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Import Blu-Ray/Region All pressing. Grizzly Man documents the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell. Treadwell lived unarmed among the bears for thirteen summers, and filmed his adventures in the wild during his final five seasons. In October 2003, Treadwell's remains, along with those of his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, were discovered near their campsite in Alaska's Katmai National Park and Reserve. They had been mauled and devoured by a grizzly, the first known victims of a bear attack in the park. (The bear suspected of the killings was later shot by park officials.) Was Timothy Treadwell a passionate and fearless environmentalist who devoted his life to living peacefully among Alaskan grizzly bears in order to save them? Or was he a deluded misanthrope whose reckless actions resulted in his own death, as well as those of his girlfriend and one of the bears he swore to protect? Special features include 'In the Edges: The Grizzly Man Session', a 50 minute documentary on the making of the film's music and 'BBC The Culture Show - Interview with Wener Herzong.
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Two poignant statements made by the narrator seem to encapsulate the film: 1) in observing Treadwell's bears, he "discovers no kinship, no understanding, no mercy; he only sees the overwhelming indifference of nature ... a blank stare that speaks only a half-bored interest in food". Why do we think we can tame these wild creatures?
2) A disclosure from Treadwell's journal that Amy had a deadline in Spokane for a new job and spoke openly of leaving him for good, saying he was hell-bent for destruction. It's way too bad she realized his destructive delusions too late.
I gave 5 stars because, in listening to his rantings about his fellow human beings, it brings home the truth in John Dunne's words: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. ... “Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind ..." Mr. Treadwell never learned how much a part we are of one another and more than the preciousness of his bears, it is man and learning to live together peaceably in respect and concern that is most important and rewarding.
Herzog has done an excellent job with a complex, unnecessary and tragic situation, and he kept his compassion... far more than I was able to. I had read the book first, so was pleased to be able to put a real face to Timothy.
Thanks to the person who reminded me that the review was not personally about Timothy, but about the film itself.
Treadwell was filming a documentary, or a series of documentaries, with excellent photography and narration that allowed the production of this documentary. Treadwell's progression, his mental state, his anti-social behavior, his roots, et al, are woven into a cinematic tapestry.
Werner Herzog was just right in this, both as director and narrator.
The coroner offers a performance that could not have been scripted any better if he were a fictitious character, which he was not.
Bear behavior during the drought could have provided a clue to bear behavior just before hibernation.
I found this to be captivating.