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NOVA: Arctic Passage

 NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)


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  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EOTE8G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In this two-hour mini-series, NOVA dramatizes two extraordinary sagas in the quest for the Northwest Passage, the legendary Arctic sea route between the Atlantic and the Pacific that was the prize objective of merchants and adventurers for centuries.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Franklin's tragic expedition April 6, 2008
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Finally, the truth, or as much as we shall ever know, about the tragic fate of the crews of the Erebus and the Terror. Even the names (Erebus is Greek for the Gates of Hell) sound like a precursor to doom.
I have read two books on this expedition and the mistakes that Commander Franklin made himself were enough to undermine their voyage. You need only to compare his leadership to that of the great Antarctic explorer, Shackleton, who faced equally dire conditions, to see why he failed.
NOVA, as always, brings the facts and does it in a fair and impartial way. I recommend this to anyone who has any interest in global exploration, particularly the Arctic and the Antarctic.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Search for Northwest Passage March 18, 2007
Excellent reenactment the doomed Franklin expedtion and subsequent success of Amundson's discovery of the Northwest passage linking the Atlantic with the Pacific.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Lots of information. Well done reenactment. Perhaps there is a lot of ice because it is easier to depict on film -- thereby cheaper?

Some scary images of the dead bodies unearthed by later explorers. Might not be suitable for younger children because of this.

I bought the DVD for the Franklin report, but was pleasantly surprised by the Amundsen expedition reenactment.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why All the Ice Pictures October 1, 2009
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This summer (2009) three of us sailed a 42 feet long sailboat through the Northwest Passage. We used the same route pioneered by Roald Amundsen. Before we left to sail in the wake of Amundsen and Sir John Franklin, I viewed this excellent Nova documentary. The one flaw I find in the piece is that it does not accurately show the Canadian High Arctic as it really is in summer. All you see in "Arctic Passage" is ice and snow. In reality, the predominate feature of the ground is gravel and rock. There is very little snow visible during the summer months. Also, the amount of ice depicted as "Gjoa" traversed the Passage is in the range of 90% coverage, an amount rendering forward progress virtually impossible. The photography in the documentary is dramatic, beautiful and a little misleading. I expected more accurate scientific reporting from Nova but enjoyed "Arctic Passage" anyway, finding its narrative informative.
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Q&A: Arctic Passage: Prisoners of the Ice
Thank you so much for the work you've done to present this truly amazing story. It must have been an incredibly moving experience to be in some of those locations. I am captivated by this story of human endurance and tragedy.

Great job, and Thanks again!

Todd Teer
Jan 23, 2007 by Todd A. Teer |  See all 7 posts
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