Disneynature’s OCEANS and Crimson Wing Arrive on Blu-ray October 19

Oceans and Crimson Wing from DisneynatureAlthough no official press release has been issued as of yet, TheHDRoom has reported that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will be releasing both OCEANS and The Crimson Wing on Blu-ray/DVD Combo packs on October 19, 2010. Both will have an MSRP of $39.99.

Extras for OCEANS include:

  • Living Menus – an Interactive Experience (Blu-ray only)
  • Filmmaker Annotations (Blu-ray only)
  • Make a Wave Disney’s Friends for Change Music Video with Demi Levato and Joe Jonas
  • Disney & Nature – Preserving the World We Share
  • Deeper in the Ocean – Select Videos from Living Menus and Filmmaker Annotations

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Disneynature’s ‘The Crimson Wing’ Now Available in North America on Blu-ray

Disneynature's The Crimson Wing on Blu-rayAmazon.com is now listing an import of the blu-ray edition of Disneynature’s The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (regions A+B) for $54.99. Released in several countries outside of North America, this is the first film distributed under the Disneynature banner, preceeding EARTH.

This represents an extremely rare opportunity for folks in the United States and Canada to see and own this award winning film should it never be released in North American theaters (and it seems unlikely at this point).

Click here for our coverage of this remarkable, pioneering film.

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Disneynature’s Two Films Nominated for Eight Awards at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

Out of a record 425 submissions representing 25 countries, the judges of the Jackson Hole Film Festival have selected Disneynature’s Crimson Wing and EARTH as nominees for a total of eight awards.

Crimson Wing has been announced as a finalist for categories including Best Animal Behavior Program, best Wildlife Habitat Program and Best Theatrical Program.

EARTH has been announced as a finalist for Best Theatrical Program as well as the festival’s top prize, Outstanding Achievment. EARTH is one of only three films nominated for this award which seeks out to recognize a specific
outstanding achievement in technology, innovative storytelling, use of CGI or 3-D, in-field challenge or other extraordinary accomplishment.

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A Look at Disneynature’s OTHER First Film – The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (instead of living on one), you’ve no doubt heard of the latest venture from the newly formed Disneynature label, EARTH, to be released this Earth Day, April 22. But EARTH, as it turns out, is not actually the first film from Disneynature, but actually just the first film to be released in North America. The actual title of first film belongs to a documentary called The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos.

Crimson Wing PosterShot over a period of year, co-directors Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward camped out near the shores of Lake Natron in Tanzania where millions of flamingos are born, fall in love and die in sights in a spectacular view few have ever seen. Estimates suggest that 75% of all of the world’s lesser flamingos are born right at the lake which has several unique attributes that lend itself to be the perfect home for the flamingos.

Making use of technology, the filmmakers were also able to step foot on an island in the middle of the lake, the first humans known to do so, giving them exclusive access to the life of the lake’s inhabitants. Also captured on film was the eruption of Ol Doinyo Lengai, the first in forty years.

The lake is at the heart of a controversy involving plans to build a nearby soda ash factory which activists claim will bring an end to this nature spectacle. You can read more about it here.

More information and a trailer for the film after the jump: (more…)

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