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Wings of Life Blu-ray Review

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit); French Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Rating: G
  • Discs: 2 (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • List Price: $39.99

 

Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0.5/5]

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The Film

[Rating:4/5]

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With the aid of expressive Meryl Streep ,who is the voice of a flower, Wings of Life takes us on a journey told by our flowering plants and their flying co-inhabitors of this planet. From the very start, I can assure you that you have never seen these winged creatures so up close and in such detail. Watching the wings in slow-motion is simply mesmerizing. The spoken text weaves in and out of the evolving account of the close connections between plants, insects, and animals. Literally covering the globe, there a numerous stories about these interrelationships, all fascinating in their own right. Director Louie Schwartzberg makes all of the individual pieces flow smoothly, one into the next, and gives us a sense of both drama and purpose

Video Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

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High definition cinematography loves nature and the camerawork in this film is superb. I doubt that most viewers will have gotten such an intimate perspective on the subject matter here portrayed. The hummingbird battle in Chapter 8 must be seen to be believed.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

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The narration is clear and centered, as it should be in the DTS-HD Master Audio surround track. There is discrete use of the surround channels to convey the noises of flapping wings and the ambience of an immersive score by Marc-George Andersen.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:0.5/5]

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There is a brief trailer for other DisneyNature films.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

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A great watch from beginning to end, Wings of Life will be enjoyed by viewers of all ages.  While a documentary, this is anything but a dry account of its subject matter.  The message that we live on a very interconnected planet is driven home, perhaps a little relentlessly, at every opportunity.  With such beautiful cinematography, great script, and a lovely soundtrack, this film will certainly have a long and well-deserved shelf life.  Listening to the end credits song, I could not help but feel that we all have an obligation to ensure that this time-honored work of the birds and the bees should not be neglected or obstructed.  Highly recommended. 

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0.5/5]

 

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