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Bears Blu-ray Review

Bears Blu-ray

“Bears” is another moving Disneynature documentary.

While they may not get the attention and promotion that a film like “Frozen” gets, the Disneynature documentary films have generally been rewarding cinematic experiences. Yes, nature docs are a dime a dozen these days, but with films like “Chimpanzee” and now “Bears,” viewers may be surprised at how emotional these tales are. In “Bears,” Disneynature offers up a heartfelt tale about a family of brown bears that include a mother (Sky) and her two cubs Amber and Scout. Throughout the course of the film, we follow the trio of bears on their spring journey as they trek through Alaska in search of food (namely salmon) while trying to avoid dangers like an avalanche, wolves, a tide, and hungry bears.

For those expecting an uncensored account of natural life ala a BBC nature documentary such as “Planet Earth,” you might want to look elsewhere. “Bears” is a more simplified, accessible, and kid friendly documentary, but don’t hold that against it. This docu still features moments of harsh reality such as vicious bear brawls and the bear family’s struggle to survive. Make no mistake about it, this is a heart tugging story about survival, and, above all, family. You’d have to have the heart of a Grinch to not be moved by seeing Sky doing everything possible to protect her children. It’s a profoundly emotional story that will undoubtedly resonate with families across the globe.

It should come as no surprise that “Bears” also presents some incredibly jaw-dropping footage that you won’t see anywhere else. The shots of an avalanche, a clam stuck on Scout’s claw, Amber traveling on Sky’s back, a bear hunting for Sky’s babies, and the hilarious slow motion shots of fish jumping into bear’s faces that will make you forget any of the film’s shortcomings.

As for the narration, don’t expect a serious track here. John C. Reilly’s narration is a very comedic affair as he cracks jokes about on-screen events and pretends to give the bears an inner monologue. While this may annoy more mature viewers, the humor will no doubt give young viewers much needed relief after some disturbing and distressing moments. More than that, however, Reilly’s narration makes the film seem more exciting during scenes that might not be so eventful. To say he has to do the heavy lifting sometimes is an understatement.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Between the Alaskan mountains and the bear filled meadows, this is a very picturesque documentary that looks stunning in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The score, John C. Reilly narration, sounds of nature, and bear roars makes this hi-def track lively to say the least.

Extras:
* DVD copy and Digital HD copy.
* Disney trailers.
* A music video for Olivia Holt’s “Carry On.”
* “Welcome To Alaska”- A featurette on the setting that the documentary was filmed in. Interviews with crew members and behind-the-scenes footage are included here.
* “The Future For Bears”- A piece about bears, filming alongside them, and the importance of protecting wildlife.
* “A Guide To Living With Bears”- A look at how the film crew co-existed with bears during production.
* “How Did They Film That?”- A look at how certain shots were accomplished.

Overall Thoughts: “Bears” will win you over in the end. Recommended.

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August 24, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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