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Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure (2001)

Kevin Spacey , Conrad Anker , George Butler  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Conrad Anker, Iain Fraser, Michael Gambon, Ciarán Hinds
  • Directors: George Butler
  • Writers: Crystal V. Spijer, Mose Richards
  • Producers: George Butler, Kelly Tyler, Lila Nejad, Louise Rosen, Scott Swofford
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FMCA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,585 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure" on IMDb

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  • Note: The initial shipment of the DVD release of Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure had a defective Dolby Digital 5.1 track, which was corrected for all subsequent manufacturing. The DTS track was always properly synched. Some used copies with the defect may be circulating, but all of's new inventory is of the corrected edition

Editorial Reviews

Of the many films that have chronicled Ernest Shackleton's team's legendary trans-Antarctic expedition and their struggle for survival, Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure is the only documentary that traces the actual steps of the explorers' blessed journey. While providing a concise summary of the Shackleton team's 1914-16 expedition, this breathtaking IMAX feature employs exacting re-creations and flyover footage (from 1999 and 2000) of the same harsh landscapes that Shackleton and his men traversed, by land and sea, during their ill-fated voyage. As with most IMAX films, climactic moments are driven by a bombastic score (how many swollen crescendos can one movie handle?), and the harshest facts of the Shackleton journey (e.g., sacrificing beloved dogs for food and euthanasia) are omitted for family viewing. That's a condescending compromise, and the gravitas of Kevin Spacey's narration is a bit overstated. What matters here are the visuals (both vintage and contemporary), and they're absolutely magnificent, conveying the sheer horror--and divine beauty--of the greatest survival story of all time. --Jeff Shannon


The initial shipment of the DVD release of Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure had a defective Dolby Digital track, which was corrected for all subsequent manufacturing. The DTS track was always properly synched.

Some used copies with the defect may be circulating, but all of's new inventory is of the corrected edition. You can distinguish the corrected edition from the defective because the corrected edition has a blue dot under the "Image Entertainment" logo on the lower left corner of the back cover. If you have a defective edition, please return it to the retailer where it was purchased for replacement with a corrected version.

The VHS edition never had any synching issues, so none of the above applies to the VHS edition.

Product Description

One of the greatest survival stories of all time comes to life in this extraordinary true story of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1916 British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, a testament to heroism and human endurance. All 28 men survived nearly two years in the barren, frigid Antarctic when their ship was caught in pack ice and eventually crushed. Featuring stunning Antarctic images and recreations plus original still photography and 35mm motion picture footage by Rank Hurley, the official photographer for the expedition, this is a voyage you'll want to relive again and again.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good...but not the best April 5, 2005
This is a good, overall telling of the exciting adventure of Earnest Shackleton's expedition attempt to transnavigate the South Pole. The videography is, as usual, quite spectatular.

