Mr. Popper's Penguins

Featured In Issue 166, April 2012

WSR Score3.5
Basic Information on new release titles is posted as soon as titles are announced. Once reviewed, additional data is added to the database.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
(MPAA Rating):
(Rating Reason):
Mild rude humor and some language
(Retail Price):
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
(Full Screen Edition):
(Running Time In Minutes):
(Color Type):
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
(Closed Captioned):
(Regional Coding):
(Theatrical Year):
(Theatrical Release):
(Direct-To-Video Release):
(Disc Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
Mark Waters
(Screenplay/Written By):
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer):
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers):
(Academy Awards):
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio):
(Measured Disc Aspect Ratio):
(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS HD Lossless 5.1
(Theatrical Sound):
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(DTS Bit Rate):
(Dolby Digital Bit Rate):
(Additional Languages):
(French Language):
(Spanish Language):
(Chinese Language):
(Cantonese Language):
(Mandarin Language):
(Japanese Language):
(Italian Language):
(German Language):
(Portuguese Language):

Mr. Popper's Penguins tells the story of Mr. Popper (Carrey), a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life, until he inherits six "adorable" and mischievous penguins. As Mr. Popper quickly gets acquainted with—and increasingly attached to—his winged roommates, his life quickly unravels: the deal he's long been working on with a formidable socialite, Mrs. Van Gunny (Lansbury), is derailed and Popper almost lands in jail. While Popper's penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland—they teach him valuable lessons about family—human and otherwise. Based upon the novel by Richard Atwater and Florence Atwater. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Mark Waters, Editor Bruce Green, and Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Hollander; the animated short Nimrod And Stinky's Antartic Adventure (HD 06:11); two deleted scenes with optional commentary (HD 02:11); a gag reel (HD 02:07); the following featurettes: The Legacy Of Mr. Popper's Penguins (HD 04:04), Ready For Their Closeup (HD 08:28), Ladies And Gentoomen (HD 05:55), Stuffy Penguin Theater (HD 04:21), and Penguin Pandemonium (HD 03:12) with commentary by Waters, Green, and Hollander; an "Original Story Sampler" where you can enjoy the first pages of the book that the film was based on; the theatrical trailer; the Tooth Fairy 2 sneak peek (HD 02:57); and up-front ads. Included in the set is the Blu-ray Disc, the DVD, and a digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed with the digital Arri Alexa camera. The picture is vividly robust, with excellent resolution and saturated colors. The imagery is impressively crisp with an aliveness that projects from the screen. Hues are strongly saturated and appear rich and vibrant. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The picture is pristine throughout, with sharpness and clarity that reveals fine detail in every visual sense—this will not disappoint—with its natural color balance and engaging sharpness. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is a squawkingly fun sonic experience! The penguins steal the show with their instinctual antics and laugh-out-loud honking sounds. Still, this is a family comedy with a frontal focus. Ambiance and sound effects are effectively positioned in the surround channels and enhance the sense of dimensionality when engaged. A special treat is the penguins sliding on a sheet of ice water down the Guggenheim Museum's spiral ramp. The orchestral music score is nicely recorded with, at times, an aggressive surround presence. Dialogue sounds quite forward and at times is wanting in spatial integration, but always intelligible. This is a really fun soundtrack that perfectly supports this unbelievable nature story. (Gary Reber)