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And watching these climbers was riveting--ascending sheer sheets of ice, yards high, that look as though they are leaning in towards the climber; crossing bottomless chasms by placing an aluminum work ladder from one side to the other, and using it as a bridge; and feeling (in part through the excellent cinematography) the pull the mountain exerts on them to continue on. But I was floored, completely, by the thought of the cinematic team following along, all the way to the top, regardless of the weight and awkwardness of the equipment. For example, in the aforementioned aluminum ladder scene, shots seem to be taken from each side of the chasm. Had they carried that heavy equipment accross that ladder? And, once they came down from such a difficult and draining climb, they still managed to piece together a marvelous film.
The cinematography, once again, is gorgeous. Shots of the mountain convey not only its beauty, but its terrifying danger, as ice and whirling snow tower over the climbers, as a rescue helicopter wavers, uncertainly, as Liam Nelson explains the scientific impossibility of a helicopter to work in such thin air (it does). Seeing the Icefall alone, I think, was worth the price I paid for the video.Read more ›
"Reviewer: Thomas Alan Gamble from Kent, Washington January 14, 2000 I bought this expecting to see many wonderous things. What I got was a dull narrative, a bunch of scenes that do not belong on 70mm (packing / unpacking / talking on a telephone / assembly-line lunch) and very little footage of the mountain or climbing."
This is totally untrue. There is footage of unpacking, talking on phones, lunch and so forth, but it's very short and is put in to help build up the storyline. There's plenty of footage of the mountain and the actual climbers.
"Why would I want to see this on DVD or VHS without the benefit of WideScreen footage anyway?"
IMAX format size is very similar to the size of your TV screen so you are never going to find a "Widescreen" version. What you see is pretty much what you get in the IMAX Theater.
"I am pretty disappointed with the whole package. I would guess that the camera crew go gun-shy after the tradgedy that claimed 8 lives. As a result, we see the rear of the climbers, mostly, and shots from conservative angles."
They only had enough film for about 90 seconds of footage and they had to be conservative because they were not going to get another chance. The camera weighed 40 lbs and each canister of film weighed 10 lbs which is a tremendous load up there considering there's only 1/3 the oxygen level and you are in sub zero temperatures. I think we should show some compassion and understanding for the photographers for the outstanding work they did under those conditions.
I wanted to take a second to address one reviewer's thoughts:
Reviewer: William from Texas January 16, 2000 If you've read "Into Thin Air", you'll be disappointed in the film's inability to capture the human drama and hardships of the climbers. It is interesting, however, to see the scenery that you read about in the book. The film is only 45 minutes long - not a real good price-performer. The additional material is very good though - the interview with Beck Weathers is by far the most impactful piece of this disk.
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And if you read "Into Thin Air" you will also notice that it was written by Jon Krakauer who was not even a member of Ed Viesturs team. "Everest" is an account of Ed Viesturs' team and *their* experience climbing to the top of Mount Everest. Of of the 4 teams that got stranded on top of Everest on that fateful night, there were people that had "no business being there". I cannot remember whether it was Ed Viesturs or Aracelli but that's a direct quote from one of Viesturs team members. "Many teams lacked a critical amount of experience" was another quote from Viesturs.
Ed Viesturs' team was the "dream team" of mountain climbers. They assembled a great cast of leaders, a great support team, they planned the entire trip from the start, and as luck would have it, the "Gods" were on their side as well. They also made the right decisions at the right time which certainly helped to avoid a lot of the hardships other teams had to face.Read more ›
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Watched this film after watching the movie EVEREST and having read Jon Krakauer's book INTO THIN AIR twice. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a short documentary and got it mixed with the full length movie....be careful!Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
just ok.... I found it alittle confusing at times figuring out who was who and it was kinda rushed introducing the charactersPublished 22 days ago by DRUANNELOVE
I really like this documentary. Liam Neeson does a great job narrating the tale and my what a tale it is. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kevin L. Pullin
It was good and informational but film was standard qualityPublished 26 days ago by forrest mcdaniel
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