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March Of The Penguins (2005) - Oscar® Winner!

Director: Luc Jacquet     Starring: Freeman,Morgan
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Format: DVD
Sku: 201992027
UPC: 012569736573
UPC 14: 00012569736573
Category Keywords: Animal Kingdom  Nature  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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As Told By Morgan Freeman|As Told by Morgan Freeman.
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 leader...to adventure!

"Astonishing!  David Ansen, Newsweek
"Amazing!  Roger Ebert, Ebert & Roeper
"Riveting!  Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"Miraculous!  J.P. Sarni, Sirious Satellite Radio
"Unbelievable!  Rex Reed, The New York Observer
"A delightful, wholesome experience for the family.  Desson Thomson, The Washington Post
"Astonishing!  David Anser, Newsweek
"A perfect family movie...one of the most eye-ravishing documentaries ever made.  David Denby, The New Yorker
"Miraculous!  J.P. Sarni, Sirius Satellite Radio

Editor's Note
Coming from a French director, Luc Jacquet, the miraculous MARCH OF THE PENGUINS would have to be a love story. And so it is. The film explores the mating rituals of the emperor penguin, one of the most resilient animals on earth. Each summer, after a nourishing period of deep-sea feeding, the penguins pop up onto the ice and begin their procession across the frozen tundra of Antarctica. Walking doggedly in single file, they are a sight to behold. Hundreds converge from every direction, moving instinctively toward their mating ground. Once there, they mingle and chatter until they find the perfect mate--a monogamous match that will last a year, through the brutal winter and into the spring. During that time, the mother will give birth to an egg and then leave for the ocean to feed again. The father will stay to protect the egg through the freezing blizzards and pure darkness of winter, which would be deadly to practically any other species. Finally, with spring, the egg hatches and the baby penguins are born. Mothers return from the sea to reunite with their families and feed the starving newborns, while the fathers are finally relieved of their protective duties after months without food. This remarkable story is narrated by Morgan Freeman, whose dignified voice gives the penguins the grave admiration they deserve. But even more incredible is the photography, which shows the penguins hunting underwater, sliding on the ice, and even what definitely looks like kissing. At one point the camera even zooms inside the mouth of a penguin as it regurgitates food for its young. A story of love and, more strikingly, survival, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS is a stirring, eye-opening, and educational experience.
Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Featurettes, French, Spanish Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/10/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 80 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 73657
Video UPC UPC: 00012569736573
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Luc Jacquet - Director
Video Cast Info Luc Jacquet, et. al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Morgan Freeman - Narrated By
Video Cast Info Alex Wurman - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Emilie Simon - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Ilann Girard - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jean-Christophe Barret - Producer
Video Cast Info Jerome Maison - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Jordan Roberts, et. al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Laurent Chalet - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Luc Jacquet - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info Sabine Emiliani - Editor

Awards


Nominee (2006)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Laurent Chalet, Jerome Maison, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Sabine Emiliani, Best Editing

Winner (2006)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Luc Jacquet, Yves Darondeau, Best Documentary, Features

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"MARCH OF THE PENGUINS makes a compelling case for celebrating the glory of all living things..." 06/24/2005 p.143

New York Times
"The feeling that these creatures are brave, indomitable souls surviving unimaginable physical hardship for the sake of their families is inescapable." 06/24/2005 p.E21

Los Angeles Times
"[A]s uplifting as anything you will find in theaters as the birds' struggle encompasses all the elements of great drama." 06/24/2005 p.E8

USA Today
"A cinematic experience that is dazzlingly different from anything currently in theaters, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS captivates with its straightforward but powerful story of dogged determination, survival against harsh odds and sacrifice." 06/24/2005 p.5E

Rolling Stone
"[A] wondrous look at the emperor penguins of Antarctica....Morgan Freeman provides the sturdy narration." 08/25/2005 p.112

Sight and Sound
"This is a story about biological imperative, albeit an extraordinary and impressive one, superbly filmed under the most extreme conditions." 12/01/2005 p.70-71

Premiere
3 stars out of 4 -- "[B]est appreciated on its simplest level. That is, as a nature documentary. One with neat-looking penguins who exist in a realm that has very little to do with humankind." 12/01/2005 p.185

Uncut
"[A] surprising, endearing and cuddly underdog triumph..." 01/01/2006 p.132

Rolling Stone
Ranked #25 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "[M]agnificently filmed....Popular favorite for the year's best documentary." 12/01/2005 p.98

Ultimate DVD
3 stars out of 5 -- "Certainly it's a gripping tale....Taking us to a place many will never visit, a naturallly spectacular icy wasteland that plummets to 80 degrees below zero." 08/01/2007 p.91

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 6 of 10
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!") - James Berardinelli

Reel.com 8 of 10
...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. - Pam Grady

Salon.com 9 of 10
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. - Stephanie Zacharek

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Freeman,Morgan
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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