Disneynature-Earth (Blu-ray)

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An epic story of adventure, starring some of the most magnificent and courageous creatures alive, awaits you in Earth. Disneynature brings you a remarkable story of three animal families on a journey across our planet - polar bears, elephants and humpback whales. Filmed with spectacular clarity and beauty, Earth is both majestic and intimate as it captures rare footage of nature's wildest and most elusive animals. From the landmark Disneynature collection, Earth is an astonishing and heartwarming film filled with adventure, suspense and humor that will take your breath away.

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Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 211282230
UPC 786936787443
UPC 14 00786936787443
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/27/2011
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Widescreen  1.78:1
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Name Jones,James Earl
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Review It requires only four words to describe Earth: glorious photography, annoying narration. Essentially, Earth is a blown up (for the big screen), dumbed-down (for a young audience) version of the spectacular TV mini-series, Planet Earth. There's no question that, given the option, Planet Earth is the way to go. This movie will do in a pinch, however, and it is impressive - provided you find a way to block out the voiceovers. The stentorian tones of James Earl Jones (who provides the narration for the North American release; Patrick Stewart does the honors for the U.K. version) lend a degree of gravitas to the verbiage that the words don't deserve. Disney seems determined to transform an epic of nature into a live-action cartoon...Despite the negatives related to the narration, Earth is simply too spectacular to pass up because of poor choices made by the film's shapers. For those who can put aside James Earl Jones' voice, it's easy to get lost in the majesty of the imagery, and some of the most amazing selections from Planet Earth have been chosen. The time-lapse photography and aerial shots provide images that rival or exceed the most breathtaking special effects sequences in big-budget Hollywood pictures. Seeing this material on a big screen injects an element of grandeur absent from the home viewing experience. Earth is not a replacement for the mini-series; it exists as a companion piece - a way to repackage a product that deserves to be appreciated by as wide an audience as possible. This is an appetizer; those who like what they see can seek out the entire meal, which (especially in high-def) offers a more thorough and amazing experience than what is on offer here.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review For children, Disney's eco-documentary "Earth" hits all the right notes: The planet is inhabited by friendly creatures who want little more than to find food and play with their cubs. Mama elephants and daddy polar bears are anthropomorphized to the point of carnival stuffed animals; wolves and lynx are the villainous predators...Narrated by James Earl Jones, it even has a fatherly voice to explain topics as complex as New Guinea's ecosystem and a warm tone to narrate a baby duck's first attempted flight. The wonder and joy in Jones' voice eclipse all memories of Darth Vader...Yet, after the film follows a polar bear on its hunt for food, an elephant's quest for water and a humpback whale's journey for shrimp, a formula is established. And the adventures of the Earth's species are suddenly less novel than they are similar...For adults, "Earth" misses the mark of riveting storytelling. "Earth" crams in the dramatic adventures of several species (including penguins) - with the result that it comes up short on telling one really good story. Even so, the visual footage in "Earth" is breathtaking. While Jones' script only hints that global warming could end this paradise, the Disney film can't resist a happy ending.
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Reviewer Justin Berton
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Made between 1948 and 1960, Walt Disney's "True Life Adventures" won three Oscars for best documentary feature, and several other titles won in the since-discontinued category of tworeel short features. Now the studio has returned to this admirable tradition with "earth," It's a film that younger audiences in particular will enjoy...To be sure, Disney didn't produce the movie. It is a feature-length compilation from the splendid BBC and Discovery Channel series "Planet Earth," using the big screen to make full use of its high-def images. The feature's original narrator, Patrick Stewart, has been replaced by James Earl Jones...In the tradition of such favorites of my childhood as Disney's "The Living Desert" and "The Vanishing Prairie," the narration provides these animals with identities. It opens with a mother polar bear and her two cubs. The desperate polar bear is identified as their father, although I will bet a shiny new dime that the authors of the narration have absolutely no evidence of the bear's paternal history. I'm not complaining; in a film like this, that goes with the territory..."Earth" is filled with unexpected facts. Did you know the fir trees beginning at the northern tree line circle the globe with an almost unbroken forest, harbor almost no birds and mammals because they are not edible, and supply more of the planet's oxygen than the rain forests? Or that baby whales have to be taught to breathe?...This "Earth" is beautiful and worthwhile. At its pre-opening press screening, co-sponsored by the Lincoln Park Zoo, we were supplied not with free popcorn but tiny evergreens to take home and plant.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
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Video Format Blu-Ray
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Jean Oppenheimer, LA Weekly State-of-the-art camera equipment captures images of startling clarity and proximity. There isn't one frame of CGI.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal Earth eloquently shows the struggle, life doing what it must to sustain life. The spectacle is stirring.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly This super-duper deluxe nature documentary clearly aims to recruit young viewers as conservationists.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor For most of the way this is an eye-popping, not blood-curdling, experience.

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