Disneynature has really outdone themselves with their two latest films. We told you about Oceans, but there was another DVD and Blu-ray released on the same day, which was not in theaters: Disneynature: Crimson Wing – The Mystery of the Flamingo.
What a truly remarkable look into the lives of Flamingos. It shows us how they survive, live and offers us a glimpse into the journey of a million crimson winged flamingos. This is one of those movie that the whole family can sit down and enjoy together. We sure did.
The flamingo is a fascinating bird, in part because of its bright red color, but this Disneynature film tells the whole story of what are really majestic black and white birds that magically transform to bright crimson as a result of a special algae diet. They endure harsh temperatures and caustic waters while mating and rearing their young in one of the most inhospitable places on earth. The story takes place in the heart of Africa on Lake Natron, a shallow and toxic lake that burns red with algae during the once-a-year rains. The lake contains such a high concentration of sodium carbonate that salt sheets form an island of salt surrounded by sulfurous pools with temperatures over 130 degrees Fahrenheit. The photography of both the scenery and the flamingos themselves is completely new and absolutely stunning. Among the amazing images, we witness a mass of literally millions of flamingos, birds appearing to walk on water as they perform their elaborate mating dance, chicks hatching from eggs, the salt-encrusted legs that doom some unlucky chicks, and the constant threat of hungry predators. More than just a feast for the eyes, the film also has an effective score of contemporary, yet classical-inspired music. Above all else, The Crimson Wing is a powerful story of the creation, hatching, and coming of age of one flamingo in a seemingly hostile world. –Tami Horiuchi
DVD Bonus Features Include:
• Lake Natron Diaries: Behind The Crimson Wing – 5 behind‐the‐scenes pods
Blu‐ray High‐Def Bonus Features Include:
• Living Planet – Fully interactive through BD‐Live, explore the Earth with up‐to‐date facts, migration information and videos by the filmmakers and leading wildlife experts
• Filmmaker Annotations (CineExplore) – An in‐movie experience with pop‐up facts from the directors Leander Ward & Matthew Aberhard, and screenwriter Melanie Finn
• The Crimson Wing Screensaver
Enjoy a few clips from the movie.
Oceans & Crimson Wing Shared Trailer
Making Of (Bonus)
Baby Flamingo (Film)