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Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures on DVD: V1 - Wonders of the WorldV2 - Lands of ExplorationV3 - Creatures of the Wild • V4 - Nature's Mysteries

Walt Disney’s Academy Award®-Winning Nature Series
TRUE-LIFE ADVENTURES
Ground Breaking Films in Four 2-Disc Volumes
Debut December 5 from Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Bonus Materials include Roy E. Disney Introductions & Backstage
Look at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Additional Nature Films,
Revealing Documentaries and More

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Read our True-Life Adventures, Volume 4 - Nature's Mysteries DVD Review

BURBANK, Calif., November 10, 2006 – The True-Life Adventures -- a series of 13 groundbreaking films that captured the wonder of animals and nature and won eight Academy Awards® -- epitomize the magic of Walt Disney. In classics such as “Seal Island,” “The Living Desert,” “The Vanishing Prairie” and “White Wilderness,” Walt blended his unique sense of innovation with creativity and technology to put together films that brought fascinating insights into the world of wild animals as well as attention to the importance of conserving our outdoor heritage. The acclaimed series makes its long-awaited DVD debut from Walt Disney Home Entertainment on December 5.

True-Life Adventures is the first release in the new “Walt Disney Legacy Collection,” which will offer a unique group of films from the Disney archives with some timeless discoveries personally produced or supervised by Walt himself.
Most of the films have rarely been seen; some have never been seen. Subsequent “Walt Disney Legacy Collection” titles, scheduled for release throughout 2007 and beyond, will be announced in the coming months.

Extensive Bonus Features
The films in the True-Life Adventures series are fully restored and beautifully presented in four, 2-disc volumes with collectible packaging and extensive bonus materials. Each volume includes introductions from Roy E. Disney, one of the series’ original filmmakers, who also hosts six segments entitled “Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.” These are insightful interviews with wildlife specialists from the 500-acre theme park, long considered a direct offshoot of True-Life Adventures. Each volume also includes revealing documentaries and inside stories about the men and women behind the True-Life Adventure cameras and the extraordinary efforts that went into the creation of the series. Disney artist and historian Stacia Martin hosts four “Collectors’ Corners,” in which she talks about the merchandise and ancillary material associated with the series. Finally, as an added bonus are other well-known Disney nature films, not released under the True-Life Adventures banner but made by many of the same filmmakers in much the same style.

“I am thrilled that all the ‘True-Lifes’ are coming to DVD,” said Roy E. Disney. “Some of my first and fondest production experiences were on these wonderful films, so they’re very close to my heart. Now, audiences who enjoyed them when they first premiered will have a chance to see them looking better than ever; and, as the movies remain as relevant and entertaining today, a whole new generation will be able to discover them. It’s particularly appropriate that True-Life Adventures debuts on Walt’s birthday, because it was Walt’s love of nature that inspired him to pioneer this new form of filmmaking. Like the specialists at Disney’s Animal Kingdom who are carrying on that tradition, Walt cared deeply about wildlife and its conservation. And, equally important, he made films that were solid entertainment.”

History
With animal documentaries so prevalent in movie theatres and on cable television today, wildlife films as entertainment seem commonplace.
But the idea was truly groundbreaking in 1948. Walt himself devised the very first True-Life Adventure, “Seal Island,” after viewing footage from Elma and Al Milotte, the husbandand- wife filmmakers he’d hired to shoot for scenes in Alaska. Walt’s concept became the foundation for all future films: start by gathering outstanding footage from the world’s best cinematographers, then create a good story line, add memorable music, thoughtful editing and a whole new kind of entertainment was born.

“The habits of real animals are often funnier and more surprising than the antics we dream up for our cartoon characters,” Walt had said, and indeed many of his team had come from animation. In addition to Roy Disney, legendary filmmakers included director/writer James Algar, producer Ben Sharpsteen, composer Paul J. Smith writer/narrator Winston Hibler, editor Norman “Stormy” Palmer and sound man James MacDonald.

When “Seal Island” was completed and Disney’s then distributor RKO balked at booking the film, Roy O. Disney (Roy E.’s father) rented a theatre in Pasadena so the film could play in Los Angeles to qualify for Academy Award® consideration. When "Seal Island" won the Oscar®, legend has it, Walt took the statuette down to his brother and joked, "Take this over to RKO and hit them on the head with it!"

