Every year an incredible journey takes place that takes on
the extreme elements of the most remote and desolate place on Earth. This
is a story of survival, dedication and most of all love as the dangers and
climate of the Antarctic continent can claim lives and devastate families.
This is not a human story however, this is story of the emperor penguins
and their return to their breeding grounds.
Winner of countless awards including an Oscar, 'March of the
Penguins' has taken the box office by storm but is this story of the Antarctic
survival enough to keep you attention?
The success of the French documentary 'March of the Penguins'
around the world has been phenomenal but here in the UK, the movie is absolutely
nothing new and could be interpreted as slightly boring. The problem that
for anyone who has grown up in the UK, they have been spoiled by the best
natural history unit in the world, lead by Sir David Attenborough for the
Throughout his career, Sir David Attenborough and his natural
history team have covered most of the planet's wildlife in far more detail
and even more stunning cinematography. The BBC has covered the plight of
the Emperor Penguin and its dedication and devotion to its single chick
more than once and this movie pales in comparison.
The film may not be in the same league as anything by the
BBC, this should not take anything away from what director Luc Jacquet and
his team have accomplished. The story of the Emperor Penguins has always
been a fascinating one and the director brings this tale to life with a
great deal of dedication. The only problem is that the story isn't really
feature film material.
How long can the audience watch these majestic creatures walk
across the frozen wastes or see them standing, huddled together to survive
the bitter cold. This is fascinating at first but the filmmakers spend far
too much time repeating themselves because the penguins don't actually do
that much except wait around and incubate the egg until it hatches.
'March of the Penguins' might have been a hit around the
world but in the UK it is just an average nature documentary. There is much
to enjoy here, especially the narration by Morgan Freeman but would have
been a much better experience as a TV documentary than a film one.
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with Dolby Digital
5.1, the movie is presented well.
Of Penguins and Men (53.43 mins)
Cinematographer Jérôme Maison narrates a documentary about how he and fellow
cameraman Laurent Chalet recorded the footage over a year in Antarctica.
Here we discover what they had to go through to film these devoted birds
and how they had to follow them through extreme conditions in some of the
most hazardous terrain on the planet. This documentary is, in fact more
interesting than the main feature and complements it extremely well, making
it a much better watch.
National Geographic's Crittercam: Emperor Penguins (21.34
An overly flashy and far too simple programme from the US gives you the
basic details about the effect of climate change on Antarctica and its wildlife.
From the US McMurdo Base, we discover how the crittercam works and watch
can be discovered from the footage. This is watchable but no way as good
as the French material.
8 Ball Bunny (7.07 mins)
Why a Bugs Bunny cartoon is part of the DVD package is anyone's guess but
no one will complain at the inclusion of a classic Looney Tune.
Watch the promotional trailer for the movie. Trailers Watch previews of
'The Polar Express' and 'Happy Feet'
Warner Bros. has done a really good job with the DVD for 'March
of the Penguins'. The 'Of Penguins and Men' documentary is actually better
than the main feature and National Geographic featurette is watchable. Fans
of the film should be very pleased.
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