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Disneynature: African Cats [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)

Samuel L. Jackson , Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey    G (General Audience)   Blu-ray
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From Disneynature, the studio that brought you EARTH and OCEANS, comes the epic journey AFRICAN CATS. Set against one of the wildest places on Earth -- you'll experience the extraordinary adventure of two families as they strive to make a home in an untamed land. Stunning high-definition images take your breath away as you come face-to-face with these majestic kings of the savanna and their true-life love, humor and determination. Blending family bonds with the power and majesty of the wild, it's an exciting, awe-inspiring experience that will touch your heart.
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Disneynature, le studio qui vous a offert TERRE et OCÉANS, présente l'aventure fascinante FÉLINS D'AFRIQUE. Transportez-vous dans l'un des endroits les plus sauvages de la planète et suivez le parcours extraordinaire de deux familles qui luttent pour établir leur domicile dans un milieu inhospitalier. Laissez-vous éblouir par les images spectaculaires en haute définition et découvrez ces créatures majestueuses qui règnent sur la savane avec un amour, une joie et une détermination véritables. Les liens familiaux ainsi que la puissance et la splendeur de la nature à l'état sauvage sont au c?ur de cette expérience passionnante et grandiose qui saura vous émouvoir.

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Item Type: BLU-RAY DVD Movie
Item Rating: G
Street Date: 10/04/11
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
LanguageENGLISH
Foreign Film: no
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Packaging: Sleeve Please note: This supplier will be closed on 11/24, 11/25, 12/26, 1/2 for the holidays. The shipping cut off is 12/10 to try and have the products delivered by Christmas.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
VIDEO:

Disney's African Cats arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. One of the co-director, Alastair Fothergill, was also famous for his skills in the BBC Nature series. This beautiful transfer captures every strand of hair, blade of high grass and distant wildebeest in a thousand-strong herd with spectacular clarity. Colours may not be as vibrant as those in the BBC series, but they are warm and natural. What makes this set special is Disney's magic to spin an intriguing tale of two families of lions and cheetah and their cubs, by putting together scenes of these "lovable" animals in their natural habitat. Names are given to individual animals, like Zita, Mara and Fang (the male lion with a broken tooth...humour) so that we are drawn into their circles. Story-telling is first class...typical Disney style.

You also have a choice to have the directors to explain certain scenes in more details, but I find the picture-in-picture quite distracting. Maybe with second viewing, in order to appreciate the filming better. But overall, the video is excellent. (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

The DTS-HD 5.1 MA audio is also very well mastered, with nice music and all the noises from various animals and the lion's roar give my two subwoofers a great work-out. In the end credit, Jordan Sparks also sang a beautiful song. But the real star here surprisingly goes to the narrator, Samuel L. Jackson. David Attenborough is always my only choice in nature's narration, but here Samuel L. Jackson tells a very interesting and lively tale that keeps you interested and smiling. His voice just fits the story telling without intruding into the story itself. Great job. (4.5/5)

FINAL THOUGHT:

Disney has done a fantastic job in bringing African Cats to blu ray.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love It Aug. 29 2013
By FABs
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a story of two mothers who put themselves in harms way to protect their young. There are some sad parts but it has a very happy ending. If you like big cats and the strength of a mother to survive and protect, this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift July 12 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD for my wife as a Christmas gift. She particularly likes the big cats. It is beautiful and well worth the money paid for it. The ordering was easy and it arrived quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome Jan. 6 2012
By Jen
Format:Blu-ray
Disney you did it again! This DVD is amazing, as is any of the Disney Earth Movies, it's amazing how they get so close and you can see such details in the movie, it's breath taking!
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  135 reviews
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You, Disney!!!!! July 19 2011
By S. Daman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I was ready to jump out of my seat with joy when i saw the previews for this. The movie more than lived up to my expectations.
I've been a huge admirer of wild cats ever since i saw Born Free as a little girl. Lions, cheetahs, tigers, servals you name it. I've watched many video's and t.v. specials on them over the years but few compare to DisneyNature African cats.
Showing both good times and bad this is an acurate depiction of these cats lives. Disney did an admirable job of making it as family friendly as possible. Yes, some scenes may upset very young viewers. If you're worried about a 'Bambi' moment you may want to preview it first.
However i strongly recommend you get this film and save it for when they are ready.
It's a beautiful, honest movie about some of this world's most majestic and inspiring beings. African Cats and other DisneyNature films are 'living' memories of our world. A world in which sadly lions and cheetahs may soon be a thing of our past.
I eagerly look forward to getting the dvd of this. It's only available in a dvd/blue ray combo but as long as there's a disc i can use with my dvd player, ok.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Educational Movie July 12 2011
By Beams of Light - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I saw this movie at the theater and LOVED IT. I particularly loved the way they portrayed lions. Too often are lions portrayed as the bad guys who are just out to kill the sweet little zebras and antelope. This film actually makes you understand that just because lions kill for food doesn't mean they're bad--they have a family to feed. At some parts, I was actually cheering for the lions to get food, because if they didn't, the cubs wouldn't survive. This film also shows the affectionate and playful side to lions, while still showing their aggressive and predatory side. I really wasn't expecting lions to be so family-oriented and sweet to each other. Then again, I guess that's how the pride becomes strong.

