Disneynature’s BEARS on Blu-ray August 12, 2014

I’ve always loved wildlife documentaries, and am excited for Disneynature’s BEARS on Blu-ray and DVD this August 12th.  In addition, a portion of first-week sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation as part of the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to Protect Wildlife and Wild Places.  Bonus features include the music video for “Carry On” featuring Olivia Holt and four making-of featurettes.  Continue reading for more details from Disney’s press release, and click here for our full review of Disneynature’s BEARS.

Update August 14, 2014

Printable activity sheets to celebrate the release of Disneynature’s BEARS – word search, make a bear mask, and more.

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Original post from June 15 follows below…

Disneynature's Bears Blu-ray

From Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Press Release

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.

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Chinook, photo by Oliver Scholey, © Disney


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.

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Sky & Tikaani, photo by Keith Scholey, © Disney


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.

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Director Alistair Fothergill, Disneynature’s BEARS, photo by Oliver Scholey © Disney


“Bears” was directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”).  It features narration by John C. Reilly (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “Chicago” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”).

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Director & Producer Keith Scholey, Disneynature’s BEARS, photo by Gavin Thurston © Disney


This must-own Disneynature true life adventure can be experienced in the following formats with bonus features as listed:

Bonus Materials for This Product:

Blu-ray, Digital HD & DMA

  • Welcome To Alaska – Journey with the filmmakers into the Alaskan wilds to film Sky and her cubs. 
  • The Future For The Bears – Experience the thrill of living with the bears during production, and the importance of protecting the wilderness to ensure their survival…and our own.
  • A Guide To Living With Bears – Learn how the team interacts safely with these magnificent creatures.  
  • How Did They Film That? – Get an inside look on some of the extreme filmmaking that went into getting shots high in the mountains and under frigid cold water.
  • “Carry On” Music Video By Olivia Holt

*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer


  •  “Carry On” Music Video By Olivia Holt

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