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Nowhere in nature is there a more powerful mix of scientific marvel, awesome beauty and epic struggle for survival than the Monarch butterfly. Journey into the Monarch's secret and fascinating world as NOVA visits the spectacular locations the Monarch calls home, meets its friends and enemies (including humans in both camps) and flies with it on one of the most inspiring migratory odysseys imaginable.
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PBSNOVA: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies DVD
 
4.7

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Add Milkweed, and it is near perfection.

MY impressions of The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies...

... is that it borders near perfection for a television feature, with the exception of no mention of the importance of...Read complete review

MY impressions of The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies...

... is that it borders near perfection for a television feature, with the exception of no mention of the importance of milkweed and Monarch Waystations. This omission is serious in that it is the one way that citizens can become engaged in maintaining the integrity of the monarch's summer breeding grounds. Not informing the audience of this is hard to forgive. I suspect that milkweed is featured in the 80 minute Canadian DVD version vs. NOVA's 56 minutes.

The slow-motion camera close ups and accompanying music during pupation and eclosure borders on the poetic. It almost brought tears.

The aesthetic sensitivities of the producers shine with the graceful transitions of scenes and music. While in Mexico, the viewer is treated to the strumming of spanish guitar and festive marimbas.

The aerial and scenic shots were breath-taking from the fir forests in Mexico, over the vast water expanse of the Great Lakes to the concrete jungles of the industrial belt. The spider web "food chain" and crop dusting deaths were realistic; ankle-deep monarch winter scenes were sobering.

The wild and cultivated gardens and meadows featured cardinal flower, phlox, sunflowers, Queen Anne's Lace, purple larkspurs (?), soapwort, purple aster, culver's root, lantana, goldenrods, Liatris, purple coneflowers, buddleja, tall verbenas, tropical milkweed (at Monarch Watch) and white asters. The wildflowers in the Mexico sanctuaries looked to be Senecio.

A new fact I learned from Lincoln Brower is that it is the oldest and largest trees in the sanctuaries that retain the most heat during the winter. Thus the critical nature of saving the remaining giants. It makes sense but I'd convinced myself that the reforestation plots would have to do in the decline and eventual absence of old-growth forests. Now, not so much...

I appreciated the voices in the interviews/translations with Alicia Garcia, Eduardo Salinas and Baltazar Gutierrez . I loved the interaction of Lincoln Brower with Homero Aridjis, one of Mexico's "best loved writers" especially when he spoke of the "spontaneous miracle" and was blessed by these words.

The altars and graveyard scenes with flowers and candles brought back memories of my Mexico trip of November 1, 2004. I had carried with me two tiny film canisters of soil from the graveyard where my parents rest. I love the imagery that the locals pray for the safe return of the butterflies AND the spirits of their loved ones... The town scenes of geraniums, cannas, dahlias and marigolds drifted me back to my appalachian raising where flowers were everywhere, and revered as much as food and water. ..

The interviews with Chip Taylor, Lincoln Brower, Bill Calvert and David Gibo were great - at ease and informative. I loved the hands-on tagging scenes at Haskell wetlands in Kansas. Quite a contrast with the kids in the central highlands of Mexico who often go to bed hungry and cold. And how cute was that jack-o-lantern made out of a big gourd? The scene of plowing cattle straight up that cloddy red soil in Angangueo looked exasperating! What a hard life they live.

The crazy-quilt patchwork nature of the denuded hillsides in the distance, the tequila agaves in the fields, scenes of vultures circling overhead, and the soft glow of a full moon stitched it all together beautifully.

Thank you, film maker Nick de Pencier and writer Elizabeth Arledge and the dozens of researchers, producers, editors, translators, assistants...

And Jorge Arriagada's music? Hauntingly beautiful capturing the magic of the miracle at every point.

A blessing for those who paused for an hour to bear witness to the beauty and mystery in our lives.

It will be a honor to share this program in educational settings for one year.

Ina Warren.

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Got Milkweed?

The video footage of this DVD is incredible. The drawback is the program's total disregard for the importance of milkweed in the migration of the monarch. I feel certain the the entomologists involved in...Read complete review

The video footage of this DVD is incredible. The drawback is the program's total disregard for the importance of milkweed in the migration of the monarch. I feel certain the the entomologists involved in monarch migration did not oversee the production or the importance of sustaining milkweed throughout North America would have been highlighted. It should have been titled "The Incredible Journey of the Monarch" since no other butterflies were mentioned.

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5.0

Incredible Journey; Incredible Report

By Bookfellow

from Valdosta, Georgia

Comments about PBS NOVA: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies DVD:

Fantastic coverage of one of nature's most beautiful and mysterious creatures. I plan to show this documentary before our bookclub reviews
"The Butterfly's Daughter" by Mary Alice Monroe.

 
4.0

Monarchs and milkweed.

By The Egg

from S Setauket, NY

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Comments about PBS NOVA: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies DVD:

I am wondering if the failure to mention the vital importance of milkweed in the survival of the Monarch butterflies was due to the influence of the Koch financing of some PBS programs. The weedkiller Roundup, a product of Monsanto, plays a role in the demise of milkweed. Is there a connection which might explain this failure?
Perhaps Bill Moyers will help us make a connection.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It was a good movie for the whole family

By Shauna

from Cedar City,Ut.

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Comments about PBS NOVA: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies DVD:

It was very uplifting.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it.

By loves to garden

from fairfax, va

Comments about PBS NOVA: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies DVD:

This is a wonderful video.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

unbelievable documentary

By Benny

from san diego

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Comments about PBS NOVA: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies DVD:

I saw this documentary and I highly recommend this video to people of all ages. I have no idea how the crew was able to take all these shots! This is one of my favorite documentaries of all times.
Benny

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