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March of the Penguins/On the Wings of Penguins (2009)

Charles Berling , Romane Bohringer , Luc Jacquet  |  G |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer
  • Directors: Luc Jacquet
  • Writers: Jordan Roberts
  • Producers: Yves Darondeau, Christophe Lioud, Emmanuel Priou, Ilann Girard
  • Format: Box set, Color, Limited Edition, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FM0D8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,123 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This limited gift set also includes the film "On The Wings Of Penguins," A Penguin Plush Toy, and a collection of Penguin photo cards.

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Format:Theatrical Release
Finally, finally...someone realizes that a good nature movie can be as suspenseful and endearing as any animated film. This one will have the kids begging to see it again and again - and with good reason (I wanted to see it again too).

The plot, such as it is, involves the real-life struggle of the Emperor penguins as they wander through the coldest part of the world, where temperatures can reach minus 50 degrees.

Their goal? To find a mate and, hopefully, create a new life.

But to reach that goal, some must fall along the way and the rest must persevere in the most difficult of circumstances, weathering blizzards, predators and the constant struggle for food.

Although I found the penguins endearing (as did the children in our family) this might be a bit too intense for young children who are extremely sensitive, since there are some life and death struggles, not all of them with happy endings. So trust your judgment on this or just see the film once before taking a younger child.

I don't want to give away the plot but there are some heartbreaking scenes as well as some that moved me to tears, including the loving and tender moments between the penguins and their babies. But again, the painful moments may be too intense for the youngest children. It is, however, a film that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime, if not many times. Truly one of the best of the year!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Uplifting, And Poignant August 5, 2005
Format:Theatrical Release
"March of the Penguins" is the best film I have seen this year. The story is essentially one of the drive of Emperor penguins to reproduce in the harshest conditions imaginable. The film is wonderfully narrated by Morgan Freeman, and is equally beautiful, exciting, and sad. Any true-to-life nature documentary is bound to have uplifting and triumphant moments, and this movie is full of them. The sheer determination of the penguins to raise their chicks against insurmountable odds is amazing and inspirational: at times the birds seem almost human in their range of emotions and behaviors.

Of course, any realistic nature documentary also has sad moments, and this film is no exception: in an environment as harsh as Antarctica some of the penguins don't survive the rigors of the winter, and when that happens it is almost unbearable to watch the seemingly human emotions and reactions of the survivors.

The photography and cinematography are utterly amazing and my hat is off to Luc Jacquet and crew for braving the elements to capture this rarely seen and touching spectacle on film and bringing it to the big screen. Some younger children may be upset by the deaths scenes of the penguins (and they are genuinely heartbreaking), even though I think Jacquet did a good job of explaining it as part of the natural life cycle.

This is a beautiful and memorable film that must really be seen in the theater to fully appreciate. I recommend it highly to everyone except especially young and sensitive children. "G" rated films seldom do well at the box office, but this one definitely deserves to: I can't imagine an intelligent adult who wouldn't be moved by this film.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Icy Brilliant Narrative of Antarctic Love... July 20, 2005
Format:Theatrical Release
In the harshest environment in the world, Antarctica, an amazing gathering accumulates once a year in the name of love. This love is for the purpose of continued survival, as it demands a vast number of the largest penguins in the world, the Emperor penguin, to wander across the snowy and icy desert where minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit could be considered a warm day at the beach. These penguins, which could reach a height of four feet, travel up to 70 miles on wobbly stumpy legs and do belly slides in order to reach the point where their species has met for mating through several millennia.

It is a long journey that the penguins undertake to find a mate for one single season with whom they strive to nurture one egg into a new hatched life. This is a journey that could easily cost the penguins' lives, as freezing weather selects those who have fallen behind, or commenced their journey too late, to fall under bone-chilling gales and blizzards. Through the opportunity to observe these penguins a notion rises that the penguins must coexists with nature in a delicate balance where life and death weigh equal. Death cannot be considered a cruel enemy stalking them for the purpose of evil, but as an opportunity for natural selection to take its course and strengthen the Emperor penguins position in nature.

