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The Eagle Huntress Blu-ray Review

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“The Eagle Huntress” soars.

“The Eagle Huntress” is a documentary film that revolves around a 13 year old Kazakh girl (Aisholpan) living in Mongolia with her nomadic family. One of the traditions of the Kazakh people is that of an eagle hunter which is a job that has been passed down from father to son for generations upon generations. For the first time ever, however, a female is set on becoming an eagle hunter. The woman in question is Aisholpan. Under the guidance of her loving father, Aisholpan not only trains for the prestigious Golden Eagle Festival, but for a treacherous winter hunt for food and fur. Note: The docu contains English narration by Daisy Ridley as well as dialogue and voice overs from the Kazakh people featured in the film.

“The Eagle Huntress” is one of those documentaries that is so perfectly constructed that it doesn’t feel like a non-fictional film. In fact, it actually feels like a heartwarming real life Disney animated film more often than not in that it has everything you could want out of a movie. There’s action and excitement (see the hunts and the baby eaglet capture), heart (the father-daughter dynamic), feel good moments (you’ll know them when you see it), a central villain (misogyny) and striking visuals (AKA virtually everything in the film).

What really makes the documentary so rewarding, however, is that it’s just such an inspiring and empowering story. Truthfully, I could drone on and on about how emotional this surprise gem, but really, you just need to experience it for yourself.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1. How does it look? This is the type of film that begs to be seen on Blu-ray thanks to the first rate cinematography.

Audo Track: Kazakh/English 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Some of the voice overs and dialogue aren’t of the best quality, but Daisy Ridley’s English narration is crisp. It should also be noted that the use of white subtitles here is once again an annoyance. Yellow subtitles should have been used here.

Extras:
* “The Eagle Huntress” theatrical trailer.
* A fascinating 10 ½ minute featurette titled “Capturing The Eagle Huntress” that contains film clips, interviews, stories from the production, discussions about how shots were created, and more.
* A solo subtitled commentary by director Otto Bell. So many great behind-the-scenes stories here.

Overall Thoughts: You’d have to have a heart of stone not to be choked up by this movie. See it.

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January 28, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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