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Born In China Blu-ray Review

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“Born In China” is another Disneynature winner.

For whatever reason, the Disneynature films don’t tend to get a lot of publicity, but I’m glad to see this series of nature documentaries are continuing as they are quite rewarding. In their latest release titled “Born In China,” actor John Krasinski narrates a story about animals in China. More specifically, the film focuses on cranes, snow leopards, golden snub-nosed monkeys, giant panda bears and chiru antelopes in different terrains from forests to plateaus. As with previous releases, the film covers the usual subjects- birth, family, hunting for food, lifestyles, dangers, survival, and growth while also touching a little bit on Chinese geography and history.

While BBC may continually put out THE best nature documentaries, Disneynature’s releases should not be forgotten. Yes, they are very family friendly documentaries that sometimes shy away from the darker aspects of the wild, but who cares? When it comes down to it, these films still offer up one of a kind glimpses of nature and animals. “Born In China” is no exception. As you can no doubt tell from the cover art, the panda bears are the most prominent animals in the film. To be honest, I wish it was just about them as they steal the entire film. The mother (Ya Ya) and daughter (Mei Mei) bond shown in this film as cute as can be. Whether Ya Ya is cuddling her daughter or Mei Mei is tumbling and falling all over the place, every image captured of the two makes this movie worth watching. The cameos by the nearby Red Panda are also a delight.

Aside from the pandas, viewers also get to see stories about a golden snub-nosed monkey family, a snow leopard mom and her cubs, the chiru antelopes as well as some cranes. All of the material recorded of these animals is fascinating (the baby chiru is like a real life Bambi almost!), but it does feel like the cranes were essentially cut out of the film after being touted so much early on. They really do not feature in the film much at all.

As for the narration, John Krasinski’s work falls a little short. While decent enough, his reading is a little on the dull side. He lacks the personality to carry the narration and he doesn’t sell the dramatic moments.

Note: Make sure to watch the end credits. The shots of the monkeys playing with the camera equipment is hilarious.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The picture quality is positively breathtaking.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The music, narration and sounds of nature sound crisp and clear to no surprise.

Extras: * DVD copy and Digital copy. * A music video for the American Authors song “Everything Everything.” * “Disneynature: Get Inspired, Get Involved”- An ad for the Disney Conversation Fund. * “Panda Suits And Bamboo Shoots”- A behind-the-scenes look at the process of filming wild Pandas. * ‘Walking With Monkeys”- A featurette on the crew and their recordings of Golden Snub Nose Monkeys in the snow. * “Masters Of Camouflage”- Another behind-the-scenes featurette. This one revolves around filming the snow leopard family. * “Wading Through Wetlands”- Last, but not least is a featurette on filming cranes.

Overall Thoughts: If you enjoy the Disneynature films, there’s no reason not to see “Born In China.”

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August 30, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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