The Great Buffalo Saga

The Great Buffalo Saga


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By the late 1800s the free-ranging buffalo of the western plains of North America were almost extinct. This documentary is the story of the buffalo's revival. Live action, eye-witness accounts and archival photos document our fascination with this ancient and legendary animal. By the director of Atonement.

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The Great Buffalo Saga, Michael McKennirey & Boyce Richardson, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Michael McKennirey
  • editing
    Michael McKennirey
  • writer
    Boyce Richardson
  • co-director
    Boyce Richardson
  • cinematography
    Michael McKennirey
    James Jeffrey
  • original music
    Allan Rae
  • narration
    Max Ferguson
  • location sound
    Bev Davidson
    Clancy Livingston
  • additional cinematography
    André-Luc Dupont
  • sound editing
    Bernard Bordeleau
  • music editing
    Diane Le Floc'h
  • foley artist
    Andy Malcolm
  • foley mixer
    Louis Hone
  • re-recording
    Hans Peter Strobl
    Adrian Croll
  • producer
    Mark Zannis
  • unit administrator
    Robert Spence
  • executive producer
    Barrie Howells

  • Kansas69

    Finally finished the film, thank you for fixing the feed at the 31 min mark. Maybe someday I will venture up to those parks and see those bison, love'em. Just saw Warner Herzog's Cave of forgotten dreams tonight, the imagery of these animals really is stirring to the soul...

    Kansas69, 15 May 2011
  • erich1357

    I was able to watch the film successfully, thanks. I feel sad that the buffalo are under threat and can never be what they once were, but I am very grateful that there are individuals who have made it their life's work to ensure that this noble animal continues to exist. This film is somewhat dated - is the buffalo still on the endangered species list?

    erich1357, 8 May 2011
  • kimcinvan

    i It reminds me of Avatar.

    kimcinvan, 24 Apr 2011
  • sprockets

    II can't get this to play. I went from high to standard quality, and it still takes forever to start, then quits after a few seconds. Other films run fine.

    sprockets, 28 Mar 2011
  • jmatlin

    Harry - Sorry! We've been having some technical difficulties with this film. I'll look into it on Monday.

    jmatlin, 26 Mar 2011
  • Harry

    The seems to be the descriptive version of the film with two commentaries. One is the original commentary and the added one tells you everything that you see ( eg bison runs...bison goes after red cloth etc) and this version usually designed for special use audiences and not the original. Can this film be seen with only the original narrator's voice?

    Harry, 26 Mar 2011
  • Frederick1984

    Love the film. Please fix the glitch at 31:06.

    Frederick1984, 25 Jan 2011
  • Kansas69

    still hung up on minute 31. unable to view rest of film too bad, great film

    Kansas69, 25 Nov 2010
  • Canete

    I had the same problem with the film stopping/freezing at 31:54. If anyone figures out the problem or can tell me how they can view the film completely, please comment so I can finish watching the film too. :-) Thanks

    Canete, 7 Nov 2010
  • Kansas69

    I thought this was an excellent film so far. Although I have been unable to view the last 20 to 25 minutes for some technical reason. I have tried a couple of different computers on different days. Could somebody please check the film feed from the web page it seems to be hung up about minute 31. Would love to finish the film and make more comments... thanks

    Kansas69, 1 Nov 2010

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