BEARS

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THE PLOT THUS FAR

A documentary that follows an Alaskan bear family as its young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Bears” suffers from a lot of the issues that plagued “Chimpanzee”. If anything, it’s the same issues that a lot of the Disney Nature releases stumbled upon. While trying to recreate the Disney nature films of the 40s and 50s, modern Disney has created a narrative that goes about a reel too long. The end credits to “Bears” suggests that there was a ton of material cut from the production. That being said, I can’t quite say that I’m impressed. However, I’m appreciative that Disney was willing to blend a throwback appeal with modern access.

The narration from Reilly goes a long way to help distract a viewer from the pacing problems. While some might say that he over narrates, Reilly gets that the target audience is children and he tries to stage what’s shot in reality by using imaginary conceits. I feel that television might’ve been the better route for these documentaries, as the IMAX/BBC nature productions have pushed modern tastes to the high intensity and serious presentations. It’s a shame that kids don’t get to have nature films where they can just watch cute animals. But, I blame society’s desire for Grimdark to permeate throughout everything. “Chimpanzee” and “Bears” both work when they’re willing to open up a natural world in terms that kids can understand. Not everything has to be about death or subtle political messages. Some of us just want to watch Bears play around in Alaska.

The Blu-Ray comes with a Digital HD copy, DVD copy, featurettes and a music video as the special features. The A/V Quality is sharp for a nature documentary. The 1080p transfer is pristine and clear. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is environmental and soaks in its natural radiance. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 08/12/2014

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