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March of the Penguins [Blu-ray]
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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My second time seeing it. Fascinating. Never disappointed with nature.Published 1 day ago by Patrick Pence
Really really good, but will make you cry in more than one part. You won't want to stop watching it - will keep you captivated.. And emotionalPublished 1 day ago by Jennifer Sanchez
Very educational. Great to show to kids especially if theybare studying penguins in class at school.Published 2 days ago by teachingec
One of my all-time favorite movies. It will keep the interest of adults and kids alike--just have the tissues handy when the males have to leave their baby chicks *sniffle... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Pacific Practitioner
It was very sad for me. Life struggle seems so relentless and not that rewarding for them. Awesome creatures.Published 3 days ago by NM Red
I enjoyed the documentary. This video was very informative on penguins, but the video was short also.Published 4 days ago by Darryl Anderson
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