March Of The Penguins

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Every year, thousands of emperor penguins make an astonishing journey to breed their young. They are birds, but they do not fly. They are aquatic animals, but this time they will not swim. Instead, they walk - marching day and night in single file 70 miles into the darkest, driest and coldest continent on Earth.

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, March of the Penguins is an amazing, awe-inspiring, all-ages, true-life tale touched with humor and alive with thrills. Breathtaking photography captures the transcendent beauty and staggering you-are-there drama of devoted parent penguins who, in the face of the fierce polar winter, take turns guarding their egg and trekking to the ocean in search of food. Predators hunt them, storms lash them. But the safety of their adorable, fuzzy chicks make it all worthwhile. So follow the adventure!


Studio Warner
SKU 201992027
UPC 012569736573
UPC 14 00012569736573
Format DVD
Release Date 2/10/2009
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
Name Freeman,Morgan
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Name Luc Jacquet
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Cast & Crew
Luc Jacquet - Director
Luc Jacquet, et. al. - Screenplay
Morgan Freeman - Narrated By
Alex Wurman - Original Music By
Emilie Simon - Original Music By
Ilann Girard - Executive Producer
Jean-Christophe Barret - Producer
Jerome Maison - Cinematographer
Jordan Roberts, et. al. - Screenplay
Laurent Chalet - Cinematographer
Luc Jacquet - Based On Story By
Sabine Emiliani - Editor
Nominee (2006) British Academy Awards, Laurent Chalet, Jerome Maison, Best Cinematography,British Academy Awards, Sabine Emiliani, Best Editing
Winner (2006) Oscar, Luc Jacquet, Yves Darondeau, Best Documentary, Features
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review March of the Penguins does what all good National Geographic documentaries do: it informs and entertains while providing interesting wildlife footage. Unfortunately, it's not cinematic. The issue isn't whether the film is worth seeing, but whether it's worth the admission fee or the trip to the theater - not when you can see something of roughly equal quality on a half-dozen cable channels. My goal is not to dissuade potential viewers from seeing March of the Penguins, but to suggest that they wait for it to show up on DVD or TV. (National Geographic provided funding, so its eventual destination is not in doubt.) Unlike other, recent naturalistic documentaries (Microcosmos and Winged Migration come to mind), there is little spectacle to be found in March of the Penguins. There are no moments of breathtaking awe. And the narration, read by Morgan Freeman from a script by Jordan Roberts, mixes useful information with half-baked and overwrought melodrama. ("The loss [of the chick] is unbearable!")
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
Review ...Luc Jacquet's wonderful new documentary, March of the Penguins, [is] a film that inspires awe not just from its subjects but also from the harsh conditions under which it was filmed...Jacquet and his crew spent 13 months in Antarctica in order to catch one complete breeding cycle. While the penguins' steadfastness in repeating this harsh cycle over and over again for thousands of years is something of a miracle, Jacquet's dedication in capturing their story is feat in itself...These birds are naturally photogenic, intrinsically comical, and frankly adorable. Jacquet artfully exploits these traits, emphasizing the humor of their clumsy waddle and the way they slide on their bellies when they get tired during their lengthy trip to the breeding ground...what shines through is the penguins charm and the triumph of their survival.
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 8
Review Luc Jacquet's luminous, moving documentary "March of the Penguins" is enough to make you hope there's no such thing as reincarnation: Human beings have it hard enough, but the life of the emperor penguin, one of strife, deprivation and against-all-odds adaptability in one of the most unforgiving corners of the earth, is far rougher...There's more drama, and more heartbreak, in "March of the Penguins" than in most movies that are actually scripted to tug at our feelings. More than once the picture's narrator, Morgan Freeman, notes that the emperor penguin's saga of mating and child rearing is a love story, and while that's an admittedly handy anthropomorphic device, when it comes to understanding why the emperor penguin would go to such great lengths to mate and have babies, the inexplicability of human love may be the only comparison we have.
Reviewer Stephanie Zacharek
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Featurettes, French, Spanish Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Freeman,Morgan
Label Warner Home Video
Video Format DVD
David Ansen, Newsweek Astonishing!
Roger Ebert, Ebert & Roeper Amazing!
Stephen Holden, The New York Times Riveting!
J.P. Sarni, Sirious Satellite Radio Miraculous!
Rex Reed, The New York Observer Unbelievable!
Desson Thomson, The Washington Post A delightful, wholesome experience for the family.
David Anser, Newsweek Astonishing!
David Denby, The New Yorker A perfect family of the most eye-ravishing documentaries ever made.
J.P. Sarni, Sirius Satellite Radio Miraculous!

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