Disneynature’s Wings of Life, will be available to own domestically on Blu-ray, Digital and On Demand beginning April 16, 2013, it was announced today by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. It’s now available for pre-order from Amazon.com.
Narrated by Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep and directed by Louie Schwartzberg, Wings of Life takes 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. It has previously been released internationally under the title Pollen.
Below is a look at the film as well as its director from a previous presentation from the 2011 TED conference:
Employing multiple cameras, both time-lapse and high-speed cinematography and extraordinary patience (while nature took its time unfolding), filmmakers shot on location in more than a dozen areas, ranging from the El Rosario Preserve in Michoacán, Mexico, to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Park in Arizona. Wings of Life features extraordinary imagery shot with digital cameras — one capable of frame rates of up to 1500 frames per second, and the use of a pinhole lens, which allowed the cameraman to get within millimeters of an insect subject while retaining a clear view of the background. The resulting imagery — intimate and breathtaking — is brought to life for audiences through spectacular high-definition picture and sound quality.
To celebrate the debut of Wings of Life, Disneynature has made a contribution to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) to protect pollinators worldwide. The DWCF has already supported more than 20 projects across North America focused on protecting pollinators and their habitats. Grants have helped conservationists save endangered butterflies, expand habitat for honeybees and educate children about the importance of pollinators and how they can help protect them.
The Wings of Life Blu-ray Combo Pack also 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.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with an updated schedule for its upcoming slate of films from Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Studios and Pixar Animation Studios.
- The combination live-action/animated feature film for Phineas and Ferb has now been pushed back to at least 2014 with no set release date (previously July 28, 2013).
- Saving Mr. Banks, the story about the making of Mary Poppins and starring Tom Hanks, has been dated for December 20, 2013.
- The recently announced Bears from Disneynature will be released on April 18, 2014
- Ant-Man is scheduled for November 6, 2015
- DISNEY ANIMATION UNTITLED is now dated for November 7, 2014
- PIXAR ANIMATION UNTITLED is now dated for November 25, 2015
In addition, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World are both confirmed for a 3D release
Disneynature’s 2014 motion picture Bears cozies up to the brown bears who call Alaska’s stunning coastal mountains and shores their home, revealing through tender moments and entertaining imagery how these animals are far from grizzly creatures. This shooting location provides some of the most spectacular visuals ever for a Disneynature film. The film is directed by Keith Scholey (African Cats) and Alastair Fothergill (Earth, African Cats and Chimpanzee).
“Our commitment to the production of Disneynature films is to capture nature on its own terms and its own schedule. These films are never rushed so that we can tell never-before-seen stories in our natural world that both astound and charm audiences,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “Disneynature’s next adventure Bears promises to continue this storytelling tradition by introducing audiences to a phenomenal variety of wildlife and offering rare glimpses into the day-to-day lives of these incredible animals.”
Bears is currently in production in Alaska’s Katmai National Park.