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The Alps [Blu-ray] (2006)

Michael Gambon , John Harlin  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Gambon, John Harlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BEK892
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,451 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the air above Switzerland, on the sheer rock-and-ice wall known as the Eiger, an American climber is about to embark on the most perilous and meaningful ascent he has ever undertaken: an attempt to scale the legendary mountain that took his renowned father's life. Against a backdrop of overwhelming natural beauty,The Alps is a true-life story of extraordinary courage. It's the intensely personal journey of a man who has every reason not to climb the deadly Eiger North Face (the most difficult climb in Europe), yet climb it he must. Featuring some of the most spectacular giantscreen imagery yet seen, the film celebrates the unsurpassed beauty of the Alps and the indomitable spirit of the people who live there.

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected August 22, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD based on the majority of 5 star reviews, and was looking forward to watching it on my new HD TV and new Blue Ray player. It was the first blue ray disc that I watched on my newly purchased TV/Disc player. What a disappointment. I wish I had paid attention to the single one star review, because I agree with him completely. The first thing I noticed was the background music (Queen), which was totally inappropriate for the subject and was very distracting from the very beginning of the film. While there are a few good shots of the Alps, the problem is, there are only a few. There is very little of the actual climb, and more of the background story of the climber. Lastly, I felt mislead by the indication that the "special features" are in HD. The "making of the film" segment, which I assumed was a "special feature" is not in HD, and it is extremely grainy and blurry...not even as clear as the broadcasts on standard definition TV. The only "special features" that are in HD are a few still shots of Switzerland, a trivia quiz/facts about Switzerland, and a short promotional segment which appears to be something likely put out by the Swiss Bureau of Tourism to encourage travel to Switzerland. I definitely would not recommend buying this DVD. As a result of this experience I won't be ordering any DVDs without having seen the film first.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sophomoric August 9, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Apparently my wife and I are the only people that were very disappointed
with this "movie". I like rock music, but the music by Queen simply did
not work for us, given the scenery. Some Alpine yodeling would have been
a lot more appropriate!

As for the video content, given the short length, we were surprised by how
much time was spent away from the Alps themselves. I wanted to see non-stop
footage of the Alps - period. Not trains, villages, family scenes, etc.

The educational value seemed to be aimed for a 10 year old. I already know
about tectonic plates, erosion, etc.

The story line was really shallow. "A man, haunted by the shadow of his
father's death on a mountain, feels he must climb this mountain (40 years
later), and risk never seeing his wife or daughter again". The death of his
father is drummed into our heads every minute. His psychoanalysis of himself
was trite, forced, thoroughly obvious, and should have been cut out.

There is extremely little shown of the actual climbing. I would really have
liked to have seen either more aerial views of the Alps, and/or more views of the
climbing. Oddly enough, the movie "Into Thin Air" was far more interesting -
and I have that only on VHS! The climb itself did look difficult, but so little
is shown that there is no appreciation of that. At one point I thought they were
perhaps halfway up. In the next cut they are at the top. Wow - that was easy.
Three days of climbing condensed into perhaps 20 minutes.

Somehow, in the rush to show us high definition images, people forgot about
the story, editing, a good musical score, and interesting educational content.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Never Write Reviews (at Amazon.com) October 7, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
As stated in the title this is my first and perhaps only review on this site. I'm writing only because some of the prior reviews seem over-exaggerated, both positively and negatively. I bought this blu-ray back in July when it was on sale for 8 bucks. I have since watched it several times in preparation for a more technical review I did on another site.

This video was transferred from an IMAX film by MacGillivray Freeman Films (MFF). Those are the two key facts that you need to know and understand before you can properly appreciate what this video is and whether it's something you want to buy.

IMAX means that the film is targeted at the typical audience (i.e., school age kids and their chaperons/teachers/parents) that is found in the kinds of places that have IMAX theaters (i.e., science or natural history museums, etc.) and that the film is going to possess the strengths and weaknesses typical of the format. Thus the film is going to be stunning visually and aurally, it's going to be short, it's going to be mildly educational (with emphasis on the "mild"), and it's going to be "inspirational and wholesome."

MFF seem to have a standard formula based on the four of their films that I've seen on blu-ray: Find a subject and a title that will draw an IMAX/nature documentary loving crowd and that will maximize funding from the usual gullible suspects (i.e., foundations and corporations). Next assemble a cast of random nitwits (of course MFF would call them "interesting and loveable characters") and place them in the dramatic and beautiful location that the title suggests the movie is about. But make sure the director knows that the movie is really about the handsome cast and their antics.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best IMAX films I've seen December 4, 2007
Format:HD DVD
This film is stunning. Very possibly the best IMAX documentary I've seen (and that's saying something considering I work for IMAX!) The aerial photography is insane. How they got some of the shots in this film is beyond me. WELL worth seeing...especially in HD!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 stars for a bit of nice scenary
This is one of the most lame wastes of IMAX technology ever created. The backstory is told in the most pathetic fashion. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Leslie K Rinaldi
2.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning...just be sure to mute the volume!
Cliche breakup scene from 1983 called and wants it musical score back. Seriously, the sound track pretty much ruined an otherwise, decent documentary. Read more
Published on October 29, 2011 by JtothaK
2.0 out of 5 stars Tha Alps
I do not recomend this DVD ( Bluray). It is not a video about The Alps, but a specific video about the wish of one man to conquest a mountain in memory of his father. Read more
Published on October 26, 2009 by Joao Luis Freitas
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunningly beautiful presentation of the Alps.
Wow!
Having just finished watching 'the Alps' I feel compelled to post a review so more people can see this beautifully shot documentary. Read more
Published on June 28, 2009 by Mr. Adam D. Mcpherson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great scenes, enjoyable to watch
For any of those that lived in the Alps, love the Alps, want to learn more about the Alps, or visit the Alps, I would highly recommend this documentary. Read more
Published on May 26, 2009 by J. Carron
5.0 out of 5 stars The Alps
WOW,...
What a beautifull and touching film
Amazon's . com blu-rays are more then GREAT
Thanks
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Published on May 22, 2009 by Yves Guay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Top notch video and sound quality. Extras not in HD, but worth watching anyway. Some viewers will be shaking their heads in disbelief when they see the humans in the film risking... Read more
Published on May 13, 2009 by C. Gonzalez Aviles
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great work !!
Hey you! the owner of HD Tv and Blu-ray player.
Don't hesitate to own one of this, The Alps .
We watched several times again and again in a week. Read more
Published on March 14, 2009 by A. KIRBAř
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film!!
This film takes you directly into the ALPS. You feel like you have been in Switzerland after watching the film. The story of of climbing the Eiger is very well done.
Published on February 7, 2009 by Razorback
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I have many Documentaries. This one is by far the best. The Blu-Ray display is exagerated, and when they look at a straight drop, you may feel ill. Read more
Published on January 7, 2009 by Jay A. Hoyt
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