When Walt got ready to release his first feature-length True-Life Adventure and RKO continued to balk, this time Walt and Roy took the opportunity to found their own distribution company, Buena Vista, and release what would be the company’s first feature, "The Living Desert." Based on a concept from the college thesis of an enterprising young student, Paul Kenworthy (who also did much of the photography), "The Living Desert" is perhaps best remembered for an epic battle between a tiny pepsis wasp and a tarantula. It won Disney its first Oscar for Best Documentary, Features and in its initial release brought in some $5 million on an investment of only $500,000.

Thus began a series of 13 remarkable True-Life Adventures, released between 1948 and 1960, which showed audiences nature as it had never been seen before. Six more of these remarkable films would win Oscars®: White Wilderness, Vanishing Prairie, Water Birds, Beaver Valley, Bear Country and Nature’s Half Acre.

Note: Items listed in Bold/Italic below are the 13 “True-Life Adventures”

VOLUME 1: WONDERS OF THE WORLD
Disc One

Introduction by Roy Disney
White Wilderness, 1958 -space- Academy Award®, Best Documentary, Features
Water Birds, 1952 ----space---- Academy Award®, Best Short Subject, 2-Reel – Live-Action
Beaver Valley, 1950 ---space--- Academy Award®, Best Short Subject, 2-Reel – Live-Action
Prowlers of the Everglades, 1953

Disc Two - Bonus
Mysteries of the Deep

Wonders Of The Water Worlds
The Crisler Story
Backstage With Roy Disney at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Birds
Tribute To James Algar
Filmmakers’ Journal
Collectors' Corner
Original Theatrical Trailers

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VOLUME 2: LANDS OF EXPLORATION
Disc One

Introduction by Roy Disney
The Living Desert, 1953 --space-- Academy Award®, Best Documentary, Features
The Vanishing Prairie, 1954 space Academy Award®, Best Documentary, Features
Seal Island, 1948 -----space----- Academy Award®, Best Short Subject, 2-Reel - Live-Action

Disc Two - Bonus
Islands of the Sea
Nature’s Strangest Creatures
Prairie
Behind the True Life Cameras
Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Desert Insects
Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Snakes
Filmmakers’ Journal
Collectors' Corner
Trailers & Promos

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VOLUME 3: CREATURES OF THE WILD
Disc One

Introduction by Roy Disney
African Lion, 1955
Jungle Cat, 1960
Bear Country, 1953 -space- Academy Award®, Best Short Subject, 2-Reel - Live-Action

Disc Two

Olympic Elk, 1955

Bonus:
Cameras in Africa
The Yellowstone Story
Tribute To The Milottes, narrated by Buddy Ebsen
Backstage with Roy Disney At Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Elephants
Backstage with Roy Disney At Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Cheetah Medical Exam
Filmmakers’ Journal
Collectors' Corner
Trailers & Promos

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VOLUME 4: NATURE'S MYSTERIES
Disc One

Introduction by Roy Disney
Secrets of Life, 1956
Perri

Disc Two - Bonus
Nature’s Half Acre,1951 --space-- Academy Award®, Best Short Subject, 2-Reel – Live Action
Searching for Nature’s Mysteries
Adventure in Wildwood Heart
Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Butterflies
Tribute To Winston Hibler
Filmmakers’ Journal
Collectors' Corner
Original Theatrical Trailers

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STREET DATE: December 5, 2006
Direct Prebook: 10/10/06
Distributor Prebook: 10/24/06
Suggested retail price: $32.99 (DVD)
Rated: US: Not Rated; Canada: “G”
Bonus materials not rated nor subtitled.
Bonus materials subject to change.
Feature run time: Vol 1=169 min; Vol 2=169; Vol 3=204 mins; Vol 4=146 mins
1.33:1 (4x3)
Dolby® Digital 2.0 Mono
English
Presentation: 4x3
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Sound: Dolby Digital
Packaging: Custom
Primary Language: English
Subtitled: English
Dubbed: N/A
Closed Captions: Yes
Not all technical specifications apply to all elements.

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Posted November 17, 2006 / Updated December 14, 2006.