Fly Away HomeDirector: Carroll Ballard
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While production companies quickly realized that consumers prefer that DVDs come in the widescreen format, it remains common for them to release family films only in the pan and scan format. Perhaps they feel that children don't deserve the same kind of high quality that adults expect. Perhaps they don't realize that adults are also family members who enjoy such films as Witches or Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The first DVD release of the wonderful Fly Away Home may have been botched but thankfully Columbia has realized their mistake and issued this exceptional special edition DVD of the Carroll Ballard film. Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel's (whose credits include The Natural and The Black Stallion) camera work here is spectacular and is captured on this flawless widescreen anamorphic transfer. Ballard and Deschanel have a long working relationship and are justly famous for making movies in the great outdoors. Their audio commentary is compelling and entertaining and should be of interest to both movie and nature buffs. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo audio track is crystalline and showcases Mark Isham's impressive score. Isham also has an audio commentary and the movie features his lovely collaboration with Mary Chapin Carpenter. Since convoluted legal and financial reasons kept a soundtrack album from being issued, this DVD is a real boon for fans. The fictional movie is also based on the real exploits of Bill Lishman and the DVD features documentaries on this very cool Canadian and also other featurettes on the making of the movie Lishman inspired. Fly Away Home truly is a family film in the best sense of the word and this is a DVD that will be enjoyed by any member of a family, regardless of age.
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- Sony Pictures
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Jeff Daniels||Thomas Alden|
|Anna Paquin||Amy Alden|
|Dana Delany||Susan Barnes|
|Terry Kinney||David Alden|
|Jeremy Ratchford||Glen Seifert|
|Sandy Gallin||Executive Producer|
|Mark Isham||Score Composer|
|John Patrick Veitch||Producer|
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:35]
2. "Mom died,didn't she?" [3:39]
3. Dad's glider [6:49]
4. Susan [5:36]
5. Orphaned eggs [3:46]
6. Uncle David [3:35]
7. Goslings [3:57]
8. Breakfast with the flock [2:26]
9. Mamma Goose [1:23]
10. Ordinance 9314 [2:30]
11. Tub time & the bottom line [1:53]
12. Hot & bothered [2:16]
13. Dressing up [2:47]
14. Powered flights [3:26]
15. C-IBYE takes flight [2:55]
16. Father Goose [3:30]
17. Amy takes flight [2:58]
18. Flying Lessons [1:04]
19. A Natural goes solo [1:22]
20. Flying the coop [1:27]
21. Searching for Igor [10:28]
22. Liberating the prisoners [1:41]
23. Ufo [4:58]
24. Media coverage begins [4:22]
25. Goose kid in Baltimore [7:40]
26. Father Goose down [1:06]
27. "10,000 Miles" [6:00]
28. Mission accomplished [2:51]
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Exclusive Featurette:Operation Migration-Birds Of A Feather
Documentary:"The Ultra Geese"
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This new Special Edition of Fly Away Home is a great DVD. It includes 3 documentaries, one about the movie, and two about the real Operation Migration team. This includes the 48 minute ''Ultra Geese'' video which gives a bit of history on the project. Fascinating stuff.
Fly Away Home is a heartfelt story of a developing relationship between a 13-year old girl and her estranged father. Thomas Alden (Jeff Daniels) travels to New Zealand to bring his daughter Amy (Anna Paquin) home to Canada following the death of her mother. The adventure begins when Amy rescues an abandoned nest of goose eggs, and, as she watches them hatch, imprints on the goslings and becomes their mother. In an effort to earn Amy¿s trust, Thomas commits to building two ultralights in hopes that Amy¿s geese will follow them to a warmer winter habitat. Watch for metaphors between Amy¿s maturing and her goslings becoming geese. I love this movie and have yet to see it through dry eyes.
I wish the AllMovie Guide had bothered to fact-check and list the proper species. Aside from that very annoying fact, this is a favorite movie.
This is such an inspirational movie for what you can do if you really set out to do something. The young girl loses everything, at least she feels that way. A father trying to help his daughter, yet not being successful. Geese are the one thing that helps bring a father and daughter back together. This movie shows you the love and care for one another. Fly away home with its amazing music that couldn't have been done any other way brings tears and emotion to your heart. You will not be dissapointed or feel as if you have wasted 2 hours of your life. A great gift for any animal lover out there.
This film not only holds you from the wondrous emergence of baby duckings out of their shells,their innate imprinting and group stumbling following of the very first Being they see, which happens to be a young girl instead of their lost mother,to wherever she goes, and as they mature, the compassionate and humanitarian realization by the girl's father that these, by now, loved and delighful 'pets' have no future unless they find a way to lead them on to their essential migration. You witness the father, a jack of all trades, but whose hobby is airplanes, devises that means of trying to LEAD them South to where they can become integrated with their Species and survive. You witness many, many failed efforts and final success to lead the adult ducks, who you have come to care about, in the air, amidst increasing publicity and enthusiasm, and you feel good about a very nice but hardly possible story. BUT, then you are gifted with TWO substantial DOCUMENTARIES about the Man and associates who ACTUALLY succeeded in ACCOMPLISHING THIS generous trip! The well-acted, believable "fictional" movie turns out to be further appreciated because you have now learned it was based on a TRUE action. Highly recommended for every member of the family,on this DVD with meaningful "Extras"!
I saw this movie years ago when it first came out and really enjoyed it. I recently saw it again several times on TV and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed it years ago...so much so that I purchased it. My mom also really enjoyed it and now owns a copy for herself. It has great visuals and a sweet storyline. I think it is a movie that most will enjoy.