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Walt Disney Legacy Collection - True Life Adventures, Vol. 4 (1956)

Winston Hibler , Walt Disney , James Algar , Paul Kenworthy  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Winston Hibler, Walt Disney, Paul Frees, Clarence Nash, Slim Pickens
  • Directors: James Algar, Paul Kenworthy, Ralph Wright
  • Writers: Winston Hibler, James Algar, Ralph Wright, Felix Salten, Ted Sears
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2J6RS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,503 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Walt Disney Legacy Collection - True Life Adventures, Vol. 4" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Introduction by Roy Disney
  • Secrets of Life
  • Perri
  • Nature's Half Acre
  • Searching for Nature's Mysteries
  • Adventure in Wildwood Heart
  • Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Butterflies
  • Tribute to Winston Hibler
  • Filmmakers' Journal
  • Collectors' corner
  • Original theatrical trailers

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Product Description

Experience the wonder of Walt Disney's groundbreaking nature series for the first time on DVD! These acclaimed stories, fully restored to their original beauty, offer previously unseen looks into the magical world of our animal friends. Enjoy NATURE'S MYSTERIES, the fourth volume of Disney's award-winning TRUE-LIFE ADVENTURES. Explore some of the world's most fascinating natural phenomena in the amazing films "Secrets of Life," "Perri" and many more. It's classic Disney live-action shorts at their finest!

In the 1950s, Disney produced a host of short nature films that were groundbreaking both for their innovative perspective, combining fantasy with real-life nature photography, and their development and reliance on huge technological advances in cameras and filmmaking. Secrets of Life and Perri, digitally restored 16-mm films retrieved from the Disney archives, are two of the first live-action shorts to offer an up-close and in-depth look at the life cycles of animals, insects, and plants.

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The photography of Secrets of Life is stunning to this day, offering an incredible time-lapse look at flowers opening, close-up shots of honeybees pollinating flowers and reproducing within the hive, and even footage of a volcano erupting. Even more amazing is the scientific understanding gained through that photography: knowledge of the secrets of adaptation and self preservation of plants, the disparate functions of bees within a colony, and the restorative function of an erupting volcano. While Perri is based on a fictional story about a precocious young squirrel, the depiction of the life and death struggle of squirrel, marten, beaver, and a host of other critters that live in Wildwood Heart is absolutely real and faithfully photographed. Academy Award-winning Nature's Half Acre portrays the delicate balance of nature and the timeless cycle of seasons complete with birds building their nests, voracious caterpillars eating everything in sight, and a look at the carnivorous Venus Flytrap. Almost as noteworthy as the photography in all of these shorts is the carefully composed music that mirrors the onscreen actions of everything from the tapping of a woodpecker to the jerky jumps of pond frogs. A huge assortment of bonus tracks feature Roy Disney and others discussing everything from the scientist photographers involved in the sometimes yearslong filming of these nature films, to the major technological advances in photographic equipment that these films necessitated, the incredible logistics involved in filming, and a look back at the life of writer, director, and narrator Winston Hibler. Both important pieces of filmmaking history and a great selection of nature programming, the Disney True Life Adventures series DVDs come in unique collectors tins reminiscent of the stored reels of film in Disney's archives. --Tami Horiuchi

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perri Lives Again March 26, 2008
My mom has told me all her life about seeing the movie "Perri" when she was a little kid and how much that movie just blew her mind because it was a full length movie in color about nature. It was nice to finally be able to share Perri with her, and any kids (and adults) who love nature and animals will instantly connect with Perri the squirrel and her crazy adventures. I didn't get to see any of the rest of the disc, but getting to share that movie with my mom and watch her face as she watched it was worth every penny. My mom assures me that the rest of the collection is a blast.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
The material on these DVDs would get 5 stars, but I've given it 3 because of some mistakes by Disney.

To start off I want to warn everyone that there appears to have been a mistake during the production of this DVD. The last reel of 'Secrets of Life' was originally in cinemascope and some copies of this title indeed do show this in cinemascope with a message at the beginning of the movie forewarning the viewer that the film will change to widescreen near the end of the film. However some copies of this title do not have this and the footage is pan and scan. So it will probably be luck of the draw as to which one you get! Hopefully Disney will offer a disc replacement program for all of those unhappy people!

Aside from that issue this is a wonderful collection of Disney True Life Adventures. The 2 features are wonderful 'Secrets of Life' really is stunning in every way and 'Perri' being a true life fantasy based upon the novel by Felix Salten (who wrote Bambi) has a much more of a Disney film feel to it than the slighty more educational nature of the True Life Adventures.

Since the contents are already listed above I won't bother listing them again let me just say these films are truly entertaining and wonderful in every way and the bonus features are so in depth and so informative it's untrue!

