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Crimson Wing: The Mystery of the Flamingo

4.2 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews

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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.

Special Features

• Lake Natron Diaries: Behind The Crimson Wing

2-Disc BD Combo Pack (BD+DVD)
• Living Planet – Explore the Earth in a Fully Interactive Experience!
• Filmmaker Annotations
• The Crimson Wing screensaver
• Lake Natron Diaries: Behind The Crimson Wing

Product Details

  • Actors: -
  • Directors: -
  • 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 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    General Audience
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003QF1NAW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,894 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crimson Wing: The Mystery of the Flamingo" on IMDb

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By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2010
Format: DVD
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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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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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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I bought this documentary because I love flamingos and wanted to know more about them. Sadly, this is an incomplete account of these majestic birds, bringing up more questions than they bother to answer, never mind address in the first place. This film almost documents the lives of the "lesser flamingos" on Lake Natron in northern Tanzania. It takes us through a season with them, glossing over the mating habits and rushing into the nesting and subsequent arrival of the cute and cuddly chicks who soon fall prey to salt shackles about their legs, when they're not busy trying to avoid becoming a meal for the marabou storks and/or hyenas. Nothing is said or shown about their migration patterns, nor does this film address the four species of flamingos that reside in the Americans or the two species in Afro-Eurasia. What this film does boast is fantastic cinematography and the natural charisma of these eerie but beautiful birds. It does get a little gloomy when it mentions the hundreds of baby birds doomed to die in this vast wasteland. The coldblooded narration is decidedly detached, discounting the lives lost in a matter-of-fact manner. This film also strays from time to time, distracted by filler images of the lake, fish, bugs, baboons............. I thought this was supposed to be a documentary about flamingos (?).

The first half is better than the last with it's close-ups of babies becoming food to feed others and the parents who don't put up much of a fight to stop this from happening.
Still, it's filmed well!
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