Disneynature: Wings of Life is now available on Blu-ray and DVD! {Review}

Disclosure: I received a copy of Wings of Life from the sponsor for review purposes. I was not otherwise compensated for this review. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours.



Welcome Spring with open arms with the release of Disneynature's Wings of Life on Blu-ray and DVD today!

Courtesy of Disneynature


About the Movie:

Spring is in the air—literally—as Disneynature prepares to unveil “Wings of Life,” a spectacular, closer-than-close, high-definition look at the intricate world of butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and bats, and their life-sustaining collaboration with flowers. Directed by Louie Schwartzberg (“America’s Heart & Soul”) and narrated by Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, “Wings of Life” will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital and On Demand on April 16, 2013—just in time for Earth Day.

Wings of Life utilizes riveting high-speed, time lapse and macro filmmaking to showcase in spectacular detail these unsung heroes of our planet.

The “Wings of Life” Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a sneak peek at Disneynature’s 2014 big-screen adventure “Bears.” In an epic story of breathtaking scale set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, the film, which is currently in production, follows two mother grizzly bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs.





We were happy to receive an advance copy of Wings of Life from Disneynature to review:


Our Thoughts:
Disneynature has truly outdone itself with Wings of Life! From the creators of Earth, Oceans, and Chimpanzee comes this breathtaking journey through rainforests, deserts, and more beautiful scenery as it speaks through the eyes of a flower. And not just any flower, every flower! 
Meryl Streep narrates as the voice of the flower as we take a look at pollination and the creatures that make it happen. As one third of the world's food supply depends on these animals and insects, they're quite an important topic! Wings of Life starts out in a tropical rainforest and shows us the intricate strategy of the orchid flower's pollination via some unsuspecting bees. Did you know that the wild orchid actually holds on to it's chosen pollinator until it has sneakily stuck it's pollen sacks to it's back? How does nature think of this stuff?!
From these we venture into the desert, where cactus flowers have only one night's chance at pollination. Lucky bats take advantage of this opportunity and feast on the flower's nectar, yum! Later on, when the cactus fruit blossoms they enjoy another delectable meal and continue spreading he cactus seeds by, well, you can guess...
I've never been a fan of butterflies, (something about their unpredictable flight pattern and flapping wings...can we say phobia?) but the flight of the monarch butterfly is definitely a sight to see. Each year they journey from as far north as Canada to the southern regions of Mexico and back again in the summer, spanning three to four generations of the monarch. While overwintering in Mexico and other regions, they cluster in conifer trees to preserve energy in enormously large numbers, yikes! Another note of interest: Monarch butterflies will only lay their eggs on a common garden nuisance, milkweed plants, so think twice when weeding around your home!
The film truly is stunning! It's bright and vibrant colors are very aesthetically pleasing, and the movie flows well and is easy to follow. My munchkin LOVED the hummingbird segment, especially when the birds were slowed down enough to see every single wing beat in full glory. Jace kept saying "nose!" every time he saw a hummingbird's beak dip into a nectar-producing flower, it's adorable. As a future gardener, I love that this film gets up close and personal with creatures that I would normally brush off and not give much thought to. 
Make sure to pick up your copy of Wings of Life today and start enjoying nature in your own home!


Feature Run Time: Approx. 80 Minutes
Rating: G (U.S. and Canada)
~Sam