'Living in The Age of Airplanes' is a DVD That Should be On Your Christmas List

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By Dan Pimentel,
Airplanista Blog Editor 

This may not qualify as hot news, but I thought that in the spirit of the shopping season, I would pass along a tip on one very cool DVD that will make any #Avgeek smile on Christmas morning. Filmmaker Brian Terwilliger’s documentary, Living in The Age of Airplanes is out now in a special DVD package that offers not only the excellent film, but also 12 special features that makes this a must-buy for the pilot on your list.
    
This film premiered at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC, and continued a successful run on giant screen, digital, IMAX® and museum cinemas worldwide in 2015/2016. It has now been released digitally and on DVD/Blu-ray along with the release of the original soundtrack.
    
First, the movie. Here's the logline from the filmmaker:
    
As Bill Gates once said, "The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.” Living in The Age of Airplanes brings this quote to life by reminding us of the myriad of ways aviation has transformed our lives, connecting countries and cultures while expanding horizons and minds. From increased cultural exchange to the rapid globalization of trade and migration, Living in The Age of Airplanes is an examination of how transportation has evolved, especially in the years since airplanes were invented. Narrated by film icon and aviation advocate Harrison Ford and featuring an original score from the late Academy Award® winning composer, James Horner (Titanic, Avatar), the film takes us on an epic journey to 18 countries across all seven continents to illuminate how airplanes have empowered a century of global connectedness our ancestors could never have imagined. Terwilliger also directed One Six Right, which received broad acclaim in the aviation community for its true-to-life depiction of general aviation.
    
The avgeeks among us will appreciate the high production value of this film. Terwilliger and his crew went to great lengths to get simply gorgeous shots from around the world, making this 47 minutes of cinematic aviation eye candy. Ford's narration follows a script that keeps the story moving, and makes the case well that airplanes have indeed been an invention that has opened up the world like nothing else. One particular sequence involving flowers grown in one part of the world, and shipped via air to be enjoyed thousands of miles away while still fresh superbly illustrates the story Terwilliger is trying to tell us.
    
I am someone who believes any DVD worth my money had better have special features, and this one delivers by the dozen:

There are 40 minutes of special features on Alaska flying, Plane Spotting, the flower sequence "deconstructed", Flight over Africa, and "Impossible Shots" describing some of the film's visual effects. Added to the 47 minutes of run time for the film, the package adds up to a very good deal for aviators wishing to get lost in surround sound and great footage.
   
If you have not already seen this film, go view the trailer and then go here to buy this DVD.  It is available as Blu-ray disc, DVD video, and also available as a digital package in iTunes, Android, Chromecast and Roku stores.
    
The aviator(s) in your life will not stop smiling when they open this gift.

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