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'Disneynature: Crimson Wing'
(Zabou Breitman, Mariella Frostrup, et al / 2-Disc Blu Ray+DVD / NR / 2010 / Walt Disney)

Overview: Discover one of nature’s last great mysteries in The Crimson Wing, a miraculous story of love, courage and survival from Disneynature – the studio that brought you Earth. In a place like no other on the planet, the dramatic and desolate Lake Natron in northern Tanzania, you’ll witness a spectacle unlike anything you’ve seen before – a million crimson-winged flamingos arrive to continue the circle of life. Focusing on the adventures of a single chick set against a backdrop of never-before-filmed landscapes, The Crimson Wing is a visually stunning journey into the life and struggles of the mysterious and inspiring flamingo.

Blu ray Verdict: It's understandable why Disney chose not to release Crimson Wing to theatres. It is less general and lacks the political vigor of Earth and Oceans - but it is by no means less magnificent. In contrast to the other DisneyNature releases, this documentary really allowed time for an in-depth and thorough understanding of the remarkable Flamingo.

No matter how much you thought you knew about the amazing pink bird, you will learn something from watching this. I consider myself a pretty big nature geek and know all kinds of trivial facts about wildlife, but the story of these African flamingos and the "salt island" in which they birth their young was all new to me and positively gorgeous visually and in narrative.

As for the Blu Ray quality, of course it is superb. Disney doesn't usually make mistakes in that regard, and fans of 1080p definition should never be more excited. Color is obviously a big part of the flamingo story and you get bet every drop of pink will be a celebration for your TV screen. Every splash of water and every flap of a wing.. every egg shell and every cloud is a breath taking sight to behold so that I could easily see this BD being in heavy rotation, as a screen saver if nothing else.

Overall, I think it's safe to say that fans of DisneyNature's past documentaries or nature films in general will be exstatic about this release. It may lack the variety of Earth and Oceans, but it is by far more focused and unique to any other nature film I've yet seen. There were times, I admit, where the scenes started to feel a little long (perhaps as a means of increasing the run time) but they were still absolutely stunning to watch and for nature fanatics that is worth it alone. [TR] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

• Lake Natron Diaries: Behind The Crimson Wing
2-Disc BD Combo Pack (BD+DVD)
• Living Planet – Explore the Earth in a Fully Interactive Experience!
• Filmmaker Annotations
• The Crimson Wing screensaver
• Lake Natron Diaries: Behind The Crimson Wing