The Magic of Flight

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

The Magic of Flight is another in a series of the IMAX films to make it’s way to DVD. While some like “Everest” and “Titanica” have become minor box office smashes, it’s films like these that not only educate, but are fun to watch as well. In “The Magic of Flight” they mainly concentrate on just that..a history of flight. While most of the time is spent on the Blue Angels (the Navy’s aerial performance stunt team), there are some references and interviews with historians throughout. The IMAX films are shot with a very unique lens that is specific to the IMAX type of theater, thereby giving us a very interesting way of looking at things. What makes The Magic of Flight so fun to wach is that it takes the camera into parts of a plane that we haven’t really had the chance to see.

Narrated by Tom Selleck, The Magic of Flight introduces us to the Blue Angels flight crew and even takes us along the way to see a rookie become a full-fledged member of the team. Along the way we learn about how wings work, how we managed to get airborne in the first place and how we got the idea from a birds wing. The Magic of Flight not only manages to entertain, but also teach along the course of the DVD. Couple that with the high standard that IMAX movies have in common and you have something really special.

Video: How does it look?

Originally shot for IMAX theaters, the image is shown at full frame. The way that these movies are shot look very impressive at an actual theater, but if you have a big screen TV, they really tend to suck you into the acutal movie. With it’s unique camera placements and contorted views, The Magic of Flight doesn’t disappoint in terms of picture qulality.

Audio: How does it sound?

Ok, now we’re talkin…not only does the disc contain a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, but a DTS soundtrack as well. I initially listened to the DTS track, which I shouldn’t have done, because is sounds far superior to the Dolby Digital track. Quite possibly one of the best soundtracks that I’ve had the chance to hear, the DTS has a wide range of channel seperation. The rear surrounds on both tracks are alive from almost the beginning to the end with little high pitches here and there. Every detail, no matter how big or small, sounds positively awesome. Wheather it’s the suprise boom of a cargo plane and it’s Jet assisted takeoff to the birds flapping their wings that give an ever so slight sound, you will not be disappointed, no matter which track you pick. Simply put…outstanding!

Supplements: What are the extras?

In something that I’ve never seen before, the menus have a behind the scenes featurette for every chapter. Of course, if you pick this from the extras menu, it will play them all sequentially in order, but for those of you who want to learn about one particluar scene, it’s a very nice touch. Add to this, the addition of a DTS and a Dolby Digital soundtrack and it’s a very solid disc.

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