(Mark Bittner, Laura Corsiglia, et al / DVD / NR / 2015 / Cinedigm)
Overview: What's it like to try to get to know a flying dinosaur? 'Pelican Dreams' follows a wayward California brown pelican from her arrest on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration and survival challenges.
DVD Verdict: 'Pelican Dreams' opens with actual footage of a pelican, which seemingly cannot fly, causing traffic havoc on the Golden Gate Bridge, in San Francisco. She's "captured' and placed in a police car and eventually brought to a bird rehabilitation center, where they'll see if they can nurse this pelican, named Gigi by the filmmaker, back to health for eventual release back into her natural habitat.
Thus part of the movie focuses on Gigi's recovery, but there are numerous other elements to the film. Focusing mainly on the California brown pelican, there are many pelican factoids presented to the viewer. We also get to visit their breeding grounds, on the Channel Islands, (off the southern California coast), and see how difficult it is for pelican chicks to survive early on (50% don't make it), and how the last born into the nest face the longest odds.
'Pelican Dreams' is fascinating. If it has one fault, it's a tad bit too long for the subject matter, which reflects the filmmaker's fascination with the subject. However, the cinematography includes shots of pelicans' first flights and high-speed film clips of pelicans diving into the ocean to catch fish in their pouches. You likely won't see such wonders in another movie. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of over an hour of Mini-Movies and Extras!