I also like how it shows that big cats have their own problems too and that they aren't trouble-free bullies, like so many other animal programs make them out to be. Of course, this movie has animal death, but then again, what do you expect? It's a movie about LIONS and CHEETAHS--of course they are going to show how they get food! I have read too many reviews on other sites from people complaining about Disney showing how lions and cheetahs kill for food, and claiming that they ran out of the theater CRYING with their kids in tow. Okay, idiots, if you want to see a movie about the lives of LIONS AND CHEETAHS, common sense tells you that you will see some blood. If your common sense does not tell you that, then that's your own fault for being ignorant. I mean seriously. There was even death and violence in "March of the Penguins"! Even so, the killings in "African Cats" are not very graphic. Really, you just see a hunt, a strike, and maybe some blood on the cats' faces after they've eaten, but it's nowhere near as graphic as some drama queens make it out to be.

The scenery in the movie is beautiful. Sometimes, it looked like the drawings from "The Lion King" were brought to life. The ending credits were cute. This was a good little documentary. I would recommend it to anyone who are interested in learning more about some of the big cats in Africa.
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nature is as indifferent as it is beautiful. June 16 2011
By AK - Published on Amazon.com
Disneynature has carved a niche for itself in theatrical releases of nature films with varying success. Earth and Oceans were moderately profitable, though they suffered from an episodic structure that did not hold an audience's attention, and terrible narration that distracted pointlessly. The strongest release yet is African Cats, co-directed by one of the architects of Planet Earth, Alastair Fothergill. Following a pride of lions and a mother cheetah, African Cats considers apex predators and their interplay on the productive Mara veldt. The camerawork captures the vastness of the Masai Mara plains while not losing sight of the intimate details essential to understanding the bonds between mother and cub. It lacks the violence of The Last Lions, but none of its storytelling verve, and brings some needed energy to a fairly barren week for film.

African Cats follows events in the lives of Mara, a lion cub who is under the tutelage of her mother, Layla; Sita, a cheetah who is raising five hungry newborns; and Fang, a male lion who attempts to protect his family and territory from a rival lion. Survival on the bitter savanna is a perpetual struggle. Mara is only six months old, and as a lion cub has a 1 in 5 chance of surviving to adulthood. Life seems simple for a cub, awaiting kills and playing with siblings while learning gradually how to fend for themselves; Mara's days are numbered, however, as the mother is nursing an injury that is slowing her down. Sita must regularly leave her cubs to hunt for food, leaving them vulnerable to attack. Even if she makes a kill, cheetahs are regularly chased from it by hyenas or lions. Cheetahs are built for grace and speed, not for standing fights. They must lead a nomadic existence as they cannot defend a territory, and overland journeys in Africa are hazardous. Fang leads the River Pride, and as the king, he is surrounded by pretenders to the throne. His tooth is broken, and his strength is waning, but the spirit is always willing for a lion male. As filmed on the Masai Mara, the beauty and brutality of the wild is captured with scrupulous detail. Nothing is guaranteed, and none of these are characters protected by a screenplay. What is, is what must be.

