March of the Penguins (Full Screen Edition)
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The plot of the film is extraordinarily simple - the film follows the Emperor Penguins of Antarctica during their annual mating and rearing cycle. It is framed from start to finish in terms of the march - the march from the sea to the mating spot, the march to return to the sea for food, the march again for rearing the young, and the march again finally to return to the sea.
There is a great deal of humour and grace; penguins are gentle beings, vulnerable to predators and to the hazards of the winter - despite being fashioned for some of the coldest climates on earth, they nonetheless require warmth, particularly for their eggs and the hatchlings. In the severe cold and far-below-zero windchills, many do not make it, and the one negative side of the film for me was a somewhat constant lingering on this downside. While it is a part of nature, it still becomes a bit more tragic in the cycle of the film than it needs to be. As this is billed as a family film, I worried that some of the children viewing might be more emotionally upset at this than they needed to be.
Still, the details presented are fascinating, and it is a true testament to filmmaking that these shots and images were captured as dramatically, humourously, gracefully and beautifully as they were.
This film has 'Academy Award' written all over it, in many categories. Cinematography, musical score, directing, documentary - these are only some of the categories in which this film is likely to get a nod.Read more ›
It's no surprise that life on the Antarctic continent is a rather harsh affair, but it's amazing to see just how hard life truly is for the Emperor Penguin. It would seem, though, that this is the way they want it. Every autumn, hundreds and hundreds of these creatures leave their ocean homes to trek no less than seventy miles to their ancient breeding ground far inside the Antarctic interior. Once they arrive, the males and females form up in monogamous pairs. Once an egg is laid, the female and male take part in an elaborate dance by which the egg is transferred from the female to the male. Each precious egg can only survive mere moments in the harsh Antarctic cold, so the transfer process must be done efficiently - there is only one try. Not all transfers are successful, and even Mr.Read more ›
Every once in a while, a movie is made that is quite good in the sense that it is above the average quality of releases, but garners so much mass attention that it is praised well beyond what it deserves. It is definitely the case that, compared to the usual drivel that Hollywood cynically aims at "dumb-ographics," this is deserving of far greater attention. However, compared to the many great movies, some from Hollywood and many independently made, this picture's mediocrity runs the risk of turning potential new audiences (who are either unable or unwilling to see independent film) off of the cinematic world beyond Hollywood, since they expect to see something really great -- among the best of what independent media has produced all year -- when it is really just alright.
This hype is not the fault of the makers of the film, but the quality of it is. Simply put, this documentary about the penguin life cycle too self-consciously tries to be cute. Through heavy edits and a narration by Morgan Freeman, the story feels forced, downright manipulative, and unnatural -- much like an old episode of Lorne Greene's "New Wilderness." It was sweet but not very touching.
Now, "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" has a similar point -- to explain how "human" a certain group of birds are. Yet it does this with much more success. The drama is far more genuine, as the emotions come from the people involved with the birds and their interpretations of the birds' moods. Also, the impressive footage serves to honestly and subtly accentuate the story. "Wild Parrots" is easily the best documentary of the year (about humans and/or animals).
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This story will make you cry. If you think your life is hard watch this moviePublished 4 months ago by macduff1958
My two year old grandson absolutely LOVES this movie. He L O V E S it. He carries around with him everywhere and asks to watch it all the time.Published 4 months ago by Dan Steel
I have not watched this BluRay but I have seen it on TV. One of the best documentaries I've seenPublished 15 months ago by Brian A Palmer
Watched this with my granddaughter and also with two adults, we all agree this is a fascinating story, scenery is just the best.Published on Feb. 11 2014 by Stephanie
I saw partial segments of this documentary on CNN a few weeks ago and I was completely moved by the Empire Penguins and their life on one of the most harshest landscapes on our... Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2014 by Sherry Ripper
Love the video and tha film was so enlightening about the penquinsand how they live and care for the young.Published on Jan. 29 2014 by Billie L. Manjin
We had seen this before but wanted to own it for our movie collection. It arrived at our door in excellent condition and arrived fast. They are a good bit to buy from again.Published on Jan. 19 2014 by Ladyonwheels