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March of the Penguins (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Charles Berling , Romane Bohringer , Luc Jacquet  |  G |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (580 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: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (580 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BI5KV0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,350 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "March of the Penguins (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Crittercam: Emperor Penguins--penguin diving and feeding  
  • Of Penguins and Men: The incredible filmmaking process of the movie  
  • "8 Ball Bunny": A classic WB animated short with Bugs Bunny and a penguin  
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

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.

DVD Features:
Documentaries:CRITTERCAM : EMPEROR PENGUINS: penguin diving and feeding
Documentary:OF MEN AND PENGUINS: The incredible filmmaking process of the movie
Other:8 BALL BUNNY: A classic WB animated short with Bugs Bunny and a penguin

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387 of 424 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cold Life of Emperor Penguins September 29, 2005
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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233 of 254 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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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a blu-ray material March 2, 2008
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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all ages November 26, 2005
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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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.'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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1.0 out of 5 stars Animal Abuse
The director of this movie, Luc Jacquet, is known for abusing animals - even killing them for the right screen shot. It appears that he is merely using animals to make money. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Voltaire
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought me to tears
What a wonderful documentary. My boyfriend recommended me to watch this and I wasn't disappointed. It was such a touching story on penguins and I will never look at them the same... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jennifer Hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and educational
If you are going to have your children watch tv, these are great. We do not do TV time, but we do like sound in the background. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular
What a beautiful film and interesting information on the life of Emperor penguins. Morgan Freeman does an excellent job narrating this film. Cinema photography was outstanding.
Published 1 month ago by Eureka Book Company
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie measures up to Emperor Penguin.
Great story for children and adults a like. You learn a lot just from watching and hearing Morgan Freeman narrate the information.
Published 1 month ago by Debbie McKnight
5.0 out of 5 stars New Life!
My life metaphorically.This is a love story. This is a story about tenderness. This is a story about survival. ---- under the harshest conditions on earth. Read more
Published 1 month ago by walker lewis ijams
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but not worth the upgrade to Blu-ray.
4 stars for the movie itself and 2 stars for the Blu-ray picture quality. If you already have the DVD you may not want to spend the extra money. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Duran
5.0 out of 5 stars love
showed this after reading a book about penguins in my classroom. This movie showed so much background on penguins and the harsh weather conditions.
Published 1 month ago by MLP
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Entertaining, educational, and one of the best nature films we've seen. Our grand kids watched the whole thing and loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Randal L. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
My boyfriend and I so enjoyed this movie. Really beautiful and touching. Amazing that these beautiful birds have survived such cold temperatures and a joy to peek into their... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Naylor
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