Masterfully presented by the legendary Sir David Attenborough,
Atlantic Productions have successfully recreated the time when dinosaurs
walked the Earth and monsters ruled the skies in FLYING MONSTERS 3D
that is now available on Blu-ray. Flying monsters focuses on the
pterosaurs (flying lizards) and how the work do dedicated
palaeontologists have pieced together the puzzle of how they moved from
land to the skies.
This 45-minute documentary takes viewers back in-time, 220 million years
to be precise where the first dinosaur took to the sky. Through expert
interviews and beautifully recreated CGI, we soon learn that the first
dinosaur to fly, the Dimorphodon may have had thin membrane attached to
its arms and legs that enabled it to glide from tree to tree. From
there, we move onto the Darwinopterus, the Tapejara and the powerful
Quetzalcoatlus that had a wingspan of 40 feet and would have stood eye
to eye with a giraffe.
Quetzalcoatlus was the largest animal on Earth to ever fly researches
believe that this giant creature could have flown 10,000 miles in one
flight by gliding on the airstreams like a modern-day glider. What I did
enjoy about this documentary is that it keeps the information at a basic
level from the history of one of Britain's most famed palaeontologists,
Mary Anning who was dubbed the princess of palaeontology to computer
interactions with both Attenborough and the subjects that he is
interviewing that makes Flying Monsters a true interactive experience,
especially with the inclusion of 3D.
The documentary also goes into some detail of the successors of the
pterosaurs who are birds and through evolution, they managed to evolve
without the need to anchor their wings to their legs. In turn, this
allowed birds greater freedom, especially when they were on the land
which allowed them to walk and run which pterosaurs would have had great
difficulty in this feat.
Video/Audio & Special Features
On Blu-ray, Flying Monsters literally jumps out of your TV, especially
with the great use of 3D. Colours are vibrant, blacks are deep and
there's some great depth included in this release. Audio is equally
impressive, although a little underused with the Dolby Digital 5.1. For
special features, there a fun Q&A with the legend himself, David
Attenborough and a stills gallery. Both are interesting but both will
probably be only watched once .
Flying Monsters 3D
is not only an informative documentary but a very enjoyable documentary
that can be watched by children of all ages, whether 7 or 70.
Attenborough truly enhances the presentation, especially with his
interaction with some of the
pterosaurs that almost makes it quite comical at times. Thankfully the
information is kept at a minimum, although there is enough theories to
give you a good snapshot. It's definitely a fun documentary that is not
only well made but looks fantastic on 3D.