BY: Laurie Coker



DISC INFORMATION: 1 Disc – California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington,

RUNNING TIME: Approximately 200 minutes


GENRE: Documentary

STUDIO: Smithsonian Channel

“Take off on a thrilling flight across America. This epic series offers rare glimpses of our nation’s most treasured landmarks, all seen from breathtaking heights. From busy cityscapes to quiet landscapes, we capture the history and the pageantry of our amazing country, which is as diverse as the people who occupy it” (Smithsonian Channel).

In the “Pacific Rim Collection,” each state is impressively explored by air – cameras pan large cities, memorable monuments, beautiful countryside, majestic mountains and more. Divided into four parts, one for each state, four different narrators take viewers on a journey of wonder and beauty, showing us parts of our nation in a way we can only imagine, until now as offered by the Smithsonian Channel.

While I thoroughly enjoyed every one of the disc’s segments, I found it difficult to watch more than one in a sitting. Still as a traveler, I did watch them all, over time, in complete and absolute awe.  What is most interesting is the perspective. The video give it audience a once in a lifetime viewpoint, which they can watch over and over again. We see many views of nature’s wonders, but the episodes take it big business in the city and impressive landmarks like the San Francisco Bridge. We watch rivers and highways flow, see the spectacular beauty of the Hawaiian Islands and explore the wonders of Mt. Rainier, fly over the San Francisco Bridge and so very much more.

The Smithsonian Channel plans to cover every state and can’t wait to see more, especially the states I have already visited. I am certain, I will see things I’ve never imagined and even in Texas, things I will never see and have never seen, even though I have lived here for most all of my life and traveled all around the state. The narrations reflect interesting details about history, big business, volcanic science and the list goes on.

I am placing an A- in my grade book. Travel buffs will take pleasure in the effort and scientists, historians, naturalists, businessmen and more will appreciate the details and the images offered by this exceptional masterful contribution in film.


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