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Relive a breathtaking journey to the top of the world with EVEREST, the spectacular giant-screen motion picture for IMAX theatres! Filmed during the infamous 1996 storm that claimed eight lives, EVEREST documents the filmmakers' harrowing rescue efforts to help surviving members of the ill-fated group. Join an international team of climbers as they scale the world's tallest peak. Witness the perils of skin-blistering cold, violent blizzards that drop the windchill to minus 100 degrees, and air so thin it numbs the mind. EVEREST will take you across creaking icefalls and gaping chasms, up dangerous, towering cliffs and into the death zone of oxygen-thin altitude. Filmed in spellbinding IMAX photography, "the most hyperrealistic format yet invented," says producer Greg MacGillivray. Narrated by Academy Award(R)-nominee Liam Neeson, including the music of George Harrison, EVEREST is a rich, dramatic story -- a daring adventure of triumph and tragedy.

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Does an IMAX film play well on video? The large screen IMAX movie experience always sheds light on subjects we thought we knew before and adds a you-are-there immediacy. But once you shrink the image down to TV size, is the film still as effective? One certainly misses the impact of the huge IMAX screen, but for those who missed Everest in IMAX theaters, the video is well worth watching. The film is not letterboxed because the aspect ratio of IMAX films is very similar to that of a television. Only a few shots are "squished" to show the entire image (a shrine, a mountainscape), which gives them a bowed effect. However, the clarity of an IMAX film is so good to begin with that it makes an excellent video transfer. For anyone who read Jon Krakauer's bestseller Into Thin Air, Everest is vital to putting the images with Krakauer's prose, without following the excruciating blow-by-blow story again. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

  • Making of Everest Featurette
  • Extended Beck Weathers Interview
  • Deleted Scenes Not Included in the Original Theatrical Release
  • Climber Video Journals
  • 3D Everest Map & Titanica Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Lhakpa Dorji, Dorje Sherpa, Ed Viesturs, Muktu Lhakpa Sherpa
  • Directors: David Breashears, Greg MacGillivray, Stephen Judson
  • Writers: Stephen Judson, Tim Cahill
  • Producers: Greg MacGillivray, Stephen Judson, Alec Lorimore
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 1999
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001U0E2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,668 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Everest" on IMDb

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Since reading "Into Thin Air", I have become a virtual Everest '96 hound, and this is my first quarry. The IMAX team's goal on Everest was to film David Breashear's expedition in that fateful year, focusing primarily on Ed Viesturs, a seasoned climber from the States, and Araceli Segarra, in her quest to be the first Spanish woman to reach the summit. A lot of attention, deservedly so, is paid as well to Jangbu Sherpa, son of Tenzing Sherpa who accompanied Sir Edmund Hilary in his premier trip to the summit.
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.
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There are so many reviewers who have vented invalid complaints about "Everest" on DVD it's ridiculous. Here's another:
"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.
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Stunning cinematography, incredible acts of human courage, beautiful landscapes, sacrifice and hardship, pain and suffering
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.
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