From the safe distance of an air conditioned theater the audience can observe several penguins struggling for survival. It is a rough cinematic journey to see these penguins struggling for survival against the freezing weather, starvation, and predators. In some aspects, it even seems absurd in the perspective of a being a human. Yet, it is within the illogical reasoning out of a humans point of view that mankind must realize its powerful position in the global ecosystem.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! A beautiful film. July 30, 2005
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Format:Theatrical Release
First, I'll deal with a negative point. I think they should have rated it PG, because a lot of people thought it was a kid's film and took their kids. There was a mating scene that might make kids ask questions. They also showed a chick being killed by an albatross-like bird and showed chicks freezing. I thought for these reasons it should have been rated PG. However, for well-grounded, well-prepared kids, this film might amuse them. Just be careful about those scenes.

Now, onto the film itself. I thought it was undeniably brilliant. They showed the penguins' tenderness towards mates and chicks without turning it into a Disney-ish "penguins are little people" kind of thing. They also dealt matter-of-factly with death, predation, and violence. However, the film didn't take on a completely gloomy mood. There were many delightfully funny scenes that showed the penguin's comical nature well. They also showed how tender penguins are to their mates and chicks, and how beautiful a penguin family is. They made you feel like you were a penguin wandering back and forth for food and to raise chicks. The scenes with the baby chicks running around were especially delightful.

While not too being saccharine or even trying to humanize the penguins too much, the film still does tug at your heart. It becomes one of those rarities: a documentary with classic-film quality. Throughout the movie, you go through a range of moods and emotions: blissfully happy, sweetly tender, achingly beautiful, and, sometimes, firmly but gently saddening. What I loved best about this film was that it made you feel like you were there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great Gift would recommend it to all. Great value on the purchase and love the plush that was included with the purchase!
Published 15 months ago by A. J. Chubb
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 evil men in the movie
Apparently a group of the people filming allowed 3 penguins to die when they could have easily saved them. They were in a 3 foot deep hole. Read more
Published on January 6, 2006 by J. Ferko
5.0 out of 5 stars Question
The film did not give the name of the Predator bird that took the baby penquin. Who knows the name of that bird who would be in the South Pole at that time of year???
Published on December 29, 2005 by NYCBirder
5.0 out of 5 stars Story of Love and Survival.
There used to be a time when at least one nature documentary was released on a massive national scale about every other year. Read more
Published on October 6, 2005 by tvtv3
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars Just for Making it Through the Winter!
In a place as inhospitable as the Antarctic, almost the entire planet will never know the treacherous nature of this continent during its long winter months. Read more
Published on September 30, 2005 by B. Merritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, breath taking, happy and sad...... Two thumbs up!
Saw this movie today. Great story, filming and the scenery was breath taking.

Morgan Freeman was a great narrator for this film. Read more
Published on September 17, 2005 by Born To Be Wild
4.0 out of 5 stars penguins are precious
I only gave it 4 stars just because of the sadness. Not that there was a lot but some of the scenes they showed I just didn't like seeing. Read more
Published on September 17, 2005 by Movie Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!
I knew virtually nothing about emperor penguins, so this film really amazed me. There really isn't any plot, as this is a documentary film on these birds, how they live and... Read more
Published on September 12, 2005 by PuppyTalk
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing!
I have long been an admirer of penguins, so when this film was released in the cinema, my friends variously and collectively rushed to inform me of the film. Read more
Published on September 11, 2005 by FrKurt Messick
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary.
In a summer featuring mostly lackluster movies, Luc Jacquet's "March of the Penguins" has become a sleeper hit. Why are so many people flocking to a movie about Antarctic birds? Read more
Published on September 5, 2005 by E. Bukowsky
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