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Storm Over Everest (2008)

Nova , Nova  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nova
  • Directors: Nova
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, 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: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019KBIRE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

As darkness fell on May 10, 1996, a fast moving storm of unimaginable ferocity trapped three climbing teams high on the slopes of Mount Everest. The climbers, exhausted from their summit climb, were soon lost in darkness, in a fierce blizzard, far from the safety of High Camp at 26,000 feet. World-renowned climber and filmmaker David Breashears, who aided the rescue efforts back in 1996, now returns to Everest to tell the fuller story of what really happened on that legendary climb. Through remarkably intimate interviews with the climbers and Sherpas many who have never spoken before on American television Breashears sheds new light on the worst climbing tragedy in Mount Everest s history.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent treatment of this difficult event June 20, 2008
I saw this on PBS in May of 2008. I had previously seen 'Into Thin Air' several times which is the account by a writer, Jon Krakauer, who was on this fateful climb. I enjoyed this movie a great deal more since it was in the words of those caught in the storm that night. It felt more 'real' to hear their recounts of what happened and what they went through. I trust David Breashears account given the number of times he has climbed Everest and his experiences. He had to bring down the body of a climber who died during that very trip, Chen Yu-Nan. If you want to know what can happen to a climber on Everest, this is the DVD for you.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I saw David Breashears documentary movie "Storm over Everest" on Frontline and I was captivated by this dramatic battle between nature and men and the professional and "breathtaking" making of this film. I knew what happened on Everest's southeast ridge during the night of May 10, 1996, because I read Krakauer's and Boukreev's books about this tragedy but it's a completely different thing to watch the story in Breashears outstanding and realistic movie and to see and listen to the live comments of people who survived this terrible storm night above 26000 feet on the highest mountain on earth.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A study in hubris; sad and compelling May 17, 2008
Just happened upon this last night on late night PBS and was immediately captivated by the simple presentation, the intensity of the climbers' memories and the haunted looks in their eyes. I'd never really read much about this mess and it was interesting to learn the story from the varying viewpoints of those who survived.

At first I felt for the guides who died up there while trying to babysit some of the moneyed folk ($65k each, at the time; some were funded by NBC), at least a few of whom didn't do enough homework and put everyone in their expeditions at risk, but uber-guide Jim Williams says, on the PBS website, that the real fault lies with the guides' letting the weak climbers go further than they should, risking others' lives so they could reach the summit.

The guides are there to make money and might downplay the risks, so it's a two-way blame street. Sandy Hill, the NBC-funded "New York socialite" who brought an espresso maker, two laptops, and a video player to watch movies in her tent (all carried by porters, of course), was "short-roped" up to the summit AND down, and used far more than her share of the oxygen tanks available. There ought to be tests for fitness to do this trek, but enough cash is the main issue, and that blame lays with the guides. This Frontline special lacks the usual hard-hitting both-sides Frontline tone, but its charms outweigh its faults.

The PBS website has the film available for viewing, as well as many other features with the director and survivors. Very nice package, and the price--free--is right. Ain't it amazing to get something back from your tax dollars for a change?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Hand Accounts of the '96 Tragedy January 24, 2010
By C. Ward
Contains interviews with those who were actually there when the disaster took place and lived to tell about it. Narrated by David Breshears, who was also there with IMAX, this documentary contains first-hand accounts from Charlotte Fox, Sandy Pittman, Neal Beidleman, and Lene Gammelgaard (Mountain Madness team); Beck Weathers, Ang Dorje Sherpa, Mike Groom, Helen Wilton, Lou Kasischke, and John Taske (Adventure Consultants team); and Makalu Gau Ming-Ho (Taiwanese leader). Video re-enactments with interviews are captivating. I went back and read Into Thin Air again after watching this. Incredible story and horrific tragedy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I am somewhat of an Everest junkie having resigned myself to the fact that I will never climb the Big Dog. I have read Krakauer's great book Into Thin Air which really got me into this stuff, and of course have watched the dramatic movie based on Krakauer's book many times. I also have the videos Everest:the Death Zone which partly covers the 1996 tragedy, the IMAX video made by Brashears, as well as Boukreev's, Brashears, Viesturs and several other books regarding the tragedy.

While this is an excellent recounting of most of the events of that fateful Everest summit in 1996 by the Hall, Fisher and a Taiwanese team, it tries very carefully to avoid controversy and be somewhat politically correct. This is no doubt due to the fact that Brashears was friends with Rob Hall and Scott Fischer and thus he was careful not to lay blame or get into pointing fingers. So absent from this telling of the tragedy is an analysis of WHY and any criticism of the decisions some of these people made, especially the guides. Brashears talks somberly of learning lessons from Everest, yet doesn't really tell us what those lessons are, which I found odd. There is no doubt he is a great cinematographer, and the interviews are informative, but there is no real analysis here of what went wrong and what decisions could have been made to prevent deaths. You hear from guides such as Groom and Beidleman, but really hear no explanations of why they chose to let certain people fend for themselves or simply die.

Thus, for the Everest junkie, this is best viewed in conjunction with the book and movie Into Thin Air, which gets more into the personalities and the agendas of these climbing teams, and is a very gripping account of what happened.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Right up there with my Everest Best Collection.
Published 6 days ago by Stephen Crow
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Breathtaking beauty and unimaginable tragedy. Portrayal of incredible risks taken to accomplish individual goals ~ God Bless all climbers w/ safety fortitude & mutual respect for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anne M. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Done
Great documentary about that terrible tragedy. The firsthand accounts were fantastic and provide the viewer a window into the minds and souls of those who made it through that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by daniel crowley
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Documentary
I read the book and wanted to follow up on what happened that fateful day on Mt. Everest. I really enjoyed seeing the visuals and it was well narrated.
Published 6 months ago by Jon
4.0 out of 5 stars Storm Over Everest
This was an amazing film about Everest but does anyone know where I can find the soundtrack for this amazing film? The footage and the music are awesome!Thanks
Published 10 months ago by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Movie about the climb to the top of Everest
Another exciting movie! Great Stuff, you will enjoy this and want to keep it in your film library. The photography is superb...
Published 11 months ago by Erna C. Mallory
4.0 out of 5 stars Great.
Again, I use this in the classroom with the story Into Thin Air. It shows the students what really happened to some of the climbers who climbed Mt Everest (Beck Weathers, etc)... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Patricia M. Mott
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had hoped
After reading Into Thin Air, my interest in Everest has grown. The book was a fast read and I had no idea how commercialized Everest had become. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Karen DeKeyser
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Production
This PBS production is just excellent. I wanted it to go on much longer. You have first-hand accounts on the video. Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by lee ziegel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Everest Documentary
This was the best documentary I have seen on Everest. I've watched almost all of them and have read many books. Read more
Published on December 9, 2011 by GoldenP51
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