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“BORN IN CHINA” (Blu-ray Written Review & Trailer)






Review by John Delia, Sr.

How can you resist watching animals born in the wild and comforted by their parent?  The cameras roll depicting the drama, love and adventure in the Disneynature Blu-ray/DVD release of Born in China. Following animal life in remote lands, the cinematographers wait patiently just to get a few minutes of storytelling for all to see.

With wide shots of the environment of China we are treated to the awesome beauty of their rich land.  Not only for the animals that will be showcased, but of parts of the vast country that many have never seen. It’s this breathtaking panorama of life and nature that makes this film a wonder to watch with a story told in the four seasons.


One of Dawa’s cubs in BORN IN CHINA

Starting with the Snow Leopard, we follow Dawa who hunts in the highest plateau on Earth for food and protects her family from predators. Her story is a battle of wits, shrewdness and will to survive. Follow her as she protects her ground and her cubs through some of nature’s grueling weather and challenges.


Tao Tao the golden snub-nosed monkey in BORN IN CHINA

In another range of mountains we find golden snub-nosed monkeys. Among them is the mischievous Tao Tao.  The two year old has already been emancipated from his family and finds himself jealous of his newly born brother.


Ya Ya with her baby panda cub Mei Mei in BORN IN CHINA

Not far away from Tao Tao in the jungles filled with bamboo we see the giant panda called Ya Ya. Much like most bears of the world, Ya Ya loves to eat and scratch and take care of her newly birthed daughter Mei Mei.

Far to the west in China the Chiru Antelope roams the plains. The herd splits up with the females traveling far from the males to a lake where they give birth. Able to adapt outside the womb, the young Chiru are able to run and play among the other newborns.


Mei Mei relaxing in a tree in BORN IN CHINA

Each of our star animals will have an adventure of their own as we follow them through months of their lives from summer to fall to harsh winter and lush spring. Their lives will change over the stretch of time and the cubs will lose their childhood trough challenges, dangers and trials that will test them.


A cinematographer watches Tao Tao inspect his camera in BORN IN CHINA

“Panda Suits & Bamboo Shoots” Join the team as they struggle through an almost impenetrable bamboo forest in an effort to capture footage of pandas in the wild.
“Walking with Monkeys” The shivering crew bundles up to film the adorable golden snub-nosed monkeys engaged in a surprisingly human activity.
“Masters of Camouflage” Go behind the scenes as the filmmakers set out on a quest never before achieved: to find and film a snow leopard family in the wild.
“Wading Through Wetlands” A crew travels to far northeast China to catch the first moments of a red-crowned crane chick’s life.
“Everything Everything” Music Video Performed by American Authors – check out the full music video of American Authors end-credit song “Everything Everything.”
“Disneynature: Get Inspired, Get Involved” Join Disneynature and the Disney Conservation as they thank our audiences and the animals who star in the films for helping to make Disneynature and its conservation efforts a success.

FINAL ANALYSIS: An adventure of life and breathtaking beauty.  (3 out of 5 stars)

Specifications and additional video information:

Narrated by: John Krasinski  Director: Lu ChuanMPAA   Rating: G  Genre: Documentary,  Disneynature  Running Time: 1 hr. 19 min.  Video Release Date: August 29, 2017Original   Theatrical Release Date: April 21, 2017  Language: English (changeable to French or Spanish)  Reviewed Format: Blu-ray/DVD  Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1  Video: 1080p High Definition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1:78:1  Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French  Number of Discs: 2 Discs + Digital Download  Distributed by: Buena Vista Home Entertainment  Released in: Blu-ray/DVD

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