One negative (aside from the fact that some people will get an incorrectly framed version of 'Secrets of Life') is that the Disneyland show 'Adventure in Wildwood Heart' is presented in black and white, yet when it is being discussed in the bonus features the clips are in color! If color footage of it survives, why was this not provided instead of the black and white version? Disney make stupid decisions!
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets of Life! November 28, 2006
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I know of this film only through a richly illustrated book for children, Secrets of Life, with photographs from the film by the Disney Studio. I borrowed the book several times from the library simply for its wonderful photographs of the life of bees. One sequence struck me-how bees do a 'dance' to 'tell' other bees in the hive where a good source of nectar(a field of flowers) is. According to Roy Disney the film looks better than it did when originally released. According to other reviewers the movie includes lovely time lapse photography of flowers accompanied by the classical piece, Bolero. Nature lovers, rejoice! This set also includes Perri, the life of a squirrel, which was also well received.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walt Disney Legacy Collection-True Life Adventures October 11, 2007
By R. Bell
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This is classic Disney.Makes me think of when I was young and watched these with my family.These are perfect for all families even decades later.I still enjoy watching all of these classics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but don't overpay. October 14, 2011
The reason TLA Vol 1 and Vol 4 are out of print is because they both had issues and require replacement disks to fix the issues. Prowlers of the Everglades had two of the color channels reversed and Secrets of Life is supposed to transition to widescreen for the final reel. I'm guessing Disney must have pulled them from stores and discontinued them. I think it is unfair to charge exorbitant prices for a defective disk that requires replacement. Hopefully they will eventually be released on Blu-ray someday. If you've seen the restored Grand Canyon on the Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray, you'll know the improvement would be well worth the effort.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney True Adventure August 24, 2007
Could you rate it a 10 or 100. Who couldn't love Disney's True Adventures. Yes, there is even a whole channel for animal adventures now, but they were the first--and they were the best. They are pack in a great package; durable and imaginative. The added interviews and backstage scenes are great. I can remember seeing them on their program (in black and white) when I was in first grade. They are wonderful. It was a treat to learn about the couple who filmed them too. Spending years and years filming things they thought was funny or interesting. Then bringing them back and someone putting them together into a story that is loved forever. I have all four of them. And we watch them over and over.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's True-Life Adventures on DVD at last! January 22, 2011
These DVD sets were a long time in coming, but finally, Disney released the entire collection in 2006 under the new and all too short-lived Walt Disney Legacy Collection banner. All the cherished True-Life Adventures, the 1950's (well, '48 through '60) film series that inspired the classic Jungle Cruise theme park ride, Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park, and the new Disneynature film series, as well as all nature and wildlife documentaries that followed these classics, are presented here in four volumes, each a 2-disc DVD set that the legendary Walt Disney Treasures Collection would be proud of (and at times, perhaps even envious of). Each set is housed in a lovely window case with the discs held inside a small film canister with beautiful artwork printed on top. Some may complain about the cardboard disc placements, but they do their job, and at least it's easy to remove and return the discs to them. Also included is a standard contents insert and a "Passport" world map card highlighting the locations where filming was done, as well as some of the animal stars. But, enough about the attractive packaging. On to the contents of the Walt Disney Legacy Collection, Volume 4: Nature's Mysteries!

Contrary to the impression you might get from the art on the tin canister that houses the two discs in volume 4, this is not an undersea themed collection. In fact, if anything, I see this as a "little creatures" collection (think birds, squirrels, fish, plants, and lots of insects), volcanoes not withstanding. There are two True-Life Adventure feature films (though neither quite reaches 80 minutes) on disc one, and among many Bonus Features on disc two, there is a True-Life Adventures featurette (just over half an hour).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turning back the pages.
This set really brought back many memories. We used to watch the "True Life Adventure" series films at school. "Nature's Half Acre" was a particular favorite. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dangerous Dan
3.0 out of 5 stars fine
bought this so long ago that I don't even remember it, don't even know where it is. ha ha ha
Published 8 months ago by tami a brewster
5.0 out of 5 stars Walt Disney Collection
These were and still are very well done. Very interesting and colorful. I got them for a birthday present. He watched them when they were "new" and liked them.
Published 12 months ago by Annabelle
4.0 out of 5 stars childhood memories
This DVD collection has a movie on it that I remember from when I was a child. We also owned the record with the songs. Good childhood memories
Published 15 months ago by Brama
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift!
Great condition! A little more expensive than I thought for my little budget but It was a gift for a co-worker and my co-worker was very pleased! Thanks!
Published 20 months ago by Valerie DeVincenzo
5.0 out of 5 stars True Life Adventures
Walt Disney Legacy Collection - True Life Adventures, Vol. 4 is made in the finest Disney tradition...I recommend owning all four volumes in the series.
Published on October 2, 2012 by MS
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinated
I saw this when it first came out in 1956 and have remembered it my whole life. It was so fascinating I went on to a college major of cellular biology then medical school. Read more
Published on December 31, 2011 by University Lit teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's Real Life Tales
Excellent, takes me back to the 60s when I was a kid. These were shown in the movie theater. Well worth the cost to get them.
Published on November 7, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Walt Disney True Life Adventure DVD
Item was delivered in a timely fashion and in seemingly good condition. Have only watched part of it to check it out, it is an Easter gift from mny family and will not be... Read more
Published on March 23, 2011 by bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Walt Disney True Life Adventures Volume 4
Educational entertainment of the best kind for the whole family and in fact for everyone. Volume 4 was a bit costly and harder to find but worth every dollar I spent to complete... Read more
Published on January 17, 2011 by Movieman
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