Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - April, 2012


IMAX: Born to be Wild (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen



Narrated by Academy-Award® winner Morgan Freeman, Born to be Wild 3D is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them, saving endangered species one life at a time. Stunningly captured in IMAX 3D, Born to be Wild 3D is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild.


  • Warner Brothers
  • 2011, Color, G, 41 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Morgan Freeman (narration)
  • Directed by: David Lickley
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No


This was 41 minutes that really flew by, but was totally enjoyable.  Showing how each of these people have dedicated their lives to rescuing and helping animals that have had their habitat destroyed, or their parents poached, or both was fascinating and uplifting to watch.  My son (just over 2) enjoyed it as well, making it something you can all watch together as a family.  It could have easily been much longer and still been good, or even better, but works well as it is.


Though this might come as a surprise to many people, Born to be Wild would be a very nice disc to show off what kind of image your home theater can put out.  Some shots are just beautiful with bright, bold greens in the forest set against the deep blue of the sky and water.  The bright red dirt of the Kenyan elephant preserve comes across well, and there is wonderful dynamic range captured by the IMAX cameras, with the clouds not being blown out and showing wonderful detail.  For a pure, natural image free of special effects that looks fantastic, Born to be Wild really delivers.

As a documentary, the most important quality of the soundtrack is that the narration comes across in tact, and it certainly does here.  However the movie does a fantastic job in using the surrounds as well to have a wonderful sense of ambience and immersion, likely due to its original IMAX target.  All around, this is a great sounding and looking film.


There are just six short, 2-3 minute videos on the caretakers.