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Walt Disney Legacy Collection - True Life Adventures, Vol. 1: Wonders Of The World

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Experience the wonder of Walt Disney's groundbreaking nature series for the first time on DVD! These acclaimed stories, fully restored to their orginal beauty, offer previously unseen looks inot the magical world of our animal friends. Enjoy a collection of Disney's award-winning TRUE-LIFE ADVENTURES, including "White Wilderness," "Water Birds," "Mysteries of the Deep," and many more. It's a marvelous compilation of animal-packed adventures that your whole family will adore!

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"Nature writes the screenplays," Walt Disney says of the pioneering nature documentaries that comprise this series, True Life Adventures.


Listen to our interview
with director emeritus
Roy E. Disney
.
First released in the early '50s to the public's delight, these nature documentaries were unique in their lively, fictional narrative approach to the subjects' lives, which were recreated with anthropomorphic humor and zest. Even today, and maybe more so, hearing that beavers in Beaver Valley are "always stubborn, always persistent," or that the crayfish shovel mud like "miniature bulldozers" is heartening, reminding one that Disney is The Magical Kingdom. Even more heartening is it that these scientific films, made with the latest cameras and technology, were filmic landmarks, and contain footage that David Attenborough's film crews would only dream of getting; in Mysteries of the Deep, a dolphin gives birth and there are views of coral reef that may not even exist anymore. White Wilderness takes one through the Arctic tundra, a "world of frozen chaos," showing majestic animals alongside the lemming, with their strange, suicidal tendency to jump off cliffs. This DVD has an entire second disc of extras, including Volume One's, highlight: The Crisler Story, a behind-the-scenes look at the Crislers, a couple whose arduous trips to Alaska to film migrating caribou included building their own hut, growing veggies, and living amongst wolves and grizzlies. Also in the extras are interviews with other directors, like Beaver Valley's Elma Milotte and Lloyd Beebe of White Wilderness, to shed light upon these long lost classics. For those who love both scientifically enlightening nature films and fairy tales, True Life Adventures are perfectly balanced to please as much one's sense of fun as one's love of information. --Trinie Dalton

Special Features

  • Introduction by Roy Disney
  • White Wilderness
  • Water Birds
  • Beaver Valley
  • Prowlers of the Everglades
  • Mysteries of the Deep
  • Wonders of the Water Worlds
  • The Crisler Story
  • Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney' Animal Kingdom: Birds
  • Tribute to James Algar
  • Filmmakers' Journal
  • Collectors' Corner
  • Original theatrical trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Winston Hibler, Volmer Sørensen, Walt Disney, Paul Frees, Clarence Nash
  • Directors: Ben Sharpsteen, James Algar
  • Writers: Winston Hibler, James Algar, Lawrence Edward Watkin, Roy Edward Disney, 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: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2J6MS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,784 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Walt Disney Legacy Collection - True Life Adventures, Vol. 1: Wonders Of The World" on IMDb

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By Ray Baumann on January 19, 2007
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I have been looking for the True Life Adventures on DVD for a long time. I called Disney a few years ago and then said that they at that time had no plans of producing them. So I looked on Ebay for used 16mm sound prints will little findings.

I'm very glad that they are now producing them on DVD they quality of the picture and sound is much better that the 16mm prints that I remember in garde school. A job will done and a long time waiting..
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These videos are the best of Disney. Watched these when I was a kid and they are 100 times better looking now. Great job Disney. I have all four volumes.
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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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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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We owned "White Wilderness" on VHS. Our kids loved it and were excited to see it on VHS. They had never seen "Beaver Valley" which was an old standard from my youth. None of us had seen "Waterbirds" or "Prowlers of the Everglades". The world has changed a great deal from the days when these films were shot. They form a look back to the world I knew growing up.
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I really don't know what to say about True Life Adventures volume one. I love wildlife and I grew up with Walt Disney so when I found out Walt Disney had made wildlife documentaries I was very excited. Look I know everyone is sick of the lemming controversy, but I just don't understand why anyone would do this. In the program "White Wilderness" a scene depicts a mass lemming migration, and ends with the lemmings jumping off a cliff to their deaths in the ocean. Now the program never says the lemmings are attempting suicide, they say when many of the lemmings encounter water during their migration, they may try to cross, but if the water they attempt to cross is too wide they will sooner or later drown. The actual problem with this scene is in the actual shot not the narration, it has been said that the lemmings were pushed in the water by a rotating platform installed by the Walt Disney film crew. But many people hastily blame the entire Walt Disney Studios for this, but you can't blame an entire studio for a few filmmakers' mistakes. Now look, despite this scene's inaccuracy, we must remember these programs helped people develop a love for animals. True Life Adventures was a breakthrough in wildlife documentaries, and the footage is still amazing.

This collection is truly impressive. Walt Disney's Legacy Edition resembles Walt Disney Treasures but the real difference is in the packaging. Very creative and durable to say the least, and it will indeed look impressive on your shelf. A "passport" is placed inside the tin can and it shows where each film from volume one is located. For the beginning of the disc, there is a short introduction by Roy Disney and after that you can select four True Life Adventures, which I'll list below.
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Disney's True-Life Adventure Series is truly timeless! It is sad to hear that they have stopped producing them. They are a wonderful way for children, particularly urban children, to learn about the natural world in which they live. I used them extensively with my primary level students and they always enjoyed them AND they always learned something new each time they saw one of the episodes. Winston Hibler's narration is perfect. Every grandparent should have this whole set to show their young grandchildren.
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I've read the criticisms of these sets, and agree that many scenes are probably staged, some to the detriment of the animals. However, the True Life adventures are well done and loved by children and adults. They are not preachy and they do not tell us of the evils of man. They simply encourage a love of nature and the wonderful world God has given us. Kids will hear about the way mankind has misused nature from other sources and because of the love of nature they developed, in part, from this series, perhaps they will be motivated to do something about it. I wish the execs at Disney would create more just like these.
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