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Eight Below [Blu-ray] (2006)

Paul Walker , Bruce Greenwood , Frank Marshall  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (490 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs, Gerard Plunkett
  • Directors: Frank Marshall
  • Writers: Suggested By The Film "Nankyoku Monogatari", Screenplay By David DiGilio
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (490 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H7J9LM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,635 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eight Below [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Audio Commentary With Director Frank Marshall, Actor Paul Walker, And Director Of Photography Don Burgess

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Despite a likable cast of humans, it's the canine stars who steal the show in Eight Below, a terrific live-action adventure in the time-honored Disney tradition. Based on a true story that was previously filmed (much differently) as the 1983 Japanese hit Antarctica, this above-average family film takes place in 1993 and focuses on a dog-sled guide at an Antarctic research station (Paul Walker) who is forced by a severe storm to abandon eight beloved sled dogs for the duration of a harsh Antarctic winter. Left to fend for themselves, the rugged and resourceful dogs encounter danger at every turn, surviving for nearly six months while Walker and his closest colleagues (engagingly played by Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, and American Pie's Jason Biggs) join forces to mount a daring rescue mission. Having endured similarly extreme conditions on his 1993 film Alive, director Frank Marshall brings an abundance of natural splendor (and minimum use of digital wizardry) to spectacularly arctic locations in Norway, Greenland and Canada, and Walker (star of The Fast and the Furious) lends an amiable sincerity to his compassionate role. For most viewers, however, it's the remarkable dogs (six Siberian huskies and two malamutes) who make Eight Below so thoroughly entertaining. It's not quite an instant family classic, but it comes pretty doggone close. --Jeff Shannon

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The unforgiving terrain of Antarctica comes to life through the wonder of Blu-ray Disc technology in this amazing tale of courage and loyalty. Eight incredible dogs, left behind when their research team is forced to flee, band together to survive the subzero elements that blister the screen in eye-popping 1080p. The astonishing sound quality of the 5.1 48 kHz, 16-bit uncompressed audio will have you practically feeling the wind chill factor as guide Jerry (Paul Walker) races against time to save his four-legged friends. Experience this heart-pounding adventure like never before through the magic of Blu-ray(TM) High Definition.

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182 of 198 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie -- and here's why I think so...... February 23, 2006
Inspired by the Japanese movie (released in the United States as ANTARTICA), which was based upon the true story of a 1958 Japanese expedition, the real antecedent of this movie is Egerton R. Young's marvelous memoir of his dogsled team, first published in 1902. This was the first book to detail the different personalities among dogs and the first to describe their work ethic and sense of responsibility.

Jack London acknowledged his debt to Egerton Young's memoirs (among other sources) which he took to craft the dogsled team in THE CALL OF THE WILD, something missing in the various incarnations of the novel on film. EIGHT BELOW captures the real intelligence of siberian huskies (well, two of them are malamutes) better than any movie I've ever seen. Sure, this is just a movie and tricks were used to make it appear that these dogs do what they seem to do. But huskies do smile, laugh, worry, think, and bond--and if you don't agree, then you just don't know them.

Yes, there are some sentimental and maudlin moments in this film, but there is also a sense of naturalism and a declaration of personal responsibility. An adventure film that is rare and welcome and worth seeing again.

The musical score is beautiful and nicely edited to fit the mood of each scene, ambient but not overwhelming. Both humans and dogs are underplayed, and it struck me as a movie for adults who can use their imagination to fill in the gaps in understated dialogue and character development. The beauty of the scenery is often breathtaking.

