Picks and Pans Review: 1. British Airways
It has more plot than Indiana Jones, and the special effects are damned near better too; it is the 60-second version of V, a minisequel to Close Encounters. You see typical scenes of London ("typical" means wet sidewalks) with Brits looking skyward in understandable astonishment as a jet-powered Manhattan Island lands on the British Isles. Then you peek behind the moon to see Earth traced with laser lines. It is impressive, even awe-inspiring every time it's on the tube—and now that the tourist season has begun again, BA's commercial is back on the air. Seeing it is almost enough to make you call the airline right away for a reservation—and that, after all, is what a commercial is supposed to do. On top of that, it is artfully produced. This one won three Clios (best in U.S. and international travel and best international special effects).
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