- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 23 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 28, 2008
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: New Video Group
- 2-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Collectors Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Behind the Scenes
- Music Video: "Ballad of the Brooklyn Parrots"
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- "Urban Legends"
- "Origins of the Flock"
- "Special Homage to Connor"
- "Please Don't Feed the Birds"
- "Parrots Around the World"
- CALIFORNIA QUAIL
- CHRISTMAS AT THE BAIT SHOP
- 19 ARRESTS, NO CONVICTIONS
- Mark Bittner's Home Movies
- Flock Updates
- Mark Bittner and Judy Irving Update
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 02/11/2005
"[An] affectionate film....By the end of the movie, you might even begin reconsidering your relationship with the animal kingdom and questioning the distance you put between yourself and nonhuman species."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/29/2005
"[I]n watching the birds and man with an affectionate, curious eye, the filmmaker builds a story of surprising emotional resonance."
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/01/2005
"Mark Bittner is calm, intelligent, confiding, wise and well-spoken. You would be happy to count him as your friend."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2006
"A nature film-maker by trade, Irving films the birds at close quarters, and these vivid, characterful close-ups act like illustrations to the intimate backstory that Bittner assigns each parrot."
An uncommon bond between man and nature is the focus of Judy Irving's wonderful and informative documentary, THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL. The film follows Mark Bittner, an unemployed aging hippie, who lives off the kindness of strangers in the titular San Francisco neighborhood. His life takes on new meaning when he starts feeding a flock of wild Conures, a breed of parrot noted for its green body and cherry-red head. Native to Argentina, the birds soon feel comfortable enough to feed while perched all over Mr. Bittner. Being outcasts who yearn to remain free, a mutual respect is born between them. Daily routine soon leads to growing crowds of curious passersby, as Bittner becomes something of a local celebrity. Based on his up-close observations, Bittner gains some keen insight into the behavior of individual birds, giving them names. The resulting portraits of Connor, Mingus, Olive, Pushkin, Picasso, Sophie, and Tupelo prove that these amazing creatures deserve star credit in their own right. WILD PARROTS features some incredible close-ups, rare in-depth glimpses into the unique and often amusing habits and activities of one flock of parrots, and a surprise ending.
Description by New Video Group:
In a celebration of urban wildness comes this 2-disc collector's edition of one of the most heartwarming and beloved docs of all time, THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL.
This wonderful film tells the true story of a local bohemian, Mark Bittner and his remarkable relationship with a flock of wild red and green parrots. Following the ups-and-downs of these wild birds within the green nooks of San Francsico our endearing guide befriends, feeds and names the members of the flock. Among them are Connor, the lonely blue-crowned conure; Picasso and Sophie, an affectionate couple who love to cuddle; Pushkin, a single father who raises three babies on his own; and Mingus, a cherry-headed conure who tries to join the flock, but, hobbled by a crippled leg, comes to live with Mark Bittner in his house instead.
Packed with romance, comedy and a surprise ending that "makes you feel like you could fly out of the theater" (San Jose Mercury News), this special collector's edition includes a fully illustrated companion booklet with an excerpt from Mark Bittner's best selling book by the same name, as well as a bonus disc loaded with over 100 minutes of new material including updates on the San Francisco flock, Mark Bittner, and Judy Irving; a music video "Ballad of the Brooklyn Parrots;" outtakes; two new films by director Judy Irving plus much, much, more.
- Theatrical Release: FEBRUARY 11, 2005 (NY)