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Disneynature: The Crimson Wing - Mystery of Flamingos (2008)

Matthew Aeberhard , Leander Ward  |  G |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Matthew Aeberhard, Leander Ward
  • Writers: Melanie Finn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003QF1NA2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,952 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Lake Natron Diaries: Behind The Crimson Wing

Editorial Reviews

The flamingo is a fascinating bird, in part because of its bright red color, but this Disneynature film tells the whole story of what are really majestic black and white birds that magically transform to bright crimson as a result of a special algae diet. They endure harsh temperatures and caustic waters while mating and rearing their young in one of the most inhospitable places on earth. The story takes place in the heart of Africa on Lake Natron, a shallow and toxic lake that burns red with algae during the once-a-year rains. The lake contains such a high concentration of sodium carbonate that salt sheets form an island of salt surrounded by sulfurous pools with temperatures over 130 degrees Fahrenheit. The photography of both the scenery and the flamingos themselves is completely new and absolutely stunning. Among the amazing images, we witness a mass of literally millions of flamingos, birds appearing to walk on water as they perform their elaborate mating dance, chicks hatching from eggs, the salt-encrusted legs that doom some unlucky chicks, and the constant threat of hungry predators. More than just a feast for the eyes, the film also has an effective score of contemporary, yet classical-inspired music. Above all else, The Crimson Wing is a powerful story of the creation, hatching, and coming of age of one flamingo in a seemingly hostile world. --Tami Horiuchi

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Discover one of nature’s last great mysteries in The Crimson Wing, a miraculous story of love, courage and survival from Disneynature – the studio that brought you Earth. In a place like no other on the planet, the dramatic and desolate Lake Natron in northern Tanzania, you’ll witness a spectacle unlike anything you’ve seen before – a million crimson-winged flamingos arrive to continue the circle of life.  Focusing on the adventures of a single chick set against a backdrop of never-before-filmed landscapes, The Crimson Wing is a visually stunning journey into the life and struggles of the mysterious and inspiring flamingo.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Have you ever been to the zoo and wondered how flamingos which were born white get that red/pink sheen? Have you ever wondered if flamingos can fly?

"The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos" answers those questions that one have asked about flamingos in this British/French/American documentary directed by Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward. The film is also the first production of DisneyNature, the new studio which began in 2008 (and released their first film "Earth" in 2009).

The goal of the filmmakers was not to make your usual nature documentary but to create a film about the beginning of life of the flamingos in conjunction with a musical score.

The film documents the nature phenomenon that takes place in Lake Natron in northern Tanzania. The lake which is shallow is also unusual that the lakes are made poisonous due to volcanic activity and temperatures rise to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and the lake turns nearly blood red due to cyanobacteria (acqueous bacteria and beta carotene to be exact). But when the rains come, the lake is filled with water and the lake is filled with algae. And once a year, hundreds and thousands of white flamingos flock to Lake Natron in order to feed on the red cyanobacteria which then turns their bodies to pink. The more algae/cyanobacteria that the flamingos feed on, the redder they are, the redder/pinker they are indicates how healthy the flamingo is.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I certainly didn't before just watching this documentary.

A few observations -

(1) Very Un-Disneynature like when compared to Chimpanzee and African Cats. There were no cheesy scripts or cliche story lines. This was a straight-up old school solid nature documentary.

(2) The visuals were of course stunning (- like all Disneynature films). The action focuses on Lake Natron in Tanzania because this is where the vast majority of Lesser Flamingos come to breed. These flamingos while most numerous population wise among various flamingo species is classified as Near Threatened due to the fact that there breeding sites are too few, and all are presently threatened by human development.

(3) A few tough moments that made this guy tear up. (Not going to give anything away don't worry.) That said, these scenes should not dissuade you or your kids from watching this movie.

