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March of the Penguins (Full Screen Edition)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing! Nov. 22 2005
I have long been an admirer of penguins, so when this film was released in the cinema, my friends variously and collectively rushed to inform me of the film. I went to see it, and was amazed.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can learn a lot from a penguin Sept. 9 2006
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
The Oscar winner for Best Documentary, March of the Penguins actually earned more at the box office (to the tune of over 77 million dollars) than four of the five movies nominated for Best Picture. It may be a wildlife documentary, but it is definitely a theatrical experience. With its gorgeous cinematography and impeccable narration by the acclaimed Morgan Freeman, it can't help but impress, but the stars of the show are the Emperor Penguins of Antarctica, truly one of the most amazing species of animals on the planet. These aren't just little guys in tuxedoes who waddle around and sometimes fall down for our amusement; these are incredibly sensitive, intelligent creatures who truly reveal the wonders of Creation in the form of their uniquely challenging lives. Anyone who says that animals have no souls hasn't looked into the eyes of a single animal; emotions that some consider uniquely human are revealed for all to see in March of the Penguins.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE URGE TO MERGE... July 24 2006
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is a fascinating and visually stunning documentary, narrated by the mellifluent Morgan Freeman. In it, the filmmakers capture the yearly march of the Emperor Penguins to their breeding grounds, an arduous seventy mile trek inland from the sea from which the penguins emerge. Single file, the hundreds of penguins march onward, knowing that some of them may fall by the wayside. Still, they march on.

When the penguins get to their destination, the mating ritual begins. All this takes place in Antarctica, one of the most inhospitable regions on earth. Despite driving blizzards, extreme temperatures, lack of food, and other hardships, the Emperor Penguins let nothing deter them from their set course and the propagation of their species.

With its spectacular cinematography, this is a fantastic, must see film for all those who love documentaries and nature films. Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and educational film June 15 2006
This acclaimed documentary follows penguins in Antarctica over a nine-month period, beginning with a grueling, 70-mile march to their ancestral breeding ground. Once there, they find mates and each couple produces a single egg. The males protect the egg and baby chick while the females return to the sea to feed for a month. The parents take turns babysitting until one day, they just turn and walk away, leaving the young alone. Driven by instinct and hunger, the chicks march to the sea and begin their lives as sea creatures.

This is a lovely movie. It doesn't show anything that hasn't been shown before, but the extreme close-ups and leisurely pacing makes it very satisfying, there is a lilting soundtrack, and Morgan Freeman's gentle and soothing narration is exceptional. "March" is a thoroughly enjoyable family film and the extra features, showing how the filmmakers worked in the Antarctic are fun to watch. I had avoided seeing this movie because I expected lots of tragic scenes of predators gobbling up defenseless penguins, but, happily, that is minimized. Heartily recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true family Must See
Watched this with my granddaughter and also with two adults, we all agree this is a fascinating story, scenery is just the best.
Published 7 months ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad i have this in my DVD library!
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 more
Published 7 months ago by Sherry Ripper
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well received and really liked it
Love the video and tha film was so enlightening about the penquinsand how they live and care for the young.
Published 7 months ago by Billie L. Manjin
5.0 out of 5 stars Again a great movie!
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 8 months ago by Ladyonwheels
5.0 out of 5 stars March of the Penguins
Educational and entertaining.The perfect gift for both young and old. The cinematography was stunning and transported the viewers to the Antarctica.
Published 9 months ago by Chris graham
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent content, but I medium image quality
Before buy this Blu-ray you have to consider that they shot the images of this documentary without HD cameras. So, don't expect a typical high definition video. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cesar
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks like new!
The item looks superb and arrived promptly. Will definitely buy again in the future. 2nd hand still looks new. Cheap platform to buy blu-ray
Published 20 months ago by Ricky Yin Ka Chu
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement.
Too many people borrowed my last copy and wore it out. Fast professional service.

lets hope it lasts longer than the previous copy. No more lending.
Published 22 months ago by Uncle Roy
3.0 out of 5 stars incredible, but...
This film provides great insight into the life of the emperor penguin but I think it would be better in a series format, i.e. about half as long; I prefer Winged Migration
Published on May 28 2012 by G. Raposo
5.0 out of 5 stars March of the Penquins DVD
Shipment and receipt of DVD was expedited efficiently and quickly. The DVD was in excellent condition, like new off the retailer's shelf
Published on Dec 9 2011 by jo S
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