The Walt Disney Company introduces a new motion picture label, DisneyNature, to home audiences when Earth comes to Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and DVD on September 1, 2009 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. The debut home entertainment offering from the label, Earth tells a trio of unforgettable stories sure to captivate movie lovers of all ages. Set against some of the world’s most spectacular vistas, this breathtaking motion picture achievement uses the classic Disney storytelling tradition to celebrate the diversity and determination of its animal stars in a heroic journey that covers the Earth from pole to pole.
Award-winning filmmakers Alastair Fothergill (“The Blue Planet”) and Mark Linfield (“Planet Earth”) employ the latest innovations in film techniques to bring Earth’s stunning visuals to the screen. Narrated by James Earl Jones, the inaugural release from Disneynature is just the beginning of an instantly collectible new line of films and a worthy successor to the beloved, Academy Award®-winning True Life Adventures series, which includes The Living Desert (Best Documentary, Features; 1953) and The Vanishing Prairie (Best Documentary, Features; 1954).
Available in a single-disc DVD or two-disc Blu-ray Hi-Def/DVD Combo Pack, Earth includes bonus features that offer viewers an in-depth look at the making of the film and an opportunity to learn more about our planet and its myriad fascinating inhabitants. In Blu-ray, the film gives audiences an unmatched opportunity to view its dizzying aerial photography, epic backdrops and rare footage of land, sea and air in astonishing high definition.
From the opening credits, I knew this movie was going to be amazing. It is a co-production with Discovery Channel and The BBC. Then you hear the amazing voice of James Earl Jones and deep down inside you know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that this movie is going to be a special experience. The views of this planet we are shown are amazing and breathtaking, even on a television as small as my own. Some of my friends got the chance to see this movie in theaters and I can’t even begin to imagine how stunning it must have been in such great proportions. These are great stories and will help to instill a love of this great planet into many children and adults alike.
Bonus Features for Earth
Both Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD include:
• Earth Diaries — The making of Disneynature’s first feature film
Exclusive Blu-ray Hi-Def bonus features take audiences deeper into the fascinating mysteries of
• Filmmaker’s Annotations — An in-movie experience with pop up facts
In the Arctic, a mother polar bear trailed by her two cubs searches for food as their icy hunting grounds melt away. A herd of African elephants slowly traverses the arid Kalahari Desert toward the water-rich Okavango Delta. A humpback whale and her calf make a 4,000-mile journey in an epic migration that takes them from tropical waters all the way to Antarctica. Remarkable high-definition footage follows these creatures and more to places human beings rarely see, capturing unique worlds populated by Mandarin ducks and birds of paradise, as well as a pride of lions and a vast caribou herd. Filled with surprising facts and extraordinary images, Earth is a dazzling portrait of life on our planet.