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Adventures of the Penguin King (2012)

Rex, a young King Penguin, has been away from his home for three years, learning to hunt in the deep oceans, but now he's back - in Penguin City. His mission: to find a mate, settle down and raise a chick - to become a true Penguin King.

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Rex, a young King Penguin, has been away from his home for three years, learning to hunt in the wild oceans, but now he's back in Penguin City. His mission: to find a mate, settle down and raise a chick. But can he survive the numerous predators and the harsh conditions on an isolated island at the bottom of the world? This is the journey of a typical bachelor King Penguin, from awkward adolescent to accomplished adult. It's a family tale of love and adventure, tragedy and triumph, all told through the charismatic and charming natural actors, the penguins of South Georgia. Written by Cinedigm

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Great Penguins - Poor Production
10 March 2014 | by (Long Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

The Blu-ray for "Adventures of the Penguin King (2012)" has 3 discs: Standard DVD, 2D Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray. This is a review of the 2D Blu-ray. I do not have a 3D TV and have not seen the 3D version of the film.

First of all, this has the worst narration of any nature video I have ever seen. Tim Allen narrates from the first person from the point of view of the penguin. He tries to be comical but instead comes off as juvenile and condescending. Apparently there is a European version that has David Attenborough but that version is not included on the Blu-ray released in the U.S.

Also, the video quality is not up to the normal BBC Nature quality. The contrast is way too high and the colors don't look natural. I was able to correct it to a point by adjusting my television but I could never get it to look as good as my other BBC Nature videos.

Despite those flaws, I still am giving this a 7 rating because it does have some very good footage of King Penguins in high definition. Anyone who loves King Penguins will want to add this to their collection.


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