Chimpanzee Blu-ray review

  • Actors: Tim Allen
  • Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
  • Producers: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield, Alix Tidmarsh, Connie Nartonis Thompson, Don Hahn
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 78 minutes

  •             All nature films and television programs are quite spectacular these days, mostly because of the advances in the equipment used to capture the images. High definition nature programs truly became a phenomenon with the success of the “Planet Earth” series, which Disney released as a family-friendly film. Ever since Earth there have been a stream of additional nature films from the studio, including Oceans, African Cats and now Chimpanzee; the most intimately remarkable of them all. 

                While all nature films and programs now have remarkable images, Chimpanzee stands out with a remarkable story. This is the kind of thing that can’t be planned, and it is miraculous to have happened at all, not to mention on camera. The story follows a young chimp lovingly nicknamed Oscar. When this little chimp is orphaned at a young age, he is forced to look for a new mother in the pack to take care of him. This leads to an unexpected partnership which must be seen to be believed. It is a heartwarming story that is perfect for the whole family, only further enhanced by the spectacular high definition presentation of Blu-ray.

                The 2-Disc Combo Pack includes both a Blu-ray and DVD copy of the film. The DVD has three featurettes about nature conservation and Disney’s involvement. These three are all included on the Blu-ray, as well as interesting special features. There is a great making-of featurette, which shows the obstacles faced along the way. Some of these were shown in the credits, but there is much more that was not shown. There is also a music video and a making-of feature for the music video.

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