Originally released in 1997 as one of Columbia TriStar Home Video’s premiere titles, Fly Away Home was a rather dissapointing DVD, containing only a fullscreen transfer and no features whatsoever. Now, four years later, Columbia TriStar has decided to revisit the film with a new special edition DVD.
Amy (Anna Paquin), a thirteen year old girl from New Zealand, is devastated by the sudden death of her mother in an auto accident. When she moves to Canada to live with a father she barely knows (Jeff Daniels), Amy becomes reclusive and miserable. Her life begins to change however, when she finds an goose nest abandoned due to forest development. Amy cares for the baby geese when they hatch, and raises them well. But both she and her eccentric inventor father know that eventually they must migrate south, and fear the baby geese will be unable to find their way without their mother. With a pair of ultralight airplanes, Amy, her dad and their friends must find a way to lead the geese themselves as Amy discovers the true nature of helping.
The new DVD more than makes up for the lacking quality of the original release. The film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen with soundtracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0. Additionally, the disc will include an audio commentary by Director Carroll Ballard and Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, a second commentary by Composer Mark Isham with newly created isolated score, an exclusive featurette: “Operation Migration: Birds of A Feather”, the documentary: “The Ultra Geese”, the original HBO Special: “Leading the Flock”, a web link to the “Operation Migration” website, theatrical trailers and filmographies for the cast and crew.
Coming on August 7th, “Fly Away Home” Special Edition, will carry a retail price of $24.95.