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Disneynature: Wings of Life (Blu-ray / DVD) (2013)

Meryl Streep , Louie Schwartzberg  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Meryl Streep
  • Directors: Louie Schwartzberg
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,089 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Disneynature presents a close-up look at the unsung heroes of our planet. Wings Of Life reveals the intricate worlds of bees, butterflies, birds, and bats. Our life on Earth relies on these incredible creatures, as more than one-third of our world's food supply is dependent on them. Yet we are increasingly threatening their lives, and if they should suddenly disappear, we may too. Directed by Louie Schwartzberg, Wings Of Life takes us on an adventure to reveal this spectacular world that is right in front of us, yet rarely seen in such incredible detail.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Film! April 6, 2013
This is an extraordinary film. This was shown at a film festival in January where I live, and people are still talking about it. One of the attendees said she was moved to tears by the beauty of the film, while one of the children in attendance said it was one of her favorite movies of all time. Not only is the cinematography extraordinary, but the story is nothing short of stunning, and eye opening at the same time. I would highly recommend this film.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Magnificent! April 16, 2013
Everything that Disney does is top notch and Wings of Life by Disneynature is no exception. I was thrilled to find this division of Disney as I hadn't yet had any exposure to it. The movie is as extraordinary as I would expect of Disney and more. The above pictures just you just a glimpse of the amazing photography involved.

I was so blown away by the ability of the camera's to get close enough to capture the images that it did with such clarity and vibrant color. I have never seen the detail of a bee's face or the pattern of a butterfly's wings so close up before. Learning about pollination and seeing it up close and personal is something my kids would never get to experience like this.

Narrated by a flower, we are taught the importance of the flower in nature and how it impacts all living things. I learned so much science and even history from watching this. My three and five year olds were glued to the TV and I really thought they would lose interest once they saw it wasn't a cartoon. Instead they asked me all kinds of questions about what they were learning. It was like a huge science lesson.

Paige has always been intrigued by Hummingbirds so she loved the section learning about them. Reed really loved the bats and thought their long tongues reaching into the flowers was the funniest thing ever. I didn't expect them to be so entertained by an educational movie.

From the incredible visual appeal to the dynamic accompanying music and the soothing voice of the narrator, it is an all around unforgettable experience.

The magnificence of Wings of Life is something you have to experience for yourself because I can't even begin to do it justice.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film! April 14, 2013
This is a beautiful film. I saw it at the Dallas International Film Festival, and the whole audience loved it. I will be buying this on Blu-Ray.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
"Life depends on little things we take for granted." This opening title sets the stage for another of those jewels of natural filmmaking in the Disneynature series -- a series that deserves all the attention of tentpole blockbusters but are released quietly on Blu-ray/DVD and perhaps in a few theaters.

The latest is called Wings of Life, a title that barely encompasses the depth of what you experience in this brilliant film, shot in razor-sharp clarity, even when capturing microscopic miracles.

The title implies birds, but the story is about insects and flowers. Narrator Meryl Streep's words are those of the plants, trees and flowers, explaining in first person how they all interact with each other.

"One might imagine that the most important life forms are large or flashy or smart," narrates Streep, "But it is love among the little things that runs the vast machinery of life." How true this is. (read my review of Lincoln for this same concept on a human level, as applied to the muckety-mucks and the folks in the trenches).

From bees to bats, hummingbirds to beetles (Paul is the cute one), the creatures are part of a spectacular spectrum of survival, balance and innate skill.

To me, the stars of the film are butterflies. There is one sequence in which what appears to be milliions of butterflies burst from trees and settle in the grasses. It must be seen to be believed.

None of this is done with CG or special effects, yet it is every bit as astonishing as a megablockbuster movie -- albeit with a soothing, ethereal tone, due in no small part to Streep, whose superb narration comes as no surprise to those of us who love her recording of The Velveteen Rabbit with pianist/composer George Winston.

No extras to speak of, unfortunately, since seeing how this was filmed would be fascinating. No matter, the color and majesty makes Wings of Life like a naturalistic Fantasia.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BREATH-TAKING BLU RAY! April 16, 2013
I've followed Disney's "Nature" series since Earth, watching every release in theaters and also grabbing the direct-to-BD Disneynature: Crimson Wing - The Mystery of the Flamingo (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo). I have always been satisfied by the glorious images and heart-warming narrative. DisneyNature is every bit as good as the BBC documentaries and are must-haves for any 1080p fan who wants to show off their High Definition TV.

Now about "Wings of Life" - I pretty much knew from the start that I was going to love it, being a butterfly fan, but I had no idea how much I would truly LOVE it. The images you see in this movie go beyond impressive and into the realm of unbelievable and surreal. The picture quality is better than my wildest imaginations.

Streep's narrative is crisp and neat, much better than Tim Allen's work on Chimpanzee, and a pleasure to listen to. There is a good deal of education in here, as well as occasional storylines more geared for the youngsters. If you think Butterflies and Hummingbirds aren't interesting enough to fill a full-length documentary, prepare to humbled by this masterpiece. Of course there are plenty of other exciting critters along the way.

OVERALL: Another A+++ release from DisneyNature. I only wish that it had been released in theaters (IMAX would be amazing) and that there were more bonus features on the BD (the only supplement is an exciting preview of "Bears," their next documentary). I am very, very satisfied. This is something you're going to want to watch over and over again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular
This is Fantasia on steroids. The beauty takes your breath away and the patience required to bring this into fruition is a gift from the Divine Universe. Read more
Published 6 days ago by gail olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Photographer Ever!
From the opening scene to the closing scene, kept me spellbound! I saw Louie Schwatzberg first on TED, then on Oprah's Super Soul Sundays. Read more
Published 6 days ago by M. Worth
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful; much food for thought
Meryl Streep's voice as a narrator was not my favorite. She was ok; nothing personal; no sure what's up with that?? Otherwise; great, great, great. Read more
Published 10 days ago by BUMWHISTLE
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent learning adventure!
I bought this video to show my students while we are studying the life cycle. It was excellent! They wanted to watch it again when it was done. The images are amazing!
Published 23 days ago by Shannon A. Luppens
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous!
An important message for every living human being about the conditions our pollinators (and our food providers) are facing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shelley Felder
5.0 out of 5 stars For Disney Nature fans !
Another fantastic add on collections of the Disney Nature series. Fantastic photography/camera works. Read more
Published 2 months ago by AL.B
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous
This is probably the most important and the best video ever made about the importance of pollination and the need to protect the environment. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ralph B. Dessau
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Fantastic cinematography and great narration. This film puts you in the world of a flower and her visitors. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BerlinerKim
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
One of the best nature films i've seen in a long time,the color was beautiful even if it wasn't in HD. It was a whole lot more entertaining than Hours or Recoil or In Time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by George S Price
1.0 out of 5 stars 100TH REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!
I'm really ticked off that they didn't release this in DVD format--JUST BLURAY?!?! REALLY?!?!?! That is sooo dumb! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ethan Brehm
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