Fly Away Home

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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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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround], French, Spanish, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Director and cinematographer's commentary; Isolated 5.1 music score with composer Mark Isham's commentary; "HBO Special: Leading the Flock"; Exclusive featurette: "Operation Migration: Birds of a Feather"; Documentary: "The Ultra Geese"; Theatrical trailers; Filmographies; Animated menus; Scene selections; Production notes
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Fly Away Home is a rousing family tale at which Mom and Dad should find themselves as enthralled as the kids. Without the sugar-coating that plagues so many youth-oriented films, it addresses such serious topics as environmentalism, death, divorce, and reconciliation. As father and daughter, Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin turn in strong performances; the supporting geese are no less important. The adept director Carroll Ballard and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel previously worked together on The Black Stallion, and their subtle, delicate work is similarly impressive here. A credit to all involved, Fly Away Home is the rare family film that inspires as it entertains.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2001
  • UPC: 043396060463
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais, Espa├▒ol, Portugais
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Daniels Thomas Alden
Anna Paquin Amy Alden
Dana Delany Susan Barnes
Terry Kinney David Alden
Holter Graham
Jeremy Ratchford Glen Seifert
Technical Credits
Carroll Ballard Director
Carol Baum Producer
Caleb Deschanel Cinematographer
Sandy Gallin Executive Producer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Vince McKewin Screenwriter
Robert Rodat Screenwriter
John Patrick Veitch Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Languages
   Subtitles
   Special Features
      Director's & Cinematographer's Commentary On/Off
      Composer's Isolated Score Commentary On/Off
      Exclusive Featurette:Operation Migration-Birds Of A Feather
      Documentary:"The Ultra Geese"
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie for everyone

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Film, Outstanding Extras

    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"!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Geese can make you feel good?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THEY ARE CANADA GEESE, NOT 'CANADIAN GEESE'

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Heartwarming Story of Love and Trust

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Special Edition extras are GREAT!

    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.

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