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on November 16, 2016
Great movie that is shot well and has an excellent soundtrack. Had to take off a couple of stars because if you're expecting a movie about airplanes to talk about, well,'ll be a little disappointed, because the film mostly covers the fact that the world is connected by aviation, but it doesn't really address the growth of the industry in any detail, or tell the story of aviation in any depth. Don't get me wrong, it's great visually and the audio is top-notch, but I felt like most of the movie was just about filming parts of the world, and not so much airplanes, and for such an expansive story that is the world of aviation, I would expect a much longer main feature. Would I but it again having seen it? Probably, because it was still some great eye/ear candy, but just know going into it, it's mostly scenery filming with a few fly-bys of airplanes thrown in.
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on January 10, 2017
At the opening of the film, “Living in the Age of Airplanes”, narrator Harrison Ford suggests that you “leave behind everything you know about airplanes”. And while this may seem at odds with the title, it is indeed sage advice, for only with a blank canvas can one truly appreciate the significance of this film.
We were all born into the age of airplanes and as such have grown to accept and expect all that goes with the forgotten miracle of flight. The golden era when we hoisted the likes of Lindbergh onto our shoulders has passed and given way to a time when airplanes are seemingly more a source of frustration if queues are too long and delays impacting on our well-laid plans.
We have forgotten that man’s journey took 200,000 years to migrate across continents and nearly as long to increase our average speed to anything above walking pace. Straddling the globe within a day is now our expectation and the wonder has been lost for many. This latest film by Brian Terwilliger reminds us of that miracle.
Set to amazing cinematography, meaningful narration and an emotive soundtrack, “Living in the Age of Airplanes” was filmed in 18 countries and across all 7 continents. It cleverly highlights the role of aviation in our lives as both humankind and as individuals. It is a film that both educates and emotionally connects with the audience in a way that few films can.
For the devotees of Terwilliger’s first film, “One Six Right” - this film is different. The screen is still filled with breathtaking shots, but they do not solely feature aircraft as this film has a far broader message to convey. That being said, the film also comes with over 40 minutes of “Special Features” for those yearning for more airborne footage. Alaskan flying, canary yellow biplanes over Africa and airliners passing close by – they are all there.
Sometimes, we can lose focus when we stand too close. This movie eases us back and sits us down to view the modern-day miracle of flight in the most majestic of ways. This film possesses the power, the emotion and the romance that truly comes with “Living in the Age of Airplanes”.

Owen Zupp
Author: 'Without Precedent' and '50 Tales of Flight'.
Without Precedent: Commando, Fighter Pilot and the true story of Australia's first Purple Heart
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on December 3, 2016
Wonderful DVD/documentary is narrated by Harrison Ford (a licensed, highly-experience pilot who flies less sophisticated aircraft than the "Millenium Falcon")! When you imagine the timeline from the beginning of the Earth's existence all the way to present day, you realize that aviation is something that has only been around for a smidgen of time. Just keep in mind that the Wright Brothers flew a few hundred feet in a powered machine that most historians mark as the birthplace of aviation. Writing this in December 2016, that was a mere 113 years ago! I just read about a woman in Italy who is 117 years old! She's the last person we know of on the planet born in the 1800's!

So, airplanes have evolved in a furious rush, in the grand scheme of things. From the humble beginnings at Kitty Hawk, NC, to present day, we've seen aircraft shed their second (and sometimes third or more) wings, develop alternative powerplants from internal combustion engines to powerful turbines, and competently carry from a single human being, to literally hundreds in a single flight!

