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March of the Penguins

4.4 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

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March of the Penguins Limited Edition Giftset (DVD)

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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  • Actors: Morgan Freeman
  • Directors: Luc Jacquet
  • Producers: Yves Darondeau, Ilann Girard, Christophe Lioud, Emmanuel Priou
  • Format: Box set, Color, Limited Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • 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 (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FM0D8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Kcorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 24, 2005
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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"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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A Kid's Review on July 30, 2005
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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Ill agree with the other reviews, this is an exceptional

film. On paper it doesn't really sound like much as it's

about Penguins but really it's more than that, it chronicles

the survival of animal species that might be extinct. A species

that really battles to live amidst terrible conditions.

I also saw Winged Migration a year ago and I saw the same

similarities, Winged was beautifully filmed, explained,

and edited, so is this film. Really.

Hollywood should take a clue from Luc Jacquet since they're

too bush churning out crappy remakes as of late and not

putting enough emphasis on ORIGINALITY and here's a big

secret HEART and GOOD TASTE.

It's filmed in Antarctica too so youngsters who haven't

seen the aware or seen too much study in these species

will get a great lesson here. In fact this documentary

would provide great lessons plans and viewing for kids

in school amidst the boring , textual confines of their

elementary school. I'd definitely show it to my kids

if I had any or if I was a teacher.

Definitely a must see, highly recommended.!!
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