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America the Beautiful

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Nature footage and storytelling like nothing seen before.

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In an increasingly crowded field of next-generation nature documentaries, this stunning series stands out for a number of reasons. Unique for its unbelievable methods of obtaining footage, as well as its special brand of storytelling, America the Beautiful will leave you awe-struck. You can't talk about this docuseries without immediately marveling at the videography. With each new segment, you'll again ask yourself, "How could they have possibly gotten that footage?"

Jumping out first are the sweeping aerial views that allow the viewer to take in America's blending landscapes from a soaring bird's-eye perspective. These shots, along with what seem like impossibly close-up images of supercell storms and tornadoes, are the first ever in a natural history series to be obtained by fixing fighter jets with cinema-grade cameras. Equally as impressive are the use of state-of-the-art remote and gyro-stabilized cameras to frame complete "hero's journey" storylines for the animals featured. One of many gasp-worthy scenes takes viewers on a seamless progression from some of the ocean's smallest creatures to one of its largest. The creators even manage to weave in the rich diversity of the American peoples in meaningful ways, featuring Indigenous cultures both on-screen and throughout the soundtrack. The entire experience is nothing short of remarkable and one you'll want to share with the entire family.

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