It was a nice touch that one of the dogs, the oldest, is named Jack, and one is named Buck. Buck was also the name of the protagonist in THE CALL OF THE WILD and Jack was the name of Egerton Young's real dog upon which Buck was based.
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102 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Adventure Movie! More like 4 1/2 stars February 17, 2006
This is an excellent family movie about an Antartica adventure. Although Jason Biggs of American Pie is in it, this time he's the usual goofball but without any stupid humor and not one bad word anywhere in the film. It's safe family entertainment. The story is about a scientific post in Antartica that uses eight Huskies to get around with selds in the snow-barren wilderness of the South Pole. Trouble starts for the dogs when Winter arrives early and the dogs have to survive by themselves which is documented in the film as is also the human aspect of leaving the dogs behind to fight for themselves. The scenery and photography is breathtaking and it is a well-made Disney movie. It is based on a true story and that makes it even more interesting. Don't compare this film to Snow Dogs as this film is not a comedy and the location, storyline and premise are completely different. Aside from the dogs as heros, Paul Walker plays the human hero and he plays the role of an expedition guide very believably. Some concepts of the human psyche which may have been intended to be communicated in this flick, clearly miss the mark as these are not communicated, but it doesn't matter ... it's a clean family movie which the juniors as well as dog lovers will really appreciate and enjoy. Also, a lot about the behavior and kindness/faithfulness of the four-legged friends is shown. My wife liked this film very much and she said the DVD once released is a definite buy. Although this movie is two hours long and there are some slow passages, the two hours don't seem like two hours at all. This film is about a very real adventure and it's well worth watching it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eight Below February 20, 2006
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~Eight Below is a touching movie about the love between a man and his dogs. Paul Walker stars as Jerry Shepard, whose love between him and his dogs is very strong. But when a big storm hits Antartica, Jerry and his friends must leave. Jerry leaves his dogs back at his home in Antartica and plans to come back and save them before the winter storm arrives. But because of weather conditions, he cannot go back to save them, and the dogs are struggling to survive for a long period of time in freezing weather. So what happens next? Watch the movie to find out!~

~My Opinion: I have NEVER cried so hard - I was bawling! I am NOT the very emotional kind who is in shock for a long period of time. I still find these things very sad and hard to believe. Some parts of this movie were a little disturbing when it came to illness and death - but that's just life. No, only a few characters die - but I don't want to give away the whole movie. "Eight Below" is also very good and happy. It tells you the meaning of friendship, family, survival, and teamwork and how everybody worked together to pull through the bad times and recover. "Eight Below" is a fantastic movie, and I think a lot of people would enjoy it.~
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Credit Where Credit is Due: The Real Stars of a Fine Movie September 12, 2006
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EIGHT BELOW is a satisfying film on every level: the story is excellent (based on fact), the script is good, the direction by Frank Marshall is tight and fast paced for a two hour film, the scenery is spectacular and the cast is committed and well chosen. But the real stars of this film are the eight wondrous dogs who for much of the film carry the entire story of being on their own in the Antarctica winter for five plus months - and for the most part surviving through bonding and obvious devotion to each other. They are splendid - beautiful to watch in action and touching to observe in their interaction. But the dogs alone could not have made this happen without the other true stars of the picture - the dog trainers. They deserve mention, so here they are: Michael Alexander and Sally Jo Sousa are the main trainers and are well supported by Tammy Blackburn, Tracy Gardhouse, Thomas L. Gunderson, Rowan Harland, Trish Judd, Dea Valentin Kristensen, Grace McLeod, Scott Rowe, Andrew Simpson, Cherie Smith and Tim Williams. There! The kudos go to them and their names are buried in the credits.

The story is one of dedication and devotion of a group of sledders in the Antarctica who take researchers, such as Doctor McLaren (Bruce Greenwood) who is looking for a meteorite from Mercury, on their missions. The main dog lover and trainer is Jerry (Paul Walker in one of his best performances) and he is assisted by Katie (Moon Bloodgood) and Coop (Jason Biggs). When Jerry is out with the eight dogs taking Doctor McLaren to fine his meteorite, a major storm arises and the dogs and the two men barely make it back to the station, McLaren suffering a broken leg and saved by the bravery of the dogs and Jerry.
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Why is this DVD listed at full MSRP?
I agree. The price is way too high! Amazon usually does not give as good a discount on Disney movies but this one seems way out of line. It seems to be at least $10.00+ over priced. I was going to order it from Amazon for the convience if it wasn't too high but now I will buy it else where.
Jun 19, 2006 by Widget |  See all 4 posts
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I've only found information that stated the U.S. movie is based on an 80's Japanese movie that was inspired by an incident that the Japanese experienced in Antartica in the '50's (I believe). Maybe there is a Japanese book covering the story, but I haven't found anything in English.
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