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Penguins - Spy in the Huddle [DVD]

David Tennant    Exempt   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Tennant
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 8 April 2013
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,752 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

From the makers of Earthflight and Polar Bear Spy on the Ice, the spycameras are back with this latest BBC series. This time they travel to Antarctica and the southern oceans, where they focus on the most charismatic and popular bird on Earth the penguin. Spycameras cleverly disguised as life size penguins infiltrate the colonies to capture their emotional and often amusing lives. The emperor penguin has the most incredible life story of any bird. Just as Polar Bear Spy on the Ice changed the way we look at an iconic subject, the spycameras give the emperor penguin s amazing story a fresh perspective. The Humboldt penguin lives in the hot desert regions of South America and its problems have more to do with heat than cold. The rockhopper is one of the more comical penguins nesting on cliffs in the Falklands islands, braving incredibly rough oceans to reach the shore. The trials and tribulations of these other penguins crosscut the narrative of the emperor penguin, highlighting the differences at the same stage in their lives. When the emperors huddle together to protect themselves against minus 60degree temperatures, Humboldt penguins are tolerating plus 40degrees in the driest desert on Earth! While emperors are negotiating huge snowdrifts, rockhoppers are trying to jump up vertical cliffs. 50 different spycams reveal the secret lives of nature s most devoted parents

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Penguins - Spy in the Huddle (DVD) From the makers of Earthflight comes the fantastic Penguin - Spy in the Huddle. The spycameras are back, this time allowing you to discover a whole new perspective on the behaviour and extreme survival tactics of these incredible and hugely charismatic birds. The cutting edge spy cameras are deployed, disguised in super-realistic animatronic penguins, chicks and even eggs, to get up close and personal with emperor, Humboldt and rock-hopper penguins, on land as well as at sea. Narrated by David Tennant and produced by Philip Dalton, Penguins - Spy in the Huddle will transport you to many magical scenes, from the icy Antartic to the scorching South American desert and the stark Falkland Isles. Building on the hit success of Polar Bear - Spy on the Ice, this innovative look at one of the world's most beloved birds will give you the inside track on all the drama and the challenges that the penguins face throughout the year, as well illustrating some truly engaging comedy moments. Remember, where they go, Penguincam will follow! Please note, this title is unavailable for purchase Australia and New Zealand as it has yet to be televised.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 25 Feb 2013
I think most people have seen March of the Penguins - Luc Jacquet [DVD] [2005], and so are aware of the Emperor Penguin and the birth of its young. In this set of documentaries we do see the Emperor Penguin, but also we follow Humboldts, and Rockhoppers. This series follows these three breeds of penguins, although near the end we do get a glimpse of Adelie Penguins as well.

By using things like 'penguin cams' and 'egg cams' this series can get some really close up shots of the penguins from right inside their nesting grounds making this excellent to watch. We follow the Emperors in Antarctica, the Rockhoppers in the Falklands, and the Humboldts in Peru as they first come to land to lay their eggs, and then to rear their young.

This makes compulsive watching as we see both the joys of birth and the woes when things don't go right. With eggs and young penguins being vulnerable they have to be protected from natural predators, and in the case of the Emperors, the extreme cold, meaning that not all make it to adulthood. As we watch these animals being brought up we can also see group dynamics, with penguins looking for mates, as well as stealing baby birds. And of course as the baby penguins start to move around they will try to fool any penguin into feeding them.

At times funny and others sad this is riveting viewing that really brings penguins to life like never before, and shows the strong survival instincts of these wondrous birds. Narrated by David Tennant this is great viewing for young to old, although there is violence and death in this series. This is a documentary series well worth watching, and I am sure will be viewed many times, both because of its educational value, and also because it is just great tv.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 4 Mar 2013
By Jack D
Pioneering documentary techniques, wonderful narration and beautiful photography throughout the entire series. Im a big fan of all wildlife/science series and this is up there with some of my favourite Attenborough collections. Interesting story line with the perfect amount of detailed scientific information, couldn't recommend it enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By DaveT
Well-narrated by David Tennant and beautifully filmed with cameras hidden in model penguins and dummy eggs by John Downer, the team that brought you Earthflight a year earlier. Fortunately available in HD blu-ray format as well as DVD, unlike the new series Wild Arabia.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait :) 26 Feb 2013
By Oriaca
I am so pleased that this fantastic series is coming to DVD!! What a brilliant set of programmes,just Wow! Congratulations to all concerned. Can't wait to buy iy and watch it again!! Definately recommend it :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Penguin heaven 22 Feb 2013
By David W
Yet another fantastic documentary from the BBC, All the images are crysal clear and give you an idea of the Penguins eye view of life
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new way of looking at penguins 5 May 2013
By Nina
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Such a nice concept, hidden cameras around penguins' natural habitats. I saw it on TV and bought the DVD so I can rewatch as I enjoyed it the first time. My favourites were definitely the bouncy rockhopper penguins, but all the portraits were brilliant and innovative. If you like penguins and haven't seen this, it's a definite must buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC1 Spy In The Huddle 26 Feb 2013
Seen this on TV, great documentary, incredible of how much devotion and sacrifice the panguins are capable of. The title, Spy In The Huddle, comes from the penguin cams "Spycameras cleverly disguised as life size penguins" infiltrated through the real penguin population being able to record very close details of their real life. Great image quality on TV, should not be any different on DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids loved it 8 May 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It was great to be able to watch a nature programme as a family without worrying too much about content. The children are still talking about it months later. They were enthralled by the disguised cameras as much as the penguins. And, as a bonus for family viewing it is narrated by Mr Tennant, who does an amazing job.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Great watching, Amazingly well done with the camera work!!!!
Published 16 days ago by bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it as a child would
Published 1 month ago by rewinder
5.0 out of 5 stars Top dvd
Excellent view into the penguins live.
Best nature film ever.
There is a lot of humourous comments involved. You can look at it several times withouten being bored.
Published 2 months ago by Alain Geeraert
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Reportage
Really good work by the team who followed the different groups of penguins. I really liked watching it, because it's an awesome documentary!
Published 3 months ago by Christina Holzmüller
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Penguins
For all those who love nature programs, this is just brilliant. Didn't know there was so many different breeds. Great
Published 4 months ago by Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Saw this on tv and loved it - purchased it as a prezzie and willl most likely buy it again for my own collection. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Thomas Edward Alexander Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and lovable
See how the brave penguin couples fight for one another and to protect their eggs. Hilarious at times due to the cams used to shoot this amazing documentary. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M.S.Jansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality and clarity
Great DVD in Blu-Ray quality, first saw this on the TV and this is much better - plus there are no interruptions between episodes
Published 6 months ago by Peter Fountain
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This was a Christmas present for my daughter and was well received. Excellent quality and superb photography. Everyone enjoyed watching it
Published 7 months ago by Moira
5.0 out of 5 stars Penguin power
I recently watched BBC's three-part documentary about the lives, times and contretemps of penguins. I must say that these flightless birds are both interesting and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ashtar Command
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