The drama is thick and the stakes are absolute for these cats, as they are surrounded by enemies, and stalked always by hunger. The River Pride is being shadowed by Kali, who brings a lethal phalanx in his four sons. All that stand between them and conquest of the River Pride is Fang - and if they succeed, Mara will be the first to die as male lions kill the cubs of rivals. Sita has five cubs, and they are nearly blind and helpless. To hunt for food is dangerous, and she is always in danger of losing them. One harrowing scene depicts Sita being pursued by lions; she must distract them, but then loses her cubs in the darkness. And the shadows are ruled by hyenas. The chase scenes are thrilling, and remarkably photographed, capturing the sinew and muscle of the predator, the frantic escape of the prey, and the excitement is palpable as the gap is closed. Remarkable scenes where lions confront crocs and a cheetah actually attacks a lion (five times her size) are interspersed with shots that capture the impossible numbers of grazers seen on the Masai Mara. There are quiet moments, where a cub must choose to stay with the pride, or remain with her injured mother where they might die together. There are scenes of intensity, as the River Pride is attacked and a surprising defense is mounted. Time is taken out for some amusement - in the closing credits, aardvarks are tasked with `fight choreography', and hippos are credited with `underwater photography'.

As directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, the emphasis is on crafting a narrative, in serving that uniquely human attribute that desires a sort of meaning or direction to a story. Events in the natural world rarely follow any sort of moral or even an identifiable pattern, but such randomness would seem nihilistic to us. The point of organizing stories in works like African Cats or any episode of BBC Earth (Planet Earth, Life of Mammals, etc) is to provide a reference point, something humans can relate to, since we labor under the misapprehension that life has an underlying meaning. The point is not to stick to raw facts, as ten hours of footage of lions yawning does not make for engaging cinema. An intuitive link to our animal relatives is essential to understand our place in a system that is too complicated to understand fully. In this sense, the work of Fothergill approaches the real better than reality can in the eyes of the viewer. His partnership with David Attenborough has raised the bar of wildlife photography alongside the best that movies can offer, with sweeping vistas that do not lose sight of the intimate moments of nature.

Samuel L. Jackson brings energy to the narration that makes his presence less annoying than voice actors tend to be for nature films. I prefer the work of Iain Stewart or David Attenborough primarily because they write their own material and are speaking from a position of expertise. Actors have difficulty expressing biological or ecological terms with any authority, so they are saddled with dialogue that is either irritatingly vague or irrelevantly emotional. Jackson seems to have fun with it, and the tone is aimed at children anyway. Compared to the coke-fueled hyperkinetics of most animated films, African Cats is perfect. The unifying theme is the bond between mother and cub, and the extraordinary sacrifices required to bring that cub to adulthood. Layla will fight to the death for Mara, and her near-suicidal courage is all that will protect her from marauding male lions. Sita must bring her great skill in hunting prey and evading hazards to bring her brood to maturity. The result is moving, the story is at times thrilling and at others tragic, and the film is pure entertainment.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life and death among the felines April 23 2011
By David Bonesteel - Published on Amazon.com
This documentary follows two mother cats, a lion and a cheetah, as they try to protect their cubs on the African savanna.

Adults who have even a minimal layman's knowledge of these magnificent animals will probably not get much new information, but they will be treated to incredible visuals that will unfortunately lose much of their power on most home screens. Filmmakers Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey have really captured some extraordinary images. Children are likely to be captivated. My own four-year-old son was challenged a bit by the 90 minute running time, but was frequently drawn in by what was on the screen and finally declared it to be "so much fun." The narration features the anthropomorphism and sentimentality that plague so many Disney nature films (i.e., "To Mara, Fang is the best daddy ever"), but the essential quality of the filmmakers' work shines through.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The true circle of life... July 14 2011
By Montana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
For me, this movie was great. As a younger kid (maybe 5), I would have thought this movie very sad. However, this is the true life of the african cats in their day to day routines. Yes, there is hunting and death but that is the true circle of life. I am a big cat fanatic, so I knew most of the facts in the movie already, but I still found the movie enjoyable. I believe any child around 10 or older would find it fascinating.
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