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  • Actors: Queen Latifah
  • Directors: Sarah Robertson, Adam Ravetch
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013LQRHA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,343 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Two narratives -- the life cycle of a mother walrus and her calf, and the life of a polar bear and her cubs -- are used to illustrat e the harsh realities of existence in the Arctic.

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The frozen Arctic is home to polar bears and walruses, two very different types of animals whose struggle to survive against the elements is only being made more difficult by a changing climate. Directors Adam Ravetech and Sarah Robertson filmed walruses and polar bears in the Arctic for 15 years in order to create this amazing story about the lives of Nanu the baby polar bear and a newborn walrus dubbed Seelah. Striking footage from land and sea is combined with effective narration by Queen Latifah and pop music by Joby Talbot to chronicle these creatures' lives from the babies' first days of existence, through two years of training in hunting and fighting by their respective mothers and the changes in the icy world that are necessitating new adaptations by these animals, and a contemplation of the chances of both species' continued survival.

Like March of the Penguins, the footage of the animals of the Arctic and the formation and breaking up of the ice is exquisite, but perhaps even more striking is the clear evidence of climate change in the delayed formation of the ice in the autumn and its progressively earlier thawing and breaking up each spring. The polar bears' and walruses' resilience and instinctual ability to adapt and change in the face of the negative effects of global warming in order to survive is stressed, and viewers are left pondering why man cannot similarly adapt and change his ways in order to positively affect the world.--Tami Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By threefindouters on 21 Dec. 2008
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A fantastic film. Funny and entertaining - Nanu's little brother was a little treasure - but very moving too, especially the death of Nanu's brother. The walruses are hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This film really opens your eyes about these creatures,especially the walrus. These creatures are more family orientated then some humans are today! What I will never understand though is how people film these films and just watch an animal die. I know you are not supposed to interfere with nature but one of the purposes of this film is to highlight the plight of animals like these and to follow and film a cub dying of starvation is to me inhumane, especially when at the end of the day it is going to earn the film makers BIG money. Also the bit at the end with the USA children,about how we could all do our bit about global warming and the environment etc is a bit hypocritical seeing as the US is one of the bigggest polluters!
Fantastic shots and arctic scenery though.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GetGar on 13 Feb. 2012
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If it wasn't for the incredibly low price on Amazon, this would be a two star. This film is at the low end of National Geographic films. The narration is dull. The music is terrible and adds nothing to the film. We had to turn down the volume whenever one of the awful amateur songs came on. While I admire the filmmakers for their dedication, the final product feels manufactured for the "March of the Penguins" audience. In fairness to the filmmakers for the unique walrus footage, I give it a 3 star rating but this is not one the best from National Geographic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Edgecombe on 21 May 2010
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This is ideal for children and adults. It shows how global warming is afecting the planet and causing problems to animals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roberto G. on 9 Mar. 2009
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Tender and dramatic at the same time. A movie to see, to think about what the man do with nature.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Maelstrom Fan on 4 Dec. 2008
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a beautiful film in a similar vein to march of the penguins. Stunning scenery and camera work, an educational and fun treat for all the family- especially when the walrus pass wind!!! Great music and a super commentary from the very lovely queen latifah. Recommended for all ages- especially for Christmas
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cecilia Collins on 18 Jun. 2010
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A beautiful and very sensitive film. I was concerned that it may be too "violent" for the little boy of four and a half but it is very carefully put together and he loves it. As it is the natural world he can get a sense of what really happens but also can learn about the environment and how our choices impact on the whole world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicola A on 22 April 2009
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This is a lovely film and follows the lives of a baby walrus and polar bear cub. The narration by Queen Latifa seems to be aimed at children but is also a great, enjoyable film for adults too - as a 24 year old i really enjoyed it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. L. Simmonds on 9 Mar. 2009
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THIS WAS A GREAT DVD. LOVELY STORY AND QUITE AMUSING ESPECIALLY THE WALRUS THIS A DVD YOU COULD WATCH TIME AND TIME AGAIN.
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