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Fly with the U.S. Navy's elite Blue Angels demonstration squadron in the breathtaking video The Magic of Flight, which explains the basic principles of what enables airplanes (and birds) to fly, what creates lift, how planes maneuver, how planes land again. Going back to the Wright Brothers' experiments at Kitty Hawk, the documentary explores how the intrepid bicycle makers ruminated on the elements of flight for many an hour before even attempting to assemble their first aircraft. The Blue Angels put into action the discoveries made by the Wright Brothers, as they make their selections, train, and perform.

Pilots push their high-performance fighter planes through difficult but graceful maneuvers for amazed air-show audiences, demonstrating where the state of the art really lies for 21st-century flying. For all the skills of the pilots, however, the most astonishing part of the video would have to be the camera work, with cameras mounted on the planes' bellies, noses, and cockpits to give an up-close view of what the machines are really capable of. Planes fly arm's length apart during maneuvers where the slightest misstep would mean certain catastrophe. The Magic of Flight does indeed go a long way toward capturing the wonder of flying, with spectacular camera work, editing, and production. --Jerry Renshaw

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (DTS), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Disc 2 offers the complete feature in Microsoft Windows Media Video High Definition, playable on your PC (widescreen version only). WMV HD delivers up to 1080p resolution (6 times the resolution of standard definition DVD video) and 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound
  • Making-of documentary shot in high-definition video
  • A MacGillivray Freeman Short Retrospective
  • DIY Science
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Genre: Documentaries
  • Director: Greg MacGillivray
  • Producer: Image
  • Length: 82 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1996
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 29, 2004
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