody actually does it, hands on physically, quite like David Attenborough, of course! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.