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Kilimanjaro: To The Roof Of Africa


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  • Directors: David Breashears
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fx,Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MT801O

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Beautifully done throughout!
Peggy
Kilimanjaro so it gave us a good idea of what to expect.
Turtles of the Sea
This was a truly insightful look into the world of Mt.
Stephanie S. Appiah

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Archimedes Tritium on October 4, 2004
Format: DVD
I came across this DVD a couple months before leaving for Kilimanjaro and enjoyed it much. If you are going to climb the mountain via the Western Breach route, purchase is a no-brainer.

It, along with a Nova documentary that appeared about the same time, seems to have contributed to an explosion of thousands of Americans climbing Kilimanjaro in the last 3 years. Said one porter-aid worker I met in in Moshi, "Americans used to be rare in Tanzania, but in the last 2-3 years, they are suddenly common ...". Everyone I met seemed to have viewed or been prompted to go by these two videos.

The film is definately IMAX-ie; beautiful photography, nice swelling music, numerous scenes of herds of animals fleeing in terror along the plains of Africa as the camera swoops down from an airplane overhead. You get the idea.

The narrator (mountain guide Jacob Kyungai) intones that climbers of Kilimanjaro are "ordinary people people, mostly", then goes on to introduce a Gilligan's Island cast of climbers, picked to reflect (or engage) the folk who might go to the science museum IMAX theater on a Saturday afternoon -- as compared to those who actually climb Kili.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2003
Format: DVD
Having seen this film after climbing Kili I found it brought back great memories and I would recommend it for those having climbed and planning to climb. Potential climbers should not expect trekking tips but will get a sense of the mountain. I think that the more critical reviews of this film are unfair. The implication that anyone could summit given 6 weeks and a staff of 150 is true, but planned properly most normal people can as well. It should also be noted that film maker -David Breashears- has reached the summit of Everest at least 4 times so how 'clean' the climbers look needs to be kept in context. Kili is not a technical climb, in fact it's a relatively simple hike, whose challenge stems from each individuals reaction to the altitude. That accessibility makes Kili everyman's mountain. From age 12 to 72, if you have the bug to summit and impressive peak, are reasonably fit, and brave enough travel to the other side of the world, then Kili is the perfect adventure for you and this film should only serve to whet your appetite.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 8, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie was great! It had beautiful cinematography and it was great seeing it on the IMAX screen!

I felt that it was inspiring and made me want to climb Kilimanjaro myself.

I saw it 2 times in theaters, then bought it on

DVD.

In the movie, they show 5 ordinary people brave the mountain. They go throught 5 different climate

zones, all beautiful and mysterious in their own ways. This movie also teaches you about Kilimanjaro itself,

the Great Rift Valley, and other unique features. The narrator and trek leader- Jacob. The trekkers- (adults) Roger, Heidi, Audrey, (kids) Hans, and Nicole (also Nicole's father, but you don't really get to now him) are ages 12-64 years old. David Breashears, the Director/Producer says he pick those 5 people to represent the audience- the ordinary people.

The movie shows each trekkers journey with interviews along the way.

Also another great feature of the film is the music. Composer Alan Williams really brings to life the beauty, power, and mystery of Kilimanjaro with the great score!

Other reviews criticize this movie because they don't show how hard it is to climb this mountain and what not. I say WHO CARES?!?!?!?!?! THis movie isn't about the hardships of making it to the top, it's about Kilimanjaro; its beauty, power, and mystery.

There are special features on the DVD that are a Making of Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa, production slide show, quiz, and what else is on DVD.

Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa is a great and inspiring movie that moves you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Fellow Traveler on March 9, 2003
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I write this review as a recent trekker who successfully reached the top twice while leading groups up the easier Machame or Coca Cola Route. I saw the film with wonderful anticipation and was struck by the sheer majesty of the mountain, its surroundings and people-all nicely portrayed in the film. The images brought back wonderful memories of the two climbs and the sheer joy of reaching the top.
The film, however, was most disappointing because it did not convey the magnitude of the support team that went along with us carrying our food, water, cooking utensils and bedding. Only once or twice in the film did you catch a glimpse of the support team. We trekked with nearly three support personnel for each trekker. The accurate portrayal of the support team would have given real meaning to the scope of the climb.
The climbers themselves, for the most part, looked as if they stepped just out of the shower. This again tended to diminish the seriousness and difficulty of their accomplishment. At breathtaking altitude ,the pardon the pun, I rarely saw them gasping for air or working hard to reach the top.
Perhaps, I was not in the same shape as these people, but I must confess that after seeing more than 200 trekkers over the two climbs (we shared meals and stories at the base camps and passed each other going up and down the mountain), few if any looked as sparkling as these trekkers.
The story of the climbers appeared contrived and the scenery wondrous. My hats off to the individuals who made it to the top.
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