(aka 'Marche de l'empereur ')

Directed by Luc Jacquet
USA
2005

 

  March of the Penguins instantly qualifies as a wildlife classic, taking its place among other extraordinary films like Microcosmos and Winged Migration. French filmmaker Luc Jacquet and his devoted crew endured a full year of extreme conditions in Antarctica to capture the life cycle of Emperor penguins on film, and their diligence is evident in every striking frame of this 80-minute documentary. Narrated in soothing tones by Morgan Freeman, the film focuses on a colony of hundreds of Emperors as they return, in a single-file march of 70 miles or more, to their frozen breeding ground, far inland from the oceans where they thrive. At times dramatic, suspenseful, mischievous and just plain funny, the film conveys the intensity of the penguins' breeding cycle, and their treacherous task of protecting eggs and hatchlings in temperatures as low as 128 degrees below zero. There is some brief mating-ritual violence and sad moments of loss, but March of the Penguins remains family-friendly throughout, and kids especially will enjoy the Antarctic blue-ice vistas and the playful, waddling appeal of the penguins, who can be slapstick clumsy or magnificently graceful, depending on the circumstances. A marvel of wildlife cinematography, this unique film offers a front-row seat to these amazing creatures, balancing just enough scientific information with the entertaining visuals..

Jeff Shannon's review located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 21st, 2005 - Sundance Film Festival

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Distribution Maple Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:20:06 
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.25 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1) 
Subtitles French, None
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Studio: Maple Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette ' Of Penguins and Men' (52:42)

DVD Release Date: November 29th, 2005

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I was much more impressed with the film than the DVD transfer which was not encoded progressively and hence there is visible combing throughout. I suspect that this image is not as vibrant as it could be - at times it looks a shade dull. For the most part though the picture is acceptable especially for tube viewing. Audio sounds quite consistent (only listened to the 2.0 track) and Morgan Freeman was a perfect choice for the narration. Only optional French subtitles but an extensive extra featurette entitled 'Of Penguins and Men' . Not a perfect DVD but an affordable one and the content is worth its purchasing value.

Although I wasn't really in the mood for this when I popped it in - I became a convert pretty quick. A superb wildlife documentary that we highly endorse.  

Gary W. Tooze

 





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