However, two other recent versions of this amazing tale are both worth mentioning. "The Endurance - Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition" (2000), with Liam Neeson, and PBS NOVA's "Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance," (2002) with David Ogden-Stiers narrating, are both better accounts because you really get more of the in-depth impact of what did and could have gone wrong on the expedition. It is incredible that, in an era where tradegy from expedition travel was not that uncommon, the fact that all 27 men made it back alive - in such a harsh yet beautifully intriguing environment - is truly amazing. If the IMAX version captured your interest, these other two will rivet you to your chair.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A word from the producer July 23, 2003
My name is Ryan Mullins and I produced the DVD of Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure. Let me start by stating that I had no choice but to input a star rating in order to register this comment, my Mother suggested 5 stars...
I am writting in response to the discussion regarding the bad batch of disks that went out at the beginning of this release. Much to our shock and horror, an out of synch Dolby Digital 5.1 track appeared on the first run of disks. At the time we took all measures available to us to pull back and quarantine as many of the bad copies as possible. No further bad copies have left our plant since September, 2003. Unfortunately DVDs circulate among a lot of different stores and sub-distributors over a a long period of time. Unsold copies can be returned into the system and go back out without being noticed. We do try and catch them but there are literally thousands of DVDs flowing through the system on any given week.
As stated by the editor, any bad copy will be cheerfully replaced by the vendor who sold it to you. Be assured that we are doing are best to rectify this problem. If it has a blue dot on the back cover over the Image Logo it is a proper copy.
My apologies to anyone who has been inconvenienced by this mistake.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great IMAX film on DVD, but.... January 31, 2003
By A Customer
Actually, I'll give the film five stars....the DVD release....well, please read on.
Having seen this film in its original IMAX presentation very recently, I can truthfully say that the images and sound of the DVD edition are splendid, given the smaller TV size that most people will view this video on. However....
The DVD release contains four soundtracks. They are:
1) A DTS digital surround track - English
2) A Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track - English
3) A French language soundtrack
4) A Spanish language soundtrack
I can't comment on the DTS track -- I don't have DTS capable playback equipment. However, it is absolutely clear that the Dolby Digital 5.1 English track is OUT OF SYNC with the picture (by approx. 3.5 seconds). If you don't believe me, a simple comparison of the 5.1 English track with the French or Spanish soundtracks will confirm this. It is especially evident in the first shot of the film, which depicts a photographer taking still shots of the scene. The flash of the bulbs and their accompanying sound are wildly out of sync on the 5.1 English track, but are fine on the French and Spanish tracks.
At least, this was the case on my DVD copy, purchased in January 2002. If the releasing company has corrected the error (which, of course, they should) then future releases of this DVD may sound fine. It is hard to understand how a DVD with this kind of error could have been released without anyone at the releasing company noticing it.
Hopefully, to anyone who has already purchased a copy of the initial DVD, the company will offer a free replacement once the problem has been fixed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
41 minutes including the credits. You can not cram this story into 41 minutes. I had hoped for much more when I made the purchase. The are trailers, but no other extras and no making of. This will be the last IMAX purchase that I ever make. The NOVA version on PBS is much better.
The 3 DVD set Shackelton - The greatest Survival Story of All Time has a better Shackleton documentary than this IMAX DVD. It also has an Antartica documentary which is also quite good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrating Ernest Shackleton - a hero in every way February 24, 2003
By A Customer
When I saw this film on IMAX, I came out of the theatre wanting to own my very own copy. I was delighted to find that the same gorgeous film was available to me on DVD. It is perfect in every way for anyone who wants a glimpse into the world that Shackleton describes in "South". The DVD makes an ideal complement to the journals written by the Endurance crew themselves. If you are looking for a movie that will tell you everything about what happened to the Endurance, you will be disappointed. This IMAX DVD is a nugget that celebrates Ernest Shackleton's heroism and leadership. It achieves this admirably.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for a five year old explorer and his dad November 22, 2004
A beautiful, romantic, but too short treatment of Shackleton's expedition. My son and I saw this after seeing the Discovery documentary "The Endurance" and after watching the Kevin Branagh film--and this order worked. From the Discovery program you get the facts, the movie (with all its flaws) was more than adequate, and then the IMAX is a gorgeous treatment that combines the period photography of expedition shutterbug Frank Hurley, stunning modern shots of the landscape, and just a judicious bit of historical re-enactment (thankfully not too much). Well done! But we're done with Shackleton for a while.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Lisa B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Such an inspirational leader! If you haven't heard or read about Ernest Shackleton then this is the one you need to see. Such a great story. What an heroic expedition and leader?
Published 7 months ago by mia boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the (rather vast) bunch on Shackleton
The Shackleton story is required reading for those of us working in Antarctica ([...] so I've read most every version of the story. This, for one movie, is the best of the bunch. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ted
4.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete Description
The story of Shackleton is breathtaking; your shipping service was perfect; the quality of the DVD was perfect. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bobette L Shoger
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Corporations
Very good tool to use at Corporations to transmit how we can work like a team using the team work concept.
Published 18 months ago by CARLOS OSEGUERA
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Talk About a Survivor
It is hard to believe that this is a true story. A story of "if it weren't for bad luck" that worked out in the end. Read more
Published 19 months ago by JimDandie98
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!
My 4 year-old's review: "BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT! It's great. Now GET IT!" My take: This was her first IMAX movie and then she had to have it to watch over and over. Read more
Published on August 9, 2011 by AnthonyB
1.0 out of 5 stars Never got it!! Want my money back
I never got the video, and I was charged to my credit card. Really dissapointing!!!
Published on June 11, 2010 by Sanweb
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well with 3rd graders
Purchased this dvd for presentation in a 3rd grade classroom. Had just enough detail and length to keep the kids interested. Two thumbs up!
Published on March 29, 2010 by N. Hutcherson
5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneer lady rocks
I bought this book for myself and ended up buying 6 more to give as Christmas presents. My daughter in-law, who doesn't cook, found it to be a wonderful book.
Published on March 22, 2010 by Herbert L. Head
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