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Format: DVD
Sku: 208792420
UPC: 767685139820
UPC 14: 00767685139820
Category Keywords: Animals  Documentary  Friends  Nature  Theatrical Release
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Editor's Note
An uncommon bond between man and nature is the focus of Judy Irving's wonderful and informative documentary, THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL. The film follows Mark Bittner, an unemployed aging hippie, who lives off the kindness of strangers in the titular San Francisco neighborhood. His life takes on new meaning when he starts feeding a flock of wild Conures, a breed of parrot noted for its green body and cherry-red head. Native to Argentina, the birds soon feel comfortable enough to feed while perched all over Mr. Bittner. Being outcasts who yearn to remain free, a mutual respect is born between them. Daily routine soon leads to growing crowds of curious passersby, as Bittner becomes something of a local celebrity. Based on his up-close observations, Bittner gains some keen insight into the behavior of individual birds, giving them names. The resulting portraits of Connor, Mingus, Olive, Pushkin, Picasso, Sophie, and Tupelo prove that these amazing creatures deserve star credit in their own right. WILD PARROTS features some incredible close-ups, rare in-depth glimpses into the unique and often amusing habits and activities of one flock of parrots, and a surprise ending.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: New Video Group
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/28/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 83 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 139821
Video UPC UPC: 00767685139820
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Mark Bittner - Featured
Video Cast Info Judy Irving - Producer
Video Cast Info Chris Michie - Composer
Video Cast Info James Attwood - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Judy Irving - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Judy Irving - Director

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"[An] affectionate film....By the end of the movie, you might even begin reconsidering your relationship with the animal kingdom and questioning the distance you put between yourself and nonhuman species." 02/11/2005 p.E13

Entertainment Weekly
"[I]n watching the birds and man with an affectionate, curious eye, the filmmaker builds a story of surprising emotional resonance." 03/29/2005 p.80

Chicago Sun-Times
"Mark Bittner is calm, intelligent, confiding, wise and well-spoken. You would be happy to count him as your friend." 04/01/2005 p.31

Sight and Sound
"A nature film-maker by trade, Irving films the birds at close quarters, and these vivid, characterful close-ups act like illustrations to the intimate backstory that Bittner assigns each parrot." 01/01/2006 p.83

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Irving,Judy
Product attributeLabel:   New Video Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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