Gorgeous DVDs On Flight & Metamorphosis ~ FishFlix.com #Review
FishFlix.com is an online Christian movie store that offers a family-friendly range of entertainment and educational DVDs. They recently sent us a pair of science videos to review: Flight and Metamorphosis.
Flight explores the wonder of birds through the lens of intelligent design. It’s a visually stunning production, crafted through a combination of video (filmed in North America, Peru, England, Greenland, and Antarctica) and computer animation. (Actually, both Flight and Metamorphosis are created the same way, just filmed in different places.)
It was no surprise to me, really, when I asked what the kids’ favorite part of Flight was – the HUMMINGBIRDS!!! – said in a tone of, “MOM, you should KNOW this.” (They’re teens, what can I say?) We have two hummingbird feeders right outside, and where we live, Anna’s hummingbirds are a year-round fascination. Yes, they even come out when there’s snow on the ground. They’re crazy, yet hardy, itty bitty birds.
So we have tons of close-up observation – the feeders are literally right at my face level, less than a foot from our sliding glass door that opens from our main room – that the movie has really helped to put into perspective. Understanding the mechanics of how they actually move – because they’re so unique, even in the specialized world of birds – has jumped that first-hand knowledge right up into stellar level.
Granted, the hummingbirds are just one part of Flight, but they made the biggest impression on us. Special sections are also devoted to arctic terns and starlings; while they’re unique and interesting in their own way, we just don’t have that personal connection to them like we do the hummingbirds.
Metamorphosis is an hour-long video that takes the viewer through every stage of the butterfly lifespan. We see the butterfly as it moves through the states from egg to chrysalis, and then experience the wonder of metamorphosis.
This video, by the way, was PERFECT timing for us, as we’re about to buy butterflies for the year – it’s finally warm enough! The portion on anatomy is going to have my bug-loving teens examining the real-life “flutterbys” up close. (Mom’s mental note – need to figure out what they did with the *good* magnifying glass – or give up and get a new one.)
Our no-contest favorite scenes, though, were all about the migration of the monarchs. (Really, the monarchs just overrule everything. I spent a healthy portion of my 3rd grade year daydreaming about visiting them, and y’know, I still want to.) There’s even a special bonus features section that includes lots of questions and answers to delve more in-depth on monarchs.
And What Else?
Other Schoolhouse Review Crew members received the following videos – click below to find their reviews!
Exploring Ephesus – Discover Ephesus, the City of Apostles and the “command center” of Paul’s ministry to the Roman province of Asia.
Torchlighters: The John Wesley Story – The animated story of John Wesley, who struggled through numerous challenges, yet finally found his calling, becoming the founder of the Methodists.
Privileged Species – A documentary examining the scientific building blocks of life and how their special properties, in combination with unique features, allowed humanity to prosper.
Unbroken Legacy of Faith Edition – A 2-DVD set that follows Louis Zamperini through horrendous experiences, to a heroic ending of faith and tenacity.
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