One of Mother Nature's most amazing treasures
Kyle Tolle | Phoenix, Arizona USA | 08/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"PBS presents a fascinating look at Niagara Falls in this hour long program and doesn't leave much to the imagination in its amount of detail. Beginning with an early history lesson, the Native Americans were the first to inhabit the land around the falls and they eventually guided European explorers to this region. The entire area is actually comprised of three sets of waterfalls fed from four of the five great lakes with the American and Bridal Veil Falls on the United States side and Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side.
In the successive years to come, Niagara Falls became a place for individuals to test their courage or maybe reveal their lunacy. Quite a few performed audacious high wire acts while several others launched themselves over the cascades in a variety of barrels.
As the world's first source of hydroelectric power, Niagara Falls became famous in this capacity along with their generating stations being the first ever in history to send electricity over long distances. In order to exploit the fall's maximum output, they have been reshaped, carved, manipulated and enhanced and the water flow can even be increased or decreased at will, if needed, by engineers. What is seen today at this natural wonder, therefore, is much different than how they appeared generations ago.
Nowadays, Niagara Falls is a renowned location for weddings and honeymoons and it is regarded by many as a romantic getaway unlike any other. Activities explored here include the `Maid of the Mist' boat excursions, `Voyage behind the Falls' adventures, and even a compact look at the gaudy tourist attractions that border the waterfalls.
For whatever reasons people choose to visit Niagara Falls, there is no mistaking their incredible beauty, awesome power, and enduring mystique. This engaging and interesting documentary serves as a fine tribute to a magnificent landmark with its stunning photography, in-depth history, and pleasing musical accompaniment.