Release Date: August 12, 2014
From Disneynature, the studio that brought you “Earth” and “Chimpanzee,” comes the must-own true life adventure “Bears,” available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), and On-Demand, Aug. 12, 2014. An epic story of breathtaking scale, this heartwarming and visually spectacular film showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Families everywhere can now travel to a majestic Alaskan wilderness teeming with life without leaving home as “Bears” arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and Digital HD featuring stunning high definition picture, transporting sound, and exciting bonus features both parents and their children will love.
To celebrate the in-home debut of “Bears,” Disneynature is proud to continue the conservation program initiated with the film’s theatrical release. For every purchase of the movie through August 19, 2014, Disneynature will make a donation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to further protect and conserve endangered or threatened wildlife and wild places as well as enhance field research across more than 2.9 million acres of National Park Service land.
Bonus features on the “Bears” Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and Digital HD include the music video for “Carry On,” featuring Olivia Holt, and four making-of featurettes, including “Welcome To Alaska,” which tracks the filmmakers as they set forth on an epic journey to film Sky and her cubs out in the wilds of the Alaskan frontier; “The Future For The Bears,” which spotlights a special visit to the film’s production from legendary primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall; “A Guide to Living With Bears,” which introduces viewers to the guides who instructed the filmmakers on how to work with these magnificent creatures; and “How Did They Film That?,” which provides an inside look on some of the extreme filmmaking that went into getting shots high in the mountains and under frigid cold water.
The thought of meeting a bear in the wilderness sends a jolt of fear through my body. I really did not know that much about bears except the terrifying stories I’ve heard on the news about bear attacks. Watching Disneynature “Bears” gave me a new appreciation of this majestic creature. I still wouldn’t want to run into a bear out in the woods, but I do have a better understanding of their true nature now.
In “Bears”, we meet a brown bear mother named Skye and her two young cubs, Scout and Amber. The film begins with mom and cubs emerging from their den high on a mountain in Alaska after a long winter. They begin their long journey down the mountain in search of food. Skye needs to eat so she will have enough milk to satisfy her cubs through the next long winter.
Life for a bear isn’t easy. For Skye, it’s a fight to just stay alive. She has to watch out for the male bears who see her cubs as food. Bears aren’t the only predator she needs to keep her out for. She must also watch out for wolves. There are a few tense moments in Bears where Skye must protect her young against these predators. I was rooting for Skye and her cubs and wanted to see them live and flourish.
The film also shows that Bears have a personality. Amber was a mama’s girl and was never too far from her mom. She even rode on top of her through some of them journey. Scout, on the other hand, is bold and adventurous. He likes to explore and in one instance, finds himself in a dangerous situation. I almost cried at one point when I thought Scout was gone for good.
Besides learning about bears, I also had the opportunity to see the spectacular Alaskan landscape. I had a view of where bears make their home among pristine rivers and mountains. It was truly something! I have great respect for the filmmakers who recorded the bears amazing journey!
John C. Reilly narrated the film and did a fantastic job. He made me laugh at a few points and brought me close to tears at a few tense moments.
Bridget and I watched “Bears” together. It was not only educational and opened our eyes to many things we did not know about bears, but it was also inspirational. The film portrayed a mother’s love and how she is fiercely protective of her young.