In summary, I learned a whole lot about a species I knew almost nothing about before. I found this movie highly educational as well as highly entertaining. I also think this may have just become my favorite Disneynature film too date, and I hope that future documentaries follow in this style instead of creating contrived story lines like Chimpanzee.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flamingos... April 9, 2013
What can I say about a nature documentary unlike any other. A Unique place in Africa so harsh that no other creature can survive except the flamingo, with out of this world music by Cinematic Orchestra and narrated by Mariella Frostrup. Superb cinematography and editing with unbelievable directing in a raw and unfinished land of Lake Natron in northern Tanzania with temperatures of 130 degrees for months at a time. This nature documentary is truly a one of a kind. Bravo, bravo, bravo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic story of an incredible wildlife phenomenon March 31, 2010
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A wonderful, moving experience along the lines of March of the Penguins [Blu-ray] and Winged Migration ( Special Edition ), The Crimson Wing tells the amazing story of the Lesser Flamingos which breed at Lake Natron in Tanzania. The quality of the filming is excellent, with stunning images, beautiful music and simple unobtrusive narration, the images speak for themselves. These elegant, tenacious birds that have lived in this remote, hostile environment for perhaps a million years will inspire your imagination and earn your respect in this beautiful film that reveals a wildlife spectacle never filmed before.
This is an import, but not region coded and works on any Blu-ray player.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too sure March 25, 2013
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There were a number of things in this DVD that I liked. The photography is great, even amazing. It was interesting to learn about these birds.

What I did not like. I did not care for the voice of the narrator. That, of course, is just my opinion. I would have liked the DVD to more of a documentary and explain things a little more. What I really did not like was the over emphasis on the baby birds dying. Yes, I know birds die and I know predators eat them, but the DVD seemed to focus on this too often and for a prolonged time. To see a predator swoop a baby away would be enough to get the idea. Do we really need to see the baby struggle and die. Then a few it just has shots of dead birds. I have watched many nature movies and this sort of preoccupation with death is not necessary.

Anyway, I am not sorry that we watched this in our homeschool, but we will pass this on and not watch it again. Please be careful if you plan to show this to really young children for the reason mentioned above.
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2.0 out of 5 stars slow
Just a slow non interesting movie. Does not compare to the other earth day Disney movies. I showed it to my second grade class and they were bored with it. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Tracy Collie
1.0 out of 5 stars Mystery of Flamingos is more like a disney movie than history.
I actually thought I was going to learn about all Flamingos - not just the ones this film was portraying. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Marianne Behm
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see for Flamingo lovers!
I love Flamingos. I have stuffed animals, Christmas orderments, books, slippers, etc, etc so when I seen a preview of this movie I had to purchase and get it. I loved it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kasey Cavanaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars you will not be disappointed!
The best photographic documentary on these amazing African birds we have ever seen. Worth the money. Learned many new things. Great for children too.
Published 3 months ago by Laura A Long
2.0 out of 5 stars Seller was good...
kinda boring, just a lot of talking, interesting but very plain movie. Not what I expected from a Disney movie.
Published 4 months ago by Dawn M. Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars great gift for a flamingo collector
i bought this for a good friend of mine who collects all things flamingo and she absolutely loved it. two thumbs up
Published 4 months ago by Heather whitcomb
3.0 out of 5 stars Misses the mark
Lovely photography but all "art" and no meat. Many behaviors unexplained and at the end, they fly away. To where? And why?
Published 6 months ago by Thomas P. Lowry
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly Powerful & Beautiful!
I love this documentary so much.
The music is astounding as are the visuals and narration.
Quality Products here.
Published 8 months ago by W. Branch
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This video brings out ideas many never consider. The flamingo is such an interesting bird created by God and this video shows their beauty.
Published 9 months ago by Revinit
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, educational and stirring.
Gorgeous photography lays bare the beauty and cruelty of nature. On full display the fragility and tenacity of life in the wild.
Published 10 months ago by Carlos D. Pinkstaff
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