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March of the Penguins [Blu-ray] (2007)

Luc Jacquet  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (603 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Luc Jacquet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (603 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3SSA8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "March of the Penguins [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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March of the Penguins instantly qualifies as a wildlife classic, taking its place among other extraordinary films like Microcosmos and Winged Migration. French filmmaker Luc Jacquet and his devoted crew endured a full year of extreme conditions in Antarctica to capture the life cycle of Emperor penguins on film, and their diligence is evident in every striking frame of this 80-minute documentary. Narrated in soothing tones by Morgan Freeman, the film focuses on a colony of hundreds of Emperors as they return, in a single-file march of 70 miles or more, to their frozen breeding ground, far inland from the oceans where they thrive. At times dramatic, suspenseful, mischievous and just plain funny, the film conveys the intensity of the penguins' breeding cycle, and their treacherous task of protecting eggs and hatchlings in temperatures as low as 128 degrees below zero. There is some brief mating-ritual violence and sad moments of loss, but March of the Penguins remains family-friendly throughout, and kids especially will enjoy the Antarctic blue-ice vistas and the playful, waddling appeal of the penguins, who can be slapstick clumsy or magnificently graceful, depending on the circumstances. A marvel of wildlife cinematography, this unique film offers a front-row seat to these amazing creatures, balancing just enough scientific information with the entertaining visuals. --Jeff Shannon

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In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey - a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, in freezing cold temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love.

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390 of 426 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cold Life of Emperor Penguins September 29, 2005
Format:DVD
I chose to see "March of the Penguins" as a diversion to a 100+ degree day, and saw that cold weather is worse than hot weather. Now, in the brisk part of autumn, it still holds up.

Penguins from several areas of Antarctica converge on land, safe from predators and the ebbing ice shelf. They are there to mate, birth, and care for their chick.

Monogamous for that year, penguins pair up and the mother lays an egg.

The mother dashes off back to the sea, which, thanks to the winter and new ice, is as far as 70 miles. She's starving, having lost one-third of her weight in laying the egg. The trip is long, and she's not fast. Hungry seals await them, some penguins lose their way, and some are too exhausted to continue.

Well-fed, full of food for her chick, she returns, and the father makes the same trip so he can eat. The father stayed behind to incubate the egg, and protect the new chick. He has lost one half of his weight.

The pair trade places a few more times as winter plods on. With temperatures 80 below zero, and winds up to 125, I felt cold just watching. The penguins huddle to keep warm, rotating which must do outside duty.

Morgan Freeman narrates. His voice does not overcome the story. Better written than any documentary I have ever seen, Freeman respects the script. Having never seen a documentary in a theater before, I was impressed at how well it worked on the big screen.

There is no plot, even though there is a beginning and an end. Unlike many documentaries, it does not detail the intricacies of eating, mate choosing, or science of penguin living. It is more about watching the arduous life cycle, with some explaining what we are watching.
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234 of 255 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing September 30, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Morgan Freeman narrates this beautiful, moving, sometimes sad, often beautiful documentary (that actually does well on the big screen). There are no big stars in this, just thousands of the cutest most beautiful little guys you could think of. They are amazing animals and this depicts the life cycle of them and the way they live facing brutally cold conditions, attacks by seals, and the heartbreak they suffer (like humans) when chicks die or are taken from them. This is brilliant and unlike any other documentary I've seen. It captivated me from start to end and it's a must see. Listening to Morgan Freemans soothing voice is so pleasant and he was easily the best choice to narrate this. Go see this. I highly, highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all ages November 26, 2005
Format:DVD
Excellent cinematography, nice story/narration.

This movie follows the emperor penguins through a mating season, showing the hardships they deal with and the techniques they use to survive these challenges.

They obviously went out of their way to make it suitable for all, avoiding lingering on anything that might disturb children - we brought children ages 1, 3, 5, 7, and 8, and none were upset by anything. For example, they show a predator bird chasing baby penguins, and all get away except one, and they cut away after it is caught but before it is killed. There is also a short scene of a seal swimming around looking for a penguin, and later you see it in the distance with a penguin in its mouth.

I'm definitely opposed to exposing children to anything inappropriate (which is almost every movie these days), but personally think the little exposure here can only be healthy rather than harmful. If a child is old enough to understand a penguin got eaten, I think they are old enough to learn that yes, animals are sometimes supposed to eat other animals. This is about as gentle an introduction to that that I can imagine.

Most of the scenes are penguins interacting with each other, nurturing the little ones, huddling together, etc.

It is light on narration - not a lot of detail/depth. The director lets the penguins do their thing for the camera. The soundtrack was well done, complementing the movie rather than overpowering or dominating it. In fact, I hardly noticed it most of the time I was so busy watching the scenery.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a blu-ray material March 2, 2008
Format:Blu-ray
No offence to the Oscar winning documentary. I love the story but it was not shot in HD and they didn't even try to covert it. The picture quality is about the same as the regular DVD upconvert at its best. Huge disappointment!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars film, 3 Stars Picture/Sound Quality April 2, 2007
Format:HD DVD
First things first; this is a great film! If you want to view my comments on it, check my DVD review from a couple years ago. I'm here to discuss the HD DVD. Frankly, if you already own the DVD, don't waste your money on the HD version. There is virtually no improvement in picture quality, at least from what I could decipher, over the DVD. Why? Because the film itself was shot with crappy, grainy, low resolution film to give it that "documentary" look. Seriously...you'll be as surprised as I was when you watch it to see that it looks virtually identical to the DVD version. I was really looking forward to high-def penguins; for great visuals of penguins, "Happy Feet" on HD DVD is the one to buy (correction: rent; it's an abominable film). For a great film, if you don't already own "March of the Penguins" on DVD, buy the HD DVD version. Just don't expect to be blown away. I haven't seen the Blu-Ray, but I would imagine that the PQ is exactly the same.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, especially about how they can find their ...
Very interesting, especially about how they can find their mate and child in a huge crowd of penguins in sub-zero temperatures!
Published 4 days ago by Lynne F. Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the movie great choice
Published 13 days ago by Marilyn Parks
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is my ambien. Morgan Freeman's narration literally ...
This movie is my ambien. Morgan Freeman's narration literally puts me to sleep. Very soothing for the insomniac.
Published 18 days ago by Brokenunity
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a excellent movie!
Again, this should be 4 1/2 or possibly even 4 3/4 if at all possible. It is a excellent movie!
Published 26 days ago by Michael G. Murphy
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is not what I expected, but I was very pleased with realism...
This DVD movie was delivered quickly and in excellent condition. This movie is not what I expected, but I was very pleased with this story that follows the life of penguins in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DHess
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie!
Published 1 month ago by amir
5.0 out of 5 stars I had towatch March of the Penguins for a class assignment
I had to watch March of the Penguins for a class assignment. It was very informative. Loved it completely. Learned a great deal about penguins.
Published 1 month ago by Viola Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love penguins!! Great movie!
Published 1 month ago by Gunner
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I have no complaints.
Published 1 month ago by mlmpoet
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