This beautifully-written and produced documentary captures all the magic and wonder associated with aviation. This film was created by the same team that produced the lovely "One Six Right" that highlights not only the marvelous joy of general aviation, but also the controversy surrounding the attempted destruction of the Santa Monica Airport by greedy city fathers. "Living" plays more like an inspired travelogue. Avoiding much of the controversial uses of aircraft through the century (I can't even write "centuries!") you are taken on a trip to virtually every corner of the world and points in between. On its way to describing the utility of the airplane, it takes us on a whirlwind tour of some of the most beautiful places on the planet. One never loses sight of the fact that nearly every place is just an airplane trip away! Can you imagine what Columbus would have thought in 1492?!
Director/Producer Brian J. Terwilliger says it best:: “A mile of runway can take you anywhere.”
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on October 27, 2016
I watched Living in the Age of Airplanes a number of times at a local aviation museum, and I enjoyed it every time. It's a wonderful blend of information and entertainment, with beautiful cinematography and excellent music. All centered around airplanes and the effect they've had on our lives, and narrated by Harrison Ford -- an avid pilot, himself. I have been not-so-patiently waiting for the movie to be released on Blu-ray, and now I can watch it any time I want to. I expect that I'll continue to watch it over and over and over again -- it's just a very nice way to spend a bit of time.
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on January 6, 2018
I am not a pilot but an ENTHUSIAST and love everything AVIATION. Harrison Ford does a fabulous job of the narration and the music of James Horner is enchanting. It is sad that he passed away because his score was so melodic and added to my enjoyment.
I have a blog that is about women in aviation because my aunt was a pilot in the 30's. She had a flying school in Juneau, Alaska so the Special Features of flight in Alaska was enthralling. The scenes of Traildraggers made me think of my aunt even though I am too young to have seen her fly.
The "Out of Africa" Special Features makes me want to look at the DVD all over again. That little yellow plane made the movie even more exciting. Every Special Feature made the movie real for me. I felt like I was in the 18 countries shown in this film. I can't get those images out of my mind. Congratulations to National Geographic, producer Brian J. Terwilliger, Harrison Ford and many others who made my viewing experience so unique.
I hope everyone interested in aviation and those that only fly will see this movie. Aviation has changed our world and made us a global community. Yes, it is not the Golden Age of Aviation anymore but it's my world. Join the fantastic ride and smile at the world made possible by Living In The Age of Airplaines.
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on November 2, 2016
After reading all the positive reviews for the pass few months and missing it in Imax, I looked forward to seeing this film on Bluray. I did not get a price-break or free disc to write this review.

Living in the Age of Airplanes does not disappoint. It is an outstanding documentary. The videography is stunning and the score is perfect. The film is as good as, if not better, than One-Six-Right.

This movie tells a story. It is not an aircraft spotting vid (go to YouTube for that.) It tells the story of aviation's impact on mankind during aviation's brief existence as has never been visually told prior. It does so with wonder, beauty and captivation. My only criticism is that Living in the Age of Airplanes was not produced in 3D as I would have preferred that option.

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on December 9, 2016
Very cool documentary. It really circles the globe as they describe how flying has impacted humans throughout recent history. My only gripe is that they don't go into much detail on the airplanes themselves. This is more of an overview of how planes have impacted modern culture. I am a pilot and was just hoping for some more in depth discussion on the planes. There is a good amount of bonus material that is also worth going through and watching.
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on November 2, 2016
This is an excellent film that recaptures the allure of flying. As an airline pilot, I am fully aware of how mundane and stressful the experience of flying can be for the public at large, but if one takes a step back, as this film asks you to do, you see the experience of flying as in incredible technological marvel for shrinking the world and bringing people together. The visuals/scenery is a feast for the eyes, with a beautiful soundtrack and excellent narration by Harrison Ford. This film is a worthy follow on to Brian Terwilliger's earlier films (16R and 16L), that truly capture the essence of why we fly. Highly recommended!!
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on March 14, 2017
What a beautifully, beautifully, filmed movie. If you love flying...If you love airplanes...If you love inspirational this movie. Director Terwilliger is apparently a perfectionist and this movie is the obvious result of his quest for perfection in aviation cinematography. The shots are flawless, crisp and artful. The first couple of times I saw this movie, I got a little choked up at the end. I admit that I am an airplane guy and I actually love flying on airliners (after can get across the entire country in just a few hours for a few hundred bucks - it took our ancestors months and years to travel the same distances) and this movie is heavy on the subject of how commercial aviation has truly shaped our modern way of life. The soundtrack is an extra special treat because it is an original composed score from the late James Horner. If you've seen Titanic, Apollo 13, Avatar, Braveheart, Field of Dreams or Aliens, then you know his work. Oh yeah, he wrote Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" for Titanic. Horner, a pilot himself, composed a sweeping soundtrack for this movie that has an almost angelic sound and is now my favorite soundtrack from him. The narration by Harrison Ford is surprisingly good with his calm and slightly gravely voice taking us through the history of the airplane and how it changed the world. In the genre of aviation films (if there is such a thing) this movie is the multi-Oscar winning, fan-favorite, benchmark standard for how it should be done!
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on December 2, 2016
I have over 300 Blu ray Movies and almost another dozens of older DVDs which have never be released in high definition format.
Included in this collection are many lovely BBC and IMAX documentaries.
Many are classics to be watched over again but this presentation, "Living in The Age of Airplanes", is absolutely one of the 10 best I have ever seen. I just finished viewing it for the first time and had to write this review.
This documentary is beautiful, thought provoking, uplifting, sweet, fascinating, educational and thoroughly entertaining. It is a wonderful creation - a feast for the eyes and nourishing for your soul. I cannot think of a better gift for anyone of any age who has the video resources to view this.
I absolutely love this documentary. I'm going to purchase one for every friend of mine who has a blu ray player and a quality screen. If you ever were interested in flight or travel our our current world do not miss this. - Ted Jones Houstnn Texas.
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