Orangutan Diaries DVD Reviews

Friday, September 28, 2012

Available on DVD from PBS Distribution October 2nd

Arlington, Va. – August 30, 2012 – PBS Distribution today announced it is releasing “ORANGUTAN DIARIES” on DVD. Deep in the Borneo rainforest, a dedicated team of veterinarians and caregivers has a massive and emotional task ahead of them: rescuing and nursing the jungle’s most vulnerable animals back to health. Currently there are approximately 600 orangutans being cared for day and night at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Centre. Most have had traumatic lives, clinging to survival as rainforests are burned around them, while others are snatched from the wild to be sold as pets. Everyday is a challenge for the team as they care for the orphans and deal with the human crises of life in a rainforest hospital. “ORANGUTAN DIARIES” will be available on DVD October 2, 2012. The run time of the program is 250 minutes on two discs. The SRP for the DVD is $29.99.

ORANGUTAN DIARIES features stories of hope as this dedicated team attempts to save these fragile animals. During the course of the film, the team introduces the newest and smallest orangutan, baby Arnold, and races through miles and miles of muddy roads hoping to save a young orangutan held illegally in a tiny crate. Sumanto takes a terrifying fall at the centre and fights for his life, while massive male Hercules, the hairiest orangutan you will ever meet, heads off for his annual leave on a river island. 

Lone Droscher Nielson, the centre’s director, is always looking for places where rescued orangutans can be released back into the wild and finally finds a refuge in the heart of Borneo. After months of planning, a handful of rescued orangutans are able to fly away to freedom, including Mama Abut and her baby, found starving on an oil palm plantation but nursed back to health at the centre. Later, the confiscation team sets off on the most demanding rescue yet, with one of the technicians risking his life in a death-defying climb to get Bonny back where she belongs. “ORANGUTAN DIARIES is an emotional roller coaster ride into the heart of the rainforest that presents an inside look at the lives of these animals on the edge. 

Underwriters: Public Television Viewers and PBS
Producer: BBC Worldwide and Santa Fe Productions
Executive producer: Sara Ford
Producer: Simon Bell
Directors: Rowan Musgrave and Roger Webb 

About PBS Distribution 
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Street Date: October 2, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 250 Minutes on Two Discs
SRP: $29.99 
Format: DVD

Our Thoughts: 
We always love watching the animals on various shows. It's really fascinating to see what they all can do, how they interact, how they eat, etc. So I knew we would all be interested in this dvd set. We didn't know much about the Orangutans, besides seeing them at a exhibit the kids thought. I honestly don't remember though. The kids just love animals and this is a great thing to watch with them since its a learning experience for both kids and adults. 

We got to see these amazing animals interact with each other up close. In the video we got to see Arnold, a baby Orangutan being rescued from a crate where he was being kept illegally. We got to know the rescue team that does this work and how they care for the Orangutans. It's really just amazing to see, it's like your almost right there with them along for the ride.

This DVD gets 4 out of 4 stars from us. It's from PBS, so you know its going to be quality product. Don't just take my word for it. Go out and get your copy on October 2 and judge for yourself. 

*Please note that I received a copy of the DVD so I could give my fair and honest opinion. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced in any way.*


Christy Maurer October 1, 2012 at 3:21 PM  

I love this! I love that he got rescued. I would love to watch :) Thanks for sharing!

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