I just received a new Monarch Butterfly Video and thought I would offer a mini review.
The name of the video is “On The Wings Of The Monarch.” I happen to find it on Amazon as I was looking for new books and videos to purchase.
On Amazon’s site it says the DVD was made in 2004, yet on the actual DVD it says copyright 2001. Perhaps the DVD came out in 2004, but a previous version (VHS perhaps) was produced in 2001. Anyway, it’s no big deal.
Both Leecy and I enjoyed the video. In fact, I’d say it’s the best Monarch Butterfly video we have seen. You may recall that I also recommended the video titled “The Incredible Journey Of The Butterflies” produced by PBS. Both videos are very good, but the video On The Wings of the Monarch appealed to us because it is more of a documentary that would interest the average person who wants to learn more about Monarch Butterflies and their migration. It’s clearly not a high definition produced movie like the one from PBS, but it does make you feel like you are actually traveling to the overwintering sites in Mexico and California. The video follows this “actress” (I didn’t much care for her “acting” skills personally) as she travels up the roads to the El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary in Mexico as well as the one in Santa Barbara California. I know how to describe it now. This video feels more personal, whereas the PBS one feels more “produced” if that makes any sense.
The video also gives a brief tour of this place in Encinitas California called “The Monarch Program.” I’ve never heard of this place before, and I don’t know anything about them, but it looks okay. I just took a look at their website, and it doesn’t appear to be updated very frequently (2007 was the last entry I could find), but it still might be a neat place to visit someday.
Back to the video. What I also liked about this video is it gave me some perspective on what it may actually look like at the El Rosario Sanctuary from a photography and video perspective.
So to sum up, the PBS video is great for a high definition video, whereas the On the Wings of the Monarch video feels more personal. Both are educational for kids and adults. I think both of them should be in your